Department Statement


The Art Director assists with print and digital design initiatives, executing the production of visual materials for the Office of University Communications and Events. They create high-quality, accessible designs that engage relevant audiences, including current and prospective students, faculty and staff, alumni, and general University supporters. They conceptualize and design various print materials, websites, emails, mobile apps, and other assigned marketing initiatives. They maintain consistency across the Colgate University identity through cross-platform creative efforts, delivering content on time, within budget, and according to the established visual standards. They manage and delegate responsibilities to designers and provide direction. Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications and working collaboratively within the Office of University Communications and Events, the Art Director contributes as a valuable member of a high-performance team, working collaboratively and implementing feedback.

Responsible for the job evaluation, development and continued professional growth of all direct reports. Responsible for the effective supervision of staff as assigned. Ensures selection and hiring of high quality employees; ensures appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality of employee work product; ensures fair, accurate and timely performance assessments and feedback to include identifying areas for professional development and documenting and conducting disciplinary measures, as needed. Responsible for ensuring fair and accurate decisions regarding employment status (hire, promotion, salary increases, termination); ensures the creation of effective opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and sustained performance.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio required.
  • Proven working experience as senior designer or art director.
  • Eight or more years of professional experience in graphic design.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Two or more years in a management role.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in fine art, graphic design, or similar discipline.
Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

Colgate values the individual and intersectional diversity of its student, faculty, staff, and alumni populations representing a variety of abilities, races, gender identities, religion, social economic status, sexual orientations, languages, and national origins. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan presents a framework for continuing the creation of an inclusive campus and engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead.

Please describe how you would connect and work with a diverse community. The statement can be any length (e.g. paragraph or page). You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading. For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our Guidance on Crafting Diversity Statements .

EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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