Communications office staff balance hard work, attention to detail
and excellence with empathy, understanding and supportiveness. As
individuals and as a team, we strive in our work and professional
relationships to be conscientious and collaborative critical
Reporting to the Art Director, the Senior Designer guides the
college broadly on matters of design and provides design services
for various college clients. The Senior Designer is part of the
creative team within the Williams College Office of
This multifaceted position requires the ability to understand the
complex audiences of a liberal arts college (including potential
students, current students, faculty, staff, parents, families and
alumni); to develop strategies for communicating effectively with
these diverse audiences through the lens of design.
The successful candidate will demonstrate flexibility, innovation
and an interest in continued professional growth and learning;
evidence of successful project management; and the ability to
establish strong, positive relationships with all campus community
members. The high volume and broad scope of work associated with
this position also require a person who can focus on a specific
creative endeavor while managing multiple projects.
Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and
its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff. We
expect the successful candidate to excel at working in a broadly
diverse community regarding race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status,
gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
- In collaboration with the communications team, develop and
implement comprehensive communications strategies and deliver print
and digital materials
- In collaboration with the Art Director, build and maintain a
consistent visual identity for the college informed by an
understanding of the college and its diverse audiences
- Provide professional graphic design for the college’s print
(concept, pre-press production, on-press supervision) and digital
- Create resources, and provide aesthetic guidance and
consultation to a diverse array of campus partners
- Collaborate with the office’s web team on matters of web
design, providing design direction on custom design of WordPress
templates, individual microsites, and, over time, the look of the
college’s entire web presence
- Communicate with outside vendors to assure quality and maintain
deadlines. Research new vendors when appropriate.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in design or a related field plus a minimum
of five years of experience, or equivalent combination of education
- Extensive experience in design—print, digital and
environmental—preferably in a team-based, client services
- The ability to innovate and take risks to produce current and
timely designs using knowledge of design trends and best
- A passion for detail, including typography.
- A track record of developing compelling graphic design.
Applicants will be asked to submit a professional design portfolio
to demonstrate the required skills and abilities.
- Ability to work in a complex institutional environment that is
fast-paced, deadline-driven, and collaborative. Experience in
higher education is preferred.
- Strong ability to communicate and present designs effectively,
including client pitches, as well as to welcome feedback and
incorporate requested changes as projects evolve.
- Strong project management skills; ability to see projects
through from design concept to end product. Familiarity with
project management tools such as Wrike, Asana or Basecamp.
- Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and
Photoshop, using a Mac platform
- Experience preparing specifications; identifying, selecting,
and coordinating with printers, fabricators, and other outside
vendors; production and on-press experience.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and link to portfolio via
our careers page at https://staff-careers.williams.edu/
- all applications will be reviewed by the search committee.
Application review will begin on November 29, 2022, and will
continue on a rolling basis thereafter. Pay range is from $70,000
to $80,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 2-E. This
position is eligible for up to two days of remote work per week,
subject to policy and approval.
Conditions of Employment
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of
background information submitted by the applicant, including the
completion of a criminal record check, and education when
applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption
and compliance with COVID-19 related policies are required as a
condition of employment at Williams.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination,
Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive
community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and
thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons
with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If
reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job
application or interview process please feel free to contact us via
phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.