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Senior Designer and Brand Manager

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title
Senior Designer and Brand Manager

Working Title
Senior Designer and Brand Manager

401120- Integrated Marketing & Communications

Pay Rate



Position Number


Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a full-time benefits-eligible position. Benefits include competitive salary; health, dental, vision, life insurance, AD & D, long-term disability; 3 weeks paid vacation per year; 3 weeks of accrued sick leave per year; 13 paid holidays; retirement; and generous education assistance for an employee, spouse and dependent children taking classes at UCM .

A completed UCM online application for employment, cover letter, and resume required. A link to your portfolio and samples must be included in your cover letter or resume.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

NOTE : A background check is required for the selected candidate of this position and any job offer is contingent on the results of this check.

The University of Central Missouri is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veteran status, and people with disabilities.

Working hours:

Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
Some evenings/weekends as needed.

Bargaining Unit

Work Location
Warrensburg Campus

Posting Date

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Purpose

Serve as the lead graphic designer for materials to be produced in digital and print formats.

Collaborate with writers and designers to conceptualize and design materials with high visual impact used in recruitment, retention, student engagement, strategic positioning and outreach.

Design high profile and quick turnaround projects for campus clients such as the President’s Office, Office of Admissions, the Office of Student Experience and Engagement and other on-campus partners.

Conduct photo shoots for high-impact initiatives which will require occasional evenings and weekends.

The Senior Designer and Brand Manager leads and collaborates with writers, videographers, and designers to develop and manage the visual identity of institutional marketing communications to deliver creative results. The Senior Designer and Brand Manager is responsible for overseeing the consistency of internal and external marketing communications to ensure they adhere to UCM branding and positioning.

Actively manage and communicate UCM’s brand to the UCM campus and community.

Lead university branding discussions, communications and presentations with university clients. Serve as the primary contact to answer questions and give guidance about university branding in all forms, including but not limited to print materials, digital applications, interior and exterior environmental branding (paint colors, wall applications, etc.), vehicle applications, etc.

Review and update the branding guidelines quarterly and guide the UCM campus community in all branding projects and decisions.

The Senior Designer and Brand Manager is also responsible for resolving inconsistencies between various inputs regarding design layouts. The Senior Designer and Brand Manager makes final recommendations on element usage, layout, and overall design concepts to the director.

Review and supervise creative work in order to unify design and vision. This includes the overall visual appearance of the communications, and how the content and messages are presented in order to appeal to a target audience. Make decisions about visual elements: what is used, when it is used, and how it is used.

Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate student employees.

Education & Formal Training
Bachelor's degree (Specify field(s) of study below), Master's degree (Specify field(s) of study below)

Other Education & Formal Training

Bachelor’s degree in commercial art, graphic design or related field required.

Master’s degree in commercial art, graphic design or related field preferred.

Computer Skills
Word-Processing, Presentation, Desktop Publishing, Other - Internet research and social media.


Three (3) years of experience in a progressively more responsible position as a brand specialist, lead designer, graphic artist, publications designer, or related position required.

Three (3) years experience managing development and production of four-color publications.

Three (3) years experience using a Macintosh computer and design software to include InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

One (1) year supervisory experience.

Knowledge of digital printing process and equipment required.

Knowledge of printing preflight required.

Knowledge of branding guidelines and maintenance required.

Ability to write and communicate brand guidance in support of brand guidelines required.

Experience with direct responsibility for brand development and management preferred.

Two (2) years experience in higher education preferred.

Two (2) years agency experience preferred.

Licensing experience preferred.

Photography experience preferred.

Web development experience preferred.

Illustrative video experience preferred.

Must submit portfolio and publications samples as a part of the application process.

Other Experience

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations, & State/Federal Requirements of Position:
Criminal History check, Driver's license

Other Licenses, Certificates, Registrations, & State/Federal Requirements

Special Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge:
Attention to detail, Communication skills, including oral, written, and/or nonverbal, Human Relations/Interpersonal skills, Leadership skills: organization/meeting facilitation/project leadership, Supervisory skills, including motivation, delegation of duties, evaluation, etc, Management and/or administration skills, Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and meet deadlines, Maintain confidentiality

Other Special Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge

Mental skills, including concentration, memory, complex decision making, analytical thinking, and/or conceptual thinking.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing using a variety of writing styles to a range of audiences.

Excellent command of English language, grammar, spelling and usage.

Understanding of print, digital and electronic media.

Understanding of protocol and social expectations.

Exceptional creative layout, design and art skills; must have the ability to conceptualize and visualize.

Understanding of postal rules and mailing specifications.

Specify sensory abilities:

Physical & Environmental Factors:

Other Physical & Environmental Factors

Long periods working at a computer with a mouse and keyboard and viewing a computer monitor.

Lifting weight

Special Working Conditions:
Professional appearance, Work in stressful conditions

Other Special Working Conditions

Limited travel required.

Irregular work hours – occasional nights and weekends.

Constant deadline pressure; excessive number of deadlines.

Ability to Keyboard
No keyboarding test required.

Special Qualifications:

Other Special Qualifications

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you now or in the future require employer sponsorship to acquire or maintain U.S. work authorization?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * International students on an F1or J1 Visa are not eligible for this position due to Visa regulations. Are you a UCM student on an F1 or J1 Visa?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you understand that the university requires a background check for this position and that any job offer made to the selected candidate is contingent upon the results of this check?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you understand that you must include a link for 3 samples of your design/publication work in your cover letter?
    • Yes
    • No
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

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