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Senior Graphic Designer

Hiring Department

University Communications

Job Description

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is seeking its next Senior Graphic Designer to assist in promoting UMSL visually through print, digital and web. This role is critical in highlighting UMSL’s excellence and telling the story of the region’s premiere public research university. It's an exciting time to be at UMSL with our 60th anniversary approaching, a $100 million investment to transform our campus footprint, and a new enrollment brand coming to life. We want to creatively showcase the students, faculty, staff and alumni who make UMSL such a vibrant community.

We’re looking for a creative thinker, talented designer and explorer of new ideas. As a member of the Marketing and Communications team, you will report to the Director of Creative Services and work with the rest of the creative services team including other designers and a copywriter, as well as our staff photographer, PR and content team, web and digital team. While this designer will work closely with a number of internal clients across divisions, they will have a focus on working with University Advancement, Executive Events, and Enrollment Management to better align the UMSL brand and increase UMSL's visibility to support strategic priorities.

You should be able to:
  • Proficiently design in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign on a Mac platform
  • Design amazing print and digital marketing materials including view books, billboards, digital ads and other marketing materials
  • Work closely with University Advancement on campaign branding and marketing materials for fundraising priorities, which includes Executive Events
  • Work closely with the Office of Enrollment Management to create recruitment marketing materials
  • Work in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Art direct photography shoots
  • Provide image retouching, clipping paths, and additional image manipulation
  • Develop and express complex messages clearly and concisely
  • Prepare final press-ready files based on supplied specifications for several types of printing
  • Make various formats of supplied artwork production-ready and resolve any artwork issues that arise during production
  • Juggle multiple projects for multiple clients while meeting deadlines
  • Present and explain ideas to internal teams and clients
  • Take and understand creative direction
  • Respond positively to feedback from clients and the creative team
Additional preferred skills:
  • Experience working for or with a public or private university or college
  • Experience in design work that supports fundraising campaigns and/or enrollment marketing for higher education institutions
  • Creative photography
  • Motion graphics capabilities
  • Video editing
With more than 15,000 students, the University of Missouri–St. Louis is the St. Louis region's premier public research university. UMSL provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body whose influence on the region upon graduation is immense.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.


8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, some evenings or weekends if required.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, visual communications or comparable major. Experience with motion design and/or video editing is a plus. Must have proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite programs and experience working on a Mac platform

Anticipated Hiring Range

Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $48,900 - $60,000 Annual
Grade: GGS-10
University Title: Senior Strategic Communications Associate

Application Materials

Resume, Cover Letter, References, Portfolio URL (Required). Finalists will be asked to provide references at a later date.

Applicants must combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment to the UMSL Job site:

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). For questions about the application process, please email If you are experiencing technical problems, please email

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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