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Design Director

Trinity College
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 13, 2024

Job Details

Position Information

Design Director


Regular or Temporary

Hours Per Week

FLSA Determination

Weeks Per Year


Open Date

Full or Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary

Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing forty-one states and seventy countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Connecticut. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and ninety-one graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

The Design Director responsibilities will include the following:
  • Serve as primary designer and point of contact for day-to-day execution of brand standards across all design, marketing, and communications functions and across multiple platforms and media, including print, signage, promotional, and digital output.
  • Conceptualize and develop a high volume of design pieces (print and digital) for the full variety of the College’s audiences, including prospective students/families, alumni and families, donors, the campus community, and the broader public; these would include, but not be limited to, recruitment marketing materials (view books, travel pieces, email campaigns, etc.), advancement materials (fundraising campaigns, e-newsletters, Reunion and Homecoming materials, and design support for high-level institutional events), and major college events such as Commencement and Presidential events.
  • Hire and direct freelance photographers; works efficiencies of workflow and improving the review and approval process.
  • Advise campus clients and provide design solutions to meet their strategic goals ensuring alignment of branding and identity.
  • Manage print production for campus clients, making recommendations on vendors based on cost, quality, and ability to meet client needs and ensuring the delivery of high-quality finished pieces; track and maintain project budgets and build/manage relationships with vendors.
  • Employ creative, cost-effective strategies to meet the College’s high volume of design needs and support campus clients.
  • Serve as Communications liaison with the College’s licensing company, ensuring consistency with brand standards.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned and based on departmental need.
  • 7-10 years experience
  • Strong print and multimedia design portfolio and demonstrated understanding of the principles of branding and visual identity across platforms
  • Professional experience with the Adobe Suite (i.e., InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop and photo-editing, Illustrator)
  • Experience with environmental graphic design, promotion design, and digital design
  • Experience with project management tool (i.e., Asana)
  • Exceptional communication (written and oral) skills
  • Understanding of email, web and social media design
  • Ability to prioritize work with strong time management skills and the ability to schedule and coordinate work and activities of others
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to work well in fast-paced and stressful environments
  • Ability to maintain professional code of ethics
  • Exceptional human relations/customer service skills and the ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to train team members or student employees
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with leadership, faculty, staff and external stakeholders/constituencies
Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must apply online by submitting their resume, cover letter and three references.


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Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students, faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many opportunities for cultural and social engagement.

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.

For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research. Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.


Trinity College

Intellectually impressive. Fiercely determined. Unquestionably accomplished.


Since its foundation in 1823, Trinity College, located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, has been educating students in the liberal arts with the educational and experiential foundations they need to succeed as informed global citizens. Trinity is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the Consortium On Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and other national academic awards.

While Trinity has enjoyed a long, prestigious history, the college finds itself poised in transition as the landscape of higher education across the country undergoes a fundamental shift. Under the leadership of Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who was inaugurated on October 26, 2014 as Trinity’s 22nd President, Trinity is looking forward to a bold future that will require innovation borne out of long-term strategic planning that will make the college even more visible and competitive. Among the strategic plan’s broad goals is to design a distinctive, relevant liberal arts education that positions Trinity increasingly as a first-choice destination for students, faculty, and staff.

At Trinity College, we’re known for getting things done—and for doing them in a way that creates lasting meaning. Students come here to engage in a challenging liberal arts education, live as part of a tenacious community, explore what’s possible, and find answers to the challenges of tomorrow.

On our 100-acre campus in Connecticut's state capital, you can take advantage of all that our thriving city has to offer, including diverse perspectives, experiential learning, and an energetic culture. And with the knowledge, resources, and partnerships we’ve cultivated at Trinity, we’re an active part of driving Hartford forward as well.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our employees and the college. We recognize the diverse composition and needs of our community of employees and strive to respond to those needs in a professional, caring and equitable manner by:

  • Recruiting and promoting the best-qualified people – while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • Providing a competitive salary and benefits package for our employees.
  • Establishing, administering and effectively communicating sound policies and practices that treat employees with dignity and equality, while maintaining compliance with employment and labor laws and College directives.
  • Promoting a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, secure and conscious of family and community relations.

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