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Senior Designer

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Senior Designer

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience

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FLSA Status


Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)

8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

The Senior Designer will conceptualize, plan, and design a variety of materials to be used across high profile print, digital and multimedia channels. The Senior Designer will have demonstrated technical experience to create assets for digital, multimedia and print projects, including but not limited to magazine ads, guides, brochures, billboards, websites, mobile, banner ads, emails, animation, social media, and interactive displays. The role requires a Senior Designer who is confident in conceptualizing and delivering compelling creative in a highly technical environment working with degrees of autonomy to advance high-profile initiatives. Must be able to create, refine and execute creative concepts with little direction and be comfortable liaising when needed with various campus partners. Able to play on the leading edge of design trends, best practices and a strong collaborator. The Senior Designer will collaborate with other members of the Marketing division to ensure the consistent use of the University’s brand guidelines and orientation to specific audiences and objectives. This professional creates design solutions that are geared at advancing both brand and marketing strategies. Requires advanced understanding of brand development and brand expression best practices.

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field or combination of education and experience.
  • Six (6) plus years of professional work-related experience preferred.
  • Must provide a portfolio of material that demonstrates excellence in digital, multimedia and print design and examples of working within brand guidelines.
  • Must provide a portfolio of material that demonstrates design excellence and conceptual experience as part of broader campaigns that yielded tangible results.
  • Demonstrate:
    • Strong typographic and color skills.
    • Expertise in principles and practices of graphic design.
    • Knowledge of graphic layout and photographic requirements and production procedures. Including but not limited to print ads, printed materials, websites, mobile apps, banner ads, emails, social media, animation and interactive applications.
Job Specific Qualifications
  • Demonstrate creativity for unique series-driven approaches to a variety of topics, platforms, and audiences.
  • Understanding of digital media platforms/social media and impact of how to deliver multimedia projects across digital/other platforms.
  • Ability to design/build HTML5 display/animated banner ads is preferred.
  • Strong ability to understand industry standards when producing ADA accessible compliant work.
  • Proficient knowledge of latest software versions across MS Office, asset mgmt., Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, XD. Knowledge of pre-press and printing processes.
  • Ability to prepare printer specifications. Understanding of material/production costs, time limits and other factors.
  • Illustration skills beneficial, but not necessary.
  • Ability to analyze graphic/technical information and create interpretive illustrations.
  • Experience with digital photography for publication/advertising purposes preferred.
  • Outstanding written/verbal communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Works in a team-centric operation.
  • Takes direction well.
  • Manage stressful situations, solution-oriented, positive attitude.
  • Move with urgency, manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Close visual acuity to perform tasks related to design.
  • Flexibility and ability to position oneself to art direct a variety of images.
  • Serve as lead designer to conceptualize, plan, design, and produce high profile digital, multimedia and print projects and assets consistent with Syracuse University’s brand guidelines.
  • Lead conceptual designer on significant or national campaigns, events, and University brand work.
  • Works in partnership with design, production, phot, and multimedia team members as needed to carry concepts across collateral. Bring projects from conceptual stages to completion.
  • Uses a high degree of skill and creativity to drive conceptual design work for national campaigns.
  • May give art direction, guidance and assignment to Designers.
  • Creates thoughtful solutions to advance business goals and marketing strategies.
  • Collaborate with colleagues within Marketing on visual identity standards, design for accessibility, new technologies and resources.
  • Partners with various stakeholders to bring projects from conceptual stages to completed.
  • Always consistent with Syracuse University’s brand guidelines.
  • Excellent at staying organized, multi-tasking, and managing dozens of deliverables simultaneously.
Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume, cover letter and portfolio link.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

EEO Statement

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

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Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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