The Senior Graphic Designer is the lead of the Foundation’s graphic design team, responsible for upholding the overall brand and delivering high-quality creative materials on behalf of the organization, its programs, and partners across the California Community Colleges. This individual will play a key role in storytelling through strategic and creative visual design work, helping to raise the profile of the Foundation as a leading nonprofit which exists to help Californians better their lives through economic and social mobility.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Oversees all internal- and external-facing online and print creative materials from conception to final delivery; provides clear creative direction, guidance, and feedback to design team members which provides the ability to meet organizational and partner needs.
- Supports the Foundation’s Executive Team creative needs by leading the development of high-profile presentations, including to the Board of Directors, and outreach collateral, such as brochures, flyers, annual reports, microsites, and executive summaries.
- Leads strategic design thinking and brainstorms, and partners with Communications team members to ideate solutions and creative ways to use design for storytelling.
- Has strong presentation skills and is responsible for concisely communicating strategy, design concepts, and creative ideas to internal and external partners, or “clients.”
- Ensures the Foundation's brand and standards are upheld through all materials, including those created for both internal and external stakeholders, and that all work is strategic, effective, and consistent; this requires providing clear feedback to design and Communications team members, in addition to advising on program efforts.
- Responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with Foundation colleagues at all levels, and provides excellent customer service.
- Stays up to date with industry trends, developments, and tools
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Proven experience as a Senior Graphic Designer, Graphic Designer, or in a similar role, with a strong attention to detail and knowledge of best practices in the visual communications field.
- Excellent understanding of and past experience using Adobe Creative Cloud applications; experience with XD, Premiere Pro, and After Effects is a plus.
- Must be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and in online meeting collaboration tools, like Zoom and Google Docs.
- Experience designing in compliance with ADA/accessibility guidelines in both print and digital formats is a plus.
- Has familiarity with online content management systems such as WordPress.
- Past management experience and a proven track record of supervising a team of designers and working with all levels of staff at an organization.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with a proven ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, from C-suite professionals to inexperienced youth.
Attributes for Success
- A self-starter and quick learner with a bias for action who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution
- A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges
- Practices ownership, takes accountability, and has the ability to project manage, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision
- A sense of urgency and ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, the California Community College system and the Foundation’s mission
- Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall
Supervisory Responsibilities/Level of Supervision
- Manages a team of 2-3 designers and is responsible for their training, development, work assignments, and performance evaluations. Expected to act as a role model and mentor to staff.
- Receives general direction as to own goals and the achievement of those goals. Evaluated based on the successful performance of essential job duties and responsibilities and achievement of goals.
Education and Experience
- Relevant BA/BS, equivalent work experience, or a combination of both.
- Minimum of five (5) + years of progressive experience in a graphic design role.
- Familiarity with the Community College system a plus.
Working Conditions, Travel, Physical Requirements
- This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, with additional hours as needed to address the needs of the organization. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions/physical requirements of the job. Additional requirements are as follows:
- Ability to constantly work at a computer workstation for up to five consecutive days.
- Ability to frequently communicate with internal office staff and external third parties.
- Ability to frequently move and/or remain in a stationary position without breaks at meetings and program site visits.
- Ability to perform repetitive movements (e.g. typing and filing) and operate and use common office equipment (e.g. copy machine, printer, telephone) and supplies.
- Ability to operate personal vehicle for Foundation business and possess current valid California driver’s license and insurance or utilize an alternative mode of automobile transportation (e.g. ride share) to carry out Foundation business.
- Ability to move or transport office items (e.g. work supplies, laptop, files) up to a maximum of 20 pounds.
- Well-lighted, heated, and air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.
- Minimal overnight travel (up to 5%) by land and air may be required.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities (EEO) are available to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, genetic characteristics, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, political affiliation, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, The Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.
As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor's Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs, and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.
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