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Graphic Design Specialist

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Department: Univ Marketing & Communications
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Remote, Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Marketing/Communications, Design

Department: University Marketing & Communications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Graphic Design Specialist (GDS) working in University Marketing and Communications (UMC) must have a deep understanding of the principles of design, a passion for good design and the technical capabilities to bring those designs to life. They should strive for excellence and appreciate constructive criticism.

The GDS will take initiative and work well both independently, as well as part of a multidisciplinary team of designers, writers, videographers, photographers, and coders. They are an expert communicator, detail-driven and respect process.

As part of the visual team, reporting to the Creative Director the GDS will bring Michigan Tech’s brand to life through a variety of print materials including admissions pieces, university marketing materials, large scale signage, and more, as well as have the opportunity to design for web, social media and video. You will be encouraged to develop your craft and grow professionally.

About University Marketing and Communications (UMC): UMC is a team of strategy-first brand champions. We communicate Michigan Tech voices, opportunities, and experiences to the entire world. Academic departments, divisions, institutes, and organizations collaborate with UMC to promote undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, cultivate alumni affinity and support, and position our faculty researchers as leading scholars.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Get to know the university: connect and communicate with everyone in the organization, talk to people and understand the structure of Michigan Tech’s colleges and departments. Actively engage in campus community initiatives and events—You’ll be a Husky afterall!
• Be a valuable teammate to everyone in UMC by solving creative problems, communicating ideas and concepts, supporting others with creative assets, and delivering quality work
• Consistently create eye-catching graphics and engaging designs for print and digital media
• Perform prep work such as layout, formatting, color correcting, and preparing files for printers or the web
• Take ownership of the creative elements of projects from start to finish
• Participate in project kickoff meetings offering creative design solutions. Discuss client needs and requirements with various internal stakeholders and provide information, knowledge and expertise regarding publication processes
• Collaborate closely with the project manager helping to build timelines, organize assets and define the parameters of a project. Identify and communicate road-blocks and offer creative solutions
• Engross yourself in our photo archives. Collaborate with the photography team to identify, locate or capture the best assets for the project
• Create and maintain files in an organized manner to aid in team collaboration and file sharing
• Be a brand ambassador: understand it, utilize it, and enforce it
• Possess a love of creative collaboration and ideation. Be an active member of the visual team brainstorming ideas, sharing inspiration, creating mock-ups and effectively communicating creative ideas
• Work with minimal supervision and balance multiple projects while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Be a savvy communicator with an understanding of how to utilize all communication platforms including Slack,, email, Zoom and phone effectively.
• Stay current on the latest design trends
• Be passionate about what you do—love to design and love your job
• Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
• Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Associate's Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design or a related field, or equivalent professional experience

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• 3+ years of professional print design experience working in a corporate environment or non-profit organization

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design or a related field, or three + years of professional experience in either higher education or at an agency

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Expert skills Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and the portfolio to support it
• An understanding of elements of good design including color, composition, visual hierarchy, and typography and the portfolio to support it
• Possess an understanding of branding and value consistency within a brand and the portfolio to support it.
• Possess the ability to create consistently exciting designs, layouts and graphics that follow brand guidelines.
• Possess an understanding of the print production workflow and client review process including designing options, revising as needed with attention to detail and delivering files on schedule
• Respect and understanding for process. Familiar with file organization techniques and backup files in an organized manner to aid in team collaboration and efficient file sharing.
• Capable of creating templates and working with existing ones, as well as creating new engaging layouts
• Possess the ability to create eye-catching graphics and engaging designs for print and digital media and the portfolio to support it.
• Follow creative direction and possess a high level of attention to detail when making revisions
• Have pride in the success of a project and the satisfaction of the team and the client
• Be a self-starter with the ability to work independently, troubleshoot and seek solutions from multiple sources
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Candidate must commit to full-time work status completing 40 hours/week, with the majority of that work happening between 8-5pm EST. Some flexibility is available with supervisor approval. Remote work options may be considered.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Expert with Adobe Creative Cloud applications
• Experience designing for large format print design
• Experience creating accessible documents in InDesign
• Experience creating animated GIFs
• Experience designing content for Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $50,000.

Title of Position Supervisor

Creative Director

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants must submit a link to an online portfolio.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research university located in Houghton, MI in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer/educational institution. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

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