The Creative Consultant is part of the Marketing Solutions team at Vanderbilt University and is an individual contributor responsible for overseeing and facilitating the production of a wide array of creative materials for print and digital materials. This role will create designs and art elements for high-level projects, provide direction and quality control checks to vendors on work produced externally, and update templates for the on-line design template system.
About the Work Unit
Vanderbilt University Marketing Solutions, a division of University Communications, provides university clients with professional photography, editorial, and graphic design services. Our work helps to brand programs, departments, centers, and institutes by enhancing their visual identity.
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university's students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday
Duties and Responsibilities
Design communication materials in a variety of formats
Produce concepts, designs, layouts, and illustrations for a variety of communications materials for print, with particular expertise for producing for digital platforms.
Present and produce new and innovative ideas for utilizing design in the digital space.
Edit and refine designs and related art and text until a successful product is achieved.
Collaborates with project manager, clients, and others to discuss ideas, note any alterations, budget limitations, deadlines, etc. before beginning production of materials.
Works with printers to prepare itemized written estimates for clients including specifications related to, design, layout, and cost of project materials including, paper, ink, printing, and other vendor related costs, ensuring that financial resources are effectively utilized.
Report time and work progress within the divisional project management tool.
Follow all department workflow and procedures for the editing, storage, transfer, and archiving of files.
Initiate and art direct photo shoots to produce art for inclusion in designs
Produce infographics and related spot art
Adhere to project deadlines and maintain clear and constant communication with project managers.
Color correcting images and prepare art for print or digital applications.
Experience designing for video and motion graphics capabilities
Guide and review work produced by external vendors
In conjunction with the Director of Creative Strategy, provide consult to university clients during the startup phase of a project, offering input and guidance on the creative approach and deliverables.
Provide quality control checks on work received from vendors, ensure technical specifications and project goals are achieved.
Provide pre-press support and press checks for vendor work.
Archive materials and work produced by vendors.
Maintain on-line design template system
Build and maintain design templates using Adobe InDesign for on-line design template system. Regularly produce or adapt designs for inclusion in the on-line design template system. Respond to client feedback and adapt designs as necessary.
This position does not have supervisory responsibility. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of Creative Strategy.
Vanderbilt is a renownedprivate institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville,Tennessee. The university's students, faculty, and frequently cite Nashvilleand the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of Vanderbiltcommunity. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will bevalued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a placewhere your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employeesknow they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pridein their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbiltwas recently ranked #2 for ‘best quality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5for ‘best run colleges’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a ‘collegecity that students love’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’
About Vanderbilt Benefits In addition to offering a lively community thatencourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers acompetitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life,accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, anda 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuitionassistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five yearsof service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to threedependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more aboutVanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
Requirements of an Ideal Candidate
Knowledge of pre-press and printing procedures is necessary.
2 to 3 years of experience in graphic design, marketing or with an agency is preferred.
Knowledge of principles and practices of graphic design is strongly preferred.
Ability to create and produce graphic materials using a range of media, methods, techniques, and equipment is strongly preferred.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of graphic layout and photographic requirements and procedures is strongly preferred.
Skills in the utilization of specified computerized graphic design programs is strongly preferred.
Five Success Factors
Creative Thinking – Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions
Acceptance of Feedback – Takes constructive criticism with grace, and make improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges. When wrong, owns it – freely admits mistakes.
Helpful Nature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need. Volunteers rather than waiting to be asked. Understands that almost no one works in a silo and needs the help of others to do their job well; recognizes that by helping others first, others will likely reciprocate.
Naturally Communicates – Readily shares information and is comfortable working within a highly collaborative team. Communicates proactively. Understands that open communication and the sharing of knowledge is fundamental to the success of the team. Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully.
Optimistic – Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial. Comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn't bring their own personal ‘little black clouds’ into the work environment.
Internal Number: 1800593
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.