Miami University — Director of Creative Services

Miami University is looking for its next creative leader. As Director of Creative Services, the successful candidate will be able to lead and impact the University’s brand for years to come. The Director of Creative Services is a versatile manager that transitions well from managing the creative staff while providing creative direction. This person will supervise graphic designers, photographers, and videographers and work closely with web designers and copywriters. The successful candidate must be able to meet deadlines consistently; this means that as a professional, the Director of Creative Services knows how to balance excellence and timelines. This person understands that perfection and excellence are not mutually exclusive and will exceed the University Communications and Marketing partnering clients across the University.

This position is approved for hybrid work (work from home and office). Remote work is not a right, it is a work arrangement that can be modified or revoked by Miami University at any time for any reason, including the convenience of the University.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as a strong brand and creative ambassador to the university community, speaking, writing, engaging with campus partners, and creating ongoing reference materials on how to best leverage the strength of the Miami University brand with thought-leadership, training, tips, and best practices.
  • Lead as the authority and steward of the university’s visual brand identity and guidelines, ensuring they are consistently applied and integrated into myriad use cases, applications, projects, and campaigns across the institution.
  • Oversee the review process for materials created both internally and externally.
  • Develop effective strategies to educate and inform internal and external stakeholders on brand standards, promote visual and identity guidelines, and ensure guidelines are up-to-date and responsive to university needs including but not limited to: signage/wayfinding; Athletics; official groups and affiliate organizations; environmental graphics; retail/licensed products.
  • Develop and manage a system of internal approvals and feedback to ensure each designer’s work is vetted at the appropriate levels.
  • Assign and direct work of senior and junior designers to ensure that the team is producing superior creative work, including providing creative direction, training, and coaching, and following up on work results.
  • Lead the creative development process within UCM according to creative briefs and marketing strategies.
  • Direct creative workflow process.
  • Ensure that each project has the right resources (human and financial), so the team can execute appropriately.
  • Attend creative presentations with University partners to explain the creative angle and rationale for each project or campaign.
  • Collaborate with the design team and other University Communications and Marketing areas to vet all creative ideas appropriately.
  • Partner with different departments and offices within UCM to ensure that clients receive the creative solutions they need.
  • Identify/supervise freelancers and other UCM vendors when building capacity is required.
  • Manage all the creative aspects of advertising campaigns and programs.
  • Foster a climate of creativity and collaboration where great ideas can flourish.
  • Integrate creative strategies with marketing plans.
  • Moderate brainstorming sessions.
  • Act as chief art director.

Required: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (BFA, multimedia, graphic design) or a similar discipline
  • At least seven (7) years of experience in a design or creative field with a minimum of four (4) years of supervisory experience (experience may be earned concurrently)
  • Brand management experience.
  • Fluency in the Adobe Creative Suite and other computer applications
  • Personnel management

Desired: 

  • Master’s degree in design or a related field.
  • Two to three (2-3) years of experience in an advertising agency, preferably as a creative director.
  • Ability to interpret analytics and apply data to design work.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of integrated marketing communications

Apply online at:
https://jobs.miamioh.edu/cw/en-us/job/499525/director-of-creative-services

Please include a cover letter, resume, and portfolio of creative work across multiple media (print, web, digital, traditional).

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