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UA Production Artist/Graphic Designer / Graphic Artist III

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Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 12
Major Administrative Unit / College: University Advancement
Department: Advancement Engagement 10069781
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

UA Production Artist/Graphic Designer

Position Summary

Position Summary: University Advancement is seeking a Production Artist/Graphic Designer to join its Engagement Team. The designer is directly involved in the development and execution of marketing and communication projects across various channels. We are looking for candidates who have a track record of contributing to personalized communication material as well as multichannel marketing campaigns that not only look great but perform efficiently as well. The ideal candidate is a forward-thinker who is aware of current trends and has excellent verbal and written communication skills. The Designer work will support a variety of clients, including the Alumni Office, Annual Giving, Principal Gifts, and Donor Relations. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Candidate must be proficient with the skills and understanding of the following, including but not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and all social media platforms. Prior experience working on a wide range of marketing functions, including branding, communications, advertising, email marketing, digital marketing, presentations, and websites required. Digital Photography is a plus.


  • Produce creative designs and visually compelling, on-brand materials for a variety of print and digital products using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Prepare final press-ready files based on supplied specifications for numerous types of printing – offset, web, screen, digital, etc.
  • Make various formats of supplied artwork production-ready and resolve any artwork issues that arise during production – troubleshooting with both the creative team and the relevant vendors
  • Provide image retouching, clipping paths, and additional image manipulation
  • Package and preflight files for release to printers
  • Create PDFs for print and client review
  • Create custom PowerPoint presentations and templates
  • Prepare images, web banners, etc. for online and mobile applications
  • Examples of materials to produce include brochures, publications, illustrations, logos, charts, and graphs  
  • Event displays and specialty promotional items
  • Postcards, cards, envelopes
  • Electronic messaging, online banner ads, etc.

Research & Coordination:

  • Collaborate closely with directors, art directors, writers, project managers, and other staff
  • Assist as needed in photo and video shoots
  • Track and coordinate assignment progress and status using the Engagement Team’s project tracking system
  • Coordinate production with Advancement and college/unit colleagues
  • Maintain knowledge of MSU branding standards and accessibility requirements and understand how it impacts print and online production

Resource Management:

  • Maintain job files
  • Maintain and monitor print and online materials to ensure compliance with archival and preservation standards.
  • Help add and tag new assets to UA Digital Asset Management System

Interacts with:

  • Art Director - in order to provide supervision and creative solutions
  • Director - in order to discuss ideas and marketing strategies
  • Project manager - in order to discuss deadlines, schedules, and project budget
  • Department Administrators - in order to discuss marketing strategies
  • Vendors - in order to develop specifications and discuss products
  • Printers - in order to discuss projects and resolve problems

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Commercial Art, Graphic Design or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in commercial or graphic art including marketing and supervision, print production, graphic techniques and procedures, computer graphics, web page design software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications:

  • BA degree or higher preferred
  • 5+ years of design production skills and a proven track record of working to deadlines in a complex environment
  • 5+ years of producing digital design files and press-ready print files
  • Collaborative team-oriented style with the ability to work with a variety of personality types and sensitivity to various cultures
  • Knowledgeable of ADA and WCAG standards
  • Knowledge of print production and production of design for online, social media, and nontraditional media
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

If you review this job description and have done many of the responsibilities or have transferable skills, we want to hear from you and welcome your application! 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume, cover letter, and portfolio

Special Instructions


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Patricia Karam, Director of Recruitment, at

Screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled.


Work Hours

8 am - 5 pm with possible evenings and weekends


Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Bidding eligibility ends July 16, 2024 at 11:55 P.M.

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