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Position Detail - Senior Designer

Senior Designer

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Work type: Staff Full-Time (Hybrid)
Location: Hybrid - South Hadley, MA
Categories: Communications/ Marketing

Position Type: Staff Full-Time (Hybrid)

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Salary: $62,000-$65,000

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Senior Designer is an experienced creative communications professional who will be part of a strategic, results-oriented team. The Senior Designer will provide outstanding graphic design and creative support to the Office of Communications, campus partners, and Mount Holyoke College. This position is hybrid with a minimum of 2 days on-campus each week; however, due to the nature of the work, flexibility with the schedule may be granted by the AVP for Marketing & Communications.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Helps create and manage a consistent visual design vision, brand, and overall aesthetic for the College, including designing creative materials for traditional, digital, and social channels such as: icons, fliers, website banners, slide presentations, brochures, business cards, mascots, posters, logos, promotional displays, etc. 
  • Manage a thorough and consistent visual style guide (including logos, typefaces, brand assets, etc.) across the College
  • Collaborate with the Office of Communications & Marketing team and stakeholders such as the offices of the President, Admission, and Development to define, create, and implement successful creative concepts and designs for marketing communications materials 
  • Create or contribute to project briefs; deliver creative materials on schedule and on budget, based on the approved brief 
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in concept, art direction, and writing of all print projects to deliver strategic and emotionally compelling design products 
  • Manage production of print designs from layout to final press 
  • Help manage the storage of digital assets and other design resources such as fonts, illustrations, design files, photography, etc. 
  • Assist Director of Strategic Content in managing outside vendors and other designers (freelancers) when needed 
  • Communicate openly and in a timely manner with multiple team members regarding project updates 
  • Support campus partners with ongoing creation and management of digital design template materials 
  • Serve on College committees, as determined by the Director of Strategic Content and the AVP of Marketing & Communications 


• Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent; major, minor or programmatic focus in graphic design is preferred
• 5-7 years of experience in graphic design and/or branding with strong conceptual, design and typography skills
• Extensive knowledge of Adobe suite, in particular InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
• Experience creating multi-faceted design campaigns, using both print and digital
• Must have strong project management skills and an attention to detail
• Must have excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills
• Must have the ability to work both independently and in a team environment
• Must have the ability to meet tight deadlines, manage multiple priorities and learn quickly in a fast-paced environment
• Must have a proactive attitude and approach to problem solving
• Must be able to give and take creative direction and feedback in a constructive manner
• Demonstrated ability to work across an institution or campus with multiple stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with photography, videography and/or ability to art direct photo/video shoots
• Experience in education (in-house or an agency with education clients)


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. A job is considered sedentary if traversing is only required occasionally and all other criteria for sedentary work are met.
• Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
• Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
• The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
• Employee operates office equipment and computers to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

Working Conditions: 

• The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
• Employee operates office equipment and computers to perform essential duties and responsibilities.


Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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