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Director, Design Services

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, 30144
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs

Job ID: 274204

About Us

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, career opportunities, mission and values and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are part of the University System of Georgia. Kennesaw State will exemplify the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Our institutional values are student-inspired, promise-fulfilling, true to ourselves, elevational, open and impact-generating. In addition, we support the University System of Georgia core values of accountability, excellence, integrity and respect. We are searching for talented people to join Kennesaw State University. Come to KSU and find your passion.   


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. 

Job Summary

Responsible for the development of the University's graphic design services strategy and managing the creative development and execution of the graphics group. Guides all projects and is responsible for inspiring, building and leading an outstanding design team of digital and traditional graphic designers along with evaluating, coaching and hiring creative talent. Supports university brand development, management and stewardship.


1.  Oversees the creative design process from concept to completion
2. Translates communcations objectives into clear creative strategies and impactful executions
3. Works closely with multidisciplinary project teams
4. Leads and directs the design team in the production of all marketing and communications ,collateral, including digital and traditional advertising, brochures, University magazine, etc
5. Ensures visual communication and brand standards are met and evolves brand standards as needed
6. Meets with clients and management to explain campaign strategies and solutions
7. Reviews work, troubleshoots and provides feedback to design teams
8. Remains actively involved in hiring and training design staff
9. Manages and cultivates the career development of staff members, including graphic and digital designers 
10. Manages brand visual identity, the university stationery and freelance design contracts

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in related field

Required Experience
Seven (7) years creative experience in copywriting, graphic and digital design or previous art director experience to include previous management and supervisory skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in related field

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to work collaboratively across the entire communications and marketing team
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Extensive knowledge of graphic fundamentals, print, digital and web capabilities, as well as branding, marketing and advertising principles
Experience with a variety of Adobe Creative Suite software, including Photoshop, InDesign, illustrator, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Flash
Strong creative background and intimate understanding of design, copy and digital web best practices and guidelines
Strong understanding of brand development and multichannel marketing concepts

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Strong people, persuasion and presentation skills
Excellent leadership, team building and coaching skills
Comfort interacting with clients and internal staff alike
Strong persuasive skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, Desktop Publishing software)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

USG Core Values

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at

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