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Senior Graphic Designer

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Graphic Design
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202101126AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Prof/Indiv Contrib III

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range
$75,000 - $85,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: &

Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

This position is in the Office of Marketing and Brand Management (MBM), a department within the Division of University Marketing and Communications. The department is responsible for the management of communications projects including coordination, graphic design, and photography for Colorado State University's colleges, divisions, departments, and units, while serving an integral role in the development and execution of the University's strategic marketing, graphic standards/branding and communications initiatives. This position will report to the Executive Creative Director.

Position Summary

Colorado State University seeks a seasoned, senior-level creative design professional to serve as a Senior Graphic Designer for Marketing Communications in an internal marketing and communications team.

This position will be responsible for developing innovative design solutions to address client challenges while working within a group of creative professionals in a team environment. The successful candidate will exhibit modern design skills and possess experience in a variety of visual communications mediums. The position functions as creative contributor to various teams and individuals in a collaborative office environment. The candidate should show initiative, be able to provide constructive feedback, and be able to take direction.

Required Job Qualifications

Minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in graphic design, communications, or related field.

Minimum of 8 years of professional design experience working in a collaborative team environment such as an advertising agency or design firm.

Portfolio showing creative, contemporary design for variety of media, including print, digital display advertising, website, and preferably environmental.

Demonstrated graphic design skills in a variety of mediums including icons, info graphics, UX/UI as shown through portfolio.

Demonstrated experience mentoring designers.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience working with established and evolving brands and graphic standards.

High level of experience working on collaborative projects that include print, web & digital media, photography, video, and social media campaigns.

High level of experience creating branded experiences - including, but not limited to presentations, events, and permanent installations.

Demonstrated skills in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)

Experience solving complex visual communication challenges

Experience effectively managing a team of designers.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Job Duty Category: Graphic Design and Design Direction


Act as a team leader and provide feedback and direction to other designers in the office, with focus toward elevating the work of the entire team. Consult with management on hiring and training talent along with input on developing new processes and procedures for the design department.

Provide senior design leadership and assistance to the design and project management team, relying on past experience to help the group navigate creative challenges. Help grow and cultivate design talent within the group. Help facilitate productive conversations and exercises that elevate the quality of the unit's creative work.

Meet with clients to gather project goals and form detailed creative briefs for the design team.

Assemble teams of designers per project and inspire them to push the boundaries of design thinking in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Work closely with cross-functional teams to solve complex problems, create strategic concepts, and manage through to meticulous execution.

Foster an environment of creative partnership and collaboration, providing guidance and leadership when necessary.

Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Percentage Of Time: 30

Job Duty Category: Collaborate on Branding and Other Strategic Initiatives


Work directly with the communications team to implement a consistent look, tone and feel for all communications efforts that leverage institutional brand standards and guidelines in all media platforms.

Collaborate with communications teams to plan, develop, implement, and manage marketing and communications plans and initiatives for the college's departments, and units that address and meet University strategic goals and objectives (advancement, funding, recruitment, academics, research, and environment).

Host design meetings to ensure that work meets all brand objectives with close attention to detail and visual aesthetic.

Work directly with key stakeholders to wireframe content, plan implementation, and design presentations, digital experiences, and design collateral in support of high-level University strategic initiatives.

Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Percentage Of Time: 30

Job Duty Category: Graphic Design


Develop innovative design solutions while working within a group of creative professionals in a team environment. This includes, but is not limited to creative design; branding initiatives; advertising initiatives; assisting design team; editing of digital and offset printing designs and files; and design and layout of other communications mediums (banners, signage, advertisements) for various initiatives.

Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Percentage Of Time: 30

Job Duty Category: Supervision


Conduct mid-year and annual performance reviews for a team of graphic designers.

Conduct routine 1:1s with designer staff.

Approve work schedules and time off requests.

Percentage Of Time: 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, a diverse portfolio showing creative, contemporary work in print, digital display advertising, website and environmental design, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
Laura Hamrick,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University's Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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