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University of Washington GRAPHIC DESIGNER in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 187572


Posting Date: 02/22/2021

Closing Info: Closes On 02/28/2021

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Limited Recruitment: Open to Department employees only

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. (

The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Click HERE ( for updates.

Work is ordinarily performed in an office environment but may be performed remotely depending on health and safety requirements under the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them – in Washington State and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professionals the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.

At Cultivate Learning, we are champions of service and align with partners and initiatives that foster positive outcomes for children, families, and educators. We commit to equity by working to remove systemic oppression and institutional racism, so each community member can reach their full potential. We build environments of belonging and diversity where we communicate openly, support each other, and value the contributions of all identities. We practice innovation and quality by actively seeking creative ideas from multiple perspectives to evolve and inform the resources we develop.

Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for a Graphic Designer.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Multimedia Communications, the Graphic Designer will work collaboratively with a team of designers, media production staff, instructional designers, communication and web specialists, and education-oriented content developers to independently design and develop Cultivate Learning’s products, publicity, and communication materials.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: • Design and layout for digital media, online learning, virtual training platforms, and print, including curriculum products, publications, brochures, promotional flyers, posters, templates, forms, on-screen overlays, titles, and large-scale graphics for events, while conveying a consistent message and image of Cultivate Learning. • Create and edit large and complex InDesign documents for presenter guides, one-pages, posters, programs, agendas, magazines, etc. • Create and use existing PPT templates for training material for multiple products and courses. PPT is the primary tool that is used for training and course development • Create and update Storyline templates to support online training materials. • Create and use existing Word templates for one-pages and course development. • Create graphics including illustrations, diagrams, and charts, while adhering to Cultivate Learning messaging and visual guides. • Enhance and manipulate photographs, including color correction and photo cut outs. • Convert complex conceptual information and written material into persuasive, functional, and informative visuals that effectively and simply convey key information. • Translate concepts into visual representations at meetings and brainstorming sessions. • Review and edit print and digital material prepared by Cultivate Learning staff for accuracy of information and adherence to design standards. • Develop multimedia graphics for video post-production and screen overlays. • Ensure that print and digital content meets established communication, branding, and accessibility guidelines (i.e., 508-compliancy). • Evaluate creative work being developed for Cultivate Learning, offering recommendations for improving quality, consistency, and usability. • Stay current on the latest trends, issues, and advances in print and multimedia design. Learn and apply new methods, processes, and technologies as required. • Aide with Cultivate Learning website, UX, and web development support, including a higher level of design and attention to detail that both these websites need in order to remain relevant, up to date, and useful for our multitude of audiences. • Gathering web analytics, web interactivity, user experience research, and seamless interface design for back end systems like the EarlyEdU Alliance portal, Coaching Companion, and WebDAM libraries. • Participate in the conception and production of the design, information architecture, layout, and front-end development of Cultivate Learning websites (including EarlyEdU Alliance website and maintaining the HSCI site). • Ensure quality and user-satisfaction for all websites through user testing and data driven design decisions. • Facilitate a content-management process to ensure that all website content is current and routine maintenance is more efficient. • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, visual communication, information design, communication, or a similar field. • Minimum of 3 years of experience working on a design team. • Exceptional visual design and creative skills. • Demonstrated ability to create press ready print files. • Strong understanding of design principles for presentation design. • Demonstrated experience with the Adobe CS (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.). • Ability to design documents in Microsoft Office applications with an emphasis on Power Point and Word. • Experience building templates and interactives in Storyline. • Familiarity with WordPress back end. • Experience working directly with content developers on design implementation. • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as an individual contributor and member of multiple internal and external teams and organizations. • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in design processes • Ability to take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline-driven environment in an organized and professional manner. • Ability to think strategically, problem solve, and suggest creative solutions in line with Cultivate Learning objectives. • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to convey creative ideas clearly via email and video. • Web portfolio

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

DESIRED: • Proven typography expertise • Accuracy with high volume of edits and template work • Familiarity with higher education course development • Experience in a higher education setting • Familiarity with early learning in Washington State and/or nationally

Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.