Graphic Artist I
Job #: 600064
Location: Michigan Union
Department: Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)
Resume Required? Yes
Work-Study? Either, Work-Study or Non-Work-Study Available
The Student Lead Graphic Designer is an exciting job that provides high visibility and impact across the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus. The right candidate will have a strong eye for visuals, as well as experience with graphic design for social justice and activism. The selected student will gain an impressive portfolio and skillset for graphic design in higher education.
The Graphic Designer will support all initiatives in MESA, namely the five Heritage Months (Latinx Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, and Arab Heritage Month) that run through the Fall and Winter semesters. The role will collaborate with program coordinator teams to produce print materials, flyers, and promotional materials, as well as photography. The role requires up to 10-hours per week with occasional evening and weekend hours. In addition, the position will support general office duties including answering the phone and assisting visitors. The role will be supervised by the Office Manager.
Graphic Design (80%)
● Design material for social media, digital signage, and flyers
● Design merchandise (stickers, t-shirts, apparel)
● Collaborate with Heritage Month program coordinator teams (undergraduate and
graduate students, professional staff)
● Create primary design elements for Heritage Months
● Create Heritage Month posters
● Create reflection website pages for each Heritage Month
● Collaborate with Student Lead Photographer (events, photoshoots, and headshots)
● Support photography needs documenting Heritage Month events
General Office Duties (5%)
● Answer phones
● Cover desk when needed
● Welcome and direct visitors to the office
Qualifications & Position Criteria
Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.
● Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud and Google Suite
● Event photography experience
● Experience building portfolio websites
● Adaptive to online tools: Adobe Spark, Canva, Piktochart
● Interest in social justice education communications
● Responsive to feedback and able to work with fast turnaround times
● Excellent time management skills
● Able to work collaboratively with others
● Strong eye for visual aesthetics
● Strong writing/editorial skills
● Videography skills a plus
These are the criteria that the hiring team will be evaluating the candidate for:
● Ability to manage projects from conception to implementation
● Ability to carry out design research and guide ideas coming from the coordinator teams
● Demonstrated self-starter with excellent organizational, written, and interpersonal
● Ability to work collaboratively with multiple constituents from a variety of backgrounds and with various levels of involvement
● Understanding of working with vulnerable communities
● Responsible for tracking financial expenses and adhering to budget for this area of work (merchandise, tools, equipment, and hours).
● Occasional evening/weekend work required (4-6 times a semester).
● The incumbent is required to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time with extensive computer work (typing, editing, research, etc.).