Vanderbilt University Creative Consultant in Nashville, Tennessee

Creative Consultant (Job Number: 1800592)


Position Summary:

The Creative Consultant is part of the Marketing Solutions team at Vanderbilt University and is an individual contributor responsible for overseeing and facilitating the production of a wide array of creative materials for print and digital materials. This role will create designs and art elements for high-level projects, provide direction and quality control checks to vendors on work produced externally, and update templates for the on-line design template system.

About the Work Unit:

Vanderbilt University Marketing Solutions, a division of University Communications, provides university clients with professional photography, editorial, and graphic design services. Our work helps to brand programs, departments, centers, and institutes by enhancing their visual identity.

About Vanderbilt:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday

Key Functions and Expected Performance:

Design communication materials in a variety of formats

  • Produce concepts, designs, layouts, and illustrations for a variety of communications materials for print, with particular expertise for producing for digital platforms.

  • Present and produce new and innovative ideas for utilizing design in the digital space.

  • Edit and refine designs and related art and text until a successful product is achieved.

  • Collaborates with project manager, clients, and others to discuss ideas, note any alterations, budget limitations, deadlines, etc. before beginning production of materials.

  • Works with printers to prepare itemized written estimates for clients including specifications related to, design, layout, and cost of project materials including, paper, ink, printing, and other vendor related costs, ensuring that financial resources are effectively utilized.

  • Report time and work progress within the divisional project management tool.

  • Follow all department workflow and procedures for the editing, storage, transfer, and archiving of files.

  • Initiate and art direct photo shoots to produce art for inclusion in designs

  • Produce infographics and related spot art

  • Adhere to project deadlines and maintain clear and constant communication with project managers.

  • Color correcting images and prepare art for print or digital applications.

  • Experience designing for video and motion graphics capabilities

Guide and review work produced by external vendors

  • In conjunction with the Director of Creative Strategy, provide consult to university clients during the startup phase of a project, offering input and guidance on the creative approach and deliverables.

  • Provide quality control checks on work received from vendors, ensure technical specifications and project goals are achieved.

  • Provide pre-press support and press checks for vendor work.

  • Archive materials and work produced by vendors.

Maintain on-line design template system

  • Build and maintain design templates using Adobe InDesign for on-line design template system. Regularly produce or adapt designs for inclusion in the on-line design template system. Respond to client feedback and adapt designs as necessary.

Supervisory Relationships:

This position does not have supervisory responsibility. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of Creative Strategy.

Qualifications :

  • Knowledge of pre-press and printing procedures is necessary.

  • 2 to 3 years of experience in graphic design, marketing or with an agency is preferred.

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of graphic design is strongly preferred.

  • Ability to create and produce graphic materials using a range of media, methods, techniques, and equipment is strongly preferred.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing is strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of graphic layout and photographic requirements and procedures is strongly preferred.

  • Skills in the utilization of specified computerized graphic design programs is strongly preferred.

Success Characteristics

  • Creative Thinking – Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions

  • Acceptance of Feedback – Takes constructive criticism with grace, and make improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges. When wrong, owns it – freely admits mistakes.

  • Helpful Nature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need. Volunteers rather than waiting to be asked. Understands that almost no one works in a silo and needs the help of others to do their job well; recognizes that by helping others first, others will likely reciprocate.

  • Naturally Communicates – Readily shares information and is comfortable working within a highly collaborative team. Communicates proactively. Understands that open communication and the sharing of knowledge is fundamental to the success of the team. Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully.

  • Optimistic – Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial. Comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn’t bring their own personal “little black clouds” into the work environment.

  • Reliable – Does what they say they will do, when they say they will do it. Shows up for work when expected. Doesn’t push the burden of work volume or deadlines to others.

  • Sharing – Shares information. Communicates proactively. Transmits knowledge; recognizes that “knowledge is power” is less effective than “sharing knowledge is power.” Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully.

  • Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; make them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well. Doesn’t expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other’s strong suits.

Job requires Bachelor's and 2 years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 41200 - Creative Services

Job: Institutional Affairs Professionals