Designer, Office of University Communications

  • Colgate University
  • Hamilton, NY 13346, USA
  • May 16, 2022
Full time External Relations, PR, Marketing

Job Description


Colgate University


Requisition Number: 2022S065Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Office of University Communications
Department: Office of University Communications

Department Statement:
The Office of Communications tells the Colgate story. We strengthen the University’s presence and reputation among external and internal audiences through our strategic direction of the Colgate identity and its core messaging platforms. Our office oversees all official University integrated marketing programs and communications and is responsible for curating and creating content for Colgate Magazine; for digital outlets including the University’s website, mobile apps, and social media; for admission and advancement publications; and media relations campaigns.

The Designer assists with print and digital design initiatives, executing the production of visual materials for the Colgate University communications department. They create high-quality, accessible designs that engage relevant audiences, including current and prospective students, faculty and staff, alumni, and general University supporters. They conceptualize and design various print materials, websites, emails, mobile apps, and other assigned marketing initiatives. They maintain consistency across the Colgate University identity through cross-platform creative efforts, delivering content on time, within budget, and according to the established visual standards. Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications and working collaboratively within the Colgate University Office of Communications, the Designer contributes as a valuable member of a high-performance team, working collaboratively, and implementing feedback.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Professional Experience/Qualifications

  • A digital portfolio that demonstrates executed creative communication design
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional work experience as a designer or jr. designer
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with editors, illustrators, photographers, developers, and campus clients/partners
  • Functional knowledge of design, user interface, and best practices for digital media, including social media, web, mobile apps, and email
  • Functional knowledge of print production and other print processes
  • Functional knowledge of Apple operating systems, Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Google Drive, and Microsoft Office
  • Fundamental knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Wordpress
  • Fundamental understanding and experience in responsive design principles

Preferred Qualifications

  • UX/ UI & UX/UA conceptual understanding is preferred
  • Knowledge of accessibility practices in web design (WCAG 2.1 Level AA) is preferred
  • Knowledge of Drupal a plus
  • Knowledge of responsive CSS frameworks (such as Bootstrap), PHP, and HTML5 a plus
  • Experience with formal and informal usability testing using design prototypes, and responding to results a plus
  • Experience with BaseCamp a plus
  • Experience in a college, university or sophisticated organization communications offices a plus

An Associate’s degree is required.

A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Application Details

Other Information
Cover Letter Special Instructions:
Applicants are required to include a link in their cover letter or resume to their professional online portfolio.

Diversity Statement Instructions:
Colgate has a diverse student, faculty, staff, and alumni population representing a variety of races, gender identities, social economic status, sexual orientations, languages, national origins, etc. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan presents a framework for continuing the creation of an inclusive campus and engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead.

Please describe how you would connect and work with a diverse community. The statement can be any length (e.g. paragraph or page). You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading. For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our Guidance on Crafting Diversity Statements.

Work Schedule:

Job Open Date:

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Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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