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Art Director - Office of Communications and Marketing

Requisition ID:  16747

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Purdue University Fort Wayne is seeking an Art Director to join our Communications and Marketing team. The Art Director is one of our key brand builders, a visual storyteller, and a multi-platform design guru. Do you have a strong passion for creating engaging communications and successful marketing solutions? Consider PFW to advance your career in the role of Art Director by researching, concepting, ideating, collaborating, and helping present innovative creative approaches to launch a variety of integrated marketing and sub-branded campaigns.


Why will you enjoy this opportunity?


Become one of our highly energized creative staff who are engaged in creating innovative visual solutions that support and expand the University's robust brand, identity, and culture. PFW has launched a new brand — strategically coordinated with Purdue University — and is supported and informed by an expansive collection of resources to align and strengthen design and content solutions across all creative projects and platforms. Our core in-house and team-based projects include solutions for student recruitment, University events and campus experiences, fundraising campaigns, institutional publications, identity and brand development, a wide variety of web sites, electronic communications, social media campaigns, and print and digital advertising campaigns.


Become a valued member of the creative team within a multi-platform, in-house agency environment. Our Art Directors are strategic, innovative, positive, and effective brand communications leaders on the Design team. You would work closely with 22+ in-house staff, including an executive creative director, and senior leads in editorial, web development, photography, project management, media, events management, and public relations. If you’re seeking an exciting opportunity to showcase your own talent, and are a highly motivated and experienced individual, then become part of an engaged team who are embracing bold and creative leaps at one of the leading higher-ed brands in the nation.


The Work: What type of work will you be doing? What assignments, requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular basis?


  • The Art Director helps lead detail-oriented execution of visual direction across various campaign creative build-outs, and aligns related design assets, graphics, photography, and content structures across multiple communication platforms and needs.
  • Team members track, align, and document key steps during project production, to ensure collaboration, discussions, schedules, and specs are captured and completed. Proficiency in effectively using shared project management systems, including Basecamp, calendars, and shared drives is essential.
  • Team members often use online meetings, presentations, and collaboration tools to communicate and present ideas and status updates using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other video sharing software. Effective use and ongoing proficiency is expected.
  • The Art Director must share a strong commitment to creative collaboration, brainstorming, and the ability to work intuitively, flexibly, and effectively in a fast-paced, in-house agency environment, strengthened by constructive and supportive team feedback.

What are the position essentials required as the Art Director?


  • Bachelor's degree in design, art, fine arts, communications, or related field.
  • Six to seven years of progressive experience within a design studio-type environment preferred, or a minimum of three years relevant experience — accompanied by a strong portfolio — showcasing masterful talent and execution skills in a variety of innovative and industry leading graphic design solutions, as well as developing strong image and/or video-based productions may be considered.
  • Strong design skills with refined aesthetic sensibilities required to create visually innovative solutions, combined with a prior background in one or more areas of core concentration: design, online promotions and website design, branding, communications, photography, marketing, advertising, public relations, or related fields, as evidenced by a strong portfolio.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and relevant creative processes, from concepts to outcomes, which successfully help drive communications and marketing initiatives across print and/or digital platforms strategically targeted to various audiences.
  • Strong technical and execution skills across a variety of the industry’s leading graphic, type, and image-based software production suites.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to think strategically and purposefully.
  • Commitment to diversity and building and supporting inclusive communities in a team environment is critical.

What are the additional preferred requirements of the Art Director?


  • Previous experience in higher education communications, in-house corporate communications, or relevant agency.
  • Experience in creatively using, directing, or creating unique photography and/or video assets to help showcase an authentic and compelling campus experience is highly desired. 
  • Design solutions, asset development, strong visual coordination, and related development skills to enhance coordinated web design, electronic communications, and social and mobile environments is desired.



Why are so many taking advantage of a career at Purdue University Fort Wayne?  Employees enjoy:


  • Free tuition through Purdue University Global
  • Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, spouse, and children
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance available on first day of employment
  • Additional voluntary benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Support for professional development opportunities
  • Live and work in an affordable, family friendly community


Additional Information:


  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contributions Immediately


Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Dec 30, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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