Director, Visual Arts and Communication

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas Life Span Institute is seeking a Director, Visual Arts and Communication to contribute to SWIFT Education Center’s ( research-to-practice agenda to advance equity, social justice and other culturally relevant reforms through systemic transformations of schools and the communities they serve.
This position:

  • Independently coordinates an education program from inception to final presentation addressing complex and dynamic equity, social justice, and other culturally relevant issues in order to help steer SWIFT Education Center Executive Leaders and multiple workgroups that support multi-million dollar sponsored projects.
  • Conducts research on industry and societal trends pertaining to equity, social justice, and other culturally relevant issues; and curates content and resources to guide Center strategies and activities.
  • Collaborates with the Center’s professional learning and creative teams to envision, conceptualize or translate concepts into visual designs; and develop content for sponsored projects that provide professional learning to school systems and communities as well as messaging for marketing initiatives, and awareness campaigns.
  • Develops creative materials through graphic design and layout of online and print materials, selecting/editing photos, managing production processes, and contributing to branding/identity strategies for print and digital marketing initiatives, awareness campaigns, and sponsored projects’ knowledge-based products, assessment tools, and other materials that promote the Center’s research-to-practice agenda.
  • Collaborates with teammates on the Development and Project Operations team as needed to achieve Center objectives.

This work will be performed under the supervision of the Associate Director of Development & Project Operations, Kari Woods. This position is allowed to utilize a flexible work schedule as approved by the supervisor.

Due to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to a combination of telework and on-site work when deemed safe and necessary. 

Job Description

  • 30%     Collaborate with SWIFT professional learning and creative teams to define marketing initiatives, awareness campaigns, and sponsored project products.
  • 30%     Develop and support the development of creative materials and products.
  • 20%     Conduct research, coordinate and serve as the equity, social justice, and cultural relevancy educator for individual Center leaders and workgroups.
  • 20%     Collaborate with teammates on the Center’s Development and Project Operations team, and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, advertising, graphic design, communication, fine art, education, social sciences, or related field with a minimum of 8 years of experience in a related field of study.
  • Experience translating complex knowledge and concepts into visual representations as demonstrated by portfolio of visual works.
  • Experience educating diverse populations about equity, social justice and other culturally relevant topics as evidenced by application materials.
  • Evidence of a high level of organization, time management, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple projects as indicated in application materials.
  • Experience working within a team structure preferably in a university center setting as evidenced by application materials. 
  • Position Requirements:

  • Due to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to a combination of telework and on-site work when deemed safe and necessary.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of 10 or more years of successful graphic design for advertising, promotional sales, and marketing.
  • Experience as an equity, social justice, or cultural relevancy consultant.
  • Knowledge of school and other systemic transformation processes.

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete online application includes a cover letter, a resume, a list of 3 professional references, and a website/URL link to portfolio of visual works. The portfolio link can be included in your resume, cover letter, or in a separate document uploaded with your online application.

    Application deadline is September 28th. For first consideration, please apply before that date.

    Advertised Salary Range

    $68,000- $78,000

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

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    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    40 hours/week

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    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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