Under the supervision of the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Director of Brand and Creative Services serves as the primary strategic and creative visionary for the College, applying his/her skills and knowledge in the development, execution and delivery of outstanding visual content for a variety of audience via the web, social media, video, photo and print vehicles. The Creative Director will at times work directly with institutional leaders and stakeholders to present departmental work with the goal of fostering a fully integrated communication and marketing environment and creating impactful brand experiences.
He/she is responsible for all creative work related to institutional priorities such as recruitment, retention, and fundraising, including but not limited to: the creation of digital and printed materials, including ensuring the overall quality of the full department portfolio; overseeing the development, promotion, and protection of the Curry College brand and reputation among internal and external constituents; supervising and collaborating with (internal and external) designers, artists, printers, web experts, photographers, videographers and digital media creators; supervisory oversight of the college’s image library and art direction of new photography and videography; providing leadership and direction to the creative team along with strategic partners from across the institution. This position requires the ability to lead and participate in a collaborative creative process, as well as to manage a high volume of work while navigating shifting priorities of various partners. The Director must bring a creative mindset, excellent communication skills, and a flexible, solutions-oriented approach to ensure the team produces consistently superior work.
Creative Strategy Collaboration:
Assist the AVP of Marketing and Communications, along with other key College stakeholders, in the development of an integrated communication plan, with audiences, objectives, and channels for College publications and campaigns;
Oversee the creation, distribution, and updating of a College-wide brand and style guidelines. Maintain the College’s graphic identity program and other brand assets and resources;
Provide art direction for College-wide communication projects. Evaluate creative work. Advise and provide direction to team members, collaborating in the design and video creation process;
Conceptualize and/or produce or supervise production of a wide range of collateral projects (print and digital) including but not limited to brochures, flyers, postcards, viewbooks, event invitations and programming promotions, presentation graphics, environmental signage, e-newsletter templates, social media graphics, video and photography. Provide review of all printed and digital materials and communications. Make modifications and suggestions to ensure materials are of highest quality and greatest appeal;
Manage projects from inception to delivery; Produce content with both speed and accuracy; Assess data to inform future initiatives.
Digital, Magazine, and Campaign Content:
Translate brand strategies into creative storytelling and engagement campaigns across multiple media platforms;
Work with the AVP and Director of Public Relations to develop an updated visual identity for Curry Magazine and supervise design production for two issues a year.;
Manage own portfolio of print and digital design projects, as well as overseeing other projects. Candidates will be required to submit a portfolio with their application that includes print and digital work.
Communicate concepts, ideas, vision into actionable assignments and project guidelines for staff;
Hire, train, manage and develop staff knowledge and skill sets to provide the most advantageous mix to meet current project deliverables; supervise student interns, as needed.
Manage and maintain the performance and deliverables of third-party vendors/and or freelance contributors;
Manages the resource allocations for creative services, escalating resource constraints and delivery risks.
Departmental Team Leadership:
Regularly meet with the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications and other department directors along with pertinent professional staff members to contribute to departmental direction;
Uphold and promote the department’s mission and priorities within the department and College community;
Report regularly to Supervisor and Senior Leadership on Marketing and Communication related initiatives.
Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, digital design, graphic communications or related field.
Five to seven years of experience in graphic arts, digital/interactive design, and project management in a deadline-driven environment required.
Must have supervisory experiences and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Experience must be evidenced by a portfolio of print and digital work.
Strong conceptual and problem-solving skills regarding both online and offline communication solutions (branding, messaging, marketing, design, typography, photography, animation, video, audio, and programming).
Experience working with external vendors and ability to match the appropriate skills to projects, including photography and design.
Experience managing integrated marketing projects and digital asset and project management systems.
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite required.
Knowledge of current design and brand industry best practices and trends.
Must be proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented, with the ability to define and execute projects independently.
Must possess excellent time management skills and have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines.
Positive attitude, open to constructive feedback, and a team player.
Strong leadership and mediation skills and enjoys mentoring and fostering growth of junior team members.
Collaborative with people from different creative disciplines and teams.
Must possess sound judgment and a good understanding of visual storytelling. Requires superior communication skills (interpersonal, verbal and written). Creativity, initiative, and a team spirit are essential.
A valid unrestricted driver's license required.
Studio/agency experience and/or experience with higher education environment a plus.
Experience with website usability and design, mobile design, and email design best practices a plus.
Ability to work in both Macintosh and PC environments.
Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.
At the College’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the College, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
Please apply online at https://www.curry.edu/about-us/community-resources/employment/job-opportunities for consideration. Interested Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references including complete contact information and professional titles. In addition, candidates will be required to submit a link to their professional portfolio of print and digital work with their application.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent Benefits Package including Health and Dental Insurances, paid time off, free parking and much more.
About Curry College
Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on a wooded 131-acre campus in Milton, MA just seven miles from downtown Boston. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Curry College offers 27 undergraduate majors, over 60 minors and concentrations, as well as four graduate programs and a variety of continuing education certificates and programs.
Curry College is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity in the workplace and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in every aspect of its operations.