Senior Graphic Designer – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Brand Creative team at USC University Communications seeks a talented and creative professional for the Senior Graphic Designer position. Working closely with the Creative Director, Senior Design Manager and fellow designers, the candidate will help to oversee and uphold the USC graphic identity system in addition to bringing in digital expertise to the team. The Senior Graphic Designer will work on both print and digital campaigns to promote various initiatives to the Trojan community. The ideal candidate has excellent time management, client services and communications skills, both verbal and written, with a strong understanding of layout, typography and composition in the print and digital realms. The person who fills this role will need to be a self-starter who can set priorities, meet deadlines and can work independently as well as collaboratively. Animation skills are a big plus.

Job Responsibilities

  • Conceptualize, design, produce and deliver creative assets for a wide range of projects including information graphics, social media, website, animation, branded materials and collateral.

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders across the University to ensure consistency with USC’s brand and identity standards.

  • Support senior staff in assigned project-based work.

  • Participate in creative brainstorms for design projects.

  • Communication and problem-solving skills are a must.

  • Optimize assets for the web.

  • Attend press checks as needed.


Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree; Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.

  • 3 years of relevant experience in graphic design.

  • A portfolio of work.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts Degree in graphic design or related field.

  • 4-5 years of professional experience working in a creative environment such as design firm, advertising or digital agency, or in-house creative department.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Advanced Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and UI/UX (Sketch, Figma, XD).

  • Excellent typography skills and attention to detail.

  • HTML and CSS skills is a plus.

  • After Effects is a plus.

  • Experience with Salesforce, WordPress and Mailchimp are a plus.

Required Documents:

  • Resume + Cover letter.

  • Portfolio.

  • Adobe program skills assessment will be required as part of the interview process.

  • References upon request.

The hourly rate range for this position is $32.54 – $36.93. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minimum Education: Associate’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Education in graphic or industrial design. Work experience as graphic designer covering all aspects of artwork preparation and printing. Requires thorough knowledge of typography, printing processes, selection of paper or printing surface and paper folding, binding and finishing.

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