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Communications Specialist & Graphic Designer (7551U) #24660 at University of California-Berkeley

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Type: Full Time
Location: Berkeley, California

Job Description:

Job Description

Job Title:

Communications Specialist & Graphic Designer (7551U) #24660

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Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time:



Student Affairs Immed Off




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About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance academic and artistic, political and cultural make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 16, 2018

Departmental Overview

This position is part of a team responsible for the design and implementation of communications for Student Affairs initiatives that serve the entire UC Berkeley campus. This team works collaboratively with central campus offices (Public Affairs, University Relations), respective functional owners called clients from a variety of departments (Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Dean of Students, Residential and Student Service Programs including house and dining and hospitality), and partner offices (academic units, Administration and Finance) to successfully launch and sustain Student Affairs communications initiatives.


The Communications Specialist will be responsible for the the marketing and/or selling of campus activities, services, or products including sale of retail merchandise; or provides marketing support activities. Involves the analysis of identified constituencies/audiences and the development of programs, services, and outreach to meet identified needs and influence public perception; may involve "brand" development or enhancement; may involve working with the media (press, television, radio).

The Communications Specialist will support the Student Affairs Communications team (administrative, prospective and new students, continuing students, philanthropy and auxiliary offices, as assigned) by developing and maintaining standard and routine communications material, under the direction of more senior Student Affairs Communications staff.

A portion of the responsibilities of this position will develop graphic and other visual design communications for a variety of marketing communications materials, such as logos, infographics, images for websites or social media, brochures or other promotional material. Work will also include developing designs for social media such as cultivating followers, building and maintaining a community, creating and disseminating posts, monitoring conversations and trends, or reporting on social media metrics.This position will also assist with photography such as staging and shooting photos, shot list development, applying photo treatments, editing and cropping photos, and cataloging photos.

Required Qualifications

*2-3 years of relevant design experience and/or training in a professional setting.
*Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop or Lightroom, and Illustrator in both Mac and PC environments.
*Basic knowledge of tools such as iMovie and content management systems, such as Drupal.
*Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
*Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team.
Understanding of typography, color theory, editorial design and visual story telling.
*Experience creating designs and content, such as GIFs, for social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) to promote the Student Affairs programs and services.
*Working knowledge of print and digital production processes and vendor requirements for a variety of outputs such as offset and digital press, screen (apparel, textile), exhibit and large display, promotional items, web (desktop and mobile), digital displays/monitors, etc.
*Technical experience with digital photography equipment and understanding of photographic principles.
*Accuracy and attention to detail.
*Experience following a style guide and designing for a sub-brand
*Good written, verbal, interpersonal communication skills and political acumen.
*Ability to be forward thinking to keep abreast on the latest communications technology and practices.
*Skills to effectively produce visual materials that meet and satisfy the needs of the client.
*Interpersonal communications skills to interact effectively with a variety of clients, department staff, campus partners and vendors.
*Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and accept feedback in order to meet the goals and objectives of clients.
*Must be able to provide online portfolio of previous design work.
*Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Preferred Qualifications

*Working knowledge of the campus and Student Affairs Division, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs and infrastructure

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $23.95-$30.17/hour.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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