Work Location: LSU AgCenter Communications, LSU Campus, Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, LA.
Position Description: The LSU AgCenter is seeking two talented, organized and deadline-driven graphic designers to work with the creative design team, news team, information technology team and subject-matter specialists/faculty. The ideal candidates will design and produce educational, digital and marketing materials, event displays and signage. These include but are not limited to publications (printed and online), electronic newsletters, curriculums, illustrations and other visuals, plus graphic design elements and electronic documents as needed for news stories, videos, social media and the web. Other materials include large displays with collateral materials for educational events, trade shows and other exhibit opportunities for the LSU AgCenter.
The production of creative and educational materials involves understanding the LSU AgCenter’s brand while designing within the latest versions of software for page layout, illustration, digital design and photo enhancing. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint) and digital asset management is necessary. Knowledge of offset and digital printing techniques is necessary, and an understanding of ADA compliance is ideal. Experience with budgeting and coordinating with print vendors is desired, and editing skills and knowledge of Associated Press style is a plus.
The primary mission of the LSU AgCenter is to improve the lives of residents of Louisiana through an educational process that uses research-based information. The successful candidates will creatively transform a client's (research, teaching or extension faculty) information into a highly polished finished product. The designer's job is to achieve the client's intended results within the AgCenter’s brand while maintaining the client's timetable and remaining within the client's budget. In doing so, the designer meets the objectives and enhances the image of the client, the Communications unit and the LSU AgCenter.
Other responsibilities include:
Working as an effective team member, consultant and manager of multiple projects while maintaining an efficient and timely workflow to stay on deadlines and within budgets.
Communicating appropriately with scientists and subject-matter specialists of all disciplines of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development to transform educational data into printed material and other educational products or visual media for intended audiences.
Assisting in planning and performing duties related to communications/public relations efforts, special events, meetings and conferences.
Working with the Assistant Director of Communications/Marketing on LSU AgCenter marketing and advertising projects.
Contributing content to social and traditional media advertising.
Ensuring consistent messages, presentations and creative directions reflect brand and marketing goals.
Collaborating with the AgCenter web team and Information Technology on the development of graphics for our website and other media.
Assisting with archiving publication projects and working within the publications database.
Staying current with graphics industry software and trends to produce the best products for our audiences.
Candidates chosen to be interviewed will be required to provide a statement about the importance of diversity in their work.
Qualification Requirements: A bachelor's degree in graphic design, fine arts or a related discipline from an accredited college or university. A master's degree in a related discipline from an accredited college or university is preferred. This is a nontenured faculty position that requires a master's degree for promotion. If the suitable candidate has only a bachelor's degree, he or she will need to actively pursue a master's degree in a job-related discipline to be promoted. In addition, five or more years of graphic design experience is preferred.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program. Possibility of educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework towards a master’s or Ph.D. degree at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.
Application Deadline: June 6, 2023, or until suitable candidates are identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, official university transcripts and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
LSU AgCenter Communications Director
141 Knapp Hall
Baton Rouge, La 70803
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer