Colorado Christian University

Graphic Designer

Type of work: Full-Time
Location: Lakewood, CO
Date Posted: April 18th, 2013

The Graphic Designer is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Director of University Communications. This position provides design services to all Colorado Christian University offices and departments in a fast paced environment. The primary responsibilities include quality customer service and communication skills to internal clients and team members, vendor relations and negotiations, print production, conception of new and relevant design ideas, and strong computer skills on either a PC or MAC based systems.


1.Create original artwork or edit existing artwork for all CCU departments, providing proofs to internal clients (usually a pdf) for review.
2.Take part in brainstorms and develop creative strategies for new campaigns and projects.
3.Management of the print production process.
4.Management of all client design files including the creation of a file folder for each incoming job request and accumulate all pertinent information relating to the job, track print vendor invoices to the correct project and send the original invoice to the appropriate internal client, and keep records for the past 3 years.
5.Working knowledge of postal regulations and mail permits.
6.Customer service “can do” attitude with University clients and the University Communications team, including effective and respectful communication.
7.Follow-through with vendors and internal clients to ensure that all aspects of the design workflow process and printing are completed on time and within budget.
8.Complete additional projects as assigned by the Director of University Communications.


1.Assist the Director of University Communications to communicate and enforce the University-wide marketing process, as well as the visual identity/branding guidelines.
2.Perform quality design work for all University offices and departments.
3.Review vendor proofs for accuracy.
4.Recommend effective designs according to postal regulations, as well the best postage choice for a client in order to maximize impact of direct mail pieces. In addition, the designer is responsible for processing 3602 forms through the Accounting Department.
5.Continual skills development and design trend research.
6.Professionally communicate appropriate aspects of each design project to the internal client, marketing team, and vendor.
7.Develop and manage vendor relationships and conduct contract negotiations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or four or more years of graphic design work with an emphasis in developing creative strategies.
2.Proven experience in designing brochures, flyers, logos, and corporate identity standards, in particular for educational entities.
3.Exceedingly proficient in using software on Mac and/or PC based systems, including but not limited to: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Reader, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Outlook.
4.Experienced in pre-press processes, including color separations, trapping, bleeds, packaging for service bureaus, page signatures, converting digital files for 4-color processing, and more.
5.Working knowledge of the print production process which includes, but is not limited to the following: a.Understand the difference between offset and digital printing and offer printing recommendations to maximize results for the internal client. b.Acquire print bids from numerous vendors for quote comparisons and communicate with project manager the best quote for the job. c.Ability to package artwork and upload to vendor FTP site. d.Review of color proofs for design and text accuracy.
6.Extremely efficient in file management and organization.
7.Excellent customer service and communication skills.
8.Strong attention to detail and proofing skills on projects.
9.Ability to work under tight deadlines.

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