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Senior Designer

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Senior Designer

Job Profile Title
Manager, Marketing

Job Description Summary
The Senior Designer must be an excellent communicator, a focused listener, an effective curator of information, and an outstanding creative practitioner in order to understand and translate the overall Penn Admissions brand to create marketing materials for Penn's Undergraduate Office of Admissions. They must design across varied creative platforms (print, on-line, video, environmental branding, e-mail, social media, and mixed media). They must work collaboratively with content producers, a web developer and other creative partners and admissions staff to create final work which is vibrant, differentiated, authentic, and that adheres to Penn Admission's Brand Guidelines, while also being inventive, audience-specific, and data-informed. The Senior Designer should be comfortable interfacing with vendors, agencies, printers, photographers/videographers, and other creative partners. Their creative output will serve and enhance the business goals of the admissions department, and therefore they should be comfortable presenting their ideas, receiving constructive feedback, and helping colleagues to understand which creative solutions will best help them achieve their goals. The Senior Designer will simultaneously manage multiple assignments, and must be experienced enough to understand how to prioritize among these, and how to manage colleague's expectations around deliverables and timelines.

Job Description

  • Owning end-to-end creative process from concept to production across all marketing and communications assets while ensuring brand consistency across all deliverables.
  • Transform marketing and creative strategies into specific creative materials.
  • Manage creative production timelines for print, web, video, mixed media, and environmental branding.
  • Develop necessary training materials, guidance, and PPT templates to elevate the deliverables used in internal and external communications across the office so that they reflect the Penn Admissions brand.
  • Manage large-scale projects across the office, related to complex marketing and communications initiatives, including facilitating cross-functional team meetings using meeting-management and project-management best practices to drive timelines, communication, timely and efficient decision-making, and successful execution of Admissions core marketing, communications, and recruitment objectives.
  • Work with senior leadership to develop key presentations and reports used with internal and external stakeholders, including advisory boards and University leadership.
  • Translate elements of the Penn Admissions Brand for various audiences and occasions, understanding how to adjust and enhance existing brand guidelines to best serve the needs and perspectives of a wide range of users and stakeholders.
  • Lead and present in meetings where creative content is being ideated upon, edited, critiqued, and evaluated.
  • Present creative executions to staff at all levels - including to senior leadership


3-5 years of experience in graphic design. A deep commitment to issues of access and inclusion within higher education, and an understanding that these are essential lenses through which every project and work product created by our office must be viewed. An exceptionally talented and agile creative designer who excels at ideation but also can execute at a highly professional level. Outstanding track record for partnering and drawing out the best in other creative professionals and helping colleagues across all functions understand, celebrate, and embrace creative solutions. Higher education experience preferred but not required; those coming from outside of higher ed should be prepared to both demonstrate a strong curiosity about the industry, and be comfortable teaching and generating enthusiasm for communications best practices and tactics that come from outside of higher ed. Must have a desire and passion to find new ways to engage and share Penn stories with our audiences. Deep knowledge and understanding - and interest in - design best practices across different mediums including email marketing, print, and digital communications. Ability to lead, plan, develop, and implement projects / programs that deliver on priorities and the communication skills and collaborative spirit to maintain relationships while also redirecting interest if a project is not viable or aligned with priorities.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$60-75K commensurate with education and experience

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost's Center

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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