The purpose of Creative Services is to represent and enhance the Michigan Athletics and University brand by supporting various units with Athletics through creative and informative visuals. The Creative Services team drives the department branding by adhering to brand guidelines with all of its promotional materials.
The graphic designer works collaboratively with the Creative Services team to support areas across the athletic department by creating promotional materials for many of the varsity athletic teams, digital communications, marketing, fan experience, and Michigan Sports Television. This individual creates inspiring, innovative visuals that must balance the needs of Michigan Athletics' varied audiences while adhering to brand standards.
All members of the Creative Services team commit to exemplifying the values of the University and athletic department. Creative Services prioritizes collaboration and communication in order to achieve the highest levels of both efficiency and effectiveness.
Athletic Team Recruiting Materials
Collaborate with Creative Services Director to establish a strategy in supporting U-M’s varsity athletic teams in their digital and print recruiting efforts.
Generate sport-specific, Michigan Athletics and University digital and print recruiting materials for many of the varsity athletic teams.
Identify new, engaging, best practice approaches to story-telling via multiple communication channels to keep Michigan Athletics on the cutting edge of creativity.
Potential to also generate printed recruiting materials for support units within Athletics.
In conjunction with the Creative Services team, augment efforts of the Communications and Digital Communications staffs.
Generate concepts and create multi-purpose materials that appeal to our wide-ranging audiences for our various communication channels.
Create graphics and animations to promote the University and athletics, staying current with new trends and software.
Collaborate with Michigan Sports Television to obtain assets for projects.
Assist as needed with video board graphics for game days at the venues that utilize video boards.
Assist as needed in creation of television and digital graphics for Michigan Sports Television.
Other Duties as Assigned
Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
No travel is required
Bachelor’s degree in art, design, multimedia design or other related field.
Minimum of 2-4 years of related graphic design experience.
Must be fluent in Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and/or other comparable animation software.
Proficient in current video, web and multimedia technologies, including both leading software applications and Web tools.
Must have design portfolio and it should display broad range of skills and abilities with examples of relevant works appropriate to this position.
An understanding of marketing and target-marketing toward specific demographics.
Familiarity with and willingness to adhere to University of Michigan brand guidelines.
Attention to detail and a collaborative working style.
Open to receiving feedback and ability to integrate it into projects.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and at times under tight deadlines.
Ability to work on both PC and Mac platforms.
Strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Experience with After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
Experience in college athletics and familiarity with current trends.
Familiarity with NCAA Compliance regulations.
Ability to work with a wide range of constituents.
Some schedule flexibility – willing to work some evenings and/or weekends if needed.
How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
The University of Michigan athletics date back to 1866 when baseball became the school’s first varsity athletic team. Now, 150 years later, the athletic department fully supports 31 varsity athletic teams and annually ranks among the premiere collegiate athletic programs in the nation, both on the competition field and in the classroom.
The Wolverines have accumulated 52 national team titles a...long the way, with ice hockey and men’s swimming and diving claiming more national championships in their respective sports than any other Division I program. In 2001, the field hockey team won Michigan’s first women’s NCAA title, followed four years later by softball who claimed the first Women’s College World Series title east of the Mississippi in 2005.
At the Big Ten Conference level, Michigan is far and away the preeminent athletic program. Upon the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year, the Wolverines claimed a Big Ten record 343 conference team titles, 117 more than their closest competitor. One of the original member institutions from 1896, Michigan teams have won more Big Ten titles than any other conference member in nine sports: baseball (35), football (42), women’s gymnastics (16), women’s rowing (4), softball (12), men’s swimming and diving (33), women’s swimming and diving (14), men’s tennis (36) and men’s track and field (57).
Dynasties have been developed over the years in sports such as football who boasts more all-time victories, and the highest winning percentage, in the history of collegiate football. The Michigan women’s gymnastics team has won 15 Big Ten titles in the last 17 years. The women’s swimming and diving team, who won a record 11 consecutive conference titles from 1987-1998, and women’s gymnastics also claim more total championships (14) than any other women’s program – in any sport – in the history of the conference.
Academically, Michigan is just as proud of its 71 student-athletes who have combined for 96 Academic All-America honors, including fullback Dick Balzhiser who was initiated into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2002.
Our website – MGoBlue.com – is one of the most unique and heavily visited collegiate sites in the world.