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Why Join the Michigan Medicine Department of Communications?
We are looking for a highly-skilled graphic artist/animator to create and manage the strategic design elements for our award-winning healthcare blogs, www.michiganhealthlab.org and www.michiganhealthblog.org. You will have the opportunity to join the communications team for the #5-ranked hospital system in the nation and also illustrate an online publication that has reached more than 4 million page views annually with a significant social media following. We are in search of someone with a background in image selection and illustration for online publications and a keen sense of how image design can grab attention in a crowded social landscape. The blog is a main component of the Department of Communication’s content marketing and brand building efforts to promote Michigan Medicine’s clinical care, research, and innovative educational approaches to the world.
You will need prior experience in graphic design for a number of online platforms including promotional websites, social media and digital advertising. Additionally, it is important that you are adept at developing infographics as well as animated content, such as GIFs and motion graphics. It is also a plus if you have video editing experience.
In this position, you will be focused on how social media continues to reshape marketing, promotion, and customer engagement. You'll be a regular consumer of the latest online trends and an early adopter of innovative platforms and features. Additionally, we are seeking an individual who is passionate about not only producing dynamic content but also assessing its value based on Michigan Medicine goals and its return on investment.
What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to?
2:1 match on retirement savings
Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day one of employment
Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
Primary illustrator and designer of the graphics that accompany blogs of the Michigan Medicine Department of Communication. Main responsibility is to manage the production and selection of high quality graphics accompanying articles published on www.michiganhealthlab.org and www.michiganhealthblog.org
Design and develop concepts, images, graphics, animations and other visual communication elements used on the blog, social media and other channels.
Edits and manipulates photos.
Work with writing teams and editor to brainstorm ideas and finalize graphics for the blogs.
Attends weekly editorial meetings.
Serves as a Department contact for internal questions and requests related to graphic or digital design needs.
Collaborates with other members of the Communications Team to optimize creative direction of graphic design and visual branding efforts.
Works closely with Department of Communication team and external vendors for final visual approvals of print and digital content.
Animation/video: Collaborates with video team for graphic needs and other video projects
Perform other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above
Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or Mass Communications with a major in graphic design, communication design, or new media design, or equivalent experience.
Two to four years of experience in advertising, communications, marketing or digital media.
Comfortable with print and digital assignments.
The ability to work independently and efficiently on concurrent projects; develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal staff and outside partners/vendors.
Demonstrated experience managing projects in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with daily deadlines.
Consistently displays collaborative approach to work with a positive, upbeat, professional and responsible attitude.
Ability to handle many projects, often at the same time, through their entire life cycle in collaboration with internal and external team members.
Exceptional communication skills.
Keen understanding of the role of infographics and other visual elements play in improving online communication effectiveness and audience engagement.
Demonstrable proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
Proficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Advertising agency or online publishing experience.
Experience with digital asset management systems.
General familiarity and experience with html as it relates to providing graphics support for email marketing efforts.
Full-time position with core business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.
Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.
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.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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