Creative Designer (Staff Associate)

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Creative Designer (Staff Associate)



Department: Marketing & Communications

Locations: Fall River, MA

Posted: Dec 2, 2022

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: Full Time

Position ID: 156516

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Bristol Community College (Bristol) is an exciting place to work, learn, and grow! Bristol is one of the largest employers in the South Coast region and is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment with a rich diversity of beliefs, cultures, languages, abilities, and lifestyles. Committed to enriching its educational experience through a supportive community, Bristol actively encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply and achieve our vision to change the world by changing lives, learner by learner. Our employees work collaboratively across the college to ensure the practice of shared governance and transparency in helping to move the college towards comprehensive, innovative solutions, and to empower and meet the needs of our always evolving Bristol community. If you share a passion for helping a diverse student body succeed and enjoy a fast-paced, inclusive, and gratifying work environment, Bristol is the employer for you!

As a Commonwealth of Massachusetts employer, Bristol offers benefitted employees a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability, retirement, flexible spending, and paid time off (vacation, personal, sick, and holiday pay). Tuition waiver discounts for Bristol and the Commonwealth’s public higher education institutions are available for benefitted positions and certain non-benefited positions. Non-benefited positions are eligible for a retirement fund, paid time off (sick pay), as well as savings plans (available to all non-student employees). More information can be found on our


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Job Description:

POSITION TITLE: Creative Designer (Staff Associate)

DEPARTMENT: Marketing & Communications


REPORTS TO: Director of Marketing


The Creative Designer is primarily responsible for the college’s graphic design and digital animation, among other duties. This individual must have experience creating purposeful, compelling, and strategic publications and marketing materials in digital and print formats. The Creative Designer uses creative, thoughtful and intentional designs and research to support the college’s diverse, inclusive and equitable learning community. Serving as the lead visual communicator for marketing and communications projects, this position must be an effective, productive, and organized communicator who can work with a variety of in-house clients and external vendors to research and create materials that solve problems and produce strategic outcomes. This role serves as a critical member of the Marketing & Communications team working closely with all members in a creative office environment.


• Create images and layouts using design software and technologies, such as but not limited to InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
• Ensure final graphics and layouts are visually appealing and on-brand.
• Conceive, create, and design advertising and other collateral pieces that support strategic goals.
• Create and incorporate accessible graphic design practices including but not limited to print, web, use of typography and environmental design.
• Provide design and campaign material support for departments as directed.
• Collaborate with Facilities on environmental signs that use accessible typography, pictograms and symbols including but not limited to, external building signs, wayfinding systems, directories and wall mounted signs.
• Develop brand-centric toolkits to enable departments to create their own materials.
• Apply visual hierarchy and page layout techniques, including typography and photography to meet specific needs.
• Focus on the logic of displaying elements in interactive designs to optimize the user experience.
• Test and implement graphics across various media.
• Manage production process, including digital implementation, printing and mailing services to complete communications projects on time and on budget.
• Work independently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize and meet tight deadlines.
• Handle multiple projects and deadlines to create graphic design products such as but not limited to logos, billboards, posters, brochures, print and digital publications, digital advertising and social media designs.
• Provide photography for events, advertising and other applications.
• Maintain the college’s Brand Central, including taking ownership of brand guidelines, logos and templates.
• Interface with the Marketing & Communications team to strategize cross-functional opportunities in advertising, social media, web/digital content, and public relations plans.
• Create and track analytic systems to test the effectiveness of publications.
• Demonstrate a sense of professionalism and consistently reflect Bristol’s core values while interacting with members of the Bristol community.
• Focus on the Commonwealth’s Equity Agenda by applying related best practices throughout all job functions and work collaboratively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
• Perform other duties as assigned.




NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all required qualifications must be met by date of hire.

• Minimum of an Associate degree.
• Minimum of three (3) years of experience in graphic design, including experience from concept to completion.
• An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience shall be considered.
• Demonstrated advanced proficiency with current versions of Adobe Creative Suite including but not limited to Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator, as well as Microsoft Office 365 applications.
• Proficient in Mac use, with working knowledge of PC.
• Demonstrated understanding of the latest trends related to generational marketing and audiences, branding and integrated marketing, social networking, new media, and ROI.
• Strong organizational skills and ability to present creative concepts to varied audiences.
• Strong portfolio of illustrations, animations or other graphics.
• Working knowledge of the printing industry and experience with pre-press functions.
• Demonstrated proficiency in copy editing and information architecture, including excellent verbal and written communication skills, proofreading, strong attention to detail and an eye for layout.
• Reliable transportation in order to travel to and from meetings, trainings, or campus and community locations as required.
• Exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills, proven ability to form strong cross-functional relationships, and the ability to manage differing points of views across broad sets of stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to convey information to a wide variety of internal and external audiences.
• The ability to advance, support and collaborate with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
• COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: As of January 2022, candidates for employment should be aware that Community College students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.


• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• Demonstrated experience in higher education in the area of graphic design, marketing, communications or a related field.
• Robust understanding and demonstrated inclusion of access, equity, and student success practices.
• Photography and photo editing experience.
• Demonstrated web design and technology experience, including HTML.
• Demonstrated knowledge of creating animations from own illustrations.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the integration of graphic design into the latest channel trends, digital content trends, social media tools, web sites and applications.
• Demonstrated knowledge of fundamental principles of accessibility and inclusive design.
• Demonstrated understanding of audio and video streaming, editing, and online media delivery technologies.
• Demonstrated expertise with digital KPIs and best practices, as well as superior analytic skills and an ROI mindset.
• Ability to communicate in a language in addition to English.

Additional Information:


The employee must meet the physical demands and work environment of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

POSITION STATUS: This is a full-time, non-unit position with benefits.

SALARY: Hiring salary $52,000 – $57,000, commensurate with education and experience.

Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: Please complete our online application by clicking on the “Apply” button. The position will be open until filled. Review of applications will begin 10 calendar days from the posting date.


1) A completed Bristol Community College Employment Application.

2) A current resume/curriculum vitae.

3) A cover letter that demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the desired and required qualifications of the position (not limited in length).

4) A link to online portfolio. Portfolio should include samples of at least 3 of the following items that were designed by the applicant: publication design (viewbook, brochure, postcard, flyer, or similar), digital graphics, and advertisement (print, billboard, or digital).

All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Bristol Community College is an institution that does not sponsor work authorization.

A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted for all positions.

The college will independently verify education credentials as provided on the application. For certain positions that require a college degree, the hired candidate must supply official transcripts upon hire. Transcripts must include your name and degrees conferred.

Bristol Community College is an We value diversity and equity, and are committed to creating an all-inclusive community free from discrimination and harassment. Bristol believes that diversity, equity and inclusion among our community members is imperative to the success of our mission to serve our students well, and is the mainstay of our values.

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