Graphic Design Manager

Job Summary

The graphic designer supervises and implements the majority of the graphic design needs of the university and is a key member of the creative team that oversees all marketing and communication activities for Southern Adventist University.

Ryan Pierce


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct or create the design of all print communications handled by Marketing and University Relations and manage those projects to final production
  • Assist the eCommunications Manager with the graphic design themes of non-print communications
  • Serve as layout editor for the university magazine, Columns
  • Hire, train, and direct student employees in graphic design
  • Oversee the photography needs of the office including hiring, training, and directing student employees in photography
  • Maintain and monitor the use of the corporate university visual identity system and assist departments with the application of the system
  • Assist in facilitating internal and external campus communication for all of Southern’s audience
  • Contract with freelancers to assist with workflow when necessary
  • Assist in creating long-term messages and graphic design concepts and themes based on the key messages and the university mission
  • Oversee marketing and promotional video projects as well as approve university videos for other departments
  • Carry out other marketing and public relations initiatives as necessary
  • Perform special assignments as requested


  • A thorough knowledge of graphic design, web design, and printing processes, as well as communication theory, ethics and practice
  • Up-to-date technical skills required, familiarity with Mac OS X and expertise in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Excellent teamwork skills with the ability to work under pressure in fast-paced, deadline-driven office and to work in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and external public
  • Writing and editing skills are important. Attention to detail is a must.