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The UW Press has an outstanding opportunity for a 50% FTE Design Assistant.
Under the general direction of the art director, the design assistant creates marketing and development materials, seasonal and subject catalogs, book covers and interiors, and updated webpages for the University of Washington Press website. This position is responsible for meeting the design needs of the Press while upholding established design and cultural sensitivity standards and maintaining book production schedules. Approximately two-thirds of the press’s annual operating budget consists of income from book sales, and the work of the design assistant is essential to the timely and cost-efficient manufacture and delivery of all books and to the marketing of them.
•Preparation of marketing and development materials, including two seasonal catalogs per year, tip sheets, print direct mail pieces, PowerPoint decks, invitations, email banners, and print and digital ads. •Cover design and layout: Design and layout of back covers, conversion of existing jackets to paperback covers, image research in support of Art Director’s cover design work and with sensitivity to cultural context, and occasional design of front covers. •Website support, including design of custom banners and pages. •Rebranding support, including updating press-branded materials. •Image review, analysis, and preparation (adjusting color, converting files) for complex art programs of new books. •Other duties as assigned.
Required •Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, visual arts, humanities, or other related field; or equivalent experience •Two years professional design experience on publications or printed materials. •Marketing design experience. •High level of proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, with focus on InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. •Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. •Ability and flexibility to work independently and as a team member. •Ability to meet project deadlines, organize workload, and prioritize duties in a busy environment and under pressure of overlapping deadlines.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
Desired •Understanding of and sensitivity to diverse perspectives and cultural contexts and the way visual representations affect equity, justice, and inclusion. •Experience with book design and production. •Web design experience.
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