Stephen Smith  |  7/24/2017 8:40:06 PM

Assistant Communications Specialist

(Graphics, Digital, and Multimedia Design)

WORK LOCATION: Communications Department, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position's charge is to work with the Communications creative team as well as the College of Agriculture’s recruitment and development team and other communications, information technology and subject-matter specialists/faculty to consult, design and produce recruitment, educational, development and marketing materials. These include, but are not limited to, publications (printed and online), eBooks, student recruitment materials, fund raising items, electronic newsletters, 4-H curriculums, illustrations and other visuals, plus graphic design elements and electronic documents as needed for news stories, video and Web media. Other materials include large displays with collateral materials for educational events, trade shows and other exhibit opportunities for the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture. The production of creative and educational materials involves designing with the latest versions of software for page layout, illustration, digital design and photo enhancing such as Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Flash, Primier, Dreamweaver and Acrobat) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint), and digital asset management. Experience with social and traditional media advertising are preferred. A knowledge of offset and digital printing techniques is crucial, plus familiarity with word-processing programs, data management and Web search and retrieval.

The primary mission of the LSU AgCenter is to improve the lives of the citizens of Louisiana through an educational process that uses research-based information. The LSU College of Agriculture is the first choice for dynamic and transformative academic experiences in agricultural sciences through innovation and collaboration in a diverse, supportive and personal environment. A Communications graphic designer creatively transforms a client’s (research, teaching or extension faculty) information into a highly polished finished product. The designer’s job is to achieve the client’s intended results, while maintaining the client’s timetable and remaining within the client’s budget. In doing so, the designer meets the objectives and enhances the image of the client, the Communications unit and the organization he/she serves.

Other responsibilities of the position are to: Teach visual communication techniques to LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture faculty, staff, agents, students and others involved with teaching, research and extension programs. Assist in planning and performing duties related to communications/public relations efforts, special events, meetings and conferences. Experience in the development and distribution of ePublications on multiple platforms necessary. Coordinate and ensure consistent messages, presentations and creative directions that reflect brand and marketing goals. Work as an effective team member, consultant and manager of multiple projects and maintain an efficient and timely workflow in order to stay on deadlines and within budgets. Communicate appropriately with scientists and subject-matter specialists of all disciplines of agriculture, family and consumer sciences and youth development in order to transform educational data into printed material and other education products or visual media for the intended audiences. Stay current with the graphics industry in regard to software and trends in order to produce the best and most efficient products for our audiences, plus guide our colleagues with their own needs.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor’s degree in graphic design, fine arts or related discipline from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree in a related discipline from an accredited college or university is preferred. This is a non-tenured faculty position which requires a master’s degree for promotion. If the suitable candidate has only a bachelor’s degree, he or she will need to actively pursue a master’s degree in a job-related discipline to be promoted. In addition, five or more years of graphic design experience is preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 14, 2017 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a resume that includes work experience, academic training, significant accomplishments, awards and recognitions, transcripts of all college and university course work, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals who have agreed to serve as references, three letters of recommendation, and a portfolio of design projects that can be submitted electronically (Additional projects may be supplied later if selected for an interview). Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Frankie Gould, Director and Professor

LSU Agricultural Center Communications

141 Knapp Hall

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

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