Assistant Communications Specialist - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00060520

Work Location: LSU AgCenter Communications, LSU Campus, Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, LA.

Job Description: The LSU AgCenter is seeking a talented, orgranized and deadline-driven graphic designer to work with the creative design team, news team, information technology team and subject-matter specialists/faculty. The ideal candidate will design and produce educational, digital and marketing materials, event displays and signage. These include but are not limited to publications (printed and online), electronic newsletters, curriculums, illustrations and other visuals, plus graphic design elements and electronic documents as needed for news stories, videos and the web. Other materials include large displays with collateral materials for educational events, trade shows and other exhibit opportunities for the LSU AgCenter.

The production of creative and educational materials involves understanding the LSU AgCenter’s brand while designing within the latest versions of software for page layout, illustration, digital design and photo enhancing. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint) and digital asset management is necessary. Knowledge of offset and digital printing techniques is crucial, and an understanding of ADA compliance is ideal. Experience with video editing software After Effects and Premier Pro is preferred as well as experience with social and traditional media advertising, inventory management, budgeting and coordinating with print vendors. Editing skills and knowledge of Associated Press Style is a plus.

  • The primary mission of the LSU AgCenter is to improve the lives of residents of Louisiana through an educational process that uses research-based information. The successful candidate will creatively transform 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 within the AgCenter’s brand 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 LSU AgCenter.
  • Other responsibilities will include:
  • Assist in planning and performing duties related to communications/public relations efforts, special events, meetings and conferences.
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Communications/Marketing on LSU AgCenter marketing and advertising projects.
  • Contribute content to social and traditional media advertising.
  • Coordinate and ensure consistent messages, presentations and creative directions that reflect brand and marketing goals.
  • Conduct trainings on visual communication techniques to LSU AgCenter faculty, staff, agents, students and others involved with teaching, research and extension programs.
  • Collaborate with the AgCenter web team and Information Technology on the development of graphics for our website and other media.
  • Work as an effective team member, consultant and manager of multiple projects and maintain an efficient and timely workflow to stay on deadlines and within budgets.
  • Assist with LSU AgCenter Online Store to ensure publications and inventory in store is up to date.
  • Assist with archiving publications projects and working within publications database.
  • Communicate appropriately with scientists and subject-matter specialists of all disciplines of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development to transform educational data into printed material and other education products or visual media for intended audiences. Stay current with the graphics industry software and trends in order to produce the best and most efficient products for our audiences.

Candidates chosen to be interviewed will be required to provide a statement about the importance of diversity in their work.

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 nontenured faculty position that 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. Possibility of educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework towards a master’s or Ph.D. degree at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Application Deadline: October 20, 2021, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:

Tobie Blanchard

LSU AgCenter Communications Director

141 Knapp Hall

Baton Rouge, La 70803


The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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