Sr. Graphic Designer Job at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

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  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore, MD

Job Description

This creative, problem-solving individual will offer visual communication solutions for a range of strategic projects undertaken by the University Communications office. Responsibilities will include creative design and overall creative concepts and production for the execution of projects.

Reporting to the Director of Creative Strategy, we are seeking a Sr. Graphic Designer who will play a lead design role in cross-functional department that include graphic designers, writers, videographers, web designers and others. The person in this position must have excellent interpersonal communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively on creative projects, and have strong design skills and an aesthetic that demonstrates an understanding of current and emerging trends. It is essential the Sr. Graphic Designer have proven experience designing within brand guidelines. This position will have opportunities to work collaboratively with other designers on the University Communications creative team and to mentor junior members of the team.

The Sr. Graphic Designer will be responsible to design materials within Adobe Creative Suite and publish completed designs in the University-wide template portals: Marq and Canva for collateral and campaigns where specific elements must be locked, and others left open for partners across the University to tailor as needed.

The position will work closely with members of the University Communications team and will also maintain relationships with stakeholders across the University to maximize the team impact towards university-wide objectives.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work independently and in cross-functional groups on a variety of strategic communications projects that require creative problem-solving and concepting. This includes taking a lead design role on cross-functional teams, ensuring that all related print and digital design work is of highest quality, consistent, and supports the goals of the individual project.
  • Create a wide range of visual materials. Examples include logos, signage, annual reports, ads, publications, branded collateral, social media graphics, event promotions, image creation, and motion graphics.
  • Direct photo shoots and illustration assignments.
  • Partner with editors, writers, web and video professionals, and others to develop holistic creative solutions.
  • Serve as a brand ambassador and communicate and educate Johns Hopkins colleagues on creative and brand tools and assets.
  • Work on multiple projects concurrently while meeting deadlines and following schedules.
  • Contribute to creative concept presentations to leadership and others.
  • Work to ensure proper balance of form and function in all materials.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Experience contributing to collaborative projects.
  • Experience designing within brand guidelines.
  • Ability to meet deadlines consistently.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups to offer design solutions to communications problems.
  • Proficiency on a Mac using Adobe Creative Suite and emerging technologies.
  • Understanding of production process; capable of taking design from concept to production.
  • Proven leadership to include motivating and enlisting buy-in for solutions and provide leadership to non-direct reports; must possess the ability to drive change and results.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; possess the ability to deal effectively with a broad spectrum of professionals and stakeholders.
  • Proven client relation skills.
  • Ability to lead projects within a complex and decentralized environment.
  • Attention to detail, highly organized and excellent follow through.
  • Understanding of templated resource tools (Marq and Canva) or ability to learn quickly to get up to speed and act as a super user for the department.
  • Ability to multi-task and produce under pressure of multiple and conflicting deadlines.
  • Must be autonomous and able to self-manage, work independently and set own priorities.
  • Strategic thinker able to identify long-term opportunities and trends.
  • Proactive ability to find opportunities for and present recommendations to improve efficiency and enhance creative problem-solving support for department.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in fine arts, graphic design, or related field.
  • Four year's experience and a portfolio.
  • Link(s) to a portfolio of recent work must be submitted with application.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity using creative templated tools (ex. Marq, Canva).
  • Familiarity with motion graphic animation tools (ex. After effects, Spark, Canva).
  • Proven ability to develop, document and communicate strategic guidance.

Classified Title: Sr. Graphic Designer
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC
Starting Salary Range: Min $53,300 - Max $93,500 Annually (Targeted $77,400; Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday - Friday/ 8:30am - 5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Hybrid/JH at Keswick
Department name: University Communications
Personnel area: University Administration

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion .

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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Accommodation Information

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu . For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit accessibility.jhu.edu .

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit .

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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