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Graphic & Web Design Specialist

This full-time job is available as of Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in our lovely, recently remodeled Ann Arbor office. The Graphic and Web Design Specialist is responsible for supporting the design and formatting of business cases for Publishing, as well as other online and offline graphics design requirements within the William Davidson Institute.


Your Day-to-Day:

  • Format and layout case studies, teaching note documents, etc. using Adobe InDesign templates; this includes formatting exhibits, tables, and other images included within these documents
  • Design WordPress CMS assets such as wireframes, graphics, landing pages and templates with a focus on positive user experience
  • Create layouts, graphics, and templates to support digital and offline marketing, as well as academic reports, studies, and other elements
  • Maintain shared drive files for all design documents including all iterative versions, approval documentation, graphics, fonts, and text
  • Participate in collaborative ideation meetings
  • Proofread (e.g., business cases, white papers, reports, etc.)
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


Required Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or associate’s degree with course work in Design or Desktop Publishing or similar
  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years’ paid experience in both online and offline graphics design
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign)
  • Proficiency and skill in WordPress CMS (or similar)
  • Demonstrated sense of creativity, design, typography and branding knowledge
  • Ability to discuss design decisions and effectively take direction and constructive design input
  • Superior interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to adapt and learn quickly
  • Superior writing skills, as well as proofreading, editing (e.g., grammar, punctuation) skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Ability to take initiative, multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines


Preferred Candidate Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of social media graphic design approaches and techniques
  • Working knowledge of SEO techniques


Why Work at WDI?

The William Davidson Institute (WDI) is an affiliate of the University of Michigan (UM); WDI staff members are paid by WDI, but interact closely with many UM faculty, staff and students. Our 37+ employees are diverse and educated professionals who share a common focus and desire to make a positive impact on the world beyond the local reach. WDI leadership believes our employees are our most valuable resource, and promote the recognition and celebration of both individual and group successes on a regular basis. We have an “Open Door” policy to encourage employees to voice suggestions about making WDI an even better place to work. WDI staff meetings and social events are scheduled on a regular basis. WDI celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2017. WDI is an EOE. Learn more about WDI here.

This position is eligible for WDI’s competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 403(b) retirement plan with non-elective 2-to-1 WDI contributions (TIAA and/or Fidelity)
  • Health insurance (three HMO/PPO plans from which to choose, each with Rx rider)
  • Dental insurance (Delta PPO plan)
  • Mutual of Omaha Group Term Life insurance (employee premiums paid for by WDI)
  • Short-Term/Long-Term Disability (premiums paid for by WDI)
  • Vision insurance (VSP)
  • Employee Assistance Program (confidential 24/7 phone access & online resources)
  • Optional participation in either a Flexible Spending Account or a Health Savings Account
  • Vacation Pay – new fulltime employees accrue twelve (12) hours per month
  • Sick Pay – receive a bank annually at the beginning of each fiscal year
  • Holiday Pay & Paid Seasonal Days – WDI is closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day (& the Friday directly afterwards), Christmas Day as well as the weekdays between 12/25 and 1/1. WDI also provides one floating, personal holiday.

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