• Full Time
  • Tempe

Website Arizona State University

Assistant Art Director, Brand Photography and Design

Arizona State University

Enterprise Marketing Hub

Campus: Tempe


Job Description

Under the direction of a Creative Director, the assistant art director works in a fast-paced studio environment that is committed to effectively and efficiently developing communications through inspired and aligned branding in the ASU ecosystem. The individual will manage, prepare and coordinate the implementation of a variety of best-in-class art direction and graphic design assets in preparation of various print and digital media. The director will be well-versed in the visual language and traditions of Arizona State University audiences. This position will develop a strong working relationship with staff from across the university, leading photographers, students and marketing collaborators in the strategies and tactics of photography and design for the ASU brand. The assistant art director will provide conceptual leadership on creative projects from starting point through testing and execution. This leader will collaborate to develop and align design, photography and video assignments under their leadership to ensure that campaigns read as unified executions of a brand platform-aligned ASU communications.

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Salary Range

$50,000 – $68,000 per year; DOE

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Essential Duties

The individual in this position will collaborate on teams to develop ideas and efficient design systems to produce large bodies of photography and design work.
This position is responsible for all phases of photography and graphic design from concept to completion including the creation of websites, html emails, sales materials, brochures, magazines, multimedia presentations, billboards, digital ads, etc.
The assistant art director will work closely with brand strategy and management leads and will play a critical role in reporting progress, establishing priorities, coordinating with photographers working on brand photography and design projects, and training others on ASU brand standards.
In this position, the assistant art director will be required to understand and adhere to a variety of University brand standards, FERPA policies and compliance policies.
Proactive approach to work throughout the course of a year, anticipating and proposing projects based on past experience and team records of prior campaigns.
Work will be completed in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment that is subject to tight deadlines which often includes conflicting priorities, which the assistant art director will navigate and lead through to on-time creative delivery.

Experience applying human-centered, insights-driven design process.
Demonstrated expertise with Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, XD and others).
Evidence of effective communication visual, verbal and written skills.
Knowledge and skill applying photo manipulation tools, including light retouching of photography.
Leads the development of repeatable, scalable and sustainable design solutions and tools for the team to implement across campaigns, aligning for maximum impact in the market.
Works closely with supervisor and leadership to review campaign theme to develop photo assignment direction; prepares visual materials to guide direction and aligns with photographers and subjects in advance of all photoshoots. Designs layout of primary materials that use high end photography, determining placement of lead content, supporting graphics/photos.
Prepares photo checklists and targets, including mood boards and recommended lighting techniques. Attends scheduled photo assignments to deliver pre-approved direction; directs assignments to achieve desired visual images and b-roll video.
Supports video team in making on-campaign materials and coordinating photo and video coverage of the same assignments.

Leadership and project management

Produces digital and print projects to meet production deadlines. Monitors work in progress and upon completion.
Leads constructive critique in office and in project communications.
Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned staff, developing talent and skill in all team members using available teaching materials and campus resources.
The candidate must possess exceptional interpersonal skills and provide guidance to colleagues in need of effective photography and design solutions.
This position schedules, participates and collaboratively facilitates planning meetings, review sessions, photo direction and brainstorming.
Develops, maintains and implements department policies and procedures.
May supervise and evaluate the work of others, including student, freelance and staff photographers.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts or a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four (4) years of related experience working on both a PC and MAC platform; OR, eight (8) years of related experience OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications


Experience designing for a major consumer-facing brand.
Evidence of a portfolio of work demonstrating formal photography direction, typography and information hierarchy decision-making skills.
Experience in conducting creative, inspirational research to discover and apply emerging photography and design trends and techniques.
Experience working with project management systems
Demonstrated knowledge of making creative decisions based on data-driven feedback.


Experience in problem solving and decision-making.
Experience in exercising a high degree of judgment and diplomacy.
Evidence of effective communication, both verbal and written.
Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
Experience working in and providing leadership in a highly collaborative environment through decision-making, teaching and modeling of ideal behavior and practices.
Evidence of organizational skills and ability to help a team plan for and meeting deadlines.

Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions. 

Department Statement

The ASU Enterprise Marketing Hub is a “best-in-class” internal marketing agency that offers strategy and services to ASU clients while providing hands-on, educational experiences for our students.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

Must be eligible to work in the US. The EMH does not sponsor visas.

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