Graphic Designer

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Graphic Designer

Remuneration: market-related 
Location: Stellenbosch
Type: Permanent
Reference: #DAR/195/0621
Company: Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University
Development and Alumni Relations
Graphic designer
(Ref. DAR/195/0621)
Reporting to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, the Development and Alumni Relations Division is responsible for strategic fundraising on behalf of the University and is actively engaged in increasing philanthropic and other external support to achieve the vision and goals of the University. Further responsibilities of the Division include stewardship of all donors to the Stellenbosch University Trust, alumni relations programme management and events, as well as providing a professional support service to the University for fundraising and alumni relations.
Job scope: Graphic designer rollout of the Donor Relations and Alumni Engagement creative media and all associated marketing and event collaterals.
Primary function of the position:
  • Ensuring brand consistency across all alumni artwork development and adaptations, event collaterals and branded merchandise, as well as the creation of alumni publications;
  • Notice and communications of the Matie alumni welcome centre;
  • Layout and design of donor engagement publications, event invitations and collaterals.

Functional role:
  • Responsible for all graphic elements:
    • Creating designs and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and aesthetic design concepts;
    • Determining size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, selecting style and size of type;
    • Creating and improving event visuals and branded elements thereof;
    • Developing graphics and layouts for publication products, including illustrations, logos, and web-enabled content;
    • Assisting the Donor and Alumni Engagement team with brand development.
  • Ensuring quality control of all print / product production for Development and Alumni Relations (DAR);
  • Providing input into the creative process;
  • Developing initial concepts and ideas and designs;
  • Communicating concepts and design expectations to team members, identified third parties and appropriate stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion;
  • Supporting the Alumni and Donor Engagement (ADE) Manager and the Senior Director with new concept development and design initiatives;
  • Successfully defining and quantifying tasks, and delivering on time and to quality requirements;
  • Setting and continually managing expectations with team members, departments and other stakeholders;
  • Proactively managing changes in project scope, identifying potential crises, and devising contingency plans using risk management standards;
  • Building, developing, and growing any business relationships vital to the success of the work;
  • Developing a mechanism to initiate proposed improvements in terms of process, deliverables, etc.
  • Bachelor's degree in art, design, or a related field of study;
  • Being bilingual in Afrikaans/English is essential; proficiency in isiXhosa would be an advantage. Excellence in written form in at least one of these three languages is essential and must be proven;
  • Advanced experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat);
  • Working knowledge of HTML, MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Must be able to use appropriate terminologies and language to convey concept or design;
  • The ability to use experience, resources and collaboration with other departments to solve problems;
  • A demonstrated track record of gaining trust and respect by consistently showing sound creative, strategic and analytical thinking skills, while maintaining composure and professional etiquette in stressful situations;
  • Exceptional attention to detail, alongside the ability to multi-task, take initiative and demonstrate follow-through skills;
  • Excellent typographical and layout skills in respect of magazines and catalogues;
  • Strong project management skills: the ability to organise projects, stick to deadlines, and to be a dependable team member;
  • The ability to deliver quality outputs and deliverables.

  • A minimum of four to five years’ working experience as a graphic designer in a fast-paced business environment;
  • Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously;
  • A portfolio of outstanding creative work covering print and brand development.

Commencement of duties: 1 September 2021
Closing date: 19 July 2021
Enquiries regarding the job content: Karen Bruns, Senior Director: Development & Alumni Relations, on 021 808 4895, or at [email protected]
Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at [email protected] .
The University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as Stellenbosch University’s institutional EE Plan.
The University reserves the right not to make an appointment .
Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees) , must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.
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The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.
Should no feedback be received from the University within four weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.
Posted on 06 Jul 12:04

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