Job Summary:
The Center for Healthy Minds' (CHM) mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.

If you're an energetic, detail-driven, self-starter with professional graphic design, video and photography experience and a passion for communicating, consider applying for this new 50% role (based on a 40-hour work week) on our small team and help shape the future of CHM's creative services area.

As Multimedia Designer, you'll work closely with the Director of Communications & Marketing and other staff to develop and implement strategies to broadly share scientific findings, news, programs and events, as well as contribute to Center-wide goals related to reach, engagement, diversity, inclusion and philanthropic impact.

Professional experience using Adobe Creative Suite for graphic design, video and photography production, editing and file preparation are essential for this role. You'll design graphics for use on web and social media as well as print and multimedia materials (ex. flyers, reports, mailings, signage), using established brand standards, to support a variety of fundraising, donor stewardship and general awareness campaigns and events. You'll record and edit video of events and create promotional videos. You'll also take and edit photographs of/for events, staff and advertising purposes.

Clear and compassionate communication with a wide variety of stakeholders from various backgrounds is also important to this role. In addition to communications and marketing staff, your daily interactions may involve members of CHM's philanthropy, programming, research and operations teams, as well as external partners and vendors.

Your attention to detail and project management skills will help you execute design projects from intake to delivery. You'll balance collaborative work with independently managing priorities and tasks to move work forward.

In addition to posting content and collaborating on front-end web design, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate on website and brand development as well as assessing processes and software solutions, as we embark on updates to modernize and ensure accessibility and efficiency. As a key CHM brand ambassador, you will help maintain quality and integrity of brand image and voice across all platforms and have an opportunity to provide training opportunities to staff. You will use and manage existing software and equipment for design and production purposes as well as make recommendations for future needs.

Our work is fast-paced, exciting and challenging, as research, innovation and global impact involve a broad spectrum of work, unexpected opportunities and shifting priorities. Your ability to jump in, learn, communicate, collaborate and prioritize will help you thrive in this role. As we support CHM's vision of a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world, we too wish to embody these qualities in our work environment and support of one another. We do this with a balance of flexible work environment and community time, training offerings and the opportunity to contribute to unique, impactful work.

Equity and inclusion are integral to achieving the vision of the Center for Healthy Minds. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across all spectrums. Because inequities in our societies, including the fields of science and academia, disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society - especially women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color - we believe that these identities must be centered in the work of our center. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized groups. If this role speaks to you, we encourage you to apply.

Appointment Percent:  50% Part Time

This position will require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location. Occasional evening and weekend work at off-site events may be required.


Designs and develops multimedia solutions and materials in collaboration with other content creators, adhering to project timelines and developing and posting content for a specified unit in support of visually and contextually communicating messages aligned with unit strategy.
  • 45% Conceptualizes, plans, designs, and executes multimedia solutions for a specific work unit that may be used through various platforms in collaboration with stakeholders and other content creation staff
  • 10% Contributes to the development of communication, event, and marketing materials to fit into the overall strategy of the work unit
  • 10% Tracks and manages timelines and deliverables related to communication projects
  • 5% Directs operational activities for multiple communication platforms and posts content within a work unit that may include websites, social media, written/illustrative communications, and online tools
  • 10% Develops communication, event, and marketing strategies and materials to align with the overall work unit strategic initiative
  • 5% Develops and facilitates trainings for staff and customers regarding technology options and best practices
  • 5% Plans for website, multimedia archive and other digital platforms, upkeep, expansion, and reorganization.
  • 5% Collects, analyzes, prepares, summarizes, and disseminates data and trends relevant to ongoing or future multimedia design initiatives.
  • 5% Maintains multimedia equipment library and assists with budgeting and purchasing for equipment replacement.
Education:  Preferred - Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design, Applied Arts or related field
  • Minimum 2 years professional experience in multimedia and print design, editing and file preparation using Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Experience capturing and editing photographs and working with existing photo assets.
  • Excellent hands-on design skills and abilities, including layout, color, typography, and design theory.
  • Experience shooting and editing video using a DSLR camera and Adobe Premiere Pro (or other video editing software like Final Cut Pro or DaVinci Resolve).
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and navigate a large volume of work and shifting priorities.
  • Demonstrated project/task management experience.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with a variety of stakeholders while working toward shared goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate complex scientific and academic concepts into engaging multimedia designs.
  • Experience designing materials for culturally diverse audiences.
  • Experience with accessible design standards.
Salary:  Minimum $52,000 ANNUAL (12 months)-Depending on Qualifications

The starting salary for the position is based on experience and qualifications. Please note the minimum salary listed is a full-time equivalent rate. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.
Benefits information can be found at https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/.

How to Apply:
Please view complete job posting and apply online
  • Please upload a resume and cover letter, as well as a selection of professional multimedia design work samples you feel would be relevant to the position, as a part of the application process.
  • Please ensure that the resume and cover letter address how you meet the required/preferred qualifications for the position.
  • Your work samples should include professional graphic design samples that were fully executed for print or web (beyond student assignments). Please provide context for each sample (i.e., "Annual Report for XX company, distributed through print and online").
  • You will also be asked to provide contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.
The deadline to apply is 11:55pm CDT on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

For questions, contact Lisa Wesley at lawesley@wisc.edu

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