Graphic Designer

Pennsylvania, United States
26 Apr 2019
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26 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview    

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of ancient Egypt; from prehistoric Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.


As it prepares to launch a new visual identity across its physical spaces, print and electronic collateral – complementing its transformed physical spaces, the Penn Museum seeks a full-time graphic designer to assist the Art Director and Associate Director of Leadership and Membership Communications in the application of the new brand across all collateral: print and electronic materials, and physical spaces. Under the supervision of the Art Director, the Graphic Designer will be responsible for design of materials utilized by departments across the Museum, including flyers, postcards, simple event invitations, advertisements, and office stationary including letterhead, business cards, and so on. He/she may also assist the Art Director in design work on larger projects. Under the supervision of the Associate Director, Leadership and Membership Communications, the Graphic Designer will be responsible for populating content of the Museum’s flagship members’ magazine, Expedition, including sourcing supplemental images, photo retouching and final image processing, adjusting final page layouts and coordination with printer; he/she will also be responsible for application of the new brand to fundraising materials including membership brochures and stationary, campaign collateral materials and fundraising proposals. This is a one-year, full-time position, with renewal subject to available funding.


Bachelor’s degree in Graphic, Communication Design, or related field with 1 to 3 years of experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated ability required in designing for print and multimedia applications (ads, brochures, publications, flyers, postcards, website graphics, social media graphics, etc.) with proficiency working in the Macintosh platform and a good working knowledge of the latest versions of the Adobe Suite, specifically InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Candidate must be organized and detail-oriented with excellent typography skills and an ability to meet tight deadlines and handle multiple projects at once. Experience quoting and managing print jobs as well as working with vendors is preferred. 
Please submit resume, cover letter, and no less than three examples of independent design work, which candidates should be prepared to speak to in detail if invited for interview. Applications will not be considered without work samples.

Affirmative Action Statement    

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements  

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.