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Associate Director, Motion & Design


Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA United States

Associate Director, Motion & Design

Position Title:
Associate Director, Motion & Design

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Salary Range:

$83,500 - $98,200, commensurate with experience

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Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit, Catholic University in the epicenter of Silicon Valley, infusing ethics and social consciousness into a rigorous cross-disciplinary education for its nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Ranked among the top 15 percent of national universities by U.S. News & World Report, SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education.

The UMC Division is tasked with strategically communicating SCU's differentiation and brand across channels that include social media, web, earned media, the alumni magazine and other digital and print platforms, as well as increasing the University's brand visibility, enhancing its reputation, and communicating its differentiation and value among our key audiences.

Position Description

A great opportunity for a skilled and creative designer with strong motion graphics and design capabilities to join the University Marketing and Communications team and through compelling design work help us paint a picture of Santa Clara University to share with the world. Capture the beauty of our campus, our diverse Bronco community, the stories of our students and professors, and the essence of Santa Clara's highly-ranked education model. Help us define visual style and consistency to a variety of audiences including students, prospective students, parents, alumni, and more. This is an exciting time to join as we embark on a new brand storytelling initiative for the University and are looking for a designer who can help us define that new vision. The Associate Director, Motion Graphics and Design will be an important part of the design team, working for the Art Director, and collaborating with print and web designers, storytelling, social media, and others on the University Marketing and Communications Team. A strong working partnership with the Associate Director of Video Production will also be important as they collaborate on a wide variety of video projects.

The Associate Director, Motion Graphics and Design is someone who brings deep creative skills and vision and can lead general marketing projects as well as execute great design. They will be a part of the team responsible for conceptualizing, consulting on, and implementing the university's visual identity program, special web, digital, new media, print projects, and other visual initiatives on behalf of campus clients and the university as a whole.

The Associate Director, Motion Graphics and Design will create strategic and professionally accomplished visual and motion designs that meet the campus clients' marketing objectives. They will consistently carry forward the university's brand identity and image across applications and all media.The position with its emphasis on motion graphics reflects our desire to expand and improve our digital storytelling capabilities.

Job Responsibilities

• Collaborate with campus clients to support their design goals. Build relationships with unit representatives to position University Marketing and Communications as a leader of and resource for their design needs.

• Design and develop a variety of promotional materials, including web graphics (website, blog, social media, email, and other channels), digital material, UI design, motion graphics, animations, banners, ads, and others, to help promote the university's core attributes to its audiences.

• Work within the Website CMS to design on-page content.

• Responsible for creating the motion design language and principles of the University.

• Develop meaningful and delightful animations while ensuring the brand direction and user's needs are always centered in the experience.

• Provide animation concepts and other design elements to clients and team members.

• Work closely with the web team to design and implement updates to the website.

• Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.

• Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate digital tools, planned training, and performance initiatives.

• Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.

• Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.

• Assist units in research and data collection regarding target audiences in order to establish better strategies.

• Ensure consistency, integrity, and proper treatment of the university brand and its brand guidelines.

• Oversee budgeting and management of production and vendor costs in collaboration with the marketing and strategy team, as well as campus clients.

• Design and manage several design projects simultaneously, and meet regularly with team members to track project goals and deliverables and to communicate plans and requirements to internal clients.

• Serve as backup designer for projects assigned to other designers.

• Produce weekly reports of projects' status.

• Work within and expand the SCU Template System and Style Guidelines in accordance with the university brand guidelines and the institution's marketing strategy.

• Stay current on industry standards and innovations.

• Assign work to the design team, students, and vendors.

• Provide direction and review of projects, and coordinate workflow to keep projects running smoothly and timely.

• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Program Knowledge

• In-depth knowledge of design and web software programs like Adobe Creative Suite, especially Adobe After Effects, Figma, and functional knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite.

• Knowledge of motion design language, and how to apply that across different mediums.

• Proven advanced knowledge of web design, CMS, and HTML/CSS is required. Ability to create assets for our web team that are mobile-, tablet-, and desktop-friendly to provide a user experience that fits all formats.

• Experience creating high-fidelity mock-ups and UI/UX design direction across mobile, tablet, and web a plus.

• Familiarity with the Asana project management tool is a plus.


• Experience creating sketches, user flows, wireframes, and final visual design deliverables.

• Extensive experience creating vivid visual effects, animating graphics, and applying motion graphics to a variety of different platforms

• Possess good organizational skills and the ability to manage projects in a timely manner.

• Sound interpersonal communication skills: both oral and written; in one-on-one situations and small groups; with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and outside vendors.

• A good team player, willing to work with colleagues on demanding jobs and tight deadlines.

• A dynamic, creative individual with proven design experience, showing a passion and appreciation for great visual communication.

• Work experience in a client service environment.

• Illustration skills are a plus.

• Knowledge of printing methods is a plus.


• Ability to work well in a team setting as well as independently, with a proactive attitude in a collaborative work environment.

• Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.

• Ability to maintain positive client relationships.

• Proven ability to manage external creative resources and student interns.

• Budgeting and contracting experience preferable.

• Ability to create a unified design look and feel across different mediums.

Education and/or Experience

• Minimum of a bachelor's degree is required (emphasis in design or related field).

• Minimum of six years of progressive professional experience in interactive digital design, publications, and project management in an in-house or agency creative position including graphic design experience.


This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.

• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.

• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or out-of-state locations.

• May be required to travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers within Bay Area or out-of-state locations.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• Typical office environment. Share spaces with teammates.

• Mostly indoor office environment with possible windows (they don't open to the outside).

• Offices with equipment noise (office printers).

• Offices with frequent interruptions.

• UMC has a hybrid work schedule, with the potential to be fully remote.

EEO Statement

?Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University's equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Aaron Zisser, Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, , Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

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  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 5 - 7 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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