University School of Nashville seeks a designer and illustrator to manage and uphold the school’s visual identity by creating impressive digital and print content that informs, inspires, and captivates the USN community and general public about the school, its campaigns, and events. The Creative Services Specialist masters the creative services process from conceptualization to creation to completion. This progression includes developing storyboards, layouts, graphics, and similar items for each project or campaign and occasionally for animated and multimedia video content as well as managing the bid and printing processes. The Creative Services Specialist reports to the Communications Director and is a member of the high-functioning Communications team.
The position requires apt understanding of brand identity, color, typography, composition, layout, grid systems, interactive graphics, printing and mailing processes. The ability to multitask, prioritize, and work calmly to meet multiple deadlines is necessary; familiarity with project management tools is appreciated.
The ideal candidate is a strong team player and a master problem solver that is results-oriented, detail-oriented, organized, dependable, proactive, and enthusiastic to learn. Demonstrated experience with photography & video production or the willingness to develop such skills is essential. Required are a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, fine arts, or a related field as well as three to five years of experience with graphic design and illustration; this position is not for an entry-level graphic designer. Applications must include a portfolio that exhibits mastery of visual communication and graphic design fundamentals and preferably includes samples across multiple media platforms.
USN has a deep commitment to equitable and just community spaces. Candidates should have an awareness of the ways in which implicit biases in race, ethnicity, gender identity and socioeconomic class can shape social interactions and community culture. Candidates should be able to translate that awareness into demonstrable actions that promote equitable and just programming.
University School of Nashville is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school with enrollment of 1,080 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1915, the George Peabody College for Teachers opened Peabody Demonstration School, USN’s predecessor, which earned acclaim for its curriculum and faculty. In 1974, Peabody College announced plans to close PDS, and a group of parents, alumni, students, and teachers reconstituted and re-chartered the school as University School of Nashville.
USN’s midtown location adjacent to Vanderbilt University and its Peabody College for Teachers reminds us each day of our beginnings 107 years ago in the demonstration school culture of innovation and educational best practices. It’s a vibrant educational community for both students and teachers in the midst of a dynamic city.
In the USN community, students expect much of each other, and faculty benefit from that high standard. We seek educators who are enthusiastic about their own learning to complement their work and we offer many opportunities for professional growth. USN is committed to creating an institutional environment that mirrors the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville. USN encourages a diverse applicant pool and provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants.
To safeguard the health and well-being of the USN community from the risks associated with COVID-19, all employees are subject USN policies regarding COVID-19. As of January 7, 2022, more than 97% of employees and more than 87% of USN students K-12 are fully vaccinated, and the school strongly encourages all families to pursue vaccination.