Visual Designer Stanford University

Open to 100% remote work.

Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The Office of Development (OOD) supports the goals and purposes of Stanford University. OOD staff members, working in concert with academic leadership and volunteers, strive to enhance, over the long-term, useful gift support to Stanford. In the process, development staff establish and nurture relationships with students, alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and associations. Stanford University is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the OOD staff plays a role in providing the university’s donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.

As a member of the Office of Development’s Design & Brand team, the Visual Designer will lead the development and execution of visual communications across a wide variety of projects and campaigns in support of Stanford University’s fundraising efforts. This unique hybrid role, focused primarily on designing across digital mediums, will also assist in the development of visual themes and central brands that help Stanford connect with various audiences to advance a multitude of exciting and ambitious initiatives.

As a member of the Design & Brand services team, you will be responsible for layout, design, and production on multiple simultaneous projects, applying your individual talent while collaborating with other designers and communicators to craft phenomenal deliverables that advance our brand.

Additionally, the Visual Design will work in conjunction with the Director of Design & Brand to ensure the Office of Development’s programs, values, culture, and image are consistently represented and communicated to all audiences by defining and communicating brand standards, observing and analyzing trends in higher education fundraising, and strengthening and amplifying the brand.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Flexible work arrangements available for the right candidate.


About You

You strive to work in an inclusive environment that supports diversity. You have a strong interest in working in higher education or fundraising. You are service oriented and highly collaborative. You are a strong but tactful communicator. You love advancing impactful storytelling through design.


Your responsibilities include:

Visual Design

  • Take responsibility for projects from client contact through delivery.
  • Produce complex illustrations, graphics, images and photos for design assignments.
  • Create the artwork and design for a variety of platforms, including layout for digital projects, starting from an initial concept and thinking in terms of broader solutions.
  • Work closely with a project manager in order to complete projects using pre-established specifications.
  • Maintain quality control of content, and support design strategy and execution.
  • Use job-required software applications and mediums to develop and design materials according to defined requirements.
  • Inspect proofs for accuracy and adherence to appropriate production standards.
  • May coordinate with multiple clients to develop themes and designs to achieve desired results.
  • Create content specification and design guidelines.
  • Coordinate workflow between design development and vendors and print shops to evaluate quality and process.
  • Provide guidance to other staff or contractors.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry standards, trends and state-of-the-art technology to provide and enhance services.
  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.


Brand Strategy

  • Develop, define, and communicate the core themes and central brands; verify compliance across all channels.
  • Observe and analyze market trends in higher education fundraising.
  • Establish and articulate Stanford OOD’s brand promise and ensure that all communications consistently reflect that promise.

*Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field and five years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office.
  • Keen understanding of design systems and brand development.
  • Experience designing for PowerPoint.
  • Experience using Figma for digital design and prototyping is a plus.
  • Experience designing for email is a plus.
  • Motion graphics, short-form video editing experience with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, and/or photography experience is a plus.
  • Capable of working on multiple design projects in tandem, using strong organization skills.
  • Detail oriented, with the ability to produce quality work while meeting deadlines.
  • A standout colleague with interpersonal skills to stay positive and work professionally in a dynamic environment with changing timelines.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex, highly creative projects or content requiring extensive subject matter/client knowledge.
  • Ability to present portfolio that reflects extensive creative work and project leadership.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to effectively resolve complex problems.
  • Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to perform detailed work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and training other design staff.
  • In-depth understanding and knowledge of industry standards, trends, and technical knowledge.
  • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team.


Certifications and Licenses:

  • None


Physical Requirements*:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, and reach/work above shoulders.
  • Occasionally sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat.
  • Visual acuity including color vision.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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