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The Resources and Facilities team at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington is hiring – see yourself at APL!
The Applied Physics Laboratory is a research unit at the University of Washington. Our research expertise is in ocean physics and engineering, ocean and medical acoustics, polar science, environmental remote sensing, and signal processing. We conduct research and development that is sponsored by a variety of federal and state agencies, and take great pride in our long-standing status as a US Navy-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Our work takes place not only on the University of Washington campus and medical centers, but in field locations around the world – at sea, in the air, and on polar ice caps. We apply rigorous scientific inquiry and engineering excellence in pursuit of solutions to important problems for the good of our region, nation, and world.
Diversity is a core value at University of Washington and the Applied Physics Laboratory shares this commitment. We are focused on building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable research environment for all students, staff, and collaborators. We believe every member on our team enriches our community by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.
The person selected for this Visual Communications Specialist role will be a part of a dynamic team that supports APL’s wide-reaching research enterprise. Your expertise will enable the success of researchers who are clearing hazardous seafloor debris from coastal areas, developing ultrasound technologies that advance medical care, conducting fieldwork on glaciers, polar regions, and the world’s oceans, and performing robotic exploration beneath oceanic ice shelves and on space missions.
The Visual Communications Specialist collaborates with APL-UW leadership, investigators, and administrators to create, organize, and post all content appearing on the Laboratory’s public and private websites, and creates individual graphics, brochures, posters, flyers, to support discrete publications, presentations, and multimedia demonstrations and marketing at conferences and workshops. This role will also design audience-specific ads for a range of publications, designs APL-UW branded merchandise, and independently creates or curates content daily for posting to the APL-UW social media. Curation involves daily surveys of social media properties of many UW units, as well as regional and federal research and development institutions - where content is shared as appropriate to amplify positive APL-UW messaging. In this role, the Visual Communications Specialist will design and maintain APLs website and social media content, will independently develop all stories, graphic design themes, and illustrations, will serve as a videographer and photographer at times, and visual consultant for online and print needs.
The Visual Communications Specialist promotes current research findings, advances recruitment efforts to attract scientists, engineers, and students, and celebrates research collaborations and entrepreneurial success on the APL-UW public website; disseminates internal news, business operations information and applications, and Laboratory policies on the APL-UW private website.
The Visual Communications Specialist authors and curates APL-UW news and events on Laboratory social media properties; amplifies media products’ reach by seeking sharing opportunities with social media properties aligned with APL-UW areas of interest and collaborations.
The Visual Communications Specialist interprets and transforms complex scientific concepts into compelling and effective digital illustrations; designs and produces collateral materials to support investigators at national/international conferences and workshops; teams with the Program Manager to create and produce the APL-UW Annual Report; designs and produces of APL-UW advancement and recruitment materials; improves APL-UW facilities interiors with information and wayfinding displays.
Collaborates with the Program Manager and software engineers (WWW team) to design and implement user interfaces for APL-UW public and private websites, improving existing tools, increasing functionality, creating new features, and assessing the utility of all online assets. Works with investigators and students to create and maintain public websites to disseminate research plans and results, and educational programs. Creates and maintains web-based tools to collect and manage information, and to conduct APL-UW business operations. Monitors web analytics and makes suggestions to the WWW team to respond to user questions regarding content and functionality.
Posts daily all APL-UW news and events to the APL-UW Facebook property. Amplifies posts with custom photography and short videos. Searches for opportunities to share APL-UW content with other Facebook properties aligned with APL-UW areas of interest and pubic activities. Monitors and participates in platform comments and feedback.
Creates individual graphics and visual products: brochures, flyers, posters, templates, forms, large-scale displays, logos, and digital illustrations; manages external vendor production as needed. Supports investigators traveling to national and international scientific conferences by creating and producing collateral materials, e.g., wayfinding cards, posters, banners, name tags, manuals, itineraries, and handouts. Designs, lays out, and manages print production of Annual Report featuring the Laboratory’s researchers and accomplishments, and distributes to sponsors, colleagues, congressional delegations, and UW campus leadership. Designs audience-specific ads for a range of print publications. Designs clothing and other merchandise for internal APL-UW consumption and as gifts from the Laboratory. Creates themed displays for APL-UW buildings: research project features, location photography, wayfinding, and directories. Designs artwork and manages vendor production for APL-UW-themed products and special gifts requested by APL-UW leadership.
Teams with videographer and Program Manager to produce video features. Creates short auto-play videos for APL-UW Facebook and YouTube properties. Provides graphics and still photography to incorporate into video products. Promotes video products through APL-UW website, Facebook, and YouTube properties.
Consultation & Training:
Assists and advises investigators, administrators, and students on best approaches and practices for quality online and print products. Prepares templates for print and multimedia production and posts to internal website. Writes, produces, and frequently updates training literature as a staff resource for self-help design tips and in-house printing guide. Offers training seminars on graphic tips and tricks, and on newest available communication/promotion resources. Provides guidance on appropriate use of identity and brand elements and adherence to APL-UW and UW Marketing and Communications guidelines.
Photographs all staff, digitally processes, and uploads to internal database for display in electronic directories. Covers photographically VIP visitors, special events, conferences, educational outreach programs, internal events and gatherings. Processes photos for use in print publications, websites, and social media. Processes, enhances, manipulates digital photo files and produces printed copies as requested.
Bachelor's degree in graphic design/arts or related field AND 4-6 years experience as a designer, with a combined proficiency in print and web publication, video and social media production, and executing ideas across these diverse media.
US Citizenship required.
Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite applications.
Working knowledge of CMS, HTML, CSS, and PHP.
Experience with MS Office Suite applications.
Experience in web design, user experience, and user interfaces.
Experience in curating and authoring information for social media platforms.
Working knowledge of digital video editing.
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Exceptional attention to detail and meeting deadlines.
Ability to communicate clearly and directly in verbal and written communications with internal clients from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who work in a variety of disciplines.
Ability to work independently to meet client expectations with little direct supervision.
Ability to identify and manage relationships with external vendors (printers, embossers, lithographers, framers, sign makers, patch companies, etc.).
Commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
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