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Pearson's Online & Blended Learning K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a "Top Workplace" by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a "Best Place to Work" by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.
We're looking for an innovative, motivated creative talent to join our growing Creative Services department operating as the Marketing Department's internal agency. Working primarily from our office in Columbia, MD, this individual will be an in-house graphic designer reporting directly into our Creative Service Manager and servicing clients throughout the entire organization.
Working in conjunction with the teams' other designers, this person will be responsible for producing creative assets including graphics for print, digital ads, social media, presentation templates, websites, video graphics, animation and more for Connections Academy schools, International Connections Academy, and Partner Program schools.
The graphic designer is someone who can tackle complex marketing challenges, create innovative design solutions, and play an integral role in ongoing projects that deliver on goals. The ideal candidate will have a background in marketing, communications design and enjoys working with cross-functional teams and possesses a good understanding of typography, layout, illustrations, and brand maintenance. The Pearson Online & Blended Learning environment is a collaborative one, so the designer must be comfortable both presenting ideas and receiving feedback. Digital experience is a must.
Pearson Online & Blended Learning is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.
The following equipment will be provided to you by the company as a full-time employee:
Laptop and phone
The following equipment will need to be provided by you, as the employee, when working from home:
Work closely with the Creative Services Manager and other designers to ensure project expectations are met and exceeded
Produce graphics for print and digital ads including websites, social media, social ad campaigns and other assigned tasks
Work collaboratively with other designers, information architects, copywriters, editors, marketing channel managers, freelancers to fully understand needs, timelines and questions
Ability to produce edits for projects under minimal supervision
Execute tasks promptly to ensure deadlines are not missed
Provide solid strategic rationale when presenting concepts to internal teams and clients
Maintain the company's creative aesthetics while ensuring each graphic produced meets the client's specifications
Conceptualize and offer creative solutions for innovating, improving and optimizing various internal projects
Understand and enforce web, mobile and email design standards and best practices
Assist Creative Services Manager with creating and managing assets database
Stay in-the-know on design best practices across digital and print
Ensure compliance with Pearson OBL brand standards and style guide
Enforce and maintain brand standards and style guides
Train out (as-needed) brand standards and style guides to freelancers and partner agencies
Provide graphic design support for internal audiences when needed
Project Management- Ability to self manage to deadlines and be communicative regarding workload and expectation-setting.
Capabilities & Behaviors:
Effectively and positively deals with change
Works well across teams
Decent, Accountable, Brave, Imaginative
Writing Samples/Creative Work Portfolio must be submitted along with resume
Bachelor's degree in design, fine arts or a related equivalent field required
3-5 years of graphic design experience
Experience in the education industry (preferred) or other highly-regulated field
Skilled in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and Microsoft applications
Strong knowledge of typography, layout design and color theory
Critical thinking and ability to prioritize, organize, manage information, and complete projects.
Juggle numerous projects and meet aggressive schedules
Must be able to turn out graphics from concept to completion
Online portfolio of work to share with team
Organized with excellent time-management skills and strong attention to detail
Must be thoroughly passionate and immersed in the world of design
Experience working with email, social, direct mail, on-site, display and other channels.
Digital experience is a must
Animation skills a plus
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