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Req #: 183509
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 10/14/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years.

The University of Washington Press is the oldest and largest publisher of scholarly and general interest books in the Pacific Northwest. We publish compelling and transformative work with regional, national, and global impact. We are committed to the idea of scholarship as a public good and work collaboratively with our authors to produce books that meet the highest editorial and design standards. We value and promote equity, justice, and inclusion in all our work.

The UW Press has an outstanding opportunity for a 50% FTE Design Assistant.

Under the general direction of the art director, the design assistant creates marketing and development materials, seasonal and subject catalogs, book covers and interiors, and updated webpages for the University of Washington Press website. This position is responsible for meeting the design needs of the Press while upholding established design and cultural sensitivity standards and maintaining book production schedules. Approximately two-thirds of the presss annual operating budget consists of income from book sales, and the work of the design assistant is essential to the timely and cost-efficient manufacture and delivery of all books and to the marketing of them.


Preparation of marketing and development materials, including two seasonal catalogs per year, tip sheets, print direct mail pieces, PowerPoint decks, invitations, email banners, and print and digital ads.
Cover design and layout: Design and layout of back covers, conversion of existing jackets to paperback covers, image research in support of Art Directors cover design work and with sensitivity to cultural context, and occasional design of front covers.
Website support, including design of custom banners and pages.
Rebranding support, including updating press-branded materials.
Image review, analysis, and preparation (adjusting color, converting files) for complex art programs of new books.
Other duties as assigned.


Bachelors degree in graphic design, visual arts, humanities, or other related field; or equivalent experience
Two years professional design experience on publications or printed materials.
Marketing design experience.
High level of proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, with focus on InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability and flexibility to work independently and as a team member.
Ability to meet project deadlines, organize workload, and prioritize duties in a busy environment and under pressure of overlapping deadlines.

Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

Understanding of and sensitivity to diverse perspectives and cultural contexts and the way visual representations affect equity, justice, and inclusion.
Experience with book design and production.
Web design experience.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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