Publication Designer Lead

  • Writing
  • Anywhere

How to Apply

You must apply through the UM Jobs website ( In addition to your resume, please submit a cover letter, not to exceed one page. In the body of your letter, please describe how the position fits with and advances your career goals. Your resume and cover letter will serve as a writing sample for the initial screening process.

Work samples are also required to be considered for this position. Links to relevant samples of work must be included with resume and cover letter. In addition, eight to ten samples representing quality and scope of work relevant to this position are required. Be sure to include links to websites and digital assets demonstrating your relevant technical experience (be sure to provide the entire URL). Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.

Note: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and work samples together as a single electronic document (a PDF is best, but there are other acceptable formats), as the system will accommodate only one attachment.


Who we are

LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world. We are more than 70 professionals building a positive work environment that supports the excellence and transformative power of the college’s liberal arts mission through values-based fundraising, marketing, and communications. To learn more about what we do, our culture (including our practice of positive organizational scholarship), and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit our Join Our Team Website at

Who you are

You are someone who knows the value of great editorial design and how to make a story compelling and relevant to the audience. You’re a creative, solution-based thinker who can direct and source engaging, editorial imagery for varied subjects. You’re passionate about creating inventive magazine layouts in print and executing their translation online. You love generating creative ideas and inspiring solutions, and have experience guiding and empowering designers, photographers and illustrators to do the same. You get excited to dive into concept creation, and at the same time find joy in tracking all the details. You enjoy collaborating with content creators to bring stories to life.

What you’ll do

You will direct an award-winning team of designers and freelance artists to bring liberal arts and sciences stories to life on the pages of LSA Magazine in print and online. You will collaborate with our Editorial Manager to plan and develop content and layout of the magazine, and have an opportunity to explore an unending variety of topics. You’ll partner with a talented team of designers, writers, project managers, videographers, and marketers.

You’ll report directly to the Creative Director and are a key member of a team of five designers, including an Associate Creative Director, UX designer, and Multimedia Designers.

The salary range for this position is mid-70s to low-80s.

A full job description can be found at


Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off and paid holidays
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance, starting on day one of employment
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Required Qualifications*

Here are the things you already have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design (or a related field) or 3+ years experience designing and art directing editorial design and magazine layout from concept to completion in both the print and digital space, or an equivalent combination of skills as demonstrated in a creative portfolio.
  • Proficiency with design and layout software, such as Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, AdobeXD), Figma, and Sketch.
  • High level of creative vision and design sophistication.
  • Experience managing the project schedule and a creative team, including assessing workloads and supervising others’ creative work.

If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can rock the role, we’d love to learn more about you.

Additional Information

Women, LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, visit

To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision, visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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