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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer, Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and a wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn’s vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information. 

The Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center seeks to hire a design strategist to support the creative and design needs of the organization. The design strategist will work collaboratively with the PAIR Center’s Senior Manager for Communications on digital (web, social, presentations, publications) and print materials.

The Design Strategist will contribute to the creation of clear, engaging, and professional communications tools and visual templates including but not limited to: 1) print collateral such as flyers, letterhead, conference programs and annual/executive reports; and 2) digital assets such as Center websites, logos, infographics, presentations, social media content and figures, tables, and conceptual diagrams for publications and proposals.

He or she will design and implement original and existing templates based on graphic standards to maintain consistent branding within the Center. The graphic designer will actively participate in meetings with communications professionals and researchers to translate innovative and conceptual ideas into visual and experiential mediums. S/he will work collaboratively to determine visual strategies and production plans and be responsible for reviewing designs and proofs for errors before printing or publishing them. S/he will be instrumental in the redesign of the PAIR Center website – taking the lead on user experience testing. S/he will help plan, implement, monitor, and update the site website once launched. Additional tasks will include capturing website analytics and working with the Senior Manager of Communications to improve organization and content. Auditing and removing outdated or duplicate information, and completing tests to ensure website efficiency and quality, are also important parts of the role.

The design and content strategist will be tasked with curating and maintaining a visual asset library that will include style guides, logos, templates, photographs, stock images, and videos. S/he will also be responsible for uploading videos and organizing the PAIR Center’s video repository on YouTube.

Finally, he or she will play a key role in co-managing PAIR's social media presence including building out and updating social media channels.  He or she will be results-oriented with an ability to share and manage digital analytics to further promote and strengthen the PAIR brand online.

***Contingent upon funding***


  • A Bachelor of Science and 1 to 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • A master’s degree in design, digital media, or a closely related field is preferred.
  • Other required skills and experience include expertise in Adobe Creative Suite applications, experience managing multiple and varied projects simultaneously, and a demonstrated ability to use feedback from multiple team members to hone and improve designs.
  • Candidates must be team-oriented, self-motivated, highly organized, and strong communicators.
  • Candidates with photo and video editing skills will be preferred.
  • Working knowledge of HTML and experience managing content for a content management system website will also be considered a plus.
  • All candidates must submit a portfolio to demonstrate technical and creative skills.

Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile. 

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

A background check is required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, and spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting a balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve the use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.​

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