Seeking a digital content designer

Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press is hiring! We’re looking for an experienced and talented digital content designer with experience in graphic design and digital publishing tools.

Mason Publishing, a department of the University Libraries, invites applicants for a Digital Content Designer responsible for the development of digital and print publications and support for digital publishing tools and platforms. Mason Publishing is an initiative that unites the George Mason University Library’s existing digital publishing activity with the George Mason University Press to form a set of publishing services for the university. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Reporting to the Digital Publishing Production Lead, the Digital Content Designer develops compelling textual and visual solutions across a variety of formats and digital platforms (e.g., print, e-books, mobile and Web).

Required Qualifications:

  • Outstanding typographical and design skills;
  • Experience in graphic design, publishing production or digital publishing (two to four years is preferred);
  • Proficiency with one or more of the following: Adobe Creative Suite (CS6) and/or Adobe Creative Cloud, including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop;
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following: HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript;
  • Experience managing events and organizing meetings;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with outside vendors and the in-house production team;
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines without sacrificing quality;
  • Experience preparing digital assets for production and printing;
  • Be a self-starter, detail-oriented, and willing to conform to in-house design standards; and
  • Complete design tasks and implement visual identity across Mason Publishing products.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, communication arts, fine arts, a closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Develop print or digital publications such as monographs, short content, textbooks and other material using outside vendors or internal expertise;
  • Ability to work with in-house staff to style a variety of Web-based content systems;
  • Ability to work with clients to style Web-based e-journals and advise journal producers on design and production issues;
  • Knowledge of ePUB3 specifications, XML, and derivative or related formats; and
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise in the following: Adobe Creative Suite (CS6) and/or Adobe Creative Cloud, including Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop; HTML; HTML5; CSS3; and JavaScript.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 00494z at by May 2, 2016; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George is ready to celebrate launch of “The Five George Masons”

FiveGeorges_01On Wednesday, April 6th, at 3:00 p.m., we’ll be celebrating the book launch of The Five George Masons: Patriots and Planters of Virginia and Maryland. In preparation, George (the statue) has decked himself in Mason Pride colors—and you can also see that he’s proud of the new book.

University Professor Rosemarie Zagarri will be guest speaker at the book launch. The book, by Pamela C. Copeland and Richard K. MacMaster, was recently published in a new, second edition by the George Mason University Press. The book launch will be held in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.

May 6, 2016 will mark the 240th anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, a document that has left an indelible mark on democracy as we know it today. In the Virginia Declaration of Rights and his efforts revising the laws of Virginia, George Mason made lasting contributions to the American tradition of individual liberty and limited government. His draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights began “That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights…namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the FiveGeorges_02means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” These words inspired Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the United States Declaration of Independence, and likewise inspired the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of the French Revolution, one of the founding documents in the human rights tradition.

Dr. Zagarri will speak about “George Mason in History and Memory” as part of the Mason Author Series, sponsored by the University Libraries and the University Bookstore. The Mason Author Series highlights significant publications of George Mason University faculty and alumni.

First published in 1975, the second edition of The Five George Masons has been published in collaboration with the Board of Regents of Gunston Hall, and features an introductory note by George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera; a foreword by Scott Stroh, Executive Director of Gunston Hall; and new images and maps.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. We hope you can join us!