The Northern Light, Graphic Designer

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  • Job Number:523775
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Office/Clerical, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

This is the Graphic Designer position at The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage. This position works up to 20 hours/week during the academic year with additional hours available in the summer, with a salary of $11.34/hour.


About The Northern Lights:

The Northern Light is the University of Alaska Anchorage’s student newspaper, funded both by student media fees and advertising sales. The publication is primarily text based and strives to be digital-first, publishing stories, audio and video content online in a timely manner. Stories are also published in a printed edition. Copies of The Northern Light are distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. Total distribution is around 2,000 copies per print. The Northern Light’s website is 

Job posting summary:

The graphic designer is responsible for creating visual assets for The Northern Light. They provide graphics for articles, video and other forms of multimedia storytelling. Graphics will appear in print and online. The graphic designer is expected to create products that align with The Northern Light branding and rework existing graphics, such as the masthead, to be used in different forms of media. Projects can include graphics for ongoing series, in-house advertisements, training materials, simple animations and visual effects for video. The graphic designer will also be called on to design a cover for special editions of The Northern Light and any other graphic design needs, such as for events, swag, business cards, surveys, avatars, etc. The graphic designer is expected to help touch up and fix advertisements from clients as needed. 

The graphic designer position is under the Executive Editor. It is a staff position, which means they are expected to help anyone on the publication who needs assistance with graphics. For example: working with writers to come up with graphics for their articles, the web manager to create graphics for social media, and the advertising manager to fix ads for clients. They are expected to work with the layout editor to ensure proper print quality of graphics. The position requires a high degree of planning and communication abilities. The graphic designer is expected to schedule meetings  with staff to discuss the needs of a design, review and update the design, and produce a final product fit for publication by a deadline.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
• Applicants have a creative ability in graphic illustration and design.
• Ability to work on deadlines and work cooperatively with others.
• Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, or other image processing software.
• Possess familiarity with word processors, Google Drive, and Windows and Macintosh computers.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
• Understanding of advertisement design principles.
• College level courses in journalism and public communications.
• College level courses in art and graphic design.
• Experience working on a publication or doing design work.
Typical Experience:
Required Education or Training:

Writing experience and strong English skills.
To be eligible for student employment, an applicant must:
a. Be enrolled in the University of Alaska system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment; or
b. Have been enrolled the preceding semester for six or more credit hours and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester for employment between semesters; and
c. Have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or his/her designee.
d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer.
e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.
f. Position reappointment is contingent upon successful progress toward degree completion and performance evaluation.

Salary Information:

This is a student position that can work up to 20 hours/week during the academic year with additional hours available in the summer, with a salary of $11.34/hour.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a pooled position, which means that the position remains open over the entire academic year. 


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Micah Perino, Student Media Fiscal Technician, at or (907) 786-1203.

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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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