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• Title: Graphic Designer
• Department: External Relations
• Immediate Supervisor: Associate Director of External Relations
• FLSA: Non-exempt
Summary of Position
The graphic designer is responsible for assisting the External Relations department in reaching its annual earned revenue goals and in conveying the organization's institutional identity by overseeing implementation of Washington Performing Arts' visual brand and by designing creative, timely, and effective printed and online materials consistent with the brand. Design projects include but are not limited to brochures, print and web ads, fliers, event posters, programs, web and social media graphics, invitations, and e-newsletters and other bulk emails.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Determine creative strategies to help implement the organization’s visual brand identity through a unified approach.
- Set production schedules and meet deadlines for design projects.
- Research and develop the concept/basic design approach, budgetary parameters, and timeline for assigned projects with appropriate staff.
- Design and produce printed materials for the organization as a whole and for its component departments (External Relations, Development, Education, and Programming).
- Create or adjust design templates for advertising and promotion to reflect each season’s specific look.
- Modify and update existing printed and online materials for brand consistency, as necessary.
- Serve as visual editor of all print materials, proofing all design elements, artwork, and photos to ensure quality.
Graphic Design Evaluation and Consultation
- Provide design consultation and comprehensive presentations to internal clients, including staff from the External Relations, Development, Education, and Programming departments, as assigned.
- Review outsourced graphic design projects for appropriateness to the organization and for the general quality of design in accordance with institutional graphic standards.
- Manage graphic design workload and timelines, in coordination with the Associate Director of External Relations.
- Prepare and circulate proofs of all External Relations department print materials.
- Review and advise the Associate Director of External Relations on production schedules.
- Provide workflow guidance by helping to assess which projects will be designed in-house and which will be outsourced.
Member of External Relations Team
- Assist in brainstorming creative strategies for establishing sales campaigns, promoting individual events to increase earned revenues, organizational visibility, and brand awareness.
- Attend and participate in departmental and organizational staff meetings.
- Represent Washington Performing Arts at performances and other events, as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Requirements
- College graduate with a degree in graphic design or related field
- Minimum two years design experience for print and web
- Strong design portfolio, which includes Flash/HTML5, social media graphics, print design, and typography
- Ability to take a project from concept to completion, juggle multiple projects, and adhere to deadlines
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work under tight deadlines
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat) and Microsoft Office
- Familiarity with HTML coding for web and e-newsletters
- Familiarity with Basecamp or other project management software a plus
- Illustration skills helpful, but not required
Email a cover letter, résumé, and work samples (link to online portfolio preferred; PDFs acceptable) to Hannah Grove-DeJarnett, Associate Director of External Relations, at email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
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