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Graphic Designer, Office of Advancement

Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20001
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    112898984

Grade: 11
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Open to All
Closing: September 11

Join a dedicated team at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as we implement a new strategic plan and expand the programming, educational and scholarly activities of our museums and research centers.

The Smithsonian is building a model fundraising team following a successful national campaign, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional growth. The successful candidate has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.

The graphic designer is a key member of the fast-paced and dynamic Advancement Communications and Marketing team, reporting to the director and partnering with team members. He/she uses creative skills to design and produce compelling fundraising communications and marketing materials in all media that support high-capacity giving. Executing graphic designs from concept to product, the graphic designer affects the successful achievement of fundraising priorities of Smithsonian museums, research centers and pan-institutional initiatives, partnering with leadership and advancement colleagues across the institution.

The designer takes initiative and translates complex ideas into visually pleasing, innovative designs within budget. She/he is responsible for the overall look, blending copy, typography and design into a cohesive whole that elevates fundraising messages and storytelling. He/she works with clients to determine the best product to engage a national audience. These include the Office of Advancement's newsletter IMPACT (published three times a year), the Smithsonian's annual report, case statements, proposals, donor and volunteer engagement collateral, as well as web, e-mail, video and social media-based projects.

The incumbent also acts as a consultant, providing creative and technical advice so that clients across the Smithsonian are able to execute clear, compelling and effective visual materials.

The graphic designer sets the standard for using innovative designs, branding and messaging, based on deep research and understanding of the Smithsonian collection and its work as the world's largest museum, research and education complex. Experience as a designer for cultural institutions is a plus.

Other skills required:
  • Expertise in industry-standard graphic design and multimedia tools such as: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, etc., and all associated production techniques and keep current with these tools for both digital and print products.
  • Expertise and training to oversee color corrections on proofs for print and electronic materials, etc.
  • Experience working effectively with vendors in print and electronic media, negotiating outsourced production if needed and bidding on projects.
  • Knowledge of artistic design and display principles, visual communications and specialized knowledge in the design of graphic materials such as printing, photography and other reproduction processes and typography.
  • Experience art directing a photo shoot, photo editing and photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom), and digital asset management. Knowledge of digital image production including color and gray scale.
  • Experience in web design.
  • Skill in creating executive-level presentations. Skill in the creative application of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience working with outside commercial printers, able to effectively monitor project progress, meet publication deadlines, and use collaborative interpersonal skills to do so.
  • Experience in print and electronic media cost estimation and staying within prescribed project budgetary allotments.
  • Skill in project management and meeting competing deadlines
  • Knowledge of procurement services. Experience writing statements of work, purchase orders, and contracts. Experience doing the same in a large organization or federal workplace is helpful.
  • Experience working in fundraising communications.

The Smithsonian is a distinctly American institution of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research centers and 21 libraries. It is a national—and global—treasure, dedicated to its founding mission, "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Its exhibitions, programs, collections and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit from abroad, online and in person.

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The Smithsonian offers a competitive salary and comprehensive package of benefits. This position is not a federal one, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes, portfolio and a cover letter to [email protected] by September 11, 2019.

The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

PI112898984

<br/><b>Grade: </b>11<br/><b>Location: </b>Washington, DC<br/><b>Status: </b>Open to All<br/><b>Closing: </b>September 11<br/><br/>Join a dedicated team at an exceptional time in Smithsonian history, as we implement a new strategic plan and expand the programming, educational and scholarly activities of our museums and research centers.<br><br>The Smithsonian is building a model fundraising team following a successful national campaign, one that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional growth. The successful candidate has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian.<br><br>The graphic designer is a key member of the fast-paced and dynamic Advancement Communications and Marketing team, reporting to the director and partnering with team members. He/she uses creative skills to design and produce compelling fundraising communications and marketing materials in all media that support high-capacity giving. Executing graphic designs from concept to product, the graphic designer affects the successful achievement of fundraising priorities of Smithsonian museums, research centers and pan-institutional initiatives, partnering with leadership and advancement colleagues across the institution.<br><br>The designer takes initiative and translates complex ideas into visually pleasing, innovative designs within budget. She/he is responsible for the overall look, blending copy, typography and design into a cohesive whole that elevates fundraising messages and storytelling. He/she works with clients to determine the best product to engage a national audience. These include the Office of Advancement's newsletter IMPACT (published three times a year), the Smithsonian's annual report, case statements, proposals, donor and volunteer engagement collateral, as well as web, e-mail, video and social media-based projects.<br><br>The incumbent also acts as a consultant, providing creative and technical advice so that clients across the Smithsonian are able to execute clear, compelling and effective visual materials.<br><br>The graphic designer sets the standard for using innovative designs, branding and messaging, based on deep research and understanding of the Smithsonian collection and its work as the world's largest museum, research and education complex. Experience as a designer for cultural institutions is a plus.<br><br>Other skills required:<br> <ul><li>Expertise in industry-standard graphic design and multimedia tools such as: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, etc., and all associated production techniques and keep current with these tools for both digital and print products.</li> <li>Expertise and training to oversee color corrections on proofs for print and electronic materials, etc.</li> <li>Experience working effectively with vendors in print and electronic media, negotiating outsourced production if needed and bidding on projects.</li> <li>Knowledge of artistic design and display principles, visual communications and specialized knowledge in the design of graphic materials such as printing, photography and other reproduction processes and typography.</li> <li>Experience art directing a photo shoot, photo editing and photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom), and digital asset management. Knowledge of digital image production including color and gray scale.</li> <li>Experience in web design.</li> <li>Skill in creating executive-level presentations. Skill in the creative application of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Outlook.</li> <li>Experience working with outside commercial printers, able to effectively monitor project progress, meet publication deadlines, and use collaborative interpersonal skills to do so.</li> <li>Experience in print and electronic media cost estimation and staying within prescribed project budgetary allotments.</li> <li>Skill in project management and meeting competing deadlines</li> <li>Knowledge of procurement services. Experience writing statements of work, purchase orders, and contracts. Experience doing the same in a large organization or federal workplace is helpful.</li> <li>Experience working in fundraising communications.</li> </ul><br>The Smithsonian is a distinctly American institution of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, nine research centers and 21 libraries. It is a nationaland globaltreasure, dedicated to its founding mission, "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Its exhibitions, programs, collections and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit from abroad, online and in person.<br><br><a href="https://giving.si.edu/sites/default/files/graphic_designer_office_of_advancement_august_2019.pdf">DOWNLOAD THE DESCRIPTION</a><br><br>The Smithsonian offers a competitive salary and comprehensive package of benefits. This position is not a federal one, but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes, portfolio and a cover letter to <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> by September 11, 2019.<br><br><em>The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.</em><br/><br/> <img src="https://analytics.click2apply.net/v/BXoVjzFXqYpdUpB2iOxgd"> <p>PI112898984</p>
Posted: 2019-08-17 Expires: 2019-09-18

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