Job Description

The graphic designer is responsible for implementing the creative strategy and overall design of the National Building Museum’s graphic identity and visual communications. This includes print and digital, environmental graphics, museum exhibition graphics, marketing collateral, and presentation materials. The graphic designer works closely with internal clients and external vendors overseeing accuracy, quality control, deadlines, and budget requirements. He/she may oversee freelance designers and interns.

Responsibilities and Functions

  • Conception of original design graphics, artwork, and graphic visual materials harmonious with the mission of the Museum.
  • Print and digital design: such as monthly calendars, marketing materials, reports, and brochures.
  • Advertising creative: creation and execution of advertising concepts designed for multiple formats including newspaper and magazine advertisements in print and online, posters in Metro cars, and more.
  • Help to drive the re-branding and creative identity of certain projects, while preserving the overall branding and identity of the Museum.
  • Implement strong brand identity materials and guidelines for institutional use respecting the museum’s existing style guide.
  • Create project-appropriate graphic strategies that respond to a wide range of Museum needs (i.e. fundraising versus education).
  • Responsible for all graphic special needs and visual accessibility requirements (ADA compliance) for Museum.
  • Oversee artwork, print production, and trafficking jobs.
  • Consult and liaise with internal and external partners, production teams, and outside vendors to produce strong visual communications.
  • Collaborate with department project managers to maintain schedule and budget goals.
  • Conduct photography shoots of Museum objects or spaces for marketing campaigns.
  • Manage system for visual assets.

Qualifications and Requirements

Required Software Applications:

  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe CS6 (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
  • Knowledge of HTML and CMS systems. Experience in web design will create additional project opportunities.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and iWork software.
  • Preferred, but not required:
    • Video: able to lead creative concept development, storyboarding, filming, and editing of videos.
    • Motion graphics: able to develop professional and creative motion effects for our videos and website.

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, visual communications, fine arts, or related MFA preferred.
  • Minimum of 1-year of design-related work experience.
  • Strong portfolio of work demonstrating a high degree of creativity, diversity, and productivity.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong written, presentation, and verbal communication skills.
  • Professional experience working independently and effectively with others, managing deadlines, budgets, clients, and vendors.
  • Experience managing print production and trafficking jobs with knowledge of papers and printing processes essential.
  • Able to multi-task and create an organized production schedule that incorporates time for both scheduled and unscheduled projects.
  • Pro-active, team player.
  • Able to brainstorm and mock up design ideas.
  • Strong problem solving skills

To Apply

Interested candidates should email to a cover letter, resume, and link to online portfolio or four to five PDF samples (less than 4 MB in combined file size). Please put your last name and Graphic Designer in the subject line. No phone calls please. NOTE: We will not respond to submissions without resumes and design samples or online portfolios.