Graphic Designer

Washington, DC
Mar 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Division of External Relations at the George Washington University is seeking a Graphic Designer to develop the visual strategy for GW marketing and communication events, collateral, videos, and other materials.

Reporting to the Managing Art Director, the Graphic Designer will create original creative visual communication and marketing deliverables for the promotion of GW activities in all areas of the university including but not limited to External Relations, Office of the Provost, Student Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Office of The Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Research, Development and Alumni Relations.

Responsibilities include:
Executes less complex design projects utilizing full scope of technical skills and creative methods. Using InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, to produce high-priority print pieces including posters, brochures, flyers, environmental graphics, merchandise, advertising materials, logos, invitations, multi-media graphics, etc. Works closely with our project management team to develop comprehensive print, web and multi-media collateral to be used to meet the University's objectives and ensure adherence to University brand messaging.

Assist with the direction and coordination of photo shoots to fully achieve overall visual concept strategies for marketing and communication projects. Participates in the creation and development of university branding standards and makes recommendations. Maintains appropriate planning and production consultations with the managing and assistant art directors as well as the creative director.

Builds client relationships to address needs, budgetary and time constraints through constant communication. Assist with the negotiation of contracted services for university projects. Formulates vendor recommendations based on project specifications such as budget, scheduling, printing, and delivery.

Participates in press checks and other quality control measures including preflighting computer files before they are sent to vendors. Stay abreast of creative trends and technical developments.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Diverse portfolio highlighting a variety of design styles and demonstrating a solid grasp of typography, space, and color.

Strong layout and production skills desired.

Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator).

Strong attention to detail.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Ability to work both independently and collaborate in a team environment.

Portfolio of design work that proves competency in conceptualization and production of print collateral.

Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at a time.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: External Relations Family Comm, Mktg & Media Sub-Family Graphic and Visual Arts Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40+ Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006196 Job Open Date: 03/16/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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