JOB: Graphic designer

Application deadline: May 18
Job summary:
This full-time position is responsible for producing a wide variety of multimedia projects and products designed to help the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation meet its mass communication needs. The graphic designer provides creative input, layout and design expertise, as well as appropriate and effective artwork and graphic support. Designers work under the direction of the creative services manager to meet the communication needs of the staff and supply vendors with the essential raw materials necessary to mass-produce our products.
Essential functions:
1. Creative input — under the direction of the creative services manager, conceptualize, design and produce communication materials for the RMEF. Plan and produce appropriate mock-ups/proofs for presentation and approval.
2. Layout and design – Design each project to communicate clearly and effectively the editorial and promotional content. Maintain the RMEF’s corporate identity standards, while producing creative and effective work.
3. Coordinate with:
A. Creative services manager to determine goals of piece. Present concepts and roughs for approval. Collaborate on proofs and revisions. Work together to determine overall image and design parameters, adherence to corporate identity standards, project priorities, timelines and workload. Under direction of the creative services manager, may work directly with project originators.
B. Photo voordinator to find appropriate photographic support and provide appropriate information needed to arrange photographer permission and payment.
4. Production
A. Printed materials — digitally or manually produce publication quality files. Use an array of graphic and pre-press software (including image scanning, photo manipulation, vector-based illustration and page composition). Prepare projects for output by collecting all files and support materials and supplying required paperwork.
B. Displays and exhibits — Produce roughs, both illustrative and digital, of displays and exhibits (including dioramas, interactive displays, banners, signs, self-standing trade show exhibits). Use creative methods and media to achieve communication goals of project. Assembly of projects may include construction and landscaping.
C. Multimedia presentation materials — produce PowerPoint slides, charts, folders, signs, etc.
5. Research — constantly look for ways to improve design and enhance creativity. Stay abreast of new technologies and advancements in the design field.
Education and experience:
A degree in graphic design and a minimum 3 years of experience. Demonstrated ability in typography, design, digital and manual pre-press production required. An equivalent combination of education and experience also acceptable. Experience in exhibit and display production helpful. Additional ability in illustration, photography or video useful.
Additional responsibilities:
Graphic designers may be asked to produce publication-quality illustrations as determined by individual abilities. May be needed to fill in for photo coordinator and perform other duties as assigned. May require more than standard hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position.
Qualifications, skills, abilities:
1. Highly skilled in graphic design and typography. The ability to produce effective, high-quality communication pieces (that also project a positive image for the RMEF’s mission and goals), using a wide variety of media.
2. Extensive knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in both manual and digital pre-press production.
3. Excellent typing and proofreading skills required. Strong ability to check own accuracy and proof corrections a must.
4. Knowledge of the Windows XP platform. Extensive knowledge of and proficiency in the following software:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Acrobat & Distiller
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)

5. Create presentation mock-ups (required) and publication-quality illustrations with emphasis on wildlife (preferred).
6. Ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines. Must handle deadline stress well.
7. Ability to work independently as well as under the guidance of the creative services manager. Able to contribute as a team player.
8. Skilled with hand tools necessary to make signs, build displays and construct signs and exhibits.
9. Knowledge of the RMEF’s identity, mission, goals and policies.
Physical demands:
This position will encounter mostly office conditions. Office work will require sitting or standing for long periods of time, frequent use of office equipment such as computers, light tables, scanner, photocopier, large format printer, telephones and faxes. Light and some heavy lifting, bending and physical exertion may be required. Production of displays using hand tools and other appropriate materials may be needed.
Contact Brigitte Conner, RMEF human resources specialist, for more information at 406-523-0261 or bconner@rmef.org.
 

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