Graphic Designer

Washington, District of Columbia

Posted in IT

Job Info

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This work will require planning, designing, and producing a full range of graphic design products for Office of Global Publishing Solutions (A/GIS/GPS).

Job Requirements:
Includes the following:
* Plan, design, and produce a full range of graphic design products using Adobe Creative Cloud in a Mac environment for a diverse international audience including Heads of State, foreign dignitaries, Foreign Service, civil service, and private and public sector with sensitivity to different cultures and countries including an in-depth understanding of the mission and directives of the Secretary of State;
* Meet exacting customer requirements as well as organizational quality and timeliness standards as designated by Global Publishing Solutions; design concepts to clients including color, type, layout and theme variations with full knowledge of and experience with the established identity standards and requirements of the Department of State;
* Work under intense pressure to design and format large publications (books, reports, manuals) in excess of 200 pages using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite for page layout, illustration and images. These publications often convey high-profile political or policy messages important to the United States. Knowledge and significant experience in the design of such documents is vital. The incumbents utilize full knowledge of the printing process including paper and ink selection, size requirements, bleeds, crops, folding, etc. and prepares electronic files (preflight) for digital printing as well as four-color process offset printing;
* Prepare Department of State conference materials including programs, folders, nametags (using data merge from Excel spreadsheet), table tents, tote bags, pens, banners, posters, and podium signs appropriate to the theme and international audience. Design logos and identity systems specific to U.S. Foreign Affairs Agencies, international conferences, other department and/or interagency initiatives that convey the intended international theme in a clear, concise and captivating manner suitable for different media (black and white, 4-color, print and web); and
* Conduct online photo/illustration searches to obtain stock photography and use scanners and other digital imaging technologies (Adobe Photoshop) to provide high-quality timely images appropriate for use in small and large-scale publications and electronic media that often cover very sensitive topics.

* A Bachelor's degree in graphic design, communication design, integrated communications, or other related fields, and 5 years of experience working as a graphic designer.
* Five (5) years or more work experience using a combination of page layout, word processing, and photo editing software (Adobe Creative Cloud) to design and create reports, manuals, pamphlets, handbooks, newsletters, presentations, web pages, video productions and prepare materials for digital and offset print production.

* Ability to communicate complex visual ideas and concepts to the customer, prepare visual information projects that help define objectives, and recommend new solutions for products.
* Ability to use judgment to create effective communication pieces; and develop graphic design products that convey customer's intended message and theme.
* Ability to provide expert assistance in preparation of conference, seminar, briefing, and curriculum materials.
* Excellent English language (written and spoken) communications skills.
* Ability to manage multiple tasks, act decisively in daily work, and work well in a multi-cultural team environment.
* Ability to create electronic documents that adhere to the accessibility standards set forth by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
* Ability to work independently to assess priorities and manage daily coordination of details with minimal supervision.
* Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, and computer skills.
* Requires a Secret clearance.

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