• Senior/Graphic & Digital Designer

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    Location : Location
    US-MA-Woods Hole
  • Job Summary

    The Creative Services Department is currently searching for a Senior Graphic Designer/Graphic Designer to join their team. This is a full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits which may include flexible work arrangement(s).


    Do you want to use your creative talents to help make a difference in the world? Your opportunity is here. The Creative Studio at the world-renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is seeking a Senior/Graphic Designer with a focus on digital design and a proven track record of turning complex concepts into clear designs for various media that inspire, motivate, and amaze audiences about the beauty and wonder of the ocean. The successful candidate will have an intimate understanding of how to visually communicate, and how marketing campaigns work, especially in the nonprofit realm, to support our clients. We work in a fast-paced environment, so the ideal Graphic Designer should be able to hit the ground running, balance several different projects at once, and have the ability to work equally well alone or as part of a team. Applicants who have experience with scientific or nonprofit institutions will be given prime consideration.

    Essential Functions


    • Carries out a wide range of complex duties utilizing a versatile skill set to design, create, and package a wide array of multimedia to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate our audiences.
    • Digital design: Conceives information architecture, wireframing, user experience design for both web and interactives, implementation using HTML/CSS, social media graphics and banners, static and rich banner ads, and email campaigns
    • Print design: Develops the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports
    • Multimedia design: Creates effective graphics for presentations, displays, and exhibits
    • Prepares specifications and purchase orders for outside services such as printers, solicits bids for services, and follows jobs through to delivery
    • Establish and partner with a wide-range of clients from scientists to administrators
    • Works closely with the Creative Director and other graphic and visual designers to facilitate the distillation of complex scientific concepts into intuitive graphics and visual explanations
    • Contributes to other projects within Communications as required

    Senior Level:

    • Required to act independently and lead in decision making with little to no direction
    • Mentor and train other members of the Creative team
    • Direct client interaction experience with the ability to build relationships, understand client vision/direction and present designs and concepts
    • Highly conceptual thinking in both visual and interaction design as well as a solid understanding of designing intuitive site functionality, interaction, user interfaces, and navigation
    • Strong desire to define the look and feel of what is next in visual and interaction design and an interest in the latest design trends, technology and social media
    • An individual who will help foster great creative culture and talent


    • Writing/editing/proofreading skills a plus
    • Other duties as deemed necessary by supervisor

    Education & Experience


    The Graphic Designer must have both a demonstrated artistic/creative ability and a superior knowledge of graphic design and information visualization principles with continuing knowledge of innovations and trends within those fields.


    Additionally, the candidate must have:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Marketing or related discipline with
    • 4+ years experience in professional design, preferably with a marketing or creative agency
    • Extensive experience with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, specifically with mockups, web and email design, and multimedia presentations
    • Experience updating websites using basic HTML/CSS. Experience with WordPress a plus.
    • Should be tech savvy, familiar with the Mac/Adobe Creative Suite environment, as well as traditional graphic arts tools and equipment
    • Desire and capacity to stay abreast of current and shifting trends, as well as industry standards and tools
    • Ability to absorb and apply constructive criticism from peers and clients
    • Adaptive design eye and skill
    • Capacity to prioritize workload, and manage multiple projects efficiently and effectively
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills

    Senior Level:

    • An online portfolio that demonstrates a distinctive knack for visual storytelling, utilizing the contemporary skillset necessary to produce excellent multimedia for a variety of uses
    • Proven ability to manage multiple projects with tight and shifting deadlines

    Physical Requirements

    Physical duties for this position include visual abilities to include, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions. Other physical tasks include mostly sedentary, working around others, alone and with others. Physical duties are subject to change.


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