The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking a Graphic Designer to assist the Design Director on layout assignments along with maintaining many types of projects across the organization.
-Primarily focus on print with some digital asset creation and/or digital visual design as needed.
-Design charts/infographics as well maintain associated templates with new art/illustrations. Additionally, have strong interest in data visualization to learn and eventually share best practices with research teams.
-Apply existing branded designs to new presentation decks for scholars and possibly special Mercatus-led events as needed.
-Maintain and help to refresh global direct marketing templates (i.e. email newsletters, book/event flyers, global event signage system, and social media assets) as well produce original direct marketing deliverables.
-Assist Design Director in creating new event signage, print invitations, programs, and digital slides for special Mercatus-hosted events. For large research projects, assistance may maps, charts, and digital artwork (as needed).
-Gather inspiration as well help create assets and layouts when refreshing publication templates types.
-Update brand identity materials.
-Increasingly communicate and collaborate with scholars, marketing, outreach, donor relations, and publications teams' stakeholders and colleagues on producing successful outcomes in concert with the Design Director.
-Passionate about design. You live and breathe all things creativity and wouldn't see your role solely as fulfilling a 'job.' You are known to go the extra mile to produce something you're proud of and understand the integral nature of the projects in influencing the success of the organization.
-An enthusiastic self-starter. You are self-motivated and resourceful, taking initiative to reach out to appropriate colleagues and stakeholders to see projects through from concept to execution with little hand-holding.
-Detail-oriented. You understand the superior importance of craftsmanship and strives to create clean files before final review with the Design Director.
-Collaborative. Great ideas aren't created solely in a vacuum. Instead, you understand that partnering with researchers, program managers, donor relations team, or marketing team will help you gather the right requirements to build successful, accurate, and persuasive products.
-A learner. You should have a natural inclination to seek out trends, survey the competitive landscape, and always be thinking how you can improve your hard skills to better apply them to Mercatus projects.
-A Doer. Your projects are vital to furthering the organization's mission no matter the size of a project, and you do so with pride … not ego!
-Positive and optimistic. Great ideas occur without boundaries, and a positive attitude is contagious as well uplifts those around. We want to come to the office excited, and so should you!
-1-3 years graphic design experience or exceptional recent graduate.
-Additional skills to print design. Projects can widely vary and additional skills will prove valuable, whether that's illustration + design, photography + design, writing + design, and/or digital design + print design.
-Intermediate knowledge of Adobe CC applications with special skills in InDesign along with Illustrator and Photoshop. InCopy and Sketch a plus, but not required.
-Beneficial but direct experience not required: User experience design (interaction design, user research, information architecture), data visualization, environmental graphic design.
-Interest in economics though you are not expected to be widely versed in industry topics and terminology.
Help Us Grow
Please submit your cover letter and resume, as well as a link to your portfolio or website, through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the Mercatus Center's mission.
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Mercatus provides excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and free credits at George Mason University.
About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world's premier university source for market-oriented ideas-bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society's most pressing problem
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