The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking a broadly experienced and multi-talented Senior Graphic Designer to lead and represent the design team on certain projects under guidance of the Design Director.
-Primarily focus on print with some digital asset creation and/or digital visual design as needed or talents allows.
-Consult with scholars as well partner with Marketing and Outreach departments to conceptualize and produce persuasive charts/infographics that are message/data-driven and also maintain associated global templates.
-Create custom yet branded presentation decks for scholars and special Mercatus-led events as needed.
-Contribute to creating, refreshing, and/or updating global direct marketing templates such as email newsletters, book/event flyers, global event signage system, and social media assets.
-Create new event signage, print invitations, programs, and digital slides for special Mercatus-hosted events.
-Revamp long-form and short publication templates for a consistent branded look and feel, including various chart types.
-Create end-to-end product(s) for large projects that require a variety of deliverable types, from print to digital.
-Update brand identity materials.
-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.
-Entrepreneurial. 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 creates 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.
-Innovative and a learner. You should have a natural inclination to seek out trends, survey the competitive landscape, and always be thinking how you can better current products.
-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!
-5-7 years career experience. This position is ideal for those looking to advance their career with progressively greater responsibility and tempered autonomy under the guidance of the Design Director.
-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.
-Expert-level experience with Adobe CC applications, especially 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 problems.
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