University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Location: Cambridge, Maryland
Internal Number: 1767
Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is seeking a graphic designer to conceptualize and design publications visually and editorially appropriate to a range of audiences. The graphic designer will join MDSG's team of science communicators, who work to provide scientifically accurate information with context and depth that all can understand and enjoy through a variety of media.
The graphic designer will use their design skillset to create visual content to enhance key outlets and publications such as Maryland Sea Grant's website and magazine. Other significant design projects may include infographics, ArcGIS mapping and data visualization, factsheets, displays, and reports. The graphic designer will organize digital content and implement Maryland Sea Grant's branding and style.
We are looking for a creative and detail-oriented individual capable of managing deadlines and collaborating with others to produce useful and engaging products. This person should work to make MDSG's communications inclusive, positive, respectful, welcoming, and diverse.
Unit: Maryland Sea Grant
Location: College Park, MD
Job Category Status: Exempt Regular
· Lead and develop web-based visual content, including photographic, video, data visualization, digital illustration, and infographic projects. Work with MDSG staff to create and improve web pages and interactive graphics.
· Design and lay out Chesapeake Quarterly magazine (an online publication with supplemental printed product) and other publications such as reports, factsheets, and displays. Participate in planning meetings to design and produce these publications.
· Shoot and edit photographs and video for web and other uses. Acquire images from outside sources (e.g., stock photography, royalty-free illustrations, copyright-free government photographs and illustrations). Ensure compliance with copyright rules. Serve as a point of contact for media and other external organizations requesting use of MDSG photos.
· Archive digital content such as photographs, video, and graphics. Develop and maintain an archive that is searchable, sustainable, and user-friendly.
· Implement Maryland Sea Grant graphic identity and branding, and update as needed. Advise staff on quality and branding requirements.
· Produce graphics, video, and images for social media use.
· Manage offset and digital printing to produce high-quality printed materials, including Chesapeake Quarterly supplemental product. Contract for quality printing services at reasonable cost. Work with MDSG staff to order promotional products as needed.
· Special and unplanned projects and requests as necessary
A bachelor's degree in a graphic design, communications, or relevant science field. Professional experience in the graphic design field, knowledge of print and digital design principles and production, and experience and interest in communicating about science. Strong communication and storytelling skills; ability to combine written pieces with visual design to create effective visual products. Strong English language skills and writing proficiency. Fluency with the latest graphic design software and technology (i.e. Adobe Creative Cloud). Interest in the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland coastal bays watersheds and environmental science.
Preferred Qualifications :
Experience in data visualization and web-based GIS tools such as ArcGIS Hub and StoryMaps is strongly preferred. Use of still and video cameras and video-editing software is strongly preferred. Experience in posting and managing online content with web Content Management Systems (i.e. Drupal) is preferred.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Center's policies, programs, and activities are in conformance with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, and disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; or related legal requirements should be directed to the Director of Human Relations, Center Administration, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613.
Salary Range: 60,000-65,000
Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you! We aim to create and sustain a workforce that reflects the communities we strive to serve and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply to join our team!
About University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Beginning with Reginald Truitt's dockside laboratory in 1925, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has traveled the road to discovery. For more than 80 years, UMCES students, researchers and faculty have gathered information and developed theories that have helped improve society's scientific understanding of the environment. By sharing this newfound knowledge on important issues such as fisheries management, ecosystem health and climate change, the Center has had an undeniable impact on the way we think about the natural world. As Maryland's premier research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one of twelve institutions within the University System of Maryland.