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EMPLOYER EXTRA: Senior Graphic Designer


Extra Extra: Washington State Historical Society

Washington State Historical Society’s mission is to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all. Their vision is to be the recognized destination for Washington State history.

As the Senior Graphic Designer, you will collaborate with staff in all agency departments, with partner organizations, and with vendors and contractors to develop materials needed to tell the story of Washington’s history and to support ongoing programs/initiatives of WSHS. Your work will provide excellent digital and print communications to share the agency’s work with communities across Washington and beyond.

Design for Exhibits, Education, Philanthropy, and more:

  • Design, production, and sometimes distribution management for posters, brochures, rack cards, event signage, invitations with reply devices, annual reports, presentations, handouts, guides, curriculum, building banners, pins/buttons, swag, PowerPoint templates, digital graphics, and other design needs.
  • Develop infographics for use in reports, presentations, and on website.
  • Vendor relations: Obtain cost estimates from and coordinate with vendors for a variety of projects. Includes researching vendors and materials, price comparisons, uploading files for production, quality review, managing delivery, supervising banner installation, and other production related tasks.
  • Develop and maintain WSHS brand standards. Assist WSHS staff in applying brand standards, accessing logo files, understanding and using color palette and fonts.
  • Ensure graphic design and communication products comply with guidelines for Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI.
  • Possible video recording and photography.
  • Participate in administrative, organizational, or support tasks as needed, such as providing budget summaries for design projects; removing and disposing of expired collateral, banners, or signage; reviewing and organizing digital and hard copy files and storage; annual inventory of agency assets (computers, etc.); researching and problem solving technical issues; attending all-staff meetings

Design for quarterly Columbia Magazine and Explore It:

  • Work proactively with the Marketing & Communications (MarCom) Director and the COLUMBIA Editor to design and produce the quarterly journal COLUMBIA and quarterly events calendar Explore It.
  • In collaboration with the editor, identify and gather all the content elements for each issue of COLUMBIA. Includes: reading articles and researching to source relevant images, and to obtain rights for use of images and purchase images as needed; coordinating with advertisers to obtain ad copy; occasionally reaching out to authors for higher resolution images, headshots, bios; design in-house ads; coordinate with MarCom director/editor/proofreader rounds of edits and corrections as needed, relying on Chicago Manual of Style and COLUMBIA styleguide.
  • Explore It: In collaboration with MarCom Director and Programs Manager, gather content and images or source images from shared drive; lay out content, proof/copy edit.
  • Post-production tasks include preparing PDF files, uploading to website, transmitting to EBSCO (the magazine), archiving endnotes and footnotes if applicable, sending copies of magazine to authors/contributors, archiving any associated agreements.


Two years of design school or college-level design training and four or more years of professional graphic design experience including multi-page publications and copyediting. OR;

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and Two or more years of professional graphic design experience including multi-page publications and copyediting. OR;

Six or more years professional graphic design experience including multi-page publications and copyediting.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of the methods and techniques of visual design and printing, including use of Pantone® Match System, type, illustration, photography, and various layout techniques.
  • Knowledge of how to prepare electronic files for printing and provide detailed written instructions/specifications to printers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge using graphic design software, especially Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe InDesign, Acrobat Pro, and Photoshop.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer equipment and peripherals including printers, scanners, and digital cameras.
  • Experience designing image-oriented materials, such as displays, and performing text-intensive page layout for lengthy publications.
  • Experience in proofreading own work and the work of other communicators.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in prioritizing and managing multiple tasks and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience designing to graphic identity standards and/or experience developing a graphic identity program.
  • Experience creating styles and templates in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for use by non-designers.
  • Communicates effectively both in writing and verbally.


  • Experience using Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Experience working for a non-profit organization.
  • Interest in history.
  • Experience serving multiple in-house or in-agency clients.


  • $3,792 – $4.974 Monthly
  • Medical, vision, dental, and basic life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Retirement and deferred compensation
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick leave


Visit the Government Jobs listing for more information and apply here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3522490/graphic-designer-senior

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