Graphic Designer


Department:    Research
Reports To:    Editor/Director, Research

Summary of Responsibilities

The Designer is responsible for all design of Catalyst Research Department and Information Center products, including but not limited to print and web-based knowledge products, audiovisual presentation materials, and new media (social media, podcasts, webcasts, etc.). The Designer is responsible for protecting and managing Catalyst’s branding internally and externally within established Catalyst Design Center standards.

Essential Functions

  • Think creatively to produce original, accurate, high-quality visual solutions to the communication needs of the Research Department from draft to final product, using a mix of creative skills and commercial awareness in the appropriate medium and style as set forth by the Catalyst Design Center. Duties include:
    • Print and web-based Research Department and Information Center materials, as well as audiovisual presentation materials and new media content for, among others, Catalyst Speakers Bureau engagements, webcasts, podcasts, and other multimedia needs as may evolve over time.
    • Operating within established constraints of cost, time, and project specifications.
    • Communicating findings and other knowledge in the most effective ways possible to pre-identified target audiences.
  • Develop design concepts and drafts by gathering information and data from designated Catalyst staff.
  • Respond to constructive feedback from designated Catalyst staff during stages of design conceptualization, drafting, and revisions.
  •  Effectively schedule workflow on multiple projects and priorities under tight deadlines, including initial and interim design review, revision suggestions and implementation, and product finalization.
  • Build and maintain effective communication with all internal and external project stakeholders, including representatives of the Research, Editorial, and Marketing and Public Affairs departments, other Catalyst staff, freelance contractors, vendors, and others as required.
  • Create e-books and e-magazines for digital publishing.
  • Create and apply brand identity requirements/guidelines across all deliverables.
  • Collaborate with Research Department and Catalyst Design Center staff as necessary to create designs which adequately represent partnering organizations.
  • In conjunction with Design Center staff, identify vendors, negotiate costs, and serve as point of contact with outside contractors and vendors to produce research-related print/display materials.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, and previous work products.
  • Remain current in all hardware and software technology, particularly design programs.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of and experience with Macintosh and Windows computer network environments, including an expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, version 6 or later; Dreamweaver; and a minimum of intermediate-level proficiency in Microsoft Office 2007 or later.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and practice in the design conceptualization, techniques, tools, and principles involved in the production of electronic and print publications (preflighting file), presentation materials, and new media products (such as e-books, e-magazines, and mobile platform publishing).
  • Ability to communicate progressive ideas (data, statistics, research findings) through clear, compelling infographics, maps, data visualizations, and other interactive media.
  • Knowledge and understanding of HTML, CSS, and video and audio editing is a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and practice in media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods, including but not limited to print-on-demand publishing, webcasts, podcasts, and new media.
  • Ability to acquire, assimilate, and apply new technology, people, and project management skills in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong task-completion orientation and robust project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities, overcome obstacles, and meet firm deadlines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member and communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Keen attention to detail and ability to accurately and thoroughly conduct visual proofreading of designed products.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to design challenges and seek guidance or give suggestions when necessary and useful.
  • Ability to understand the implications of, seek clarification on, and initiate communication regarding the impact of new information on both current and future projects and workflow.

Working Conditions

  • Deadline-driven, fast-paced environment.
  • Overtime periodically required for specific projects.
  • Flexibility to adapt to frequent and often unexpected demands.
  • Opportunity for flexible work schedule and telecommuting.

Education and Experience Requirements

This position requires a BA or BFA degree in Visual Communication Design. This position also requires a minimum of two years experience in deadline-driven design and production, as well as robust project management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume/portfolio, cover letter, and salary history to [email protected] with “Graphic Designer” in the subject line. The location of this position is flexible; please indicate the Catalyst office you would prefer to work from, or the city of your home office.