Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization based in Decorah, Iowa focused on conserving and promoting America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations. Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a graphic designer to join our team. The ideal candidate should have experience in print design, including publication layouts, advertising design, marketing collateral design (brochures, posters, etc.), art direction, and other branding work. Experience in digital design is a plus.
Primary Role: Promote and communicate the work of Seed Savers Exchange and its products through visual and graphic design. This role encompasses designing and creating print media, such as the seed catalog, brochures, seed packets, displays, and ads. The position works primarily within the organization’s marketing department, but fulfills graphic design needs across the organization.
Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles, design concepts and branding guidelines.
Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
Liaison with outside printers and assemble final layouts to send for printer.
Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
Work simultaneously on several projects.
Consult with staff to create cohesive designs that reflect the culture and goals of Seed Savers Exchange.
Collaborate with marketing manager and communications coordinator on projects.
Communicate graphic design needs for projects. This includes timelines, what specifications you, as the designer, need, etc.
Lead visual aspects of marketing materials.
Follow sign off processes for projects.
Fulfill graphic design needs of external departments that are run through the marketing department project process.
While this position primarily covers print and product design, the position could also encompass digital and web design duties, depending on a candidate’s qualifications and background.
Other duties as assigned.
Example of Projects:
Catalog production (layout catalog and work with outside printer on details)
Design seed packets and prepare materials for printer
Design ads for newspapers, magazines, trade shows, etc.
Create letters/envelopes for membership/fundraising direct mail campaigns
Create annual conference materials (signage, handouts, postcards, etc.)
Create event print materials, such as posters, ads, signage, handouts
Cards (print in house)
Create and print on-campus signage
Create materials for Visitors Center (signage, new product design, such as t-shirts, cards, towels, etc.)
Design large-scale signage for the campus
Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Fine Art Design, Marketing or related discipline (Relevant experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.)
3+ years experience in graphic design, marketing, or related field
Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
Innovative and adaptive design eye and skill
Excellent communication skills
Ability to absorb and apply constructive criticism from peers
Photography and digital design experience a plus
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Please include Graphic Designer in the subject line.