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Graphic designer

Location

SIOUX CITY, IA

The Graphic Designer is an entry-level position in the creative department.  The designer works independently on assigned projects, or as a member of a project team.  The designer works up concepts and fulfills layout assignments according to supplied strategic and creative input.  The designer may, on occasion, work directly with account service, or with production artists and outside contractors (freelancers and vendors) to complete design requirements or supervise in-house production, but more typically works under the direction of an art director or creative director.  Reports to the creative director.

Essential Functions
  • Knowledge of production processes, with experience using in digital illustration and layout software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other industry design and production software. Familiarity with typestyles, type design and type specification; stock photography; computer retouching and image manipulation; art direction of original photography; and good communication skills are desirable.

  • Ideal candidates have reasonable drawing skills, rudimentary knowledge of printing processes and specifications; paper specification; ink specification.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides design and illustration (digital and/or traditional) from conception to completion as required.
  • Works with appropriate teams to concept and complete assigned projects and campaigns.
  • Assists account teams with presentations for creative and new business pitches.
  • Works with independent contractors (freelance illustrators, photographers, etc.) as required per assignment, under supervision of designated art director/creative director, and in conjunction with account coordinators to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Maintains high skill levels in software programs required to perform assigned job functions; takes training in the use of new design and illustration software as the agency requires.
  • Assists in archiving and maintaining digital files, project hard copies, photography, illustrations, logo art, typestyles, historical collateral samples, etc., of client materials and resources, and in maintaining a log of said archives to assist other department members in locating necessary files and references.
  • Maintains current computer software skills compatible with the needs of other creative team members.
  • Notifies designated purchasing personnel or creative director when hardware/software requires updating or servicing. 
  • Maintains internal and off-site digital file backups for in-progress jobs; uploads completed project files to agency Digital Asset Management archive system.
  • Maintains reasonable inventory of necessary art supplies for fulfillment of design responsibilities.
 
Competencies
  • Critical Thinking. 

  • Complex Problem Solving, 

  • Judgement and Decision making.  

  • Reading Comprehension.  

  • Speaking 

  • Leadership.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required.
  • This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
  • The employee is frequently required to sit for long periods of time.
  • While performing the duties of this job,
  • The employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel

Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel to be expected.

Experience

  • Strong creative ability and computer graphics skills.

  • Professional demonstrated experience with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver

  • Experience with digital illustration and layout software including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXpress and other industry design and production software

  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to multi-task in deadline driven environment.

  • Drawing skills; printing processes and specification; paper specification; ink specification; familiarity with typestyles, type design and type specification; stock photography; computer retouching and image manipulation; art direction of original photography

  • Ability to accept constructive feedback, prioritize workload and solve problems quickly.

  • Interact in a team environment with other agency team members to achieve efficient, seamless workflow. 

  • Professional communication skills

 

Education 

Associates degree or BA degree in Graphic Design/Graphic Arts with course work in web development required. A minimum of two years’ experience with a print shop, or design experience with an ad agency or design firm preferred.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

None required for this position.

Security Clearance

None required for this position

AAP/EEO Statement

Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to persons of Indian descent in accordance with applicable laws.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice

General Information:
712.224.5420
info@blueearthmarketing.com

New business inquiries contact:
Patrick Foley
712.522.5449
pfoley@blueearthmarketing.com

Ho-Chunk Centre Office Address:
600 4th Street, Suite 201
Sioux City, IA 51101

 

Patrick Foley

Patrick has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and advertising. A Mass Communications/Marketing graduate of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, Patrick has spent the majority of his career with Blue Earth Marketing. Patrick started in the TV/Radio broadcast industry as a commercial writer-news producer for KCAU-ABC affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa; eventually moving into a business development role as a Senior Account Manager. In 2000, Patrick was recruited by Waitt Media of Omaha, Nebraska to market their broadcast TV-Radio, Billboard, and internet properties to regional clients. In 2004, Patrick was recruited to help launch Blue Earth Marketing as an Account/Project Manager.

Patrick primarily account/project manages existing clients but also serves as the Business Development Director. Additionally, Patrick works with clients on developing strategic marketing plans and advertising campaigns and assists the agency with creative copywriting, media planning, media buying, video/TV/Radio production services.

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