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Graphic Designer: Exhibitions & Interpretation

Denver Botanic Gardens
Job Description

As part of the Exhibitions, Art & Learning Engagement Department, this role produces and coordinates designs that ensure high quality, durability, and innovation in visual communications for large and small exhibits and interpretation initiatives. Working closely with internal and external stakeholders, including internal brand managers and other in-house graphic designers and curators, as well as external partners including artists, lenders, and vendors, this position is responsible for projects such as exhibition graphics, wall texts, graphics murals, photo blow-up reproduction, object labels, graphics and design for novelty projects, Gardens’ mobile web app, internal training materials, and contributes to wayfinding and interpretive signage.

Career Type: Full-time

Experience / Education: Minimum two years’ experience with print and digital design, including production, ideally within a museum, park or like organization. Excellent design ability with thorough knowledge of print design and command of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop). Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines. Adept at finessing outstanding working relationships with a wide variety of personality types. Additional knowledge of digital publishing software, Flash, Dreamweaver, Javascript libraries, jQuery Mobile and HTML beneficial. B.A. or B.F.A. in design, art, architecture, communications or related field preferred. Experience with bilingual design standards and Spanish language fluency highly desirable. Fluent with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). General knowledge of image copyright and intellectual property best practices.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Creates, maintains, and executes graphic products and templates faithful to the Gardens design program and brand standards.
  • Presents and reviews preliminary designs and complete layouts for comment and/or approval; manage proofing and revisioning process.
  • Manages relationships with external printing companies to produce high quality, sustainable printed graphics at a competitive price. Obtains bids and awards print jobs to outside vendors and manages print production and proofing process.
  • Coordinates vendor installation of murals and signage.
  • Manages image treatments (crops, color correctness, etc.).

Other Job Duties:

  • Cuts and mounts signs or other visual communications. 
  • Participates in creative development of exhibits; makes recommendations for design solutions for exhibitions and other departmental initiatives.
  • Designs exhibition overviews for fundraising purposes and other communications needs.
  • Contributes to a positive company and department culture through actions and words.
  • Assists in tracking and ensuring compliance with image use requirements from lenders and licensors.
  • Works with all departments to assure highest quality experience for all DBG visitors and partners.
  • Performs other duties as requested by management.

Benefits: Major benefits include choice of medical plans, dental, vision and life insurance, medical and daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) ; a generous retirement plan plus paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time and access to personal lines of insurance. Additional benefits include short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an ECO pass and a complimentary Denver Botanic Gardens membership, access to Gardens education classes and summer concert tickets.

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