Job Announcement: Graphic and Visual Design Associate

Feb 27, 2023

Minnesota Sea Grant's communication team seeks a Graphic and Visual Design Associate. Versatility is essential. We are a small team looking for someone who can design anything, from print materials like flyers, conference posters, booth banners, postcards, stickers, brochures, reports and manuals to digital materials including web content elements, videos, digital ads, and iconography and branded clothing.

    Minnesota Sea Grant's communication team seeks an energetic, creative, collaborative, flexible, science-interested multimedia candidate who is comfortable navigating complex organizations and capable of figuring out university systems and processes. 

    Applications must be submitted online.

    Complete the online application and attach all of the following:

    1. Cover letter
    2. Resume 
    3. Diversity statement
    4. Contact information for three professional references.

    Quick reference:

    • Who’s hiring: The University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program
    • Job Title: Graphic and Visual Design Associate
    • Job Code: 8342GD 
    • Location: Duluth, Minnesota
    • Full or part time: Full-time (40 hours per week)
    • Application open date: February 28, 2023
    • Application close date: March 17, 2023 - or until position is filled

    Who we are

    Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) is a systemwide program of the University of Minnesota and one of 34 federal-university Sea Grant partnerships across the country that bring applied water science to communities. MNSG’s extension educators, researchers and communicators work with community members, local decision-makers, policy leaders, and personnel from resource agencies, business and industry to protect, enhance and restore habitats, ecosystems and the services those ecosystems provide. We are what makes the University of Minnesota a Sea Grant institution.

    About the position

    This is a science communication position with the MNSG communications team that requires adherence to facts, accuracy, accessibility, non-advocacy, and attribution. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and creating engaging, scientifically accurate, and visually stunning multimedia content including data visualizations, animations, and videos for multiple program websites, projects, and presentations; and helping develop the program’s brand to adhere to the style requirements of MNSG, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Minnesota, and, when appropriate, project partner organizations.

    No two days are the same for our team, and we like that our work days are always interesting. You bring the necessary design and creative skills we seek and we’ll welcome you to an amazing group of communicators and extension educators and create opportunities for your design work to make real and positive differences in the world.

    The position is a full-time staff appointment, including benefits, with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. The human resource title for this position is M&C Pro 2-Graphics and Visual Design and the working title is Graphics and Visual Design Associate. Expected compensation for this position will range from $48,000 to $55,000 per year plus University of Minnesota benefits depending on skills and experience.

    General Responsibilities

    This position will provide graphic and visual design products and services that support multiple extramurally funded MNSG extension/outreach, communications, and fellowship projects; and multiple MNSG/NOAA-funded and extramurally funded research projects in addition to products and services that support MNSG daily operations. Daily operational support includes content creation for all MNSG websites, social media platforms, reports (UMN/UMD, local, regional, state, and federal), MNSG staff presentations, and content for MNSG conferences, meetings, and events. Occasional to frequent travel within Minnesota is required. Occasional travel outside Minnesota may be required as some MNSG extension and communication projects are Great Lakes regionwide and nationwide.

    Position Duties:

    1. Website multimedia (30%)
    2. Brand development (20%)
    3. Brand strategy and implementation (15%)
    4. Social media multimedia (10%)
    5. Data visualization (10%)
    6. Reporting and meetings (10%) 
    7. Presentation multimedia (5%)

    If you have questions about this position contact MNSG Communications Manager Marie Thoms.

    Additional Information

    Minnesota Sea Grant is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Sea Grant Program, which supports 34 similar programs in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It receives funding through the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the University of Minnesota. The program partners with local, regional and national organizations and is an integral member of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.