Graphic Designer
NHBP - Grand Rapids, MI

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The Graphic Designer will support the Director of Communications & Public Relations with print and visual solutions to the communication needs of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. The Graphic Designer is responsible for the conception, creation, design, and execution of these initiatives, along with the Tribal branding strategy.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities, and position titles as it deems necessary to meet the needs of the government.

1. Completes a mix of content assignments – including brochures, postcards, flyers, newsletters, website, print, and web art with minimal direction.
2. Coordinates print and digital graphic design projects for departments requesting support.
3. Transfers project materials to publications and/or media vendors. Materials are completed accurately, within budget constraints and on-time to meet publication deadlines.
4. Prepare spec sheets, estimate requests, and evaluate estimates.
5. Performs review of website and monthly newsletter for usability, adherence to standards, and accessibility; continually looks at best a practice enhancement to keep website/newsletter fresh and technically current.
6. Collects and assists with managing the content of the website and guides the site’s direction.
7. Supports the Director of Communication & Public Relations with media relations duties, including maintaining the media database and clip files. Provides functional backup when required due to vacation or out-of-town assignments.
8. Supports the Director of Communication & Public Relations with advertising and community relations assignments.
9. Maintains creative and digital assets in digital asset library.
10. Responsible for collaborating with department staff; to develop media products that amplify the activities and events of the respective department, and to distribute media products via various means of communication to Tribal membership.
11. Responsible for attending Tribal events and activities and to document those events and activities including, but not limited to the following means: digital photographs, digital video, audio, and interviews.
12. Assist in producing annually produced documentation such as: Annual Report, Government Profile, Election Newsletter, Calendar, etc.
13. Assist in the collection of biographies and other necessary staff and elected officials material that will strengthen the communication to both internal and external target groups.
14. Assist in maintaining current communication methods as well as developing new and improved communication methods (e.g., Facebook pages, Twitter, Internal Newsletters, NHBP Website, Mobile Phone/Tablet, Blog Sites, etc.)
15. Continuously monitors and updates internal and external communications to accurately depict Government operations.
16. Edit reader and staff submitted stories for the monthly newsletter.
17. Assist Communications Specialist in writing stories for the monthly newsletter and website when needed.
18. Assist Communications Specialist with photography for monthly newsletter, website, and Facebook when needed.
19. Develop and maintain creative asset library.
20. Performs other duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

An individual must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications.

1. Must have Bachelor’s degree in communication, graphic design or other related degree.
2. Must have at least five years of verifiable employment experience in the field of graphic design, with favorable work record.
3. Must have proven written and oral communications skills as verified by submission of sample documents and through testing administered in the selection process.
4. Must have proven graphic design skills verified by submission of sample documents and through testing administered in the selection process.
5. Must have advanced working knowledge of the following programs: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe FireWorks, Adobe Acrobat, file transfer portals, and Microsoft Office Suite.
6. Strong understanding of print production process including production time, paper, finishes, proofing, preparing estimate requests, spec sheets, etc.
7. Ability to follow brand guidelines and manage the NHBP brand.
8. Intermediate photography skills.
9. Ability to understand, gain knowledge and appreciate the differences with the Native American culture and customs.
10. Ability to incorporate the Native American culture and language into design whenever possible.
11. Must maintain a valid driver’s license with good driving record; GSA certifiable.
12. Must be able to travel.
13. Must be able to successfully complete and pass a comprehensive background investigation and drug screening.
14. Ability to interpret Tribal laws, rules and regulations relative to the department.
15. Ability to work well independently and with employees and other staff in a team-oriented environment.
16. A willingness to initiate contacts with new people.
17. Ability to comprehend and abide by Tribal, federal and other relevant environmental regulations/codes.
18. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
19. Must be able to adjust schedule as needed or required.
20. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
21. Capable of multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment with capacity to change priorities quickly.
22. Ability to multi-task, manages, and meets deadlines.
23. Demonstrated skill in understanding the necessity and the ability to preserve and maintain confidential client and team member based information.
24. Ability to develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work.
25. Ability to be self-directed and be an excellent problem solver.
26. Professional demeanor and appearance.

This position may contain information that is security sensitive and thereby subject to additional provisions. All information obtained will be protected under IHS/HIPAA policy rules and regulations.

Indian preference will be applied in the selection of qualified applicants in accordance with the NHBP Indian Preference in Employment Code, which affords employment preferences to NHBP Tribal citizens, spouses of HNBP citizens and members of other federally recognized Indian Tribes.

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