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Graphic Designer

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/18/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2627971

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Through service, regulation, and advocacy, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) supports the viability and vitality of agriculture while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment.

AGRICULTURE - A Cornerstone of Washington's Economy

Our Vision at WSDA is to ensure- Agriculture thrives across Washington, contributing to the health of the state's people, environment and economy.

WSDA Guiding Principles
• Serve the customer and the public.
• Act with integrity, consistency, transparency and respect.
• Pursue practical, reasonable solutions.
• Cultivate partnerships.
• Use science and data to inform decisions.
• Fulfill statutory responsibilities.
• Anticipate the future.

WSDA offers a generous benefit package which includes 11 paid holidays, sick and vacation leave, retirement and insurance, health, dental, and vision coverage, tuition reimbursement, training classes, and much more.

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WSDA is seeking a creative designer who can work within the structure of state government, while providing high quality, professional design products, both printed and electronic. This position can be filled remotely.

This position reports to the Communications Director, but work assignments are given by the senior designer. Assignments are expected to be completed on deadline and consistent with agency, state and federal publication guidelines. 

The ideal candidate will have the training and experience in the appropriate software and systems to be an effective graphic designer. The diverse nature of our work requires someone who can communicate effectively with staff members, colleagues, managers and industry stakeholders.

The agency would provide the necessary IT equipment and support for a remote office. Because this is a remote position, the right hire will be a self-starter who can stay on task with minimal supervision. Regular in-person visits to Olympia are required for meetings with the communications team and staff members.



  • Conceptualizes, designs and produces a wide range of projects for printing including but not limited to: brochures, fact sheets, postcards, posters, special mailers, reports, illustrations, presentations, displays and newsletters. Takes into account project and agency goals and objectives, graphic ­identity standards, intended use, audience and budget in the production of these materials.
  • Designs projects for electronic media, including but not limited to e-newsletters, email templates, web pages for the agency website.
  • Creates PDF files for the web, including bookmarks, hyperlinks and links. Edit existing PDF files as needed.
  • Creates print ready PDF files for all printed media.
  • Design infographics, banners and other visuals that are printable, used on the web, or in email and other digital delivery mechanisms.
  • Proofreads and edits all designed products.
  • Ensures compliance with agency design standards, proper use of the WSDA logo and graphic identity, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Acquires and applies knowledge of postal requirements that impact the design and printing of brochures, postcards, surveys and other materials intended to be mailed to customers.
  • Reviews agency webpages for adherence with agency design policies, ADA requirements and best practices.
  • Provides design services to programs to improve webpage appearance .
  • Updates program intranet page.


Required Qualifications:

  • Two years of design school or college-level design training
  • One year of professional experience in graphic design .
  • Ability to work within graphic-identity standards.
  • Good to excellent proofreading skills .
  • Thorough working knowledge of graphic design software, especially Adobe InDesign, Acrobat Professional, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Advanced skills with Word .
  • Good customer services skills .
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments effectively .

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced ability to use sophisticated features of Microsoft Word to develop page templates for non-designers .
  • Experience with webpage layout and design .

Supplemental Information

You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:


  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • Current resume detailing experience and education
  • A sample of a designed product that showcases your work (attach under "other" in attachments section).

Applications with comments "see attachments" will be considered incomplete.

To take advantage of Veteran's preference, please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22. Please blackout your social security number and date of birth before attaching.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state's on-line recruitment system.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact WSDA, at (360) 902-2020 or Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.

The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture actively supports diversity in the workplace, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex (including gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons requiring accommodation in the application process, during the recruitment process, or who need this job announcement in an alternative format, may contact the Human Resources Office at 360-902-2020 or may email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.

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