Graphic Designer - Full-time
Lisle, IL
Full Time

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit with a unique opportunity for a creative self-starter interested in trees, nature, and conservation. We’re seeking someone who thrives in a fast-paced and collaborative environment and has experience creating marketing collateral, print and digital advertising and directing photographers in an outdoor setting. You’ll be part of a talented Marketing and Communications team, working in a business casual office, with 1,700 acres of nature and beauty outside your office door.  


Position Summary:  Design a wide variety of communications from concept to completion, under the direction of the Head of Design, to elevate The Morton Arboretum brand and engage audiences. Project types include print and digital collateral, publications, advertising, and web design. 


Essential Functions: 

  • Apply core design principles to create concepts conducive to each project’s goals and audiences, while maintaining project budgets and deadlines. Project types range from print to digital and include collateral and brochures, on-site signage, advertisements, web graphics, and imagery to support digital channels.

  • Participate in project kick-off meetings, ask clarifying questions to understand the project goals, strategy, tactics, and schedule for the assignment.

  • Present design options that align with Arboretum brand guidelines and address and incorporate direction and input. Collaborate with colleagues in Marketing and Communications and internal stakeholders on all design assignments.

  • Develop printing specifications and obtain estimates from outside vendors for Arboretum projects. Organize and produce digital and print-ready concepts and comps for assigned work according to specifications. Preflight, package, and prepare design files for printers and media outlets. 

  • Maintain and archive production files according to departmental procedures and standards. 

  • Participate in the development of the photography editorial calendar. Collaborate with the design team to guide, schedule, and direct photographers for creation of original images to be used in a wide variety of visual communications. Edit and maintain image assets files.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design required. 2+ years professional experience working in Adobe Creative Suite required. Ability to work from design concept to completion required. Experienced and proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Google applications, scanning and color correction required. Knowledge of and ability to apply core design principles including alignment, repetition, contrast, hierarchy, and balance required. Ability to develop multiple ideas or concepts required. Digital photography, website CMS, and illustration experience preferred. Excellent written communication skills required.

Success Factors:  Keen eye for detail and ability to create a variety of designs. Effective time management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to think and work both strategically and conceptually. Enthusiastic, energetic, with ability to work well within a team environment. Customer service oriented with the ability to relate effectively with persons internal and external to the Arboretum. Strong interest in acquiring a thorough understanding of the Arboretum, its mission, programs, and staff. Ability to embrace and align with the organization's employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning, and make the Arboretum exceptional.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 20 lbs.), traveling around the Arboretum buildings and grounds with photographers. Some local travel for press checks.

  • Work Environment: Fast paced office environment. Work is performed primarily indoors, with occasional outdoor activity for photo shoots.

  • Equipment: General office equipment, digital camera, scanner, design tools.

For full consideration, please include a portfolio, resume, and cover letter with application.

All Arboretum employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of that status in order to maintain their employment.

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment. 

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