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Graphics Designer/Web Content Curator in Columbia, MD at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 4/30/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Duties will include the combined skills of Graphic Design and Web Content Curation/Management, including creating, editing, publishing and sharing content to raise brand awareness. Incumbent will design, layout and produce creative concepts for print and digital products, including website content, infographics and other materials that advances organizational goals. Provides support to the USRA President and CEO, Corporate Affairs, Proposals (Corporate Strategy and Development), Human Resources, and Programs and Institutes as needed.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Creates, improves and maintains content for the USRA corporate external website
  • Seeks changes from USRA technical and administrative personnel to develop and update website features and experts’ spotlights
  • Optimizes web content according to Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Collaborates with communications team to plan and develop website content, style, and layout
  • Creates various materials with cohesive designs that reflect USRA’s culture, including fact sheets, advertisements, infographics, certificates for awards, logos, stationery, PowerPoint templates, conference materials/giveaways, large-scale backdrops and banners, Board book covers, etc.
  • Selects colors, images, text styles and layouts appropriate for each project
  • Incorporates changes recommended by USRA technical and administrative personnel into final designs
  • Works with content writers to ensure brand consistency
  • Ensures compliance with law (e.g. copyright and data protection)
  • Edits, proofreads, and improves writers’ posts

Required Qualifications:


BA/BS in English, Journalism, or other relevant field; or, equivalent working experience


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as an in-house web designer/graphic designer or similar role (work samples will be required if interviewed)

Licenses, Certifications:



Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Solid writing and editing skills in English
  • Excellence in graphic design appropriate for business
  • Familiarity with SEO guidelines


  • Critical thinking skills to solve visual design challenges
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment within a fast-paced nonprofit industry
  • Ability to communicate with stakeholders to ensure that designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while under tight deadlines




  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Experience working with Content Management Systems
  • Basic understanding of HTML and web publishing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including strong experience with PowerPoint
  • Video editing and motion graphics skills a plus.
  • Knowledge of Drupal, WordPress, and Mura a plus
  • Knowledge of Javascript and JQuery a plus
  • Knowledge of ColdFusion a plus

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc. Extensive online usage. This is largely a sedentary role.



All interested candidates must apply directly on our website at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity