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NREL Graphic Designer in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Graphic Designer



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

At NREL, we work collaboratively with a team of designers, clients, and subject matter experts to pitch new work and implement it across all channels. If you can explain your conceptual ideas to colleagues, stakeholders, and leaders alike—and listen to the ideas of others—you’ll enjoy our friendly work environment. Our Communications and Public Affairs Office is seeking a Graphic/Visual Designer to join the Graphic Design/Multimedia team.

  • Under minimal guidance, the candidate will work on design and production of communication products for both electronic and print media.

  • Working as part of project team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, the Graphic/Visual Designer will analyze customer requirements and propose innovative solutions based on sound design principles and corporate branding guidelines.

  • Our Graphic/Visual Designers are strategic thinkers and continuous learners who enjoy turning complex challenges into simple, elegant solutions.

  • If you like using typography, color, and space to translate high-level requirements into engaging user experiences, this job may be for you.

  • We’ll ask you to manage your own schedules and deadlines and balance priorities and tasks.

  • You’ll track your time and bill to specific projects.

  • We’re looking for a highly motivated individual who likes to experiment and take risks.

  • Someone who is comfortable working with minimal supervision—and just as comfortable actively participating on a team to determine the best approach to our latest communication challenge.

  • If you like designing for change and are comfortable creating it, we’re looking for you.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in graphic design, visual arts, or other related discipline, or equivalent. Five or more years of relevant graphic design experience.

  • Demonstrated skills and experience with Adobe Creative Suite design tools on a Macintosh computer platform; specifically, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

  • Ability to learn other computer software programs as required.

  • Outstanding working knowledge of visual design with a solid background in design fundamentals, such as design thinking, typography, color, composition, and hierarchy.

  • General knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Leadership, project management, and problem-solving skills.

  • Adept at crafting visual elements that can be extensible across media and work holistically with brand standards and style guides.

  • Current knowledge of web trends, techniques, and technologies.

  • Detail-oriented and resourceful with excellent follow through.

  • Expert knowledge of PowerPoint.

  • Possess advanced knowledge of MS Office applications.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Candidates must have an online portfolio to be considered.

  • General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques.

  • Frequent application of industry concepts and principles.

  • General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field.

  • Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication.

  • Ability to use various computer software programs.


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