IMPAQ International, LLC

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Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

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IMPAQ International, a growing and dynamic social science research firm, provides high-quality research and impact evaluation services, policy analysis, survey research, technology solutions, organizational development, technical assistance and consulting services to U.S. and international government agencies, foundations, and the private sector.  IMPAQ’s mission is to bring together exceptional people to develop innovative and rigorous approaches to evaluate the real-world impact of social policies and programs. IMPAQ offers five locations: our Corporate Headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, rated one of America’s Best Small Cities; Downtown Washington, D.C., Boston, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington and a Bay Area office in Oakland, California. IMPAQ has a diverse and collegial work environment and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/Disability/Veterans).


The Graphic Designer I provides high-quality desktop publishing and design services for client and corporate projects. He or she primarily designs and lays out materials including reports, proposals, newsletters, brochures, flyers, conference materials, exhibits, posters, training guides, signage, and PowerPoint slides. He/she will develop and incorporate graphics into these items as appropriate, making the final products Section 508 compliant for online distribution. May also provide graphic design services for websites, social media and mobile apps. Should be interested in keeping up-to-date with new communication software platforms, developing new skills and capabilities over time.


The Graphic Designer I typically juggles multiple projects at the same time, working with and accepting direction from different Project Directors. He or she will be supervised overall by the division’s Communications Director. Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to the following:


Desktop Publishing/Graphics

  • Applies knowledge of page layout design to produce materials including newsletters, brochures, reports, flyers, conference materials, exhibits, posters, training guides, signage, and PowerPoint slides
  • Formats text, tables, charts, photographs, and other graphic elements using design software such as Adobe Creative Suite to produce high-quality and visually pleasing designs that meet client requirements
  • Creates and uses style sheets and templates; manages the version control process and maintains master copies for efficient workflow
  • Works with editors, writers, and graphic specialists to incorporate revisions and make corrections to electronic drafts to deliver accurate, error-free documents
  • Interacts with printers and vendors to coordinate production schedules, obtain price quotes, review bluelines and proofs, prepare files for printing, resolve pre-press issues, and ensure the integrity of the design is preserved during the reproduction process
  • Ensures files are available for retrieval, properly packaged, and archived
  • Creates custom graphics using Adobe Creative Suite or other graphic/page layout software programs
  • Provides specialized assistance to staff in creating and/or identifying, selecting, and incorporating graphics into products, websites, and social media channels (e.g., scanned images, stock and royalty-free photos or custom-created images, infographics)
  • Ensures all assigned materials – whether produced in-house or by an outside source – are compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act for accessibility of electronic products
  • Leads and engages in quality assurance activities for all products produced
  • Assists in securing required client reviews and approvals of assigned products


Proposal Support

  • Lays out proposals, ensuring all production requirements within the Request for Proposal/Request for Quote (RFP/RFQ) are met, including preparing clear and legible exhibits and tables, establishing visual hierarchy and consistency within the text, and using multiple-column formatting
  • Prepares front matter and ancillary items for proposal submission including but not limited to title pages, tables of contents, and Government-required forms
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of proposal appendices
  • Assists with the production, binding, and packaging of proposals, including preparing electronic files for hardcopy and electronic submission, ordering supplies, designing cover art, and assembling proposals for hardcopy submission
  • Develops and updates marketing materials including fact sheets, project summaries, capability statements, resumes, and other collateral as needed




  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in design/production support
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, visual arts/graphic design, business, or related field


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficiency in using Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud in a PC environment, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Presenter, and Acrobat Professional
  • Proficiency with Section 508 compliance required
  • Proficiency in producing web graphics
  • Experience producing proposals in response to Government-issued RFPs/RFQs
  • Proofreading and basic editing skills
  • Knowledge of design principles as applied to page layout and book design
  • Knowledge of typography
  • Knowledge of process color and color matching systems
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team with a strong sense of teamwork
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work extended hours as required
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Energetic, pleasant, professional demeanor
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and carry out multiple tasks simultaneously in a conscientious manner and within time constraints
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to work independently

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