SME Graphic Designer

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 5 months ago(12/16/2021 11:26 AM)
Service Delivery (Health, Digital, Communications, & Mission Support)

Job Summary

Aptive is seeking a Graphic Designer with demonstrated experience to assist with the development of products and production of materials through an integrated communication campaign in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The campaign will communicate the agency's strategy, accomplishments and goals and garners buy-in from employees and stakeholders. The Graphic Designer will aid in enhancing and augmenting the S&T Communications & Outreach Division (COD).

The Graphic Designer is a highly creative visual thinker with a unique background in art and design, whose skills and talents will help diversify the team. The successful candidate should have a portfolio that demonstrates a versatile range of skills, and a good knowledge of layout, typography, image enhancement, as well as an intimate understanding of Adobe Creative Suite. The candidate not only must possess the ability to translate a creative brief into a concept and final deliverable, but to work and communicate effectively within a multi-disciplinary collaborative team environment.

This mid-level, full-time
position is primarily located onsite at DHS locations in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA, though temporary telework will be available during COVID-19. This is a contingent hire position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop products that support an integrated communications campaign that communicates DHS S&T key messages, supports their goals and outreach strategy and garners buy-in from employees and stakeholders.
  • Create custom layouts, graphics/illustrations for all types of communication products: fact sheets, reports, brochures, newsletters, mass emails, posters, briefings/PowerPoint presentations, exhibit displays, and websites.
  • Develop event branding and all associated collateral for DHS S&T events.
  • Review proofs and apply product quality control standards for all types design work. Ensure compliance with guidelines, policies, and directives stemming from DHS S&T.
  • Complete large format printing, mounting and lamination.
  • Design and develop material in print and digital formats for external and internal web assets including web ads, icons and infographics, hero banners, and social media ad campaigns.
  • Develop corporate communications products with a consistent look and feel.
  • Maintain brand standards and brand integrity in developed creative.Assist in the development of brand messaging for various digital campaigns.
  • Liaise and communicate with stakeholders to and senior team members to review creative and gather feedback.
  • Provide support to both the creative and project team throughout the execution of campaigns and projects.
  • Offer input to creative meetings and sharing ideas.
  • Understanding of accessibility testing, tools, and standards (Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act).

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience as a Graphic Designer with a MA in Graphic Design, or a related Visual Arts field OR 12 + years of experience as a Graphic Designer with a BA in Graphic Design, or a related Visual Arts field
  • Portfolio required.
  • Proven experience in managing projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Experienced in Adobe Creative Suite to include, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD. After Effects, Premiere knowledge is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office – PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experienced in conceptual design, logo development, branding and marketing.
  • Proficiency and experience of optimizing designs for online publishing as well as print production.
  • Understanding of concepting and implementation of visual elements (layout, typography, and color theory).
  • Active DHS Suitability Determination.
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications

  • DHS Trusted Tester certification
  • Experience supporting executive level clients.
  • Proven experience in managing multiple creative projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience with conceptual design, logo development, branding and marketing.
  • Strong time management, creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Understanding of concepting and implementation of visual elements (layout, typography and color theory).
  • Adeptness with leading design software packages, including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Ability to get up to speed quickly on complex issues; desire to work in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment.
  • Capable self-starter with a drive to get all types of work done and high attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Client Information

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the science advisor to the Secretary and serves as the research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Established by Congress in 2003, S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, testing and evaluation activities in alignment with the DHS mission. S&T does the science that strengthens the nation’s overall security and develops and transitions the technologies that allow those on the front lines to complete their missions effectively and safely.

About Aptive

Aptive is a modern federal consulting firm focused on human experience, digital services, and business transformation. We harness creativity, technology, and culture to connect people and systems to impact the world. We’re advisors, strategists, and engineers focused on people, above all else.


We believe in generating success collaboratively, leaving client organizations stronger after every engagement and building trust for the next big challenge. Our work inspires people, fuels change and makes an impact. Join our team to be part of positive change in your community and our nation.

EEO Statement

Aptive is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, parental status, veteran status, age, disability, or any other protected class.


Veterans, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and transitioning active-duty service members are highly encouraged to apply.

COVID 19 Vaccine Statement

This position supports a federal government contract and is subject to government vaccination mandates or other customer vaccination requirements. All new hires are required to report their vaccination status and proof of vaccination, or an adjudicated accommodation may be required for employment.


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