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Senior Graphic Designer (Animation) at DCG Communications

Senior Graphic Designer (Animation)

DCG Communications Washington, DC (Onsite) Full-Time

DCG Communications (DCG) is seeking a Senior Graphic Designer to join our creative team! If you are a seasoned and confident designer who is a natural leader with expert animation skills and looking to work collaboratively within a team without direct managerial responsibilities, then this is the role for you!

The senior designer will be an integral member of DCG's Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Public Affairs (OPA) client team. Partnering directly with one full-time designer, together you will help the client build their brand and businesses by crafting smart, innovative, and engaging content across a multitude of different mediums all designed to work seamlessly and strategically to create meaningful outcomes for their target audiences. We're looking for someone who is comfortable (and ideally has direct experience) making illustrations for very serious topics; for example, the team has made illustrations and videos on immigration and border policies.

Location: The DCG team is virtual. With over 100 employees based in 23 states (and counting!), DCG is committed to hiring talented employees across the United States. The selected candidate will work during DCG’s core Eastern Standard Time business hours. 

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic arts or visual arts/communications from an accredited institution.
    • Bachelor’s degree may be waived with exceptional portfolio/selling points (equivalent years of experience)
  • A minimum of six (6) years of professional design experience in an agency, marketing or communications setting
  • Expert-level animation skills
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment; proven to be agile and flexible
  • Comfortable working with a high volume of requests, and turning out high-quality assets
  • Able to sell/communicate your creative vision to the team and client
  • You’re a natural digital storyteller (web work, user experience, user interface) that includes but is not limited to working in programs such as InVision, Sketch, Figma, Marvel
  • Advanced knowledge and skill with all related Adobe Creative Cloud products (i.e., Premier Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign)
  • Self-starter; driven; eager to learn and grow
  • Must be able to provide an updated link or PDF of portfolio work samples
  • Proven and hands-on experience with 508 compliance and ability to provide PDF remediation or willingness to learn 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DHS Public Trust clearance
  • Must be able to provide an updated link or PDF of portfolio work samples

Additional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the creative team and work closely with the Art Director and Creative Director to continually push and strategically ideate new and innovative ideas across all mediums, platforms, and technologies
  • Lead work with a data-driven/research first mentality and understand the “Why?”
  • Understand the importance of our clients KPI’s how we reach them and why an integrated workflow is the best approach
  • Have exceptional communication skills & attention to detail
  • Have a thorough understanding of timelines, how they impact the work we are doing and what we can do within our own process to keep everything fluid
  • Be highly conceptual when it comes to brainstorming new and innovative ideas that are both smart and strategic
  • Able to lead, own, and work independently on a project with light oversight, but knows when to raise a hand
  • Ability to absorb, apply and pivot based on internal and client feedback
  • Able to present work and make sound recommendations to internal and client stakeholders
  • Keep a pulse on the industry at large and bring ideas/recommendations to the table around how we could apply them to our current/future work
  • Look to teach and mentor more junior-to-mid-level staff to help with overall skill growth within the creative department

What’s in it for you?  

DCG prides itself on having a unique and flexible culture. We value hard-working, self-motivated and dedicated employees and are committed to providing an opportunity for tremendous career growth and earning potential.  

Learn more about our unique culture here: 

  • DCG Life Medium Blog:  

  • DCG Life Instagram: @dcglife 

Why you’ll love it here:  

  • Market competitive pay. 

  • A variety of rich healthcare plans including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as group life insurance. 

  • 401(k) retirement with 4% corporate match and immediate vesting upon enrollment. 

  • Annual monetary supplement toward mental and physical wellbeing, and pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA). 

  • 100% Paid Family Bonding for all new parents (including adoption), short-term, and long-term disability. Family planning benefit towards fertility planning and treatment, adoption, and surrogacy. 

  • Generous paid time off including 11 paid federal holidays and a floating holiday annually. 

  • DCG offers a wide variety of growth and development opportunities such as: internal learning & development programs and professional development for those seeking to further their professional growth. 

  • Check out our  that highlights the benefits we offer to our employees and their families; dive in further to the blog to get a better sense of DCG company culture! 

About us:  

DCG Communications (DCG) is a specialized communications consultancy focused on developing influential communications programs to help clients build their brands and enhance their reputations. A majority of our work is with the federal government and we currently support a number of long-term projects with the following agencies: Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, State, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, Small Business Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, BBG, and more.  

DCG is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. 


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