Graphic Designer

Job Type

Full Time




1350 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


About Oceana

Nearly one billion people currently do not have enough to eat. The demand for food is projected to increase 70 percent by 2050 as the population grows to an expected nine billion. An often-overlooked solution to this problem is our oceans. A fully productive ocean could provide one nutritious meal a day for 700 million people, or 13 to 15 percent of the animal protein produced on the entire planet. Moreover, wild-caught ocean fish uses no land, needs negligible amounts of water, is the lowest cost per pound to obtain, and provides human health benefits.


Unfortunately, ocean productivity is drastically declining due to overfishing, destructive fishing practices, marine habitat loss and pollution. If action is not taken to reverse this trend now, wild seafood may soon disappear as a major food source for a hungry planet. There is good news, however: restoring wild seafood is achievable and there are many examples of fish rebounding under science-based management, which is also surprisingly feasible. Science gives us clear direction about how to manage fish recovery. Fish will recover if we –

  • Set reasonable fishing quotas and reduce industrial overfishing.
  • Reduce bycatch (the incidental catch of non-targeted animals).
  • Protect marine habitat, both in preserving biodiversity and ecosystem health, as well as from the harmful effects of marine pollution.


Oceana is headquartered in Washington, DC and has offices in New York City, NY; Juneau, AK, Portland, OR, Monterey, CA, City of Belmopan, Belize; Brussels, Belgium; Brasilia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Copenhagen, Denmark; Lima, Peru; Manila, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; the legal entities in Belize, Brazil, Spain, and the United Kingdom follow the host country’s regulations and, as a result, are incorporated as independent entities. Oceana boasts a worldwide staff in excess of 200 full time professionals and an annual operating budget of approximately $43 million dollars.


General Summary


The Graphic Designer leads efforts to create compelling visuals (in print and web) to achieve Oceana’s goal of building a political constituency for the oceans, helping Oceana build the premiere brand in ocean conservation and providing design for Oceana’s magazine, websites, and publications. The Graphic Designer, as time allows, also provides support to Oceana’s campaign and development departments. The Graphic Designer provides design services primarily to Oceana, North America and also provides secondary support to Oceana’s other international offices.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Design and layout Oceana’s quarterly magazine, including selecting photos, page design and working with – on occasion – illustrators and photographers.
  • Design and layout Oceana’s annual report, including selecting photos, page design and working with – on occasion – illustrators and photographers.
  • Provide design support – including infographics - for the websites including Oceana’s organizational blog, and social media channels (cut images, template design).
  • Roll out Oceana’s corporate identity throughout the organization – place the corporate ID in every area where there is a visual opportunity (PowerPoint, meetings, etc.).
  • Support Oceana’s development department with the development of materials for major donors, the Partners Award Dinner and membership mailings.
  • Support, if time allows, Oceana’s campaigns with development of materials, publications, etc.
  • Perform additional duties as needed and/or assigned.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and familiarity with magazine layout and design.
  • Possess strong basic graphic design skills
  • Be conversant in web design
  • Understand corporate and brand identity and have some experience/interest in magazine design.
  • Good writing, editing and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to participate as a team player to coordinate projects, and work effectively with a variety of staff, freelancers and consultants.
  • Must possess excellent organization and time management skills to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and good multitasking skills
  • Experience with Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Shockwave and other primary graphic design programs preferred.
  • Ability to take initiative in suggesting ways to augment work and responsibilities of position to accomplish Oceana’s goals.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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