Chalk Talk

Graphic Designer Position Open at Red Chalk Studios

Red Chalk Studios is seeking a full-time, highly-motivated, and exceptionally organized kick ass graphic designer to join our team. A successful candidate is dedicated to excellent brand and design thinking and skills, for print and digital media, with a relentless drive to improve and innovate. You must be an effective communicator who can lead projects from start to finish, collaborate with internal and external teams, as well as manage direct client relationships, multiple jobs and tight deadlines.

This is a full-time position at our Virginia Beach office.

We have a cat and peanuts on the premises. Ye be forewarned. 😉

Key Responsibilities

Design & Production

Having exceptional, multi-talented team members positions Red Chalk as a leading brand communications and design agency. In order to maintain and further this status, our graphic designers will have a wide range of responsibilities. You will be required to:

  • Collaborate with team members to generate creative ideas that meet brand strategies. Team members can include clients, project manager, creative director, art director, designers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators, developers, etc.
  • Generate creative ideas solo and present to team for review
  • Demonstrate exceptional ability to understand complex/comprehensive subjects and break down communication messages with clear design execution
  • Execute creative ideas with efficiency, skill and mindfulness of final production
  • Design projects from concept to completion and prep files for final execution for print and digital distribution
  • Create and manage timely and deadline-driven production
  • Create custom illustrations, photo illustrations and execute a high-skill level of photo-editing
  • Demonstrate basic photography skills
  • Craft basic copy and evaluate/edit client-supplied copy
  • Understand how to design for, and work with, social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
  • Help manage client WordPress websites, creating and updating content (copy, images, video, etc.)
  • Pitch ideas to clients
  • Present solutions to creative director/art director, clearly communicating objectives and solution rationale
  • Effectively and efficiently manage print jobs

Client & Project Management

This position requires you to manage projects that are time sensitive and multi-faceted. You will need to be efficient in juggling a large project workload. While you will work primarily on-site at Red Chalk Studios, you will be required to visit several client locations multiple times per week. Reliable personal transportation is a must! In this role, you will be required to:

  • Communicate with clients on a daily basis
  • Manage multiple projects for, primarily, a single client, working with the project scope and deadlines
  • Proof all work for accuracy and have excellent attention to detail
  • Review all materials to confirm it conforms to standards and specifications
  • Attend on-site client meetings (weekly)
  • Efficiently use our project management software, tracking tasks and time management

Experience and Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of the following is required:
    • InDesign (single page through multi-page publications, interactive eBooks)
    • Illustrator (creating and editing vector artwork and typography)
    • Photoshop (editing, photo-manipulation, color-correction, image-building, etc.)
    • Pages, Numbers, Keynote
    • WordPress
    • Must be able to troubleshoot computer issues and resolve problems independently, whenever possible (we work in a Mac environment)
  • 2+ years of professional experience in graphic design for print and digital design
  • 4-year degree or equivalent
  • Skillset must include:
    • Strong graphic design sensibilities
    • Excellent communication and writing skills
    • Detail-oriented
    • Quick study and decision maker
    • Being proactive, motivated, self-managed and have a strong work ethic
    • Extra points if you can juggle, are clairvoyant or have roller derby in your blood

Salary

Salary starts at $32,500 and is based on experience and benefit package.

About Red Chalk Studios

Red Chalk Studios is a multi-disciplinary creative agency in Virginia Beach, VA, specializing in brand and marketing communication strategy, design and development. We are a unique design shop buzzing with the energy of talented team members who thrive as individuals and as collaborators in our open environment. Company benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health care, skills training, kitchen filled with snacks and drinks, free lunches (for real!), standing desks, Starbucks, and more.

Our studio is located in a small office park just off the Hilltop area in Virginia Beach, with WaWa right next door. We work primarily in an open-space studio, where we play music, play with the cat, and play games. Alex makes us lunch daily and we eat together, sharing stories and laughs. We can be loud and boisterous at times, but always respectful of each other’s work load, space and needs. We are all friendly, supportive and most of all, appreciate positive attitudes and smiles. Ramona, the cat, is friendly but mostly keeps to herself. She probably won’t leap on your head, if that’s a concern.

Smart, passionate applicants should WOW us!

Applicants fill out the form below. No phone calls, please. We are not accepting applications for freelance opportunities.

  • Drop files here or
  • 9 − 3 =
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Red Chalk Studios has been helping clients understand, develop and grow their brands for over 16 years. Interested in building a strong and successful brand? Let’s talk!