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Job Description

Overview

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) directs the worldwide overseas building program for the Department of State. Working with other offices and bureaus, foreign affairs agencies, and Congress, OBO’s challenge is to set worldwide priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds.

 

The projects that will be supported by this task order are all located in U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.  These projects include all manner of leasing real property, lease fit outs, and some construction.  Budget estimates for these projects range from approximately $100,000 to $50,000,000

 

This position is located in the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO), Deputy Director for Planning and Real Estate (PRE), Office of Master Planning and Evaluations, Evaluations Division (MPE/EV).  The Division provides the valuation services, market studies, and financial analysis services in support of the U.S. government’s international real estate portfolio within Chief of Mission authority.

 

This is a full time/permanent position with excellent benefits, and outstanding compensation including full medical, dental, 401K, vacation, and holiday pay.

Responsibilities

We are looking for a Graphic Designer to create engaging and on-brand graphics for a variety of media and work with both text and images to implement graphics on presentations.  The Graphic Designer will work with Management to transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams to convey the message.  In furtherance of these responsibilities, they will performs tasks and assignments that include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Study design briefs and determine requirements.
  • Schedule projects and define budget constraints.
  • Conceptualize visuals based on requirements.
  • Prepare rough drafts and present ideas.
  • Develop illustrations, logos and other designs using software or by hand.
  • Use the appropriate colors and layouts for each graphic.
  • Work with copywriters and creative director to produce final design.
  • Test graphics across various media.
  • Amend designs after feedback.
  • Ensure final graphics and layouts are visually appealing and on-brand.
  • Monitors progress of Office activities and prepares weekly/monthly reports for OAD and PRE management and for Program Performance Reviews on the status of various real estate projects.
  • Manipulate/display data graphically for senior management consumption.
  • Prepares reports, briefings, and studies as necessary and is responsible for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data required to produce these documents, including the collection, analysis, and reporting of data necessary to support OBO's benchmarking program for its real estate programs.
  • Monitors progress and prepares reports and spreadsheets for the Office Director and Division Chiefs on the status of acquisitions, sites under negotiation, and purchased properties.
  • Develops supporting materials for projects and staff for the real estate work performed in the Office and reports on milestones being reached.
  • Conducts moderately difficult real estate research or reviews external sources for relevant real estate information and as needed, populates, and organizes in a repository for the Office.
  • Proactively reviews external sources for relevant real estate market studies and populates and organizes a market study repository

Qualifications

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience.
  • Proven graphic designing experience.
  • Experience manipulating/displaying data graphically for senior management consumption.
  • A strong portfolio of illustrations or other graphics.
  • Extensive experience with design software and technologies (such as InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop).
  • A keen eye for aesthetics and details.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work methodically and meet deadlines.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and three (3) years of experience.

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