Graphic Designer

Minnesota Historical Society

Who We Are:

Discover the stories we share.

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. Because history matters!

We're part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.

We owe it to future generations to be good stewards of the past.

Position Details

Graphic Designer
Twin Cities Metro
St. Paul, MN


This position exists to create, support, and adapt the visual identity of the Minnesota Historical Society in advertising, print materials, signage, digital media, and any platforms where MNHS has a presence. The position also works within a creative services team to manage relationships, assets, style guides, best practices, and quality control.


  1. Lead design of visual materials (including digital and print ads, brochures, flyers, posters, reports, etc.) consistent with program objectives, brand guidelines, and budgetary constraints;
  2. Coordinate with internal and external partners to create efficient workflows; 
  3. Source and maintain approved visual assets for use on multiple platforms; 
  4. Provide quality assurance and advise on visual brand direction; and 
  5. Serves as catalyst for proactive change, ensuring that MNHS uses the latest and most effective design to market and communicate its services to the public.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, plus seven years of experience, or equivalent 
  • Proven design or production experience in seeing projects from conception to completion 
  • Mastery of layout design and photo editing tools (Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects) 
  • Proven experience with the layout for longer-format projects, (e.g. annual reports, multi-page booklets) 
  • Working knowledge of digital file formats, which tools to use, and when to work with them 
  • Ability to organize simultaneous projects, set priorities, develop budgets, and meet deadlines while managing creative ideals. 
  • Working knowledge and experience with Google Workspace or Microsoft Office tools 
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong attention to detail and project management skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and with high work standards and tight time deadlines. 
  • Must be self-motivated, and be able to work with others as a team.


  • Proven design and desktop publishing experience in a variety of print formats from brochures to large-format. 
  • Experience with a variety of design processes and methodology 
  • Experience with video and motion graphics 
  • Design experience in an agency setting (e.g. ad/marketing/PR) or internal marketing department. 
  • Familiarity with digital asset management 
  • Familiarity with digital encoding and file compression 
  • Experience in copywriting and editing. 
  • Familiar with project management software (Trello, Asana, Teamwork, Smartsheets, Basecamp, etc.).

COMPENSATION: $61,588.80 annual minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,080 annual hours) position.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays.

DESIGNATION: Bargaining Unit AFSCME Local 3173

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