Production Graphic Designer

Grand Casino


Hunting. Fishing. Gathering. Amid deep lakes, wild rice fields, majestic maple trees, and wild and bountiful berries, the Ojibwe thrived in the mid-1700s, following the cycle of the seasons. A profound respect for nature was instilled in every child.

Pressures from non-Indian culture led to hardship and poverty, but the Ojibwe worked hard towards a better future.

In 1988, the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act helped those dreams become a reality. The Mille Lacs Band opened Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley in 1991 and 1992, creating thousands of jobs and generating revenues that benefit the Band, its nearly 4,600 members, and its non-Indian neighbors.

Casino revenues have helped the Mille Lacs Band build and improve schools, health care facilities, community centers, a water treatment facility, roads, ceremonial buildings, and more. Millions of dollars have also been donated to food shelves, schools, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations that serve the entire community. The casinos have also attracted new residents to the area, boosted tourism, and created dozens of new businesses across the region.

Position Details

Production Graphic Designer
Onamia, MN

The Production Graphic Designer provides work to fulfill graphic design needs for posters, print & collateral, digital LCD screens, outside marquee, and website, app and online creative content. This individual will directly assist in the production process of materials from onset of the job through to its completion. Guided by the traditional Ojibwe teachings, MLCV’s core values – honesty, wisdom, humility, love, truth and bravery – are the driving force in our business. The values guide us as we move forward to achieve our mission. At MLCV we are guided by Associate promise – to SERVE you (support, empower, respect, value and engage). Through this promise we strive to support our Associates in living their best lives by offering them challenging and rewarding work, a competitive benefits package and opportunities to build lasting relationships.

Responsible for the following:

  • Utilize branded templates to complete graphic design and/or digital jobs for Grand Casino and other MLCV entities 
  • Design corresponding work to compliment brand image concepts developed by outside advertising agency and to maintain design standards. 
  • Ability to handle heavy daily and weekly workload of on-floor promotional signage & collateral design including digital signage, online creative, coupons, interior and exterior signage, posters, duratrans (backlit posters) and multi-media presentations. 
  • Create branded content for social media as needed. 
  • Design newspaper and magazine ads as needed. 
  • Collaborate with the property Traffic Coordinator and the Brand Communication Coordinator to gather or confirm facts to be incorporated into design assignments. 
  • Deploy emails from templates through email vendor platform 
  • Develop and maintain awareness of mechanical and other job specifications for various communication mediums (e.g. various types of signage, coupons, etc.). 
  • Work with external vendors producing all print and collateral – whether from the agency or internal work. 
  • Conduct press checks to ensure quality of design at printer.
  • Prepare final press-ready files based on supplied specifications for several types of printing. 
  • Make various formats of supplied artwork production-ready and resolve any artwork issues that arise during production 
  • Maintain and catalog all completed jobs in electronic format. 
  • Maintain assets on the digital asset management system. 
  • Follow a development timeline to ensure tasks are being completed on time 
  • Design other internal and external communications projects as requested by the Director of Brand Strategy. 
  • Order graphic supplies as needed. 
  • Utilize the large format printer to print in-house jobs for property. 
  • Perform other duties when specifically assigned.

Working Relationships:

  • Reports directly to the Director of Brand Strategy at MLCV; works cross-functionally with marketing teams across portfolio. 
  • Works with agency of record design team to ensure brand standards are met.


  • Two (2) years web development and programming skills is preferred. 
  • Three (3) years’ experience with design and technology programs – including proven understanding of HTML and Dynamic HTML, CSS, XML and action script. 
  • Technical degree from accredited school for Graphic Design for the Computer Arts, or college degree from an accredited four-year university with major emphasis in Graphic Design for the Computer Arts. 
  • Or a minimum of five years’ experience designing advertising/marketing collateral, again utilizing the PC Windows software platform design layout programs: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Dream Weaver, Illustrator, Flash, and InDesign for graphic & digital design, and print production. 
  • Or a combination of 1 year of education in Graphic Design and 3 years proven experience in designing diverse advertising/marketing collateral. 

Special Qualifications:

  • Experience in photography, video art direction preferred. 
  • Proven expertise and proficiency in PC Windows software platform design layout programs: a) Adobe Creative Suite 6: Illustrator, Photoshop, Dream Weaver, Flash, and InDesign for graphic & digital design, and print production and b) Typography in design: knowledge of appropriate typeface/font styles for designing effective advertising communications. 
  • Pre-press knowledge of printing and production techniques for large format (posters, duratrans, etc.) small format (brochures, flyers, etc.) and direct mail print preferred. 
  • Proof of Portfolio of work absolutely required. 
  • Preferred experience to include three (3) years casino gaming or brand related experience. 
  • Ability to perform well under changing priorities and tight deadlines. 
  • Strong organizational, time management and communications skills. 
  • Must be able to secure license from Gaming Regulatory Authority. 
  • Mille Lacs Band Member and American Indian preference will be exercised in the hiring process. 
  • Responsible for following all relevant DGR’s.

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