Graphics Designer

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Are you ready to start a fun and meaningful journey?

Chabot Space & Science Center is embarking on an exciting time of growth and development with a strong new leadership team in place. We are evolving with plenty of opportunities within a positive culture. The Executive Director, Senior Management, and Board Members are fully committed to the vision and new direction to maximize the impact of Chabot in the region. We have strong partnerships with many local agencies such as Oakland Unified School District, The City of Oakland, and the Eastbay Regional Parks Authority.

Here is where you have the opportunity to do what you do best, in a creative, non-profit, team environment with great synergy. We are all working towards the same goal and this is a very exciting time to be joining Chabot.

Nestled in the Oakland Hills, Chabot Space & Science Center was founded as an observatory in 1883. Today Chabot offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth. Chabot Space & Science Center is extremely proud of its reputation as one of Northern California’s leading centers for informal science education.


Position Summary

Chabot Space & Science Center is seeking a multi-faceted designer to support the Center’s various creative needs. The graphic designer should be as comfortable laying out content as sketching new concepts for exhibits, installations, and events. This person will also be responsible for updating web content via a CMS and using Altru as well as occasional HTML/CSS.

The graphic designer is a member of the Institutional Advancement/Marketing team, with a lens to identify project priorities and appeal to Chabot’s various audiences. You will work with departments across the Center to understand each program’s design needs and provide creative solutions. You will oversee all aspects of creative development from inception, through multiple iterations, to the final product. Because of this, you should be comfortable getting quotes and working with printers and other vendors. You should also be comfortable balancing multiple projects simultaneously and rolling up your sleeves for production tasks.

This position provides an opportunity to brainstorm inventive ways to broaden and enrich the type of content offered by Chabot, as the Center evolves. Additional requirements include the ability to create unique graphics for print design, events, web and social media, and center marketing signage.


Essential Functions:

  • Design and order collateral for all events and departments
  • Manage digital and photographic assets for various events and center wide designs
  • Well organized
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Update website via a CMS
  • Detail oriented
  • A range of aesthetic styles
  • Pleasant to work with
  • Comfortable interacting with vendors.
  • Self directed


Position requirements

  • Must know Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Comfortable working in a Mac environment
  • Work with exhibits to conceptualize and create new web content
  • Comfortable with WordPress
  • Photography/video skills a plus
  • Ability to easily maneuver between aesthetic styles


Salary and Benefits

Starting pay is DOE and consistent with the nonprofit market in this area. We offer health/dental/vision insurance and flex account. Four weeks paid vacation accrued at the rate of 6.15 hours per pay period for first two years. 10 paid holidays. Casual office environment.

  • A clean and minimal design sensibility
  • Maintain a laser printer


Nice to haves

  • Program Development
  • 3D prototyping
  • 3D software aptitude
  • An enthusiasm for science
  • Capacity to create original sketches and illustrations
  • Photography skills

Job Type: Full-time


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off


To apply, email your resume and cover letter to

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