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Requisition Number 17-0086
Post Date 9/5/2017
Title Graphic Designer - Communications Department
City West Des Moines
State IA

Graphic designer creates visual concepts using computer software to communicate ideas that inspire, inform or captivate the audience. They develop the overall layout and production design for print and digital advertisements, brochures, magazines, templates and corporate projects.

• Collaborate closely with graphic director
• Able to design a wide range of media including, but not limited to: logos, national ads, brochures, disclosures and postcards as well as research new media not currently being used for viability (example: digital media).
• Thinks creatively to produce new ideas and design concepts.
• Prepares work to be accomplished by gathering information and materials.
• Handles conceptual design process for Company campaigns and gain approval using rough layouts.
• Completes projects by coordinating with approved outside vendors and printers.
• Meets with internal partners to discuss the business objectives, requirements and business needs of the project. Then, develops a design concept to suit their purpose.
• Partners with internal and external partners to create production-ready files.
• Conduct press checks
• Ensure that all artwork and files are accurate, adhere to brand standards, meet and exceed timeline and deliverable requirements, and follow all specifications.
• Manage technical/file trouble-shooting and design issues.
• Loads HTML emails, memos and letters
• Aids in maintaining Company branding guidelines for all companies under the American Equity Group.
• Keeps abreast of emerging technologies in new media, particularly design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite.
• Maintains technical knowledge by attending design workshops and reviewing professional publications.
• Partners with internal and external partners to create production-ready files.
• Conduct press checks
• Ensure that all artwork and files are accurate, adhere to brand standards, meet and exceed timeline and deliverable requirements, and follow all specifications.
• Manage technical/file trouble-shooting and design issues.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


None required for this position.


Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or four to six years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


• Knowledge of digital artwork/media and print production.
• Knowledge of form design and producing various types of print and digital media.
• Understanding of the creative and production processes
• Balance of excellent typography skills, an understanding of photography, layout, illustration, and web/print process
• Solid understanding of image formats (EPS, TIF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PDF)
• Technical skills in print, digital optimization for web and social media, retouching, 4c printing, digital file preparation, 4-color print and production processes, and pre-press delivery formats
• Understanding of graphic compression
• Adobe applications (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash) – and a proven ability to create usable templates for print and web.
• Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) – and a proven ability to create usable templates
• Software Skill Levels:
Basic Intermediate Expert
Excel Fireworks InDesign
After Effects Dreamweaver Photoshop
Premiere Flash PowerPoint
Muse Word Acrobat
Outlook Illustrator

• Digital workflow automation experience
• Understanding of asset management systems
• PC proficiency
• Solid experience following brand standards
• Keen eye for detail and correcting copy/design errors missed in projects
• Able to research new technology and new channels
• Able to partner and build relationships internally and externally
• Be able to manage time appropriately and meet aggressive deadlines
• Experience with digital content such as websites, CMS, social media, online advertising and email campaigns along with basic knowledge of HTML
• Should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
• Must stay up to date with new production techniques and trends through research and education.


• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
• Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups.
• Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers.


• Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.


• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
• Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


None required for this position.


• Ability to maintain company attendance, punctuality and dependability standards as stated in the company handbook.
• Ability to work overtime as required.
• Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with co-employees, customers, and other outside third parties.
• Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
• Multi-tasking: Must be able to often work on more than one design project at a time.
• Produces accurate and high-quality work.
• Able to work as part of a team with printers, copywriters, photographers, stylists, illustrators, other artists, internal customers, web developers and marketing specialists.
• Must have superior communication skills.
• Committee to Company values, brand and success of the entire organization.
• Self-motivator who projects a confident can do attitude.


• Must be able to multi-task and problem solve.
• Position requires managing one’s time and the time of others and being able to adjust in relation to other’s actions.
• The specific job duties requiring these physical demands include creating marketing pieces that are visibly appealing since this requires good vision and ability to see detail.


• Must be able to multi-task and create designs based on the needs of the company.

• Position has many projects going at the same time with everyone wanting their project to be a priority.

• Requires dealing with outside vendors for printing and other special projects. Also works frequently with internal partners for various projects.


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American Equity Contact Information

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 71216
Des Moines, IA 50325

Office Address
6000 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Main Office Number: (515) 221-0002
Toll Free Number: (888) 221-1234