Graphic Designer for Annual Beach Report Card 


Request for Proposals: Graphic Designer for Annual Beach Report Card

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit group dedicated to making California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life. We achieve our mission by using science, advocacy, community outreach, and public education to create positive change in our environment.

About the Project

Heal the Bay engages hundreds of thousands of people every year with the annual Beach Report Card and, educating the California public about the causes and impacts of ocean and river pollution, and what everyone can do to improve water quality. Under this statement of work the Contractor will independently provide the service of creating Heal the Bay’s 30th Anniversary edition of the annual Beach Report Card—a stunning, visual scientific report that presents water quality trends for the West Coast of the US. The target audience of the Beach Report Card includes beachgoers, environmental scientists, government agencies, NGOs, businesses, and the general public. The report has been featured in top press publications worldwide and has impacted local and statewide environmental policies. The contractor will report directly to the Science & Policy team with input from Heal the Bay’s Communications team.

Please refer to Heal the Bay’s website for ideas about our design identity:

Expectations & Deliverables

  • Work with the Communications Director, Communications Manager, and Program Manager to design and format the 30th Anniversary edition of the Heal the Bay Annual Report for the Beach Report Card (Winter 2019-Spring 2020).
  • Design an engaging, approximately 80-page report and make web/print-ready PDFs.
  • Manage the production design—including, template design, editorial and scientific copy flow, hi-res image selection and design, visual chart design and statistical spreads, and final proofs.
  • Provide complex data management and turn excel spreadsheets and low-res charts and graphics into beautiful and accurate statistical spreads and infographics.
  • Follow Heal the Bay Style Guide and ensure all guidelines are met.

Determine the project timeline for all design, graphic and copy deliverables and meet the final deadline in early June 2020.


  • Experience as a designer at an editorial publication, agency, or corporate communications department, preferably at an environmental, scientific, or nonprofit organization
  • Experience creating user-friendly scientific reports and infographics
  • Excellent communication, editing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to notice trends and statistical anomalies, i.e.  “read” data
  • Organized self-starter
  • Detail oriented
  • Quick thinking in fast-paced environments and able to successfully adapt to critical direction
  • Expertise with InDesign (especially Style, Formatting and Tables), Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel

Budget Range

$4,000 – $4,500. No computer or software will be provided. Phone calls and minimal in-person meetings are required.

How to apply

Send proposal to Talia Walsh, Communications Director. The proposal should include:

  1. Resume that includes a detailed Work History and relevant experience
  2. Samples of relevant work or portfolio
  3. Please include a recent example of how you communicate design expectations and instructions to your clients.
  4. References including contact information for each reference, telephone or e-mail.


The deadline for applications is COB February 28, 2020.

Heal the Bay is committed to supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and strongly encourages candidates of color to apply. Any contract awarded as a result of this RFP will be awarded without regard to age, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability, economic status, education, ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, genetic information, health status including HIV status, housing status, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment and contracting.