Graphic Designer
Job Details
LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Full Time
Graphic Designer

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.  To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City. 



The Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) works to reduce morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers. BADUPCT develops, implements and evaluates interventions and prevention strategies through contracting of treatment, recovery and support services; policy analysis and development; epidemiology and surveillance; dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach and education; and community involvement and interagency collaboration.


The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Unit (OENDU) provides naloxone, technical assistance, and training to approximately 300 Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs (OOPPs) across New York City who provide community-based overdose response education and distribute naloxone directly to community members.

Beginning in 2022, OENDU is piloting the purchase and installation of public health vending machines (PHVMs) to deliver overdose prevention and harm reduction products, including naloxone. PHVMs are an emerging strategy to support low-barrier access to naloxone, sterile syringes, and other harm reduction and wellness supplies



OENDU is seeking a graphic artist or digital illustrator to develop one digital illustration to be displayed on the sides of up to 10 public health vending machines throughout New York City. The vending machines will provide naloxone and other harm reduction and wellness supplies to community members free of charge. We hope that the community-based graphic artist will produce an illustration inspired by personal experiences with harm reduction and the community these vending machines serve. The final graphics must be submitted in digital form, but may include traditional art converted to digital (artist is responsible for converting), collage, photography, graphic design, etc. See here for an example of art on similar vending machines in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Under general direction from the Special Projects Coordinator, the graphic artist will liaise with the vending machine vendor (the Wittern Group), contracted community-based organizations, and Health Department staff. The artist will be expected to use Adobe Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator) or QuarkXpress 8.5 and earlier to submit artwork. Artist will be responsible for supplying necessary technology. This is a deliverable based contract; see below for a list of responsibilities and deliverables.





  • Conceptualize and design digital artwork, inspired by personal experiences with harm reduction, to be displayed on the outside of up to 10 public health vending machines throughout NYC.
  • Participate in regular meetings with community-based organizations and Health Department staff and follow-up on notes and action items.
  • Use information learned during meetings with community-based organizations and Health Department staff to inform design. Develop art in a collaborative manner, including making recommendations and receiving/incorporating feedback.
  • Communicate with vending machine vendor, the Wittern Group, as needed to ensure artwork meets necessary specifications.
  • Deliver digital artwork to vending machine vendor, the Wittern Group.
  • Experienced artist or graphic designer with online or PDF portfolio (or other sample of previous work).
  • Proficient in Adobe Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator) and/or QuarkXpress 8.5.
  • Personal experience with substance use and/or harm reduction is preferred.
  • Experience collaborating with various stakeholders to develop digital graphic art from planning stage.
  • Ability to translate verbal concepts into visual ideas.
  • Strong attention to detail.


  • Attend up to 5 meetings with community-based programs and Health Department staff over a period of 6 weeks to develop an understanding of the vending machine initiative. Meetings will include a combination of longer, content-heavy discussions and brief progress check-ins.
  • Synthesize knowledge of the initiative and personal experiences with harm reduction to develop one digital design concept that will be displayed on up to 10 vending machines. Dimensions of the sides of the vending machines are approximately 70"x35”.
  • Submit 3 initial concepts for review by Health Department staff and community-based programs. 
  • Once final concept is selected, incorporate feedback from up to 3 rounds of revisions.
  • Deliver final product to the Wittern Group by August 26st, 2022, following the graphic requirements specified below.
    • If the artwork is not able to be provided by this deadline, it would still be required as a deliverable and may be used for future vending machines


Before submitting artwork to the Wittern Group, all documents and support files must be complete, all fonts must be included or converted to paths and photo scans are .eps, .tiff, or high res .jpg formats. When utilizing color such as a photo, please make sure it is CMYK format. For color images please provide an acceptable color proof if exact color is to be matched. Error-free output of an electronic image cannot be guaranteed when no proof has been sent. If no acceptable color proof is provided, color will be run to industry standard density.


  • Mac and PC based. 


Format: Artwork must be submitted in one of the following: 

  • Adobe Creative Cloud and Earlier
  • QuarkXpress 8.5 and earlier

Line art and vector based graphics should be submitted: In Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) digital format. Adobe Illustrator files are preferred. All text should be converted to paths. Pantone® colors should be converted to process unless a spot color is specified. 

Photographic or gradient graphics should be submitted

  • In Adobe PhotoShop (.psd), Tagged Image File Format (.tiff), Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) or high resolution JPEG. 
  • On no smaller than 8” x 10” prints
  • Files resolution must be at least 85 Dots per inch (Dpi) at actual size. (Ie. If an image is to be printed at 20” wide, then the image should be 85 dpi at 20”).The larger the file the better. Images optimized for the Internet are NOT suited for printing and will result in poor output quality.



Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street LIC, NY 11101



This is a 6 week-long position, with an end date of August 26, 2022



The total compensation for this project is up to $15,000. Compensation is based on completion of deliverables listed above. 



This position will be hired through a staffing agency. 



To apply for this project, please answer the following prompts in 1-2 pages:

  1. Briefly describe your interest in creating artwork for the public health vending machine initiative.
  2. Describe your lived experience (direct or indirect) with harm reduction and/or substance use and how this would inform your approach to creating artwork for the public health vending machines. If none, explain how you would incorporate the themes of harm reduction and wellness into your design proposals.
  3. Describe your experience working collaboratively, specifically your ability to synthesize individual or community conversations into artwork.
  4. Propose 1-2 design ideas for this project, describing concepts and design elements you may incorporate into the artwork.

Additionally, please submit 2-3 relevant samples of your work (or a link to a digital portfolio, if available).

We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.


The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.