ThinkProgress is looking for a full-time permanent Graphic Designer in our office in Washington, DC. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by WGA East.
Our graphic designer’s primary responsibility is working with our writers and editors to develop compelling, accurate, on-brand visuals to accompany our reporting. You’ll be working every day with people whose primary mode of communication is text, so the most important skill for our graphic designer is the ability to communicate well with non-designers.
Every day will be different, but in a week you’ll likely:
- Create ad hoc graphics for reporters and editors to accompany daily reporting, as requested
- Create a comprehensive graphics package for a feature including body images, cover images, and social media images
- Create quick turnaround shareable graphics for important news events
- Create timely social media images in advance of predictable news events such as holidays, political events, and anniversaries of important events
- Review competitors’ use of cover images, body images, infographics, and interactives
- Pitch visual stories to editors for collaborative posts
- Keep abreast of visual trends, new tools and techniques, software updates
You’ll get high fives from your boss (the Senior Audience Engagement Editor) if you:
- Communicate quickly and efficiently with writers requesting graphics
- Independently and proactively reshuffle daily duties with the other priorities above
- Give each graphic full attention from concept through execution
- Research dates and events that will be important for the mission that could inspire social media graphics or infographics
- Proactively communicate with the Senior Audience Engagement Editor asking for support when the work rhythm is high, asking for tasks when the work rhythm is low
- Collaborate well with others, especially with writers requesting graphics
To meet the basic qualifications of this job, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- Design and visual communication principles
- Visual storytelling
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
- Layout for web and publications
- Eye for brand consistency
- Eye for photography
- Problem solving and critical thinking
To knock our socks off, you could demonstrate:
- The ability to create original illustrations
- Experience with news-gathering or fact-checking
- Front end coding skills such as HTML and CSS
- Deep knowledge of progressive issues
This position is not for you if:
- Deep down, you want to be a writer
- You struggle or get bored with visualizing data
- You’re in the very beginning of your career and aren’t ready to work without a more experienced designer to lean on
- You’re advanced in your career and used to having a team work for you
- You have a strong preference for large long-term projects over smaller tasks where you can quickly rack up check marks
If you’d like to apply to this position, email your resume, cover letter, and a link to your portfolio (no portfolio attachments) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the exact title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses.