Creative Designer

Organization: 
Democracy Works
Location: 
Brooklyn, NY or Remote, USA
Summary: 

Location: Brooklyn, NY or remote within the USTarget Start Date: As soon as possibleSalary Range: $66,000 to $82,000 per year (Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations. For example the Brooklyn-specific salary range is $73K-$82K.)Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance; 403(b) retirement savings plan; generous vacation policy; parental leave; long-term disability; employee assistance program

 

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

At Democracy Works, we’re committed to helping Americans vote. By building easy-to-use tools for voters, uplifting comprehensive data for elections, and providing vital support for election officials, Democracy Works is actively making voting more accessible across the country.

  • TurboVote is a tool designed to help voters register, request their ballot, and make their voice heard in every election, from local to national. We’ve connected over ten million Americans with TurboVote by building the largest college, nonprofit, and corporate voter engagement coalition in the country, including more than 300 campuses, nonprofits - like Headcount, the Sierra Club, Climate Strikes, and the Hispanic Federation- and companies like Starbucks, Univision, Facebook, Google, and Snap. 

  • As the only comprehensive official election dataset, the Voting Information Project (VIP) helps Americans find their polling site and available ballot dropbox locations where they look for it most: online. Across Google products alone, VIP data was viewed nearly 500 million times in 2020. 

  • Released in 2020, How To Vote breaks down all the options each state offers for voting, their voter registration rules, as well as unique circumstances like voting overseas and voting rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated. Across Google products alone, our How to Vote guides were viewed over 2 billion times. 

  • Our tool Ballot Scout brings transparency and accountability to the vote-by-mail process by allowing elections administrators and voters to track every ballot with the same ease as an Amazon package. helps election administrators track absentee ballots through the mail, providing transparency in the vote-by-mail process and making it easier to follow up when things go awry.

  • Co-founded by Democracy Works and the CAA Foundation, Civic Alliance is a nonpartisan group of businesses working together to build a future where everyone participates in shaping our country. In 2020, membership grew to 1,030 companies with an employee reach of 5,163,938.

     

TEAM OVERVIEW

The Communications & Marketing Team ensures the vision of Democracy Works is clearly and creatively articulated to voters and partners in a variety of contexts. We design strategic outreach plans that manage our external communications, and express and promote the mission of Democracy Works across several channels. We love democracy, and are excited to communicate our work to strengthen it.

We are seeking a Creative Designer with practical graphic design experience to join our Communications & Marketing Team. As the sole dedicated designer on the team, you will have the opportunity to help shape our visual communications moving forward. Democracy Works is in the process of infusing racial justice into the core of our organization, and are excited to bring on a Creative Designer who shares in our commitment to racial justice. 

You are a design professional who:

  • Demonstrates astute cultural competency

  • Possesses strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Has exceptional creativity and innovation

  • Shows attention to detail in their work

Qualifications

  • Proven graphic design experience (including interactive media)

  • A UI-centered design approach

  • Prioritizes implementing accessibility best practices

  • Follows nonprofit and/or civic tech industry design trends

Bonus Skills

  • Relevant coding experience (CSS, HTML)

  • Experience implementing website design on SquareSpace or adjacent platforms

  • Proficiency with design platforms such as Sketch, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Canva

Responsibilities

Ideation

  • Work with Communications & Marketing Team to finetune creative strategy

  • Visualize design concepts, in the form of wireframes, sketches, or illustrations, that are based in broad design principles and available internal data

  • Present design concepts to key internal stakeholders to earn buy-in and obtain feedback

Creation

  • Develop visuals in adherence to key design principles. Visuals may include but are not limited to marketing materials, email template, website elements, website layout, annual reports, and physical merchandise (t-shirts, tote bags, hoodies, stickers)

  • Ensure that all visuals are in adherence to brand guidelines

  • Help bring all brand guidelines into one centralized Brand Guide

Implementation

  • Regularly reviews digital assets to identify areas for improvement, with a focus on accessibility best practices

  • Applies design changes and improvements across platforms

  • Supports other teams in the creation of visual materials via Canva templates

Iteration

  • Uses performance data (sourced internally and sector) to inform design enhancements

  • Shares monthly analytics findings with the Communications & Marketing Team

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This position requires regular, daily use of a computer (including use of G Suite and Slack)  to conduct work and communicate with colleagues.

 

SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS

This position requires regular check ins and collaborations with members of the Communications & Marketing Team and a wide array of additional Democracy Works staffers. 

 

TIME AND TRAVEL EXPECTATIONS

Democracy Works’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern time. Two times per year, all full-time staff members participate in a five day retreat in our Brooklyn offices. All staff is held each year in May and November when we are able to safely do so.

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To apply please send an email to press@democracy.works. In your email please include why you are interested in this job and whether you are comfortable working at a non-partisan organization. With the email please include a resume and portfolio of your work. 

Company Website: 
https://www.democracy.works/