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Design Associate

ABOUT US

Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. We work on things that make democracy work better.

At the heart of our vision for the future are three core commitments: fostering more effective governance in the United States, modernizing our election and campaign finance systems, and strengthening our media and the public square to help people understand and participate in the democratic process. To date, we have committed more than $50 million in support of a healthy democracy.

Out of deep respect for the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s core democratic values, Democracy Fund was established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. Incubated inside Omidyar Network, the Democracy Fund launched as an independent foundation in 2014 and is based in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about Democracy Fund and our sister 501c4 organization Democracy Fund Voice by visiting www.democracyfund.org and www.democracyfundvoice.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Democracy Fund is seeking an enthusiastic and creative Design Associate to join our team. Reporting to the Director of Communications & Network, the Design Associate will help visualize strategic concepts and narratives, elevate the organization’s brand through publications, presentations, and collateral, and oversee and maintain brand consistency. This position is equal parts design and production—you will work with program staff and external partners on conceptual design creation, as well as final execution on a wide variety of projects.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Our work environment is collaborative and fast-paced. Our people are passionate about what they do. On an average day, you might:

  • Brainstorm, design, and format print collateral and other materials for meetings and events, including but not limited to: reports, powerpoint presentations, invitations, signs, registration materials, menus, name tags, agendas, and other marketing materials.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and external partners to produce infographics, shareable content, and other graphics for digital media and our website.
  • Manage multiple, complex projects and timelines simultaneously.
  • Ensure that all staff and external partners are equipped to serve as brand advocates by providing resources and collateral, including business cards, templates and design files, authoring guidance, and/or materials for meetings and presentations, etc.
  • Maintain internal brand consistency across print and digital collateral and swag, including training staff and consultants on a suite of Word templates and troubleshoot as needed.
  • Work with the Communications & Network team and external design partners to refine and extend our visual brand and to expand the library of branded resources and materials. 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Deep passion for strengthening American democracy
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, marketing, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in a graphic design role
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe CS, particularly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Proficiency in MS Office
  • Savvy about social media design best practices and working knowledge of cross-channel digital design principles and brand development
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS preferred
  • Skilled proofreader, exceptional attention to detail
  • Effective time management, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Team player with the ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively
  • Enthusiastic, thirsty to learn, proactive, willing to try new things, and eager for feedback
  • Willingness to work with leaders, advocates, and media from across the political spectrum
  • Experience managing projects through full lifecycle as well as managing relationships with consultants.
  • Willingness to travel, but with a D.C. base.

The Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

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