ACLU: Graphic Designer
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Graphic Designer to serve as the in-house designer of all digital and print publications, promotional materials, and multi-media. The position is a member of the Communications Department, reporting to the Public Relations Director and working collaboratively with the entire office to meet the ACLU-WA’s design needs.
The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. The ACLU-WA’s staff of 40+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle. We are supported by more than 75,000 members, activists, and donors.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction.
Visual Identity. Maintain the visual identity of the ACLU-WA consistent with the national ACLU brand guidelines. Ensure consistency throughout the office in the use of the ACLU brand and style guide.
Design & Production of Materials. Design and produce all ACLU-WA print and digital publications and media, including the newspaper Civil Liberties, the Annual Report, office-wide templates, event invitations, pamphlets, flyers, policy reports, the website, social media and more. Design and produce ACLU promotional materials and merchandise such as stickers, pins, T-shirts, posters, and more, as requested.
Conduct vision interviews at the start of a project and consult with project lead throughout the timeline. Create or find images and graphic elements for projects. Get bids and handle logistics for printing and mailing projects. (Website production is handled by the IT staff).
Media Asset Management. Maintain useful library of images, graphics, videos, templates, and design inputs. Ensure that photographs are taken of important ACLU activities and clients. Assist in production of short videos and other media as assigned. Recommend creation or updates to assets.
Other Responsibilities. Handle other projects related to advancing public understanding of civil liberties as assigned. Supervise volunteers and interns. Assist the Communications Team as needed. Attend various ACLU functions. Help ensure smooth and effective office operations, and help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and professional work environment for employees and volunteers.
- Experience and skill in creating print publications using desktop publishing software. An understanding of various printing processes and demonstrated design experience using Adobe products such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop preferred.
- A working knowledge of basic web technologies, content management systems (such as Drupal,), and HTML, and experience in designing graphics for websites.
- Understanding of accessibility standards and ability to design accessible materials.
- Proven ability to handle projects, set priorities, manage details, and follow-through independently.
- Commitment to a “customer service” approach as the design expert, treating fellow staff as “clients” for individual projects.
- Flexibility and a willingness to take on tasks large and small. A “can-do” attitude.
- Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills, including planning, keeping organized files, and problem solving. Experience in supervising volunteers and working cooperatively with groups.
- A confident and professional demeanor. A history of reliability, conscientiousness, and timeliness.
- A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences.
- Strong support of the ACLU and general familiarity with civil rights and civil liberties issues.
- Ability to work occasional overtime or irregular hours.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and an ORCA card.
To apply, email a letter of application and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Graphic Designer. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the posting will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington.”