Visual Designer

The News Literacy Project

If you're a budding and talented designer with a passion for developing resources with visual impact and putting your creative talents to work for a good cause, we want to meet you. The News Literacy Project (NLP) is looking for a full-time visual designer who cares deeply about journalism and about news literacy education. There is intense public interest in NLP's work, and we are experiencing tremendous growth. This is an opportunity for you to have your work be widely seen and appreciated by students and educators and a growing public audience across the country and around the world.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A creative problem-solver who can translate needs and requests into polished products.
  • A well-rounded creator who can design for a variety of digital and print collateral.
  • A flexible and curious team player who learns through exchanging ideas and feedback.

We're looking for someone to adopt our brand standards quickly and has the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

About NLP

Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit that empowers educators to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Our central offering is the Checkologyvirtual classroom, an online e-learning hub. Since the platform was introduced in 2016, more than 25,000 teachers have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and 112 other countries.

About the position

As a visual designer, you will work closely with NLP's creative services team to create and develop a variety of branded work for NLP. We are seeking an all-around design talent who can work from initial ideation through execution to create illustrations, spot imagery, layouts, infographics and other visual elements that will enliven and enrich our daily content, online curriculum, website and ongoing marketing campaigns. The successful candidate will be conversant in digital culture and journalism and enthusiastic about helping people learn online.

In this job, you will:

  • Work cross-functionally with the different NLP teams for a variety of projects, including collaborations with the communications, marketing, education, administration and development teams.
  • Create visually compelling graphics, illustrations, icons and other visuals for use across multiple platforms: on our website and our education platforms, in emails, on our social media channels, in presentations, in videos and in print materials.
  • Collaborate in cultivating our brand visual standards (including illustration, iconography, photography, typography and colors) to achieve consistency across platforms and to create cohesive design systems that reflect our work and our audiences.
  • Communicate concepts and design rationale to project stakeholders.

About you

In addition to the experience and skills noted, the successful candidate will also have all or most of the following:

  • BA/BFA in visual design and/or a strong portfolio equivalent.
  • 2+ years in a hands-on design role, within an agency or an organization.
  • Experience with virtual work environment (both technology tools and personal skills).
  • Extensive experience with Adobe Creative Cloud, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat Pro; experience with Premiere and AfterEffects is a plus.
  • Demonstrable experience with infographics and visual work that explains concepts.
  • Firm understanding of design thinking, graphic design principles and a disciplined eye for typography and visual composition.
  • Familiarity with best practices for content accessibility.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and stay within budget.

Additional qualifications that would be helpful, but are not required:

  • Photography and photo editing skills.
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Familiarity with web development and email development, including experience with HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Understanding of UI/UX principles and current digital design trends.

Compensation and benefits

Salary is based on experience and qualifications. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan and more.

This position is virtual; the successful candidate can live anywhere in the continental United States.

The application deadline is Nov. 30. We are looking to hire for a start date in January.

The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.

To Apply

Email To apply, send a cover letter, a resume and a portfolio that showcases at least 3 work samples to with “Visual Designer” in the subject line. Please package and send your portfolio as a single PDF file. (You may choose to also include links to an online portfolio and/or other work.)

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