Graphic Designer

Washington D.C.
Based on experience and comparison with similar nonprofits in the DC market; generous benefits
Nov 05, 2019
Dec 10, 2019
Full Time

The Organization

FCNL works for social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government. Since 1943, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying and long-term campaigns. We accomplish this work through focused legislative campaigns, educational activities, publications, email and social media and a robust web site, among other tools. FCNL witnesses from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better.

In the last decade, tens of thousands of new people have been drawn to join the FCNL network to learn more about federal policy issues, lobby their elected representatives, and help to rebuild our democratic system. Today, our nationwide network of some 60,000 includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of approximately 60.

The Position  

The Graphic Designer (also know as the Senior Visual Arts Manager) is the developer and keeper of FCNL’s brand and artistic vision as a Quaker organization using graphics, photographs, videos, fonts, and other design elements. The manager designs and oversees the production of all FCNL’s visual products, including event collateral, ads, the monthly newsletter, and the annual report.

The manager curates FCNL’s visually-oriented social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The manager maintains and oversees the FCNL Photo and Story Library. The manager creates digital advertisements as part of FCNL’s over-all marketing campaigns.

The Graphic Designer reports to the Associate Executive Secretary (Vice President) for Communications.

Key Priorities and Responsibilities

  • Design and produce all of FCNL’s publications, whether print or digital. This includes overseeing production work from final text to layout and printing. It also includes liaising with printers, mail houses, and other vendors.
  • Increase and manage FCNL’s photo and video assets.
  • Oversee, manage, and maintain the FCNL Photo and Story Library (based on Libris) so that it is accessible to staff and outsiders.  
  • Develop and implement FCNL’s Brand and Editorial Style Guide. This includes consolidating and streamlining all visual standards into one coherent and expanded Visual and Editorial Style Guide. The manager orients freelancers and FCNL staff on these standards to ensure consistency.
  • Create advertisements and other visuals for FCNL’s marketing campaigns. This includes digital and print ads and ads in other formats that are easy to share.
  • Curate and provide visuals for FCNL’s social media (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) and other digital platforms. This includes ensuring that all FCNL-related social media sites conform with FCNL’s brand standards and are functionally coordinated with FCNL’s official channels.
  • Hire and supervise freelancers for FCNL. This includes photographers, videographers, editors, and graphic designers.  The Graphic Designer ensures that freelance work is completed on time and on budget. The manager also ensures that the work of freelancers is consistent with FCNL’s visual and editorial standards.
  • Render complex policy issues into simple and shareable visual formats. This includes graphics and memes that can be used in FCNL’s website and social media platforms.
  • Develop and execute visuals for all FCNL events -- from marketing materials to signage. Create event social media strategy and implementation plan.
  • Brainstorm and develop visual solutions and stories to propel FCNL’s work.
  • Manage the entire design process from brainstorming to final product. This includes leading collaboration with coworkers across departments and incorporating stakeholder feedback.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Associate Executive Secretary for Communications.

Experience and Attributes

  • A bachelor’s degree in design, visual arts, photography or related fields.
  • At least 3 years of experience in publications design or a similar  field.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, while being an effective team member.
  • Ability to translate complex policy issues into easily understood graphics.
  • Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (especially Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign).
  • Familiarity with digital asset management software, such as Libris.
  • Collaborative and able to build relationships with people at all levels in FCNL.
  • Facility in using social media for institutional advancement.
  • Self-starter and able to multi-task.
  • Stays up-to-date with new design technology and trends.
  • Agreement with FCNL’s policy positions and understanding of faith-based perspective of lobbying.

This is an exempt, full-time position based on a 37.5-hour average work week.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and relation to other similarly sized non-profits in the Washington, DC market. Robust benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, generous retirement plan contribution, paid time off plus holidays, parental leave, and more.

How to Apply

Submit cover letter, resume detailing specific qualifications and experience, and links to three work samples to No recruiters please.

FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from all ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, gender, generational, and religious backgrounds.

This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. FCNL employees are expected to perform additional tasks as directed by their supervisor.