Are you a creative and skilled graphic designer looking for an opportunity to make a meaningful impact? Join our team at Big Duck and become a crucial part of our mission to help nonprofits develop their brands, campaigns, and communications teams. As a Graphic Designer, you will play a leading role in delivering strong visual solutions and enhancing our clients’ abilities to achieve their goals and make change in their communities. Here’s some of what the job includes:
Development of visual branding systems, including logos, typography, icons, image treatments, and capturing guidelines in a style guide
Creating campaign concepts and materials, including social media assets, case statements, ads, microsites, and more
Completing client-ready design production projects, as well as supporting Big Duck with the production of templates, case studies, social media, and website content
Working in interdisciplinary teams with colleagues on the strategy and account management team closely to advance client work
Presenting work with project teams in client meetings, workshops, and trainings (virtual and in-person)
Participating in regular team meetings and projects to advance our company goals.
Advancing Big Duck’s DEI plan by engaging in ongoing competency-building workshops, participating in internal equity meetings, and bringing a focus on equity and inclusion to client work and with colleagues
Supporting Big Duck’s new business development, which includes helping develop proposals and participating in presentations with prospects
The Graphic Designer reports to the Creative Director and is a member of the creative team. They collaborate closely with all project departments, including the strategy team, account management team, and marketing team.
The Graphic Designer is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. All roles on the Big Duck team are fully remote. Our standard workweek is 40 hours, though occasional evening or weekend work or travel may be required.
About Big Duck
Big Duck is a worker-owned cooperative that helps nonprofits develop their brands, campaigns, and communications teams. We’re an all-remote team made up of thoughtful, creative people dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals and make change in their communities. We are a values-driven, democratically-run business, and we work to center diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in how we work together as a team and with our clients and partners.
Strong candidates for the graphic designer role will have the equivalent of at least 1 year of relevant, full-time experience in some combination of agency, design consulting, or in-house nonprofit design experience.
Ability to contribute creative ideas and collaborate on crafting beautiful, inspiring, and strategic brands and campaigns
Knowledge and passion for design, including typography, color, pattern, icons, and more
Dedication to craft, with the patience and organization required for detailed production work
Comfortable talking about design ideas and concepts with the internal project team, and willing to work towards presenting to clients
Excels with collaboration, appreciating diverse perspectives, forging strong relationships, and cultivating a positive and inclusive team environment.
Effective communication skills—in person, by video, and in writing
Able to meet deadlines and manage a large workload independently
Committed to working respectfully and productively with colleagues and clients, building relationships based on trust and openness
Fosters learning and growth in themselves and others
Shares and receives feedback with candor and kindness
Centers equity and inclusion in their day-to-day work and contribute to the goals mapped in Big Duck’s DEI plan
Enthusiastic about participating in a democratically-run, worker-owned company, including learning about and contributing to the business’s strategy and direction
Highly adept with Adobe Creative Suite necessary, knowledge of motion graphics a plus
Comfortable with Google Workspace, Asana, Slack, and Zoom—or eager to learn!
Our standard work hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET / 8-4 PT / 8-4 or 9-5 for folks working Central or Mountain Time. We have a flexible time policy that encourages team members to take breaks and work in ways that support their health and productivity. Workloads are based on a standard 40–hour work week.
Aside from being generally available to work and meet during our standard work hours, qualified candidates must…
Have a permanent residence in the continental United States
Be available and able to travel occasionally (at least twice a year for team gatherings, and as needed for client projects—likely 2–6 times/year; primarily domestic travel, but international is possible)
Have consistent access to a work environment with a stable internet connection, suitable for participating in video calls with colleagues and clients
Be able to participate in and facilitate video calls, including working sessions (with breaks built-in) that can run four hours or more
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable candidates or employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
For the experience level we’re expecting in this Designer hire (1-3 years of experience), we are offering a salary range of $57,500 – $62,500. Big Duck’s salary bands are documented and available for all staff to review.
Benefits for full-time employees include:
20 days of paid time off and 10 paid holidays
A flexible time policy that allows team members to take breaks and adjust the shape of their workdays when needed to accommodate wellness and personal needs
Subsidized health insurance plans from Aetna (we currently cover the full cost of individual enrollment in a good-quality, zero-deductible plan)
A 401(k) plan with an employer match (up to 4% of your salary, depending on your contributions)
Partially subsidized dental and employee-paid vision plans
Employee-paid supplemental insurance plans, including life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability
Optional enrollment in Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts, for pre-tax savings
Useful services through our PEO, Justworks, including complimentary membership in One Medical and access to a free healthcare advocacy service
Annual stipend for professional development
After a year on staff, employees are eligible to become worker-owners at Big Duck. Worker-owners vote on significant decisions affecting our company, receive an equal share of Big Duck’s profits, and are eligible to run and vote for our Board of Directors.
Big Duck provides each employee with an Apple computer (typically a laptop) and basic workspace equipment as needed (including an external monitor, headset, keyboard, and mouse as requested). We also provide an annual budget for any additional improvements you choose to make for your home workspace.
Please apply directly through our posting on Workable to ensure we collect all the information needed. You can find a direct link on our website under .
Besides this application, the hiring process may include the following:
2-3 video interviews via Zoom
Submission of a portfolio of work samples
A short compensated trial project or work period
Ideal candidates will be available to start in February 2024
To ensure that your application is included in our first round of reviews, please submit all of your materials by the end of the day on November 26th, 2023. The job posting will be open until the role is filled.
We appreciate the time it takes to apply for jobs like this one, and we know it can be tough to send out applications without ever hearing back. We will be in touch as soon as we can to let you know the status of your application. If you haven’t heard from us within thirty days of submitting your materials, please feel free to follow up with us at hello [at] bigduck.com.
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