• Visual Designer (Job ID: 2019-2240)

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/21/2020 3:42 PM)
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  • Overview

    Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

    The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


    We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


    With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


    The Communications Department's mission is to provide the tools, strategies, products and programs to support the brand and its content, and to continually grow Brookings’s impact and effectiveness as a change agent for public policy in the United States and around the world. This purpose is realized if we help our scholars raise awareness, set the agenda and shape the debate around the public policy issues they choose to address.


    Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


    The Visual Designer will design, wireframe and assist with prototyping interaction and other web-based experiences on the Brookings website; Create graphic visuals for digital mediums. Utilizing data visualization best practice, create information graphics that display quantitative and qualitative information; Serve as an arbiter and guardian for the Brookings visual brand and visual system.


    Data Visualization and Graphic Content Creation   (50%)

    • Collaborate with research staff to evaluate approaches that effectively visualize qualitative & quantitative information that enable the creation of clear, convincing visuals that are easily understandable
    • Collaborate with digital communications to create infographics and other visual content to be used tactically on various social media platforms
    • Collaborate with the video team to support multimedia projects, including the creation of visual storyboards and creation of assets for motion graphics & animations


    Visual/User Experience Design   (30%)

    • Create visuals that fit harmoniously within the broader Brookings Institution visual system
    • In collaboration with web operations, create comps, user flows, wireframes, and other materials necessary to help guide the development of engaging Brookings content experiences across digital platforms
    • Create visuals for the Brookings website, social media channels, interactive features, and other content
    • In collaboration with stakeholders, ideate and present design concepts and solutions to a range of staff, including high-level internal stakeholders
    • Participate in design sprints and discoveries


    Design Systems & Other Design   (20%)

    • In collaboration with senior digital & creative staff, create and maintain visual guidance systems such as visual guidelines, user interface kits and platform templates that empower non-design staff to create on-brand content
    • In collaboration with the creative director, explore opportunities to enhance and reinterpret the visual language of the Brookings brand
    • Working in collaboration with Brookings researchers and communications professionals, design and layout Brookings print reports, incorporating text, photographs, graphics & illustrations
    • Perform quality assurance on final products in conjunction with Brookings researchers and communications professionals
    • Create graphics for use in Brookings Keynote and PowerPoint presentations


    Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


    Education/Experience Requirements:


    Minimum bachelor’s degree required, bachelor of fine art degree in a design-related discipline preferred. Minimum of five years of work experience designing for the web. Must present online portfolio of work that shows versatile design aesthetic and examples of thoughtful interaction and data visualization design.



    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


    Advanced knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Some experience with After Effects preferred. Knowledge of wireframing/prototyping tools such as Sketch, InVision and/or Adobe XD. Familiarity with design/UX best practice for the range of display types from desktop to mobile. Demonstrated expertise in industry standards and best practices in the areas of interaction/UX design, color theory, typography, layout & composition and presentation design. Working knowledge of web development and technologies, as they relate to design. Training provided to applicants that show a basic understanding and willingness to grow. Familiarity with optimizing graphics for online use required. Tactical understanding of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube required. Excellent spoken, written, and visual communication skills. Exceptional creativity, enthusiasm, team spirit, commitment, and professionalism. Ability to meet tough deadlines and juggle multiple projects.


    Additional Information:


    What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.







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