Jobs | 09.04.18

(Closed) Now Hiring: Senior Designer

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Job Description

Data & Society seeks an ambitious full-time Senior Designer to lead the design of our in-house research products, digital assets, and website. This role would suit a craft-focused and highly talented interactive and print designer with 6-8 years’ experience in the private sector. The role offers substantive new source material—and significant freedom to exercise a creative voice.

Data & Society is a dynamic, intellectual nonprofit with strong brand recognition with influencers in the technology, academic, and policy sectors. Its work on the societal implications of data-centric and automated technologies is featured regularly in major outlets such as CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, VICE, Wall Street Journal, and WIRED.

The Senior Designer will drive, develop, and promote a culture of visual design at Data & Society. They will concept, scope, present, refine, and execute inventive design concepts for new research releases—including digital reports, supplementary materials, and website and social media assets. Above all, they will be a true brand champion who interprets, translates and extends our brand, product, and style guidelines into new audience experiences—including and especially via the Data & Society website.

The designer will report to the Director of Communications and work out of our New York City office. They will work with the Director of Communications to hone audience-specific report and white paper formats targeting decision-makers from the technology industry, policy sector, and the general public. They will have the support of a Communications Production Manager in ensuring timely project scoping, resourcing, and delivery; on the design side, this includes recruiting and managing trusted third-party collaborators: programmers, other designers, illustrators, photographers, filmmakers, and more. They will additionally have the support of a Media Programmer & Producer in making UX improvements and transitioning legacy digital assets to new brand standards. Due to the leadership nature of the role, the designer should be skilled in cross-disciplinary facilitation, lateral communication, and design team management.

They are expected to regularly present concepts, wireframes, and mock-ups to senior management during project kick-off phases, as well as articulate their strategic design intent to researchers during feedback cycles. The Communications team at Data & Society prizes exceptional time management and the ability to nimbly—and humorously—adapt to changing circumstance.

Success Profile
  • Within the first 90 days: A suite of new research products that elegantly illuminate urgent issues in emerging technology, each with its own bold identity that harmonizes with the Data & Society brand;
  • By the first 6 months: A redesigned website, grounded in contemporary UX insights, that intuitively showcases in-house research expertise—and video;
  • Research presentations that are reworked to show special craft and polish;
  • A regular stream of alluring original digital assets to tell the story of our work;
  • An emergent internal culture of respect and appreciation for excellent visual design;
  • A highly productive, harmonized, and happy team of design collaborators.
  • A strong portfolio that demonstrates your graphic design thinking and core craft skills across a variety of client categories and design formats and methodologies, e.g., brand identity systems, print, illustration, digital interface design for responsive websites and applications;
  • 6-8 years’ experience, with at least 2 years of experience managing junior staff;
  • Solid formal academic background, such as BFA in Graphic Design, Digital Media Design, Communication Design, or commensurate work experience; advanced degree a plus;
  • Fluency with common design software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch) for the creation of visual design artifacts and presentations;
  • Eloquent verbal/written communication and presentation skills, with the ability to successfully articulate design concepts to your team and your client;
  • Strong ability to think visually and collaborate seamlessly with Interaction Designers as it pertains to interaction, behavior, and style discussions;
  • Strong ability to think technically and collaborate seamlessly with Technologists as it pertains to understanding the benefits, possibilities, and constraints of common coding languages and platforms; actual coding experience a plus;
  • Ability to recruit talent, provide performance reviews, and aid resource allocation decisions;
  • Effective time management skills to balance project schedule with fast-paced deadlines;
  • Enthusiasm for the digital design industry & technology at large.
Practical Considerations
  • This is not a remote position. You must work full time from the Data & Society New York City office.
  • Annual salary is commensurate on experience, and you will be offered a generous benefits package and paid time off.
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States. We are unable to sponsor visas.
To apply, please submit the following to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, how you learned about this opportunity, your background in managing teams and projects in the past, and why you would be a good fit for this position.
  2. Your resume/CV
  3. A link to your digital portfolio
  4. Please include the name, affiliation, and contact information for two professional references.
About Data & Society Research Institute

Data & Society focuses on the social and cultural issues arising from data centric technological development. We seek to inform and develop frames for discussion of these complex issues both through our own research and through supporting the expansion of a nascent field of actors concerned about these topics.  We want to be a resource, a catalyst, and a convener as new sectors recognize the complexity of the issues and the need for trade­offs when they increase their reliance on data as a tool for management and decision-making. We see the field as comprised of researchers, journalists, policymakers, technologists, industry leaders and workers, funders, advocates, and civil society actors. We are committed to helping this field engage substantively, and with an evidence base, in debates over implications arising from the increasing reliance on data at scale to automated decision-making across a range of sectors.

The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.


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