Digital Designer/Senior Digital Designer, Production

Washington, DC

1 week ago

Reports to: Art Director, Production

Staff reporting to this position: None

Department: Communications

Position classification: Exempt, full time

Minimum compensation: $60,000/$68,000


American Progress is seeking a versatile and creative Digital Designer or Senior Digital Designer to join its Art team. The budgeted salary for the Digital Designer position is $65,000, and the budgeted salary for the Senior Digital Designer position is $73,000.

A strong candidate for this position will:

  • Have a track record of managing a variety of large and small digital projects in a fast-paced environment with little or no direction.
  • Understand how to elicit information about target audiences and goals and apply it to their work.
  • Feel comfortable setting expectations and maintaining active channels of communication with project stakeholders and their supervisor.
  • Recognize the importance and value of accessibility in digital design.
  • Endorse American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.”
  • Have a portfolio of modern digital design work that generates visual interest while accommodating practical considerations and constraints.

The Digital Designer or Senior Digital Designer will work as part of a team that designs policy-driven publications, social media campaigns, interactive data visualizations, custom web figures and graphics, promotional materials, and event branding. Their responsibilities will include taking a leadership role in growing and expanding American Progress’ brand and design standards, designing content for social media channels, and designing newsletters and microsites as needed.


  • Develop wireframes, page design mock-ups, and prototypes for landing pages, websites, and web-based interactives.
  • Design and develop digital brands.
  • Conceive and create assets for various social media accounts.
  • Design email templates and develop digital newsletter properties.
  • Design sub-branding for campaigns and events.
  • Attend weekly pitch meetings for design requests from policy and other teams.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Senior Digital Designer will:

  • Act as project lead and manage large and long-term projects.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other American Progress creative and operational teams, as well as external partners occasionally.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related major, or equivalent work experience.
  • Three to five years of professional design experience, including at least two years of user experience and user interaction design for the Digital Designer position.
  • Six to eight years of professional design experience, including at least four years of user experience and user interaction design for the Senior Digital Designer position.
  • Strong portfolio of web and digital design work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Highly creative, versatile, and willing to learn and grow on the job.
  • Ability to develop creative solutions to strategic challenges.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • High-level proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, XD, and Photoshop in a Mac OS environment, as well as with the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with basic HTML and CSS.
  • Familiarity with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 and willingness to adhere to compliance standards and best practices.
  • Positive and respectful team player who is willing to mentor junior staff.
  • Sound editorial and ethical judgment.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Experience with statistics and data analysis, advanced data visualization, front-end development, and/or photo editing is preferred but not required.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The budgeted salary for the Digital Designer position is $65,000, and the budgeted salary for the Senior Digital Designer position is $73,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.