Careers at Public Agenda

Public Agenda helps build a democracy that works for everyone. By elevating a diversity of voices, forging common ground and improving dialogue and collaboration among leaders and communities, Public Agenda fuels progress on critical issues, including education, health care and community engagement. We pursue this mission through innovative research, stakeholder engagement, creative communications and strategic partnerships that increase our impacts.

Founded in 1975, Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City. Our offices are a fun and comfortable (flexible seating like couches and private phone booths) open-layout WeWork office located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights near the Jay St Metrotech A, C, F and Borough Hall 2, 3, 4, 5, R trains.

Graphic Designer and Data Visualization Specialist

The Graphic Designer and Data Visualization Specialist is a member of Public Agenda’s communications team, managed by the Director of Communications. The communications team supports Public Agenda’s programmatic work as well as our fundraising and events efforts.

The graphic designer conceptualizes, designs, revises and produces a wide range of print and digital materials, including formal research publications; infographics, charts and tables; promotional and event materials; slide decks for webinars and in-person presentations; brochures; annual reports; interactive web content; and digital content optimal for social sharing.

The graphic designer also:

  • Collaborates with the communications team, program staff and clients on the scope of a project and advises on creative design-based communications strategies.
  • Ensures that all materials are aligned with strategic communications goals and messages (defined by Communications Director and senior staff) and meet the specifications of Public Agenda’s existing style and branding guidelines (when applicable).
  • Works with program staff to interpret qualitative and quantitative data and advise on the best ways to clearly illustrate data in a visual form, through charts, graphics and infographics, as well as interactive web models in collaboration with Public Agenda’s Web Developer.
  • Manages production calendar, keeping colleagues on deadline and guiding projects through all phases of design and production: conception, layout, bid collection, file preparation for print and press check.
  • Liaises with vendors, acquire bids and estimates, receive and process invoices.
  • Develops fresh concepts, designs and sample layouts for new projects, products and event collateral.
  • Maintains the organization’s visual style guide and ensures visual consistency across all Public Agenda products and projects.
  • Establishes style guidelines for secondary organizational collateral, including infographics, internal memos, charts and graphics, invitations and brochures

Necessary experience and skills:

  • 3-5 years of experience in print and digital design
  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat)
  • Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and, in particular, Power Point
  • Windows and macOS
  • Highly detail oriented and at ease with both data and text
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor

Helpful experience and skills:

  • CSS, HTML coding
  • Video editing
  • Copyediting
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience with large amounts of data and information

To Apply:

Send a resume, writing sample and cover letter explaining how you heard about this opportunity and what you hope to gain from working at Public Agenda to

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