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Graphic Designer

ABOUT THE COMPANY

ThinkCERCA.com is a Chicago-based company passionately committed to improving the quality of K-12 education on scale. We are on a mission to set every student up for real-world success. The ability to synthesize information and communicate ideas effectively is key to college and career readiness. We help educators teach these critical thinking skills through argumentative writing across subjects. With students and teachers using our platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, we have partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and have been featured by The Atlantic and EdSurge. A 2016 SIAA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution and Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution categories, ThinkCERCA was also named one of the best tools in ed tech by Common Sense’s Graphite. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator.

THE ROLE

We’re here to help educators nurture students' critical thinking skills and prepare young minds for college and career. The education space is in the midst of change, with new standards and assessments rolling out across the nation. It's our job to help current and prospective customers make sense of this landscape. As such, we're looking for a Graphic Designer who can help us translate complex education concepts for our target audiences: teachers, administrators, students, and parents. While this position reports to the Director of Marketing & Communications, you will work closely with all aspects of the business to develop creative ideas and concepts. Projects will include both print and Web visuals, including but not limited to PowerPoint presentations, online graphics, PDFs, infographics, video, and social media. We need a designer who thinks strategically about the medium at hand, choosing the most appropriate style to meet our established objectives.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Work collaboratively with the Marketing, Sales, and Success teams to translate complex concepts into compelling marketing materials and presentations
  •  Create effective, dynamic, and thoughtful creative that adheres to branding standards
  • Work with Audience Engagement Manager to create content geared towards social platforms
  •  Proactively provide innovative ideas and design solutions in support of ThinkCERCA's  overall objectives and initiatives
  •  Facilitate the creative development of new projects from start to finish
  • Consult with team members across departments on design, communications, and digital strategies/solutions
  • Provide quality assurance for all creative deliverables
  • Research and stay abreast of current design trends and new technologies 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1-3 years of experience designing visuals and graphics for an organization or clients
  • Advanced knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • Likes to work on multiple projects at any given time
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines
  • Appreciation for the value of design and customer experience in solving problems inherent within the education system
  • Understanding of the inner workings of the Web and fundamental design principles, including user-centered design basics
  • Appreciation for data-driven feedback. We need a designer who responds to audience needs and adjusts accordingly
  • Eager to work at a young startup that's having an impact in schools throughout America

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Several of our team members have journalism/editorial backgrounds. A graphic designer who can think of story/content ideas and can work under tight deadlines would be at home here.

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