Manager, Design and Multimedia

Posted by
Friends of the Earth
Washington, DC
Published 17 days ago

Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for five decades to produce important victories that help protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in more than 70 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.

To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy, and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment.

The Communications Department maintains Friends of the Earth’s brand and works to tell the organization’s stories, using traditional, social, digital, and visual means to achieve campaign objectives. The Communications Department at FOE encompasses press and traditional media, web and social media, and graphics and multimedia. We develop communications strategies for the organization’s campaigns and work with our colleagues to share their important work with the world. Working closely with our colleagues in the programs and organizing departments, we craft messaging and create visuals that help audiences understand wonky, complex issues that impact people and the planet.

Friends of the Earth seeks an experienced and talented manager of design and multimedia to join our Communication’s Department. This position is a key component of FOE’s Communications Department and will oversee the organization’s visual brand and help the organization tell its story through design.

Position Summary

This Design and Multimedia Manager position reports directly to the Communications Director and will manage a junior graphic designer, a design intern, and/or freelance designers. The focus of this position will be providing professional, consistent visual digital content to help tell FOE’s stories and push our message out across platforms. The person in this role will be expected to develop design ideas for use on reports, fact sheets, social media, and our website.

We are looking for someone with exceptional design skills, who can explain complex issues in visual formats and who creates content that will move hearts and minds. The person in this position will need to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and be able to manage multiple projects, priorities, and competing deadlines, while collaborating with colleagues across the organization. This role also requires strong organizational skills in order to oversee project schedules and deliverables, and supervise freelancers.

Applicants should provide samples of their previous work or a link to their portfolio.

Essential Functions

  • Manage the design, strategy, art direction and overall execution of visual content and products for Friends of the Earth, Friends of the Earth Action, and their campaigns.
  • Develop and execute an overarching visual/creative strategy for the organization, and oversee the production of all materials related to that strategy, including those created by other staff, interns and/or freelancers.
  • Create multimedia content for use on our social media feeds, websites, and for print. Real past examples include: designing a two-sided postcard for print; creating graphics for social media highlighting endorsed candidates running for office; shooting and editing a 10-minute video featuring FOE staff; illustrating a story for our annual newsletter
  • Produce multimedia and visual content that aligns with FOE’s brand and helps achieve campaign and organizational goals
  • Develop strong relationships and work collaboratively with FOE’s campaign and program staff to help meet their and the organization’s needs
  • Own, manage and oversee the visual brand for the organization, ensuring that imagery and design elements are consistent with FOE’s overarching brand
  • Direct and liaise with contract freelance designers on specific projects, overseeing their work to ensure it aligns with FOE’s brand

Required Qualifications

  • 4-8 years' experience in graphic design, either with an organization or company, or as a freelance designer
  • Extensive experience creating and designing products for print and web, and expertise in the Adobe design suite
  • Experience with video development and editing
  • Experience creating advocacy design concepts and materials
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with others; an open-minded approach and a willingness to adapt/change designs based on feedback
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and competing deadlines at once
  • All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. FOE does not sponsor any employment related visas. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional photography experience and skills
  • Experience managing staff or intern(s)

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.

Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for five decades to produce important victories…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Competitive Benefits Package

Competitive Benefits Package


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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