Graphic Designer

Financial Beginnings USA (FBUSA) is a national nonprofit that teaches individuals how to play an active role in their financial well-being. Developing this knowledge increases life opportunities such as home ownership, higher education, and secure retirement, while contibuting to the economic resiliency of individuals, families, and our shared communities.

The Financial Beginnings mission is to empower youth and adults to take control of their financial futures. FBUSA fulfills this mission through its affiliate model, extending programming to more communities via local, on-the-ground teams. These statewide affiliate teams, along with their volunteer networks, deliver FBUSA financial education programming that is continually tested, revised, and improved to ensure mission alignment and participant impact. Currently, two affiliates are well-established in Oregon and Washington; two new chapter offices opened in California and Nebraska in 2020.


Job Purpose

The Graphic Designer is responsible for creating materials used by FBUSA and its affiliates to deliver programming and promote the Financial Beginnings brand. Refinement and continual development of organization-wide brand guidelines and adherence to design best practices are also expected. This position requires prior experience as a designer working with both print and digital media. The Graphic Designer works with the marketing and communications team to ensure design and production requests are fulfilled. This position is great for someone who enjoys collaborating and is excited about the prospect of helping establish a distinctive brand while creating materials that serve a greater educational good. The Graphic Designer acts in a supportive role across the organization.


Graphic Design Duties

  • Familiarize oneself with Financial Beginnings' existing branding and style guide(s) and recommend areas for improvement and refinement.
  • Design look and layout of curriculum and supplemental learning materials (typically one program per year is updated and/or redesigned).
  • Work directly with Financial Beginnings and its affiliates' staff on requested design projects.
  • Design custom graphics and illustrations that will be used in Financial Beginnings' external facing materials (collateral, social media, website, emails, programming).
  • Revise and/or update existing designed projects (including annual curriculum revisions/edits).
  • Occassionally work with the organization's print vendors to ensure printed materials are pre-flighted and ready for production.
  • Archive and organize previously designed work.

Other Responsibilities

  • Familiarize oneself with the organization, its affiliates, and the Employee Handbook.
  • Get to know fellow staff members, developing trust, establishing credibility, encouraging collaboration, and creating a tone of open, honest, two-way communication.
  • Communicate and collaborate seamlessly in both face-to-face and digital (online) interactions.

Skills, Education, and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Fine Art, Design, Communications, or related field preferred; two to five years of relevant work experience may be considered in place of educational background.
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (especially InDesign and Illustrator with working knowledge of Photoshop) as well as commonly used presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote).
  • Adaptive design eye and skill working with a variety of media.
  • Ability to absorb and apply constructive feedback from staff.
  • Ability to take design direction and improve upon it in the final design product.
  • A proven track record of working well with others, adapting to others' work styles, and navigating professional interactions with co-workers and vendors.
  • Strong listening skills, giving full attention to what other people are saying or asking, taking time to understand the points being made and asking questions when appropriate.
  • Service orientation, actively looking for ways to help others.

Special Requirements

  • A positive and collegial attitude.
  • Comfortable collaborating online and/or working remotely.
  • Recognition of education's value and a passion for improving communities and serving populations in need.

Status and Compensation

  • Full-time: Non-Exempt
  • Compensation: $19.25 to $21.00 per hour (~$40,000 to $43,000/year) depending on experience
  • Location: Portland Metro Area, Oregon (depending on candidate, may work remotely from anywhere in the U.S.)
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday
  • Travel: None if located in Portland, OR
  • PTO: 27 days, which includes all personal, vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • Computer and software allotments
  • Retirement savings: 6% employer matched 401(k)
  • Insurance: 100% paid health and dental for employee

Due to COVID-19, Financial Beginnings staff and teams currently work 100% remotely. When conditions permit, employees will return to pre-COVID working arrangements, wherein certain staff will be required to work in the Financial Beginnings office for a predetermined portion of the work week. This requirement applies to Financial Beginnings USA staff that reside in the Portland, OR metro area.


How to Apply

Complete the screening questions and upload your cover letter and resume as a PDF (no other file format will be accepted); make sure to include links to work samples/portfolio. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Financial Beginnings USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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