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Graphic Designer/Photographer

Employer
Black Voters Matter
Location
Working from home
Closing date
Feb 26, 2022

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Focus Areas
Capacity Building / Volunteerism, Civil Rights / Advocacy
Job Function
Marketing / Communications
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
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Job Details

We’re looking for emerging leaders who are passionate about strengthening capacity in local communities to sustain powerful grassroots movements for social change at the local, state and federal levels! 

 

About Black Voters Matter (BVM): 

 

Our goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” We operate with the following 5 core beliefs: 

  1. The key to effective civic engagement and community power is understanding, respecting and supporting local infrastructure. 
  2. Black voters matter not only on election day, but on all 365 days of the year. This means we must support individuals and organizations that are striving to obtain social justice throughout the year. 
  3. Black voters matter *everywhere*, including rural counties and smaller cities/towns that are often ignored by candidates, elected officials, political parties and the media. 
  4. In order for Black voters to matter, we must utilize authentic messaging which speaks to our issues, connects with our hopes and affirms our humanity. 
  5. The leadership, talent and commitment demonstrated by Black women in particular must receive recognition and, more importantly, *investment* in order to flourish and multiply. 

 

POWER 

 

At BVM, we often explain to friends and stakeholders that we are NOT an electoral organization. We are first and foremost, a power building organization, and while we firmly believe that voting and electoral organizing is one way to build power, it is by no means the only way. Within the space of electoral organizing, we do not measure our success on electoral “wins”. We take this position not only because of our status as a 501c4 organization, but because philosophically we strongly believe that in order to truly build power, we must begin to redefine what a “win” is. The traditional approach of defining wins based on whether a particular person has won a certain office is far too limited given the obstacles that our communities face. Instead, we believe in centering a community-defined agenda and the process by which a community seeks to implement that agenda. With this in mind, we seek to increase the capacity of community-based organizations working on a wide range of issues: from mass incarceration to gentrification, from health care to education and more. 

Intersection of Political and Economic Power 

We believe that independent political power requires independent economic power, and we are sensitive to the many forms of economic coercion which often discourage community members from fully participating in civic life. We also believe that political victories that lack a strong economic base are simply not sustainable. As we explore the intersection of political and economic power, we strive to uplift economic models and policies which support the equitable distribution of wealth rather than deepening economic disparities. 

 

MOVEMENT BUILDING 

Relational Organizing and What’s Left After Election Day 

An important aspect of BVM’s core beliefs (mentioned above) is an approach that emphasizes relational organizing. We prioritize local infrastructure because we know existing organizations have authentic relationships with community members in general, and voters more specifically. While some experts look at communities critically for lacking infrastructure, our approach is that relationships are infrastructure. For these reasons, BVM seeks to intentionally build on existing relationships via our door-to-door canvassing, texting, phone banking, social media, and radio messaging. 

Similarly, while organizational relationships are important, so are the relationships that each community member has with other friends and family members. We regularly incorporate efforts to have each person contacted to reach five other friends/family, and to then ask those five contacts to each reach five more. Our emphasis on relational organizing and local organizations has several long-term effects. First, by investing in local organizations instead of working around them, we build capacity, introduce tools, and connect them with partners (national, state, and other counties) in ways that benefit their ongoing work throughout the year. Second, by enabling local organization to hire local canvassers themselves (rather than simply extracting their local knowledge to hire through outside organizations), we strengthen their relationships with community members rather than undermining those relationships. And third, using a relational organizing approach inherently poses greater potential for accountability, compared with the results of a transactional process. 

 

Job Description: 

BVM is seeking a Graphic Designer/Photographer that is highly creative and can take conceptual ideas and create visual representations, both in print and electronic media. Our ideal candidate will have expert knowledge of current design software and be skilled with every step of the design process from concept to the final deliverable. Collaborating with multiple teams, the Graphic Designer/Photographer should be able to take direction from written or spoken ideas and convert them into a design that connects the original creative idea to the organization’s intended messaging. 

 

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate, brainstorm, and strategize with multiple teams for a wide range of materials that may include web pages, presentations, programming collateral, signage, internal communication, newsletters, and marketing materials 
  • Translate strategic direction into high-quality design within an established brand identity 
  • Develop concepts by hand or with software, and execute original content determining ideal usage of color, text, font style, imagery, and layout 
  • Manage the design and uploading process of all project material, understanding best practices for using a content management system 
  • Work on a wide range of projects and media, using various computer software to visualize and develop innovative graphic designs that meet business goals 
  • Obtain input from management, ensuring designs meet organizational standards and brand expectations, express ideas accurately, and represent the company or client appropriately 
  • Work independently and cooperatively on multiple projects with communications team 
  • Update and maintain internal databases of designs, photography, and video 

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, art, or similar discipline 
  • 2+ years of experience (academic and professional) with design software, including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc. 
  • Photography experience and proficiency with photo-editing software 
  • Exceptional creativity and innovative design skills 
  • Proven experience with graphic design, with a strong portfolio of work 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills 
  • Organizational and time-management skills for meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment 

 

This position reports to: Communications Director 

Travel Requirements: Ability and willingness to travel approximately 20% of the time. Valid driver’s license and available vehicle. 

Salary & benefits: Commensurate with experience, plus unlimited PTO, medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, and $25,000 life insurance benefit. 

 

This position also supports BVM Capacity Building Institute (BVM), an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization. While motivated by the same core values – power building, equity and justice – BVM and BVMF operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors. 

 

BVM is an equal opportunity employer. BVM prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law. 

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PURPOSE AND CORE VALUES

Black Voters Matter goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

We seek to achieve our goals with the following 5 core beliefs in mind:

  • The key to effective civic engagement and community power is understanding, respecting and supporting local infrastructure.
  • Black Voters Matter not only on election day, but on the 364 days between election days as well. This means we must support individuals and organizations that are striving to obtain social justice throughout the year.
  • Black Voters Matter *everywhere*, including rural counties and smaller cities/towns that are often ignored by candidates, elected officials, political parties and the media.
  • In order for Black voters to matter, we must utilize authentic messaging which speaks to our issues, connects with our hopes and affirms our humanity.
  • The leadership, talent and commitment demonstrated by Black women in particular must receive recognition and, more importantly, *investment* in order to flourish and multiply.
Find Us
Website
Telephone
(470) 355-8295
Location
4751 Best Road, Suite 200
Atlanta
GA
30337
United States
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