Graphic Design Associate

New York or San Francisco
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

Acumen is seeking a graphic designer and writer with 3-6 years’ experience in graphic design and content production.

About Acumen
Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $113 million in 108 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

About +Acumen
+Acumen is building the world’s school for social change—a global learning community for social change-makers. +Acumen is a new initiative started in 2013 with the vision of equipping thousands of passionate people with the tools, insights, and community to step up and create change.  We do this by:

+ Offering both free and low-cost online courses that offer the best tools to change the systems which keep people entrenched in poverty
+ Finding great people and connecting them to Acumen and each other.

To date +Acumen has reached over 300,000 people from 190 countries through its courses. +Acumen also manages various networks—such as chapters, alumni, and course volunteers—that allow our broader course community to get more involved in supporting each other.

Now, we’re looking to identify and reach 2 million more change-makers in the next 5 years.

Where You Come In
Visual and written communication will be critical in reaching new learners. You will be responsible for producing graphic designs and web content that speaks to our community of change agents. You’re a talented graphic and web designer who understands design rules enough to break them just right. You pride yourself on being the “go-to” team member for both large, exciting design and writing tasks and smaller, mission critical work streams: reviewing, editing, posting, updating, and uploading. If you also had light, front-end coding abilities, we would lose our mind and ask you to help develop and maintain public-facing properties such as basic website, landing pages and emails. Responsibilities include:

+ Quickly bring product and web content ideas to life with design, blogging, and copywriting
+ Create social media visuals that speak to change agents. We’re looking for something fresh.
+ Design graphics and illustrations for courses, slide decks, and one-page presentations
+ Upload, post and update content to our various web and social media properties
+ Edit web content, contribute to email campaigns
+ Quickly build, test, and iterate landing, blog, and product page designs
+ Provide ad hoc writing support to various parts of the team

You believe in +Acumen’s mission. You believe in the word “craft” and are constantly looking for inspiration, innovative approaches, and interesting concepts to experiment with and improve on.  You want to use your talent for good. You enjoy ‘having a go’ at tasks you’ve never done before and are comfortable with searching for answers and technical documentation.

+ A strong portfolio of creative work: graphic design, writing… bonus for illustration and branding.
+ 3-6 years of professional experience
+ Proficient use of Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign; bonus: After Effects or Premiere Pro)
+ Critical thinker accustomed to working and problem solving thoughtfully in a fast-paced environment
+ Ability to collaborate effectively with different colleagues and personalities, internal and external, at all levels and across a variety of functions and geographies
+ BONUS: Front-end developer experience + able to create basic motion graphics (knowledgeable in modern CSS / HTML (Bonus: Javascript, PHP, Drupal and or any SPA oriented libraries)
+ Permanent work authorization in the US

Additional characteristics we look for in all roles at Acumen:
+ Commitment to and enthusiasm for the organization’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty, and respect for our core values: generosity, accountability, humility, audacity, listening, leadership, integrity and respect
+ Ability to thrive when there is ambiguity, remain cool-headed when there are curve balls, and withstand the tests of a rapidly changing environment with resilience and resolve
A sense of humor (really)


Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits.

To Apply
Please submit the your resume here ( along with the following:
+ Design portfolio, links to at least 3 recent writings, if applicable, links to any websites/apps you’ve built/designed (if part of a team effort, specify your role)
+ Response to the following prompt: Why are you drawn to work for +Acumen? (MAX: 200 words)