Senior Visual Designer

New York, New York
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and concise cover letter touching on 1) why NationSwell, and what excites you about this opportunity 2) how you might leverage your superpowers for NationSwell, and 3) what inspires you about working with impact leaders
Where to Apply

Founded in 2013, NationSwell helps purpose-driven leaders and organizations take their impact to the next level. Their unique ecosystem of services and experiences provides influential leaders and organizations with essential strategy, connections, and amplification. NationSwell is a certified B Corp, which means how they do business is inextricably linked to their mission and impact. They hold theirselves accountable every day to the values of Integrity, Excellence, Inclusion, Innovation, Inspiration, and Teamwork.

The NationSwell Studio is the nation’s leading social impact studio. As part of the NationSwell ecosystem, the Studio is embedded in
 a unique community of purpose-driven leaders and experts, and they are committed to helping their partners take their impact to the next level through strategy, storytelling and audience engagement. Their sweet spot is distilling complex social issues into compelling human stories, moving influential audiences to action and centering impacted communities in all that they do. Clients include progressive corporations, leading philanthropies,and cutting edge nonprofits, such as AARP, Einhorn Collaborative, Greater Good Science Center, The Mission Continues, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Samsung NEXT, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, TENT, and Toyota.

Role Overview:

NationSwell is seeking a Senior Designer to join the NationSwell Studio team to help create partner brand and campaign collateral design. This person will report to the Director of Creative + Content and will serve as the lead designer for the NationSwell Studio. Qualified candidates will have a strong portfolio of visual design experience including (but not limited to) brand identity, layout, typography, web design, motion graphic content, and illustration.

As Senior Designer, you will help design campaigns, brand identities, content and advertising campaigns, and event experiences for Studio clients, and help to shape NationSwell branded initiatives and the identity of the NationSwell visual brand.

Your work should be curious, inclusive, and brave — striving for relevance, excellence and distinctiveness. You have a passion for design storytelling and know how to harness design to solve the complex problems that affect the human experience. You understand that great creative work requires great strategy and you always have rationales for your decisions. You have a passion for working in mission-driven fields, and you have an entrepreneurial spirit.

What will you do?

Work with many different facets of design including (but not limited to) digital/social, brand identity systems, typography, web design, motion graphics, photography, illustration

Use a variety of tools and techniques to create designs that not only look great, but are executed in meaningful ways to deliver quantifiable results

Design across a variety of styles/looks, as defined by the goals and guidelines of their clients and initiatives

Demonstrate an exceptional eye for layout, composition and UI

Work proficiently with design and prototyping tools and methods (e.g, Adobe CC, Sketch, Figma, etc.)

Help extract design needs from a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally, in order to clearly define the deliverables, goals/objectives, milestones and successful outcomes of any given project

Conduct relevant research to guide the rationale behind your design decisions throughout the creative process

Inspire your NationSwell teammates from other (non-Creative) disciplines, setting and maintaining the industry standards of creativity from concept to execution

What are you like?

Have a strong understanding of composition, color theory, typography, design history, and information architecture

Have a track record as a well-liked design leader for projects/campaigns that include design systems, audience experiences, and products that delight audiences/users and achieve business results

You don’t have a singular look to your work – you’re happiest as a shape-shifter who can create a unique design solution for client/project

Adept at guiding internal and external teams using rationales and persuasion, rather than inflexibility and impatience

Prioritize high teammate and client satisfaction with your design work and process

Display the consistent ability to clearly express yourself and have a strategic rationale for your creative ideas — including having the confidence to present your work in a clear and inspiring way to internal teams and client partners

Enjoy monitoring the latest design trends from around the world in order to bring fresh inspiration to the creative team (and their wider teams) on a daily/weekly basis

You have a “What’s the note behind the note?” approach to feedback. You know that every note – whether or not you make the change – is valuable because it provides information

When you give feedback, you offer solutions, rather than merely identify a problem

Enjoy working with a small, in-house team paired with a roster of freelance specialists


They know that having a positive team culture is essential to achieving their goals, so they put time and effort into making NationSwell an encouraging, energizing, and exciting place to work. They are proud to be a certified B Corp. Here are just a few of the ways they celebrate their staff and culture at NationSwell.

Health and Wellness: Health, dental, and vision insurance, an EAP, HSA, FSA, and a gym membership subsidy for you + your family

Work-Life Balance: Unlimited paid time off and flexible schedules to encourage your work-life balance

Giving Back: Paid time off for employees to volunteer for causes that matter to them and internal moments to celebrate it

Transit: A fully-covered Citi Bike membership and pre-tax transit benefits to help you get to where you’re going

Net Purpose + Culture Index: Measure of their employee’s sense of purpose and engagement with their Mission

Your Savings: Employees are offered a 401k account, and they match a portion of each contribution

Additional Information

NationSwell is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and they are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. They are dedicated to building a workforce that celebrates diversity and equity and believe that inclusivity plays an important role in their decision-making process, both in staffing and in work product.