After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 300,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, at the downtown Gallery 37 Center for the Arts and in Belmont Cragin at our Michael & Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
Summary of Position:
The Graphic and Web Designer is responsible for supporting the Communications Department by building positive awareness of After School Matters and the impact it has on Chicago teens. The position will help to enhance the organization’s brand through a wide variety of website and graphic design support; showcasing success stories of programs, teens and instructors through paid media, social media, direct outreach and various marketing tools (both print and digital).
This is a full-time position.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with the distribution and communication of marketing strategies and tools both internally and externally.
Oversee day-to-day monitoring and maintaining of the After School Matters website, including creating new content. Report on activity/analytics weekly.
Take steps to increase search engine optimization of After School Matters website.
Assist with day-to-day creation of organizational graphic design needs, including acting as a liaison to program staff and instructors on graphic design protocol and Brand Guidelines.
Support year-round teen recruitment marketing strategies.
Maintain Marketing & Communications editorial calendar to ensure all tasks are completed on a timely basis.
Occasionally attend and photograph program performances, showcases, etc. to support future print and digital promotional efforts. Interview teens and partners for content.
Create and edit marketing videos to be used for promotional purposes and recruitment opportunities.
Communicate in a positive, effective manner with teens, staff, program providers, and other stakeholders.
Support public and media events such as press conferences, community meetings and high-profile opportunities.
Coordinate with staff members to identify key opportunities where After School Matters can engage and drive its brand through recruitment, marketing, and fundraising.
Coordinate with print and design vendors to ensure timely completion of projects.
Other duties as assigned.
Marketing Intern and/or Volunteer
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time.
Must be able to travel throughout Chicago occasionally.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to weather conditions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat and Microsoft PPT; Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premier is a plus.
Excellent graphic design, photography and video skills, and knowledge of website management – specifically content development and editing (WordPress, basic HTML) is required.
Strong Typography skills
Some experience with digital and print media management – specifically, best practices for strategy and implementation of graphic design, photo, video, social media and other projects as needed.
Outstanding organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects with competing deadlines.
Proficient written and oral communications skills.
Ability to use excellent judgment to manage workflow and elevate priority issues to the Marketing Manager.
Able to establish friendly working relationships with external vendors.
Works well in a team environment.
Ability to travel regularly to visit After School Matters programs across the City of Chicago.
Availability for weekend and evening commitments with flexibility.
One-to-three years previous experience in web design, marketing, visual communications, digital media or related field required.
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, graphic design, digital media, visual communications or related major required.
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume at http://afterschoolmatters.applytojob.com/apply
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.
About After School Matters
After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, out-of-school time opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, STEM and sports. Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts downtown.