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Senior Graphic Designer

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to protect and improve our systems of democracy and justice. We hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, check Executive abuses and strengthen checks and balances, maintain the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, and preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part public interest law center, part communications hub, we are known for our rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion. 

The Brennan Center’s high-impact communications work is vital to its success. Our experts and research are consistently sought out by lawmakers and allies, all major news outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, among others, and many regional outlets. We have more than 70,000 subscribers to our highly substantive e-newsletter and a growing digital audience for our content-rich website and social media platforms. We regularly publish reports, books, and papers, and host dozens of public events in New York and Washington, D.C.  The Center is led by Michael Waldman, a prominent public intellectual and author, communications strategist, democracy expert and former chief speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. 

The Brennan Center is seeking a Senior Graphic Designer with strong digital design experience who will be responsible for the execution and design of visual digital materials for the organization. He or she will manage multiple projects and deadlines focusing on web, social and email assets bringing the brand to life across all screens and platforms. The role will be primarily digitally focused working with senior social media strategist, under the direction of the Director of Design and Multimedia to build out the brand on various platforms. Work will include animating social graphics, short form videos, infographics and building digital-first reports on our brand new website. While the majority of the role will focus on digital design products, everyone is expected to pick up various projects as needed since we are a small team.

The successful candidate will work with a wide range of media and use their design skills to bring high visual impact to the work of the Brennan Center. They will be responsible for a variety of products including digital reports, website graphics, social media graphics and motion graphics. This full-time role will report directly to the Director of Design and Multimedia and will work closely with various members of the communications team. 

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Social media graphics including the creation of motion graphics, infographics, webpages, videos, presentations and other projects
  • Create innovative ways to present digital reports on our new website
  • Create dynamic short form motion graphics to amplify messaging
  • Design digital newsletters, fundraising and advocacy emails
  • Photo research, illustration creation and commission
  • Some print design (brochures, programs, reports, and one-pagers)


  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in digital and print design with in-house or agency experience
  • Presents a strong design portfolio showcasing a variety of digital and print projects
  • Outstanding design and typography skills with strong attention to detail 
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite including some knowledge XD or Sketch with knowledge of the emerging technologies and design tools
  • Ability to grasp and interpret complex content
  • Must be able to take initiative and be proactive in coming up with ideas and different ways to visualize content
  • Understands digital media best practices with ability to guide internal and
    external teams through the design process
  • Ability to manage several projects and priorities, turn work around quickly, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Conceptualizes and collaborates efficiently
  • Maintains a healthy sense of humor


Applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified.  To apply, please visit:, apply online, and upload your cover letter, resume, design folio or samples of your work and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by email to: with “Senior Graphic Designer” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic identities, gender identities, and sexual orientations; 

  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; 

  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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