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Senior Motion Graphics Designer

M + R

M + R

New York, NY, USA · Washington, DC, USA · Boston, MA, USA · Oakland, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023
We’re looking for a Senior Motion Graphics Designer to join our Advertising Area.

When you come work with us, here’s what you’ll find:

  • Work that is meaningful. We are a fast-paced, deadline-driven consulting firm that only works with nonprofit clients who are essential to advancing the cause of justice, alleviating suffering, and solving the greatest challenges we face.
  • Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (AEI). We envision an anti-oppressive workplace that ensures an inclusive employee experience, promotes equitable outcomes for staff, and supports clients to center accessibility and anti-racism in their programs.
  • Colleagues you can count on. Kind, dedicated, passionate people who work collaboratively to get things done and help you do your best.
  • An organization that embraces change. We strive to improve and adapt and always seek new ways that we can contribute to a just, inclusive, and sustainable world. We are also continually working on making M+R a better place for our staff.

So that’s us. Now about the work:

  • We run campaigns that raise money and create change for our clients. Great big ones you read about in the news and tiny ones you’ve never heard of that are saving lives. Lots of politically progressive groups -- Planned Parenthood, League of Conservation Voters, PETA. Environmental groups such as NRDC and Oceana, and our clients also include organizations that are working in the most dire situations in the world such as the International Rescue Committee.
  • Day-to-day, we’re raising revenue, acquiring new donors and supporters, winning campaigns and elections, and improving brand and issue recognition. We believe that creative is crucial to connecting with people and moving them to engage with causes, take action, and do their part to change the world. Day-to-day, our digital designers work with teams to create content, improve design understanding staff-wide, and demonstrate to clients the power of compelling design.

Here’s what you’ll be doing in this role:

  • Create and edit motion graphics for our clients’ advertising campaigns including motion typography, animated illustrations, and video production. Occasionally, you’ll translate these graphics to other channels, such as email.
  • Own the creative process -- work collaboratively with client teams to translate campaign goals, target audiences, and client direction into compelling creative concepts.
  • Create storyboards and A/V scripts to deliver creative concepts.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment often on tight turnaround times. When necessary, propose creative design solutions to clients that meet their needs and time constraints.
  • Build on and iterate standards for ethical creative -- both within the Advertising Practice Area as well as firmwide.
  • Work with creative and design leaders at M+R to market and pitch our motion graphics services to clients.
  • Drive conversations and processes that help build inclusive spaces within your teams and across M+R.
  • Do your part to help us run smoothly, including carefully tracking all of your hours.

Skills and experiences required for this role:

  • 5-7 years of experience in a digital design role focused on motion graphics with at least two of those years in a role dedicated to motion graphics or video production.
  • Experience designing digital direct response marketing collateral for non-profits or political/issue campaigns.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro) and Google Creative Studio.
  • Deep understanding of colors, layout, typography.
  • A clear sense of storytelling: you know how to bring a story to life, regardless of the channel you’re designing for.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively incorporate feedback from multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to recognize when feedback does not meet design best practices and work toward a solution.
  • Ability to regularly complete design projects within the hours that are estimated for the project.
  • Demonstrated ability to run meetings to identify project goals and ensure successful outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.
  • We love hearing from anyone who strives to make the world a better place! Not sure if you meet all of the qualifications? There is no harm in applying! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply!

Skills and experiences we expect of all M+R employees:

  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to gain trust and give respect to others through honesty, integrity, kindness, empathy, and authenticity.
  • Acute attention to detail and demonstrated ability to prioritize time to meet deadlines for multiple projects.
  • Proven track record to successfully pick up new skills, including learning new technologies.
  • Drive to seek what can be improved and offer ways to fix any potential roadblocks.
  • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that feedback is part of the learning process.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.

Skills and experiences that are preferred, but not required:

  • Experience working at an agency.
  • Digital illustration skills.
  • Experience designing HTML5 ads.
  • Experience sourcing b-roll footage.
  • Experience sourcing and working with voiceover talent.
  • Understanding of UI and UX principles.

Salary and benefits:

  • This is an exempt, unionized position, represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. The salary for this position is $101,000. As part of M+R’s commitment to compensation equity and transparency, we have a no negotiation policy. Salary negotiations can introduce bias and perpetuate wage inequality. Staff at M+R who successfully meet their performance expectations have regular opportunities for promotion with accompanying increases in compensation.
  • We also offer a generous benefits package:
  • Three weeks vacation as well as 15 paid sick days and three personal days;
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits with premiums fully paid for by M+R for individual employees;
  • 401(k) plan with employer match;
  • Quarterly discretionary profit-sharing contributions;
  • Flexible work schedules and the option to work remotely anywhere within the United States and its territories with broadband internet;
  • Annual $1,000 professional development stipend;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, dependent care, and transit.
The fine print:
M+R staff have the option to be fully remote within the United States, or work from one of the following M+R office locations:
1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
11 Park Place, New York, NY
262 Washington St, Boston, MA
1611 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
Staff working from an M+R office are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and all staff will be asked to provide information regarding their vaccine status.
To apply, use the button on this page. No calls please.
Our Hiring Process:
We aim to be transparent and efficient in our hiring process. Each question you will be asked throughout our hiring process ties directly back to one of the skills and experiences listed above. In each interview, you will be asked to provide examples of these skills and experiences or how you would draw on your experience to handle a scenario commonly found at M+R. Our typical hiring process includes:
1) Phone Interview
2) Written Skills Assessment
3) Video Interview(s)
4) Reference Check
M+R is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be considered. As a firm we are committed to being an anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive organization where all staff feel welcomed, valued, and empowered, resulting in meaningful, rewarding, and enriching experiences throughout their careers here. We work to center our AEI values in all aspects of our work, so our culture, clientele, policies, and practices are reflective and affirming of people -- inclusive of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, immigration status, citizenship status, and so much more. We strongly encourage folks from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.