Interactive Designer

Location: New York, NY Posted: Aug 8

Job Description

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, women’s rights and independent journalism. Still other programs advance our special commitment to Roma communities. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations.
The Office of Communications plays a central role in the work of the Foundations by coordinating and strengthening the public presence of the global network and by helping to advance relevant issues. Communications works to raise the Foundations’ public profile by promoting the network’s many noteworthy achievements. The department employs media outreach, publications, and the web to assist dozens of Open Society foundations and programs in their communications efforts.

Candidate Profile: The Open Society Foundations seek an Interactive Designer who will be responsible for driving the look and feel of Open Society digital projects. He or she will be detail-oriented and adept at translating raw ideas into clear and efficient user experiences for a wide variety of mediums including web, mobile, and social media. He or she must excel at designing beautiful, but simple, interactions—and must also be able to implement them consistently across everything Open Society puts online. The successful candidate must have a passion for visualizing information for advocacy and a commitment to the practice of storytelling for social change. The Interactive Designer reports to the Director of New Media.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. OSF may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

• Designs the look and feel and leads the front-end development of highly creative digital projects including standalone websites, mobile apps, interactive data applications, infographics, and animations for video narratives;
• Collaborates closely with a multidisciplinary digital communications team to produce requirement specs (mockups, wireframes, storyboards) and/or prototypes to convey information design, interactions, and architecture;
• Produces and maintains visual style guidelines and standards for Open Society design projects.

• Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university and five years of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated experience and expertise in interactive design and front-end web development;

Skills Required:
• Advanced: Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, and other industry-standard digital software;
• Advanced: CSS/HTML/JavaScript;
• Experience developing in both the Android and iOS mobile app landscape;
• Experience with content strategy, data visualization, web analytics, and A/B testing;
• Experience with iterative development processes;
• Well versed in usability best practices as well as standards-compliant open source web development;
• A core understanding and demonstration of user-centered design principles.
• Organized, able to collaborate actively or act independently when necessary, and able to switch rapidly between different projects in a fast-paced environment under pressure and with grace.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Start Date: ASAP

Location: New York

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

To Apply: In your cover letter, please address the role that you believe design plays in advocacy. In addition to a link to your online portfolio, please also direct us toward specific examples of your advocacy-oriented information design work.

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements before August 29, 2014 to: Include job code in subject line: ID-Comms


Open Society Foundations
Human Resources – ID-Comms
224 W. 57th Street
New York, NY

No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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