Job description

Who we are:


The Council of State Governments Justice Center works across the country to develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. To further this mission, we work with partners inside and outside of government to reduce crime and incarceration among youth and adults in contact with the justice system. We bring people from diverse systems and perspectives together to improve policy and practice. And we transform data and research findings into meaningful insights for decision-makers.


We're focused on three strategic goals:


  • Break the cycle of incarceration.
  • Advance health, opportunity, and equity.
  • Use data to improve safety and justice.


When you join the CSG Justice Center, you join an organization that is uniquely positioned to cultivate innovation and drive data-driven reform nationally. We have approximately 120 employees-expected to grow to about 150 by the end of this year-based in more than 20 states who have decades of experience working in and with criminal, juvenile, and Tribal justice agencies. We have provided housing, mental health, and addiction services; served as educators and in workforce development agencies; and supported victims and survivors of crime. We have served governors, state legislators, and members of Congress on both sides of the political spectrum. What binds us together is a shared commitment to our mission; to one another; to a common set of values; and to the national, bipartisan advisory board that guides our work.


Learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center.


How you'll fit in:


The mission of the Communications Division is to promote and protect the position of the CSG Justice Center as a national leader on safety and justice issues by translating complex policy and research into accessible relevant content and disseminating it to a variety of audiences to help create safer and stronger communities. We develop innovative strategies to elevate our work and people, and we are looking for a highly skilled graphic/publications designer to help us tell our stories. The graphic designer will transform conceptual ideas into professionally designed materials that engage and inspire a wide range of audiences. Working within a collaborative space, you'll use your expert knowledge of graphic design to support the work of the CSG Justice Center.


What you'll do:


Specific responsibilities of the graphic designer include the following:


  • Collaborate with the CSG Justice Center staff in the design of products, including logos, PDF policy briefs and reports, web graphics, social media tiles, web banners, email blasts, presentations, and branding portfolios.
  • Design and layout publications for printing and posting online.
  • Assist in the design of web pages in coordination with in-house and contracted web developers, including online graphics including interactive tools and reports.
  • Create infographics, charts, maps, and tables.
  • Work with external vendors, including web developers and video creators.
  • Ensure readability and functionality of produced materials.
  • Aid in the development and implementation of CSG Justice Center graphics standards.
  • Ensure all CSG Justice Center products reflect organizational branding.
  • Select stock photography, type style, color palettes, etc., in accordance with branding and graphic standards.
  • Ensure all published materials meet Section 508 requirements.
  • Ensure copyright permissions for photos, artwork, graphics, etc., have been properly secured and documented.
  • Create printing specifications for various projects.


What you'll bring:


  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse people in different contexts and foster equity and inclusion through self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and valuing others
  • Dedication to public service with an unfailing commitment to act with civility, be nonpartisan in performing CSG Justice Center duties, and be a responsible steward of member and donor funds
  • A bachelor's degree in art, design, marketing, or a related field
  • At least five years of relevant work experience in the field of graphic or publication design with an accompanying portfolio of work and/or equivalent educational achievements
  • Experience working with editors and other staff to brainstorm design concepts and offer recommendations for design
  • Experience designing print, web, social media, branding, and advertising materials
  • Expert ability to visually communicate written messages or concepts
  • Demonstrated understanding of design and color theory
  • Experience designing documents to meet Section 508 compliance standards
  • Technical expertise in: Adobe Products (especially InDesign, but including Adobe XD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat), Figma, Canva, Microsoft Office, IE, Safari, Mac OS X, and other software as needed
  • Ability to work with web development team to produce online reports, interactive tools, web pages, and data dashboards
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and an ability to work both independently and with teams
  • Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently, manage multiple deadlines, and take initiative
  • Experience with UX/UI is a plus
  • Reliable and secure internet/data connection and flexibility for using a personal device for internet connectivity during business travel (a cost offset is provided by the CSG Justice Center)


How you apply:


If you're interested in helping us drive change across the country, you should upload the following elements with your application:


  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Online portfolio
  4. At least three professional references


We will consider all paid and unpaid experience relevant to this position, including internships, fellowships, and volunteer activities.


CSG believes that pay equity and pay transparency advance workplace fairness. Compensation will be equitable and based on experience and geography. The NYC-based salary range for this position is $67,900 - $98,280. The starting salary for this position outside of NYC may be as low as $67,900. Salary ranges are subject to change based on work location and market conditions.


To learn more about careers at the CSG Justice Center, and about our comprehensive benefit offerings, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, paid time off, PSLF eligibility and more, please visit our website here.


We welcome and value diversity in our staff, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, protected veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system.


CSG is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. CSG participates in E-Verify.

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