Graphic Designer

Position: Graphic Designer
Start Date: September 15, 2024
Salary: $23-$26/hour (Full Time, 40 hours per week)
Reports to: Content Director

Position overview: This role serves the design needs of our marketing, development, programs, and sales departments. Typical annual projects include annual reports, catalogs, brochures, merch graphics, fundraising campaign print and digital materials, letters and postcards, webpage design, email newsletter designs, social media graphics, photoshoots, and any other general marketing or promotional graphics or publications. To be successful, the Graphic Designer should be comfortable in ambiguity, enjoy problem solving, and possess a clear creative vision that coheres to and promotes the Adventure Cycling brand.

About Adventure Cycling:

As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, Adventure Cycling has an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. Adventure Cycling serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. Adventure Cycling headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Kootenai, Pend d’Oreilles and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believes in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone.

We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Concept and Creative Vision. Determine how best to represent a concept visually to create strong, cohesive, on-brand visual communications. Determine which photographs, art, video, or other design elements to use.
  • Cohesive Design for Multi-Channel Communications. Oversee the look or style of a campaign or individual element (catalog, webpage, collateral, social post). Articulate creative vision and communicate with internal design staff, external artists and contributors to produce photos, artwork, and videos. Create digital and traditional designs and illustrations. Review and approve designs, artwork, photography, and graphics.
  • Conceptualize and design various printed materials and web graphics and prepare design projects for press or web implementation.
  • Lead projects in collaboration with the Marketing team.
  • Oversee Adventure Cycling’s brand by managing the brand assets, applying them consistently, and supervising the use of our brand elements.
  • Manage Adventure Cycling photo library and visual archives.
  • Participate in meetings and collaborate with appropriate Adventure Cycling staff and departments to determine objectives and timelines for projects.
  • Communicate with project/department managers keeping them updated on project progress.
  • Accept constructive design input and incorporate appropriate revisions into the final design.

Required Qualifications:

  • Adobe Creative Suite expertise (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator are a must)
  • Some understanding of CSS and HTML is helpful.
  • Must possess a strong visual sense.
  • Well organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate visual concepts and ideas through words.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Team player who enjoys working with others.
  • Enthusiastic about bicycle travel and the outdoors and recreation in general.
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with people very different from yourself.
  • Illustration and photography experience is very desirable.

Physical Requirements:

Elements of job duties may require occasional moving of up to 15 pounds and the ability to occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch; candidates not able to meet such demands can possibly work with staff or others to accommodate.

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits:

This is a full time, exempt position (average 40 hrs/week). Schedule varies by supervisor, but is generally M-F, 8am-5pm MST. We are located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana but will consider a remote work location. Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary range: $23-$26/hour, 40 hours per week

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter through this Submittable link.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio here and answer the following question in the last paragraph of your cover letter: “Describe why inclusive and accessible opportunities in the outdoors are important to you?”