Overview

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Location: Remote (must be available during EST)  |   Start date: ASAP

WHO WE ARE AT LILACS ON YORK
Lilacs on York Creative Studios exists to support equity-centered individuals and organizations in telling compelling stories, finding and engaging human connections and generally being their best. Lilacs on York was formed in 2010 as a project focusing solely on graphic design. In the ten years since then, the full-time work of our Founder and Principal Creative Strategist, Alison K. Mason has grown the scope and capacity of this boutique design and communication firm. We cater our work to equity-centered individuals and organizations because it gives us the opportunity to draw the right people into the critical work that the world needs: beauty, access, and justice. We work with clients to craft beautiful, distinctly personal solutions… solutions that move them forward.

We do this via three main avenues:

  1. Graphic design & communication strategy (branding & design, visual & written storytelling and communication strategy)
  2. Creative Retreats for Entrepreneurs
  3. Digital learning products

LILACS ON YORK IS FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • Think holistically about an entire scope of work, making sure you understand ALL aspects of a project well enough to think critically throughout
  • Switch into “GO mode” and ramp up creativity when problems arise
  • Are committed to excellence, regularly going the extra mile to get it “right”
  • Communicate well and prioritize being easy to work with
  • Prioritize diversity and constantly have an eye towards equity
  • Value honesty & integrity
  • Care about being open and authentic

WHERE YOU FIT INTO THE PICTURE
We are continuing to build our design team and we hope that includes you! Graphic designers on the design team provide essential support to the print, web, branding and visual storytelling arm of Lilacs on York. We need you to bring your design aesthetic and skill, your strong project management, ownership, flexibility and willingness to learn to our work with clients. We want someone who is passionate about great design, who is also interested in the WHOLE story a design piece tells and is willing to apply critical thinking to every step of a design project. We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who wants to get in on the ground floor of a growing business.

The ideal candidate would be open to working with Lilacs on York for 1+ years. This is a part-time contract role that will report directly to the Founder.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Study and understand project proposals
  • Conceptualize visuals based on requirements
  • Prepare rough drafts and present ideas
  • Develop illustrations, logos and other designs using software or by hand
  • Use the appropriate colors and layouts for each graphic
  • Test graphics across various media
  • Amend designs after feedback
  • Ensure final graphics and layouts are visually appealing and on-brand

REQUIREMENTS

We hope to hear from you if you have at least two years of design experience and you:

Work well with others:

  • Place a high value on communicating and know how to do it well
  • Prioritize understanding your manager and teammates
  • Know how to build and maintain positive and productive relationships at work
  • Enjoy working on a team and collaborating with others

Manage yourself well:

  • Have strong self-advocacy and are comfortable asking questions and speaking up for your needs
  • Are highly self-aware and self-sufficient
  • Know how to execute from a plan
  • Have a “figure it out” mentality, researching solutions to issues when they arise

Have strong work habits and orientations:

  • Know how to manage your time to hit deadlines
  • Have a keen attention to detail—you can tell if one word in a paragraph is a different font
  • Are highly innovative, flexible and organized—you think on your feet, can roll with unexpected changes and don’t drop balls/miss emails/overcommit your time
  • Consider problems to be opportunities to be creative but also think ahead to avoid as many problems as you can

Meet these technical requirements:

  • Have access to a computer and reliable high speed internet
  • Have access to the latest versions of the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY

  • Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop
  • Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator
  • Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign
  • Google Docs

DESIGN SKILLS

  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles
  • Typography knowledge
  • Understanding browser capabilities
  • Creativity and originality
  • Fluency of ideas

HELPFUL SOFTWARE/SKILLS (Not Required)

  • Divi
  • Squarespace
  • Writing/Advanced copy editing

COMPENSATION

The pay rate for this position is $40-50 per hour, depending on experience. The ideal candidate for this position will be hired as a contractor.