Freelance Graphic Designer

Freelance Graphic Designer

You’ve honed and refined your skills as a storyteller who communicates through concise, powerful, professional visuals. Now, you’re looking to see if you might be able to apply that expertise to work you believe in — and that just might nudge the world in a better direction. If that’s the case, we should talk.

Taft Communications is a specialty consulting firm that focuses on purpose and impact. We help businesses and nonprofits use the power of their core missions to make a difference not just in their organizations — but also in their communities and the world.

We’re seeking a graphic designer with a background in corporate communications, advertising, marketing, or any related area in which high-quality comms pieces and internal communications were created as part of a positive, collaborative team and were able to achieve the desired strategic objectives.

While designing high-end corporate PowerPoint presentations is critical and central to the role, we also create a wide range of video content, digital and social media, long-form educational pieces, grassroots policy and advocacy campaigns, and traditional marketing materials. Our ideal candidate is someone who can not only create these pieces, but also has a desire to grow and lead teams of others through the concept and design phases of key client projects.

Position summary:

Design engaging, memorable and effective communications pieces that move audiences to action and advance client objectives. Work is primarily for corporate client base.


  • Visual eye and expert hands to conceive and create designs for a wide range of media — digital, social, internal corporate PowerPoint presentations, print, collateral, event marketing, fundraising
  • Proficiency and expertise in key programs to generate work — PowerPoint, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, file share programs like SharePoint
  • Proficiency in social channels — both external (i.e. Twitter) and internal (i.e Yammer)
  • Ability to work from a creative brief and generate original communications ideas that are clear, concise, thought-provoking and effective
  • Conceptual thinking — the ability to go from a blank page to a conceptual framework to a finished piece
  • Ability to internalize and adhere to various brand guidelines of a range of clients
  • Video editing capability not mandatory, but is a plus
  • Ability to strategize and collaborate with team members during meetings and brainstorms
  • Organizational, time management, task prioritization, and critical and creative thinking skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines
  • An ambition and drive to constantly improve, grow the range and skill set of the Taft creative department, keep up and master emerging communications trends, and expand your own career as a creative


The Graphic Designer is expected to understand project requirements and concepts for assigned clients, under limited supervision from senior team members. This person is expected to:

  • Produce final design solutions
  • Pitch creative ideas
  • Support creative director and Taft creative department in meeting creative needs of our clients
  • At times, oversee designers and teams of designers to execute design work; this includes briefing in other designers, giving creative feedback and shepherding to completion work that is on-brand and on-message
  • Take on special design tasks (e.g., light photo re-touching, color correction, practical brochure mock-ups, etc.)
  • Use feedback from creative director or other designers to improve design work and final project outcomes
  • Track team assignments, schedule and prepare materials for meetings, traffic creative projects and manage client deliverables for assigned clients
  • Participate in and occasionally lead client meetings and routinely contribute ideas and/or suggestions


Bachelor’s degree plus at least 3-5 years’ experience in graphic design, preferably in a marketing, advertising, corporate communications or public relations capacity.

Experience in digital/creative/marketing communications and client support for health and life sciences is preferred. Other sectors of interest include energy and the environment, education and/or public policy.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health and dental insurance, prescription drug plan, vision discount plan
  • 401K plan with employer match
  • Generous paid family leave
  • 16 Days PTO
  • Summer Friday hours and flexible hours
  • Work-from-home option
  • Annual bonuses based on company profitability and individual performance
  • Quarterly team-building activities
  • Professional development
  • Casual dress code
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Gym access
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Employee Referral Program
  • New Business Success Program


Taft Communications LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our Work

Finding the right voice and telling the right story is a powerful combination. See how we've helped businesses and nonprofits reach their goals.