Associate Director of Design, Climate War Room

  • Reports to: Senior Digital Director, Climate War Room
  • Staff reporting to this position: Design Associate
  • Department: Climate War Room
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Climate War Room has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Design to manage the design team and create graphics, animations, and other design products to advance the War Room’s strategic priorities. The 2020 presidential election will be a defining moment in the nation’s ability to address the climate crisis. It is critical that the next president and Congress emerge from the election emboldened to act on climate change.

The Climate War Room will engage in the presidential election using research, earned media, and digital content to spur a national conversation on climate. The team will elevate the threat of climate change and shape the conversation on solutions; put the Trump administration on the defensive for its extreme positions; and rebut attacks from the fossil fuel industry and their allies. It will also ensure that nominees lean into this issue and lay the groundwork for legislative success in 2021 and beyond.

The Climate War Room is an independent project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club—three organizations committed to making the urgency of climate change and the Trump administration’s opposition to action critical to the 2020 political conversation. This is a limited-term position that is funded through December 1, 2020.


  • Content creation: Pitch, develop, and produce graphics, animations, and design products that advance the Climate War Room’s strategic priorities. Use graphics, data visualizations, and animation to help translate complex ideas into digestible, shareable messages.
  • Creative direction: Manage the design team and work across the larger Digital Strategy team to develop, build, and maximize the War Room’s brand. Push the creative envelope while maintaining brand consistency.
  • Rapid response: Develop graphics and design products to immediately respond to items in the news.
  • Audience targeting: Work closely with the broader Digital Strategy and Communications teams to ensure that content is tailored to the platforms and audiences that the War Room is trying to reach.
  • Metrics and tracking: Maintain a creative archive that catalogues and categorizes social graphics, email wrappers and templates, video stills, and performance metrics.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Demonstrated experience leading graphic design programs. Electoral experience is a plus.
  • Ability to conceptually and creatively visualize news content.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience developing motion design and animation graphics.
  • Solid understanding of progressive values and policies and how they intersect with the news.
  • Strong proofreading skills.
  • Sound editorial and ethical judgment.
  • Creative with a commitment to innovation and experimentation.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to juggle multiple projects for different stakeholders and meet tight deadlines.
  • Positive team player with a passion for progressive change.
  • Open to developing new skills as needed.
  • Climate advocacy experience is a plus.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.
Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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