Job Description

Senior Motion Graphics Designer





We’re looking for a Senior Motion Graphics Designer to join our Advertising Area.

When you come work with us, here’s what you’ll find:

  • Work that is meaningful. We are a fast-paced, deadline-driven consulting firm that only works with nonprofit clients who are essential to advancing the cause of justice, alleviating suffering, and solving the greatest challenges we face.
  • Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (AEI). We envision an anti-oppressive workplace that ensures an inclusive employee experience, promotes equitable outcomes for staff, and supports clients to center accessibility and anti-racism in their programs.
  • Colleagues you can count on. Kind, dedicated, passionate people who work collaboratively to get things done and help you do your best.
  • An organization that embraces change. We strive to improve and adapt and always seek new ways that we can contribute to a just, inclusive, and sustainable world. We are also continually working on making M+R a better place for our staff.

So that’s us. Now about the work:

  • We run campaigns that create change for our clients. Great big ones you read about in the news and tiny ones you’ve never heard of that are saving lives. Lots of politically progressive groups — Planned Parenthood, League of Conservation Voters, PETA. Environmental groups such as NRDC and Oceana, and our clients also include organizations that are working in the most dire situations in the world such as the International Rescue Committee.
  • Day-to-day, we’re raising revenue, acquiring new donors and supporters, winning campaigns and elections, and improving brand and issue recognition. We believe that creative is crucial to connecting with people and moving them to engage with causes, take action, and do their part to change the world. Day-to-day, our digital designers work with teams to create content, improve design understanding staff-wide, and demonstrate to clients the power of compelling design.

Here’s what you’ll be doing in this role:

  • Create and edit motion graphics for our clients’ advertising campaigns including motion typography, animated illustrations, and video production. Occasionally, you’ll translate these graphics to other channels, such as email.
  • Own the creative process — work collaboratively with client teams to translate campaign goals, target audiences, and client direction into compelling creative concepts.
  • Create storyboards and A/V scripts to deliver creative concepts.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment often on tight turnaround times. When necessary, propose creative design solutions to clients that meet their needs and time constraints.
  • Build on and iterate standards for ethical creative — both within the Advertising Practice Area as well as firmwide.
  • Work with creative and design leaders at M+R to market and pitch our motion graphics services to clients.
  • Drive conversations and processes that help build inclusive spaces within your teams and across M+R.
  • Do your part to help us run smoothly, including carefully tracking all of your hours.

Skills and experiences required for this role:

  • We love hearing from anyone who strives to make the world a better place! Not sure if you meet all of the qualifications? There is no harm in applying! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply!
    • 5-7 years of experience in a digital design role focused on motion graphics with at least two of those years in a role dedicated to motion graphics or video production.
    • Experience designing digital direct response marketing collateral for non-profits or political/issue campaigns.
    • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro) and Google Creative Studio.
    • Deep understanding of colors, layout, typography.
    • A clear sense of storytelling: you know how to bring a story to life, regardless of the channel you’re designing for.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively incorporate feedback from multiple stakeholders.
    • Ability to recognize when feedback does not meet design best practices and work toward a solution.
    • Ability to regularly complete design projects within the hours that are estimated for the project.
    • Demonstrated ability to run meetings to identify project goals and ensure successful outcomes.
    • Ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.

Skills and experiences we expect of all M+R employees:

  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to gain trust and give respect to others through honesty, integrity, kindness, empathy, and authenticity.
  • Acute attention to detail and demonstrated ability to prioritize time to meet deadlines for multiple projects.
  • Proven track record to successfully pick up new skills, including learning new technologies.
  • Drive to seek what can be improved and offer ways to fix any potential roadblocks.
  • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that feedback is part of the learning process.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.

Skills and experiences that are preferred, but not required:

  • Experience working at an agency.
  • Digital illustration skills.
  • Experience designing HTML5 ads.
  • Experience sourcing b-roll footage.
  • Experience sourcing and working with voiceover talent.
  • Understanding of UI and UX principles.

Salary and benefits:

  • We also offer a generous benefits package:
    • This is an exempt, unionized position, represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. The salary for this position is $101,000. As part of M+R’s commitment to compensation equity and transparency, we have a no negotiation policy. Salary negotiations can introduce bias and perpetuate wage inequality. Staff at M+R who successfully meet their performance expectations have regular opportunities for promotion with accompanying increases in compensation.
    • Three weeks vacation as well as 15 paid sick days and three personal days;
    • Medical, dental, and vision benefits with premiums fully paid for by M+R for individual employees;
    • 401(k) plan with employer match;
    • Quarterly discretionary profit-sharing contributions;
    • Flexible work schedules and the option to work remotely anywhere within the United States and its territories with broadband internet;
    • Annual $1,000 professional development stipend;
    • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, dependent care, and transit.