Graphic Design and Communications Associate Opening

September 20, 2010

The Forum for Youth Investment

Graphic Design and Communications Associate


The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partnerships to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.

Ready by 21 is the core work of the Forum and is done in collaboration with national partners representing the education, government, nonprofit, business and community philanthropy sectors.  The partners have shared work plans and identified concrete ways to collaborate to challenge and support their members and affiliates in states and communities across the country.  The mobilization partners are: United Way Worldwide, American Association of School Administrators, America’s Promise Alliance, Corporate Voices for Working Families, National Collaboration for Youth, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Search Institute.

The Forum manages SparkAction, an online resource and movement to inform, inspire and mobilize a large, active constituency to influence the policies and practices that affect children and youth.  SparkAction consists of a cutting-edge Web site and a set of eNewsletters.  In addition, the Forum manages a number of centers and partnerships, including the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The Forum is rapidly growing, with an annual budget of approximately $7 million and more than 40 staff.  The Forum is funded largely by foundations and corporations with a growing fee-for-service contract base.  The Graphic Design and Communications Associate will play an important role in the Forum’s operations and continued growth.

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The Graphic Design and Communications Associate reports to the Senior Manager of Partnerships & Communications.  This role has primary responsibility for the design, quality control and production of written and Web-based communications for the Forum and Ready by 21, and assists SparkAction with the same functions.


  • Create print materials, including but not limited to, identity packages, publications, brochures, Microsoft Office templates and annual reports;
  • Design website mockups and visual presentation. Develop Drupal themes according to website mockups and test and debug Drupal websites;
  • Manage day-to-day maintenance and quality control of organizational websites;
  • Produce Forum, Ready by 21, and SparkAction e-newsletters for monthly and biweekly dissemination, including story editing, assembly, troubleshooting and delivery. Manage subscription lists and monitor general inbox;
  • Enforce writing style guide in print and web products and materials. Review grammar, spelling and tone before production and dissemination;
  • Oversee production printer and maintain adequate print supplies (paper, ink, etc.). Maintain a sufficient stock of regularly used publications;
  • Print and assemble meeting materials.
  • Ensure products are shipped and delivered on time.

Other Duties

  • Serve on a variety of internal cross-functional and cross-departmental teams, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • At least one to three years of professional experience in communications, including design for both print and Web, layout, writing and production;
  • Excellent computer skills: (Drupal and HTML experience required);
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills;
  • Attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple projects with firm deadlines;
  • Flexibility and ability  to develop creative solutions;
  • High levels of motivation and ability to work independently;
  • Excellent editing skills;
  • Bachelors degree (or equivalent experience and/or professional certificate);
  • Passion for the Forum’s mission and for improving the lives of young people through positive youth development and education reform.


  • Experience in nonprofit, youth development or related field;
  • Experience in writing for the web;
  • Experience working for a small (under 50 employees) nonprofit with diverse needs.