Design Associate

Position Design Associate Reports to Design Director Status Non-Exempt, Part-Time (60% FTE), Hourly Based at Tenderloin Center at 180 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, currently remote with high-speed Internet access needed, but will return to the office when we reopen our centers. Candidates must be located in or willing to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where we have an open-office environment where there may be substantial ambient noise and overheard conversations. To Apply Please fill out this brief application and email your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to with "Design Associate" in the subject line by May 7. Ideal start date is June 14, but there is some flexibility. 
The Design Associate works closely with the Design team to develop creative solutions and assets across a wide range of projects including publications, identity systems, illustration, newsletters, environmental graphics, store products, posters, flyers, etc. They assist the creative team in amplifying student voices and maintaining the integrity of the 826 brand through strong, imaginative, and adventurous designs that reflect the rich imaginations and diversity of the students we serve.
826 Valencia is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our innovative model has inspired more than 40 like-minded organizations world-wide. 
The Design Associate reports to the Design Director and supports the Design Manager and creative volunteers.
  • Design from concept sketches to refined end product 
  • Active participation in design brainstorms & critiques
  • Event branding
  • Identity system design (logos, typography, signage, posters, direct mail)
  • Adhere to 826 brand guidelines, maintain brand integrity
  • Book and magazine design
  • Track projects, meet all deadlines
  • Production of in-house books, signage, posters, etc.
  • Attend staff meetings, participate in internal committees on diversity, equity and inclusion, the annual 826 National conference, anti-racism trainings, other professional development workshops, and performance appraisal systems
  • Attend 826 Valencia evening functions as needed
  • Work collaboratively with all staff members, across departments
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and supervisor
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred)
  • Strong portfolio showing sensitivity and understanding of composition, hierarchy, layout, color, typography, illustration
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Production experience, attention to detail, clean handcraft skills
  • Strong illustration skills
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word programs and Google Suite
  • Knowledge of HTML / CSS / Mailchimp (preferred)
  • Animation (gifs, AfterEffects) (preferred)
  • Photography (portraits & events) (preferred)
  • Support the work of colleagues, engage meaningfully to provide input or partner when appropriate
  • Actively seek input from team, pushing self to find and incorporate perspectives from team members from different backgrounds
  • Identify personal responsibilities within project/initiative goals and work to achieve benchmarks accordingly
  • Demonstrate awareness of one’s own feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and their impact on others
  • Seek to understand own strengths; seek to understand one's limitations and addresses them
  • Seeks to embody 826's values around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Is open to seek out feedback and opportunities to grow
  • Actively builds relationships and engages authentically with a variety of stakeholders
  • Seek a diverse set of internal perspectives across role, team, skillset, and background; adjust work accordingly to incorporate others perspectives
  • Values and prioritizes unparalleled service to students, such that stakeholders desire ongoing engagement with 826
  • $20 hourly wage, three days per week ($24,960 annual, 60% FTE)
  • Paid Time Off: approximately 5 Wellness days per year (Additional COVID-19 paid time off available through federal and state COVID-19 leave regulations)
  • Employee Assistance Program, group life insurance
  • Pre-Tax Savings: 401(k) plan with <1% employer match, Flexible Spending Account for health and dependent care expenses, Commuter Benefits
  • Support applying for affordable health insurance coverage and CalFresh, if eligible
  • Professional development funds (budget permitting)
  • Reimbursement for local work-related travel expenses, such as between writing centers and school sites. While working remotely due to COVID-19, partial reimbursement for high-speed Internet and utilities
  • 30% discount at all 826 Valencia stores
826 Valencia is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 826 Valencia does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, political orientation, disability, veteran status, or gender identity or expression. For more information, read the 826 Stand: