Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Part Time

Part-Time/Freelance Junior Designer/Production Assistant

Location: Washington D.C. or Remote

FDD is a DC-based nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy. FDD is seeking a highly organized Junior Designer/Production Assistant to assist our growing in-house design and marketing teams. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, strategically minded, and has a passion for design with international affairs. FDD conducts actionable research, prepared by experts and scholars from a variety of backgrounds - including government, intelligence, military, private sector, academia, and journalism. The Junior Designer/Production Assistant will work directly with FDD's Senior Designer and be responsible for producing a range of products that supports our in-house team in advancing institutional and strategic objectives.

To be considered, please provide relevant samples from your portfolio (as PDF or website link)


  • Layout production of books for in-house imprint FDD Press.
  • Print and web layout for monographs and research memos.
  • Assist with production work for creative content such as illustrations, infographics, graphs, and charts to promote and support research on social media.
  • Design graphics and email templates for events and podcasts.
  • Receive creative direction and create/revise/develop new design layouts or re-size to fit new adaptations.
  • Collaboration with print and web vendors.
  • Closely follow and stay up to date with design trends and developments.
  • Manage and upkeep of organized file structures.


  • BA or BFA degree in graphic design, fine arts, or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years prior experience with graphic design and visual communications.
  • Portfolio of design work.
  • Proficient in Adobe CC, specifically: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro.
  • Proficiency in Mac OS environment as well as Microsoft Office suite.
  • Understanding of typography, brand standards, four-color printing.
  • Collaborate well with others and willing to learn and grow on the job.
  • Commitment to FDD's mission and goals.

Additional experience and proficiency with the following are desirable but not required:

  • After Effects motion graphics
  • Tableau statistics/data visualization
  • Video production
  • Front-end development

Application Requirements:

  • PDF or online portfolio
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
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