Fight for the Future

Design Co-Founder

  • Contract: Full-time

Job Description

We are seeking a Design Co-founder for our next A-Team, to play a lead role in launching and co-leading a small activist team running a campaign to win on immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, or strengthening democratic representation.

Fight for the Future is known for its new model of activism focused on Internet freedom and has big victories to its credit, such as organizing the protests that defeated SOPA/PIPA, and winning net neutrality rules in 2014.

Our new initiative A-Teams aims to create new, small teams that can achieve surprising political wins on the issue area of their choice, by combining political strategy and Internet savvy.

We are seeking the founding designer / front-end developer for one such A-Team. As the designer and technical leader, you will focus one of our priority political areas, such as immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, or strengthening democratic representation. You and your A-Team will run a campaign to pass strong policy on your issue or stop a disastrous bill from becoming law. Your role will be to explain complex issuesand get people to take effective political actionusing design, copy, and code. We’re looking for someone with very strong visual and interaction design skills who can move from mockups to HTML/CSS, or design directly in code. Experience with modern front-end frameworks is a plus.

You should be comfortable making and launching novel and creative additions to people’s online life with strong use of layout, color, and typography, whether for web, mobile, or social media. You should love the rush of launching a site on a whim, and seeing it blow up in places like Product Hunt, HN, or reddit.

In addition to your design skills you should also have strong political attitudes about power, freedom, fairness, or caring for others that you makes your visual work stronger and more immersive.

You will work alongside a similarly high-functioning and creative person with concrete experience on campaigns so significant experience in politics or activism is not required. The team at Fight for the Future will work with you both to develop and execute plans.

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

  • Design and build websites (sometimes straight to code) to tweak and deploy rapidly
  • Make images and animation for social media
  • Use copy, color, layout, typography and shared visual vocabulary (images, icons, effects) to convey complex political ideas and emotions.
  • Build simple forms and sometimes more complex interactions to mobilize people around specific political objectives (i.e. design high-converting landing pages to get people to do stuff!)
  • Make awesome moments in the history of the Internet and politics.
  • Work closely with the political director to strategize and look for ways to use the Internet and politics to increase the power and efficacy of your small team.
  • Build a new organization or movement (if it goes well!)
  • Recruit additional A-Teams leaders and volunteers as needed.

Skill Requirements

  • You can write clear instructions, prompts, and documentation.
  • You can speak with a strong, authentic, and credible voice online.
  • You can design straight to code, when needed.
  • Your portfolio site looks great.
  • You can make modern forms, buttons and layouts in your sleep.
  • You have some experience with animation.
  • You can easily grasp what makes a product valuable/awesome and work from there.
  • You’re experienced working remotely.
  • You quickly understand and internalize what your team or company is driving for.
  • You’ve felt compelled to right wrongs or challenge arbitrary authority. Possibly a troublemaker in high school or a handful for your parents.
  • You’re purpose-driven so you can pivot easily. Dropping / throwing away work doesn’t bother you, if the new path makes more sense.
  • You’re pragmatic and flexible in your habits.
  • You intuitively seek the simplest possible solutions, on the fly, and are good at simplifying scope to fit deadlines, saying no to features oreven betterbut what if I did it this other, much simpler way?
  • You can dial your design and coding approach between quick & dirty and careful & prudent, depending on the context.
  • You can match styles and technical possibilities (such as an action tool or online stunt) to a given political objective or strategy, and pick the best tech response to a given situation.
  • You have a desire to use your skills and smarts to make the world more kind and fair.

DETAILS:

This is a full time position with Fight for the Future. The salary range is $70-100K annually, depending on experience. Benefits include health care, dental benefits, and training and mentoring with senior staff. If a contract set-up works better for you, we can discuss that too.

This is a remote position and candidates can based anywhere in the US. English fluency is required.

About the Company

Fight for the Future is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 whose mission is to ensure that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core. We seek to expand the internet's transformative power for good, to preserve and enhance its capacity to enrich and empower. We envision a world where everyone can access the internet affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy.

Our goal—always—is to build tech-enhanced campaigns that resonate with millions of people, enabling them to consolidate their power and win historic changes thought to be impossible. In 2012 we organized the largest online protest in history, an internet-wide strike against web censorship which defeated the SOPA and PIPA bills. More recently, our Battle for the Net campaign drove nearly four million people to contact the FCC resulting in the game-changing passage of net neutrality rules (a “First Amendment” for the Internet). Here’s exactly how we did it. Our Reset the Net campaign organized around protecting the privacy of hundreds of million of internet users.

Our accomplishments are testament to the notion that with the right approach and creative activism, the public interest can prevail—even over some of the most entrenched political forces in the world. For more details on these and other accomplishments, check out a timeline of the events leading up to and immediately after the SOPA strike.

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