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Who we are:  Harder+Company Community Research helps nonprofits, public agencies, and foundations to pursue their missions through high-quality research and consulting services. We provide data-driven analysis to help organizations understand the results of their programs and initiatives—and translate that data into actionable improvements. Our expertise spans a wide range of social impact areas, such as healthcare, social services, community development, educational achievement, arts and culture, and violence prevention. Consulting services provided by our firm include program evaluation, strategic planning, community engagement, and nonprofit capacity-building. More information about our firm is available at

How we do our work: We engage our clients as partners in an ongoing process of programmatic and organizational learning. Whether it is a needs assessment, evaluation, or a planning process, we work closely with our partners to ensure that our approaches meet their needs and the needs of their stakeholders. Our clients see our research, evaluation, and planning as an opportunity to improve, and they use the new information that we provide to strengthen their programs and create lasting systems change.

Who We Need:  Harder+Company seeks a freelance graphic and data visualization designer who can support our consulting teams to produce a range of client deliverables like briefs, reports, infographics, and presentations. The design freelancer supports these teams using branded templates by generating clean data visualizations and ensuring that layout and design are consistent with our company branding.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Data-Savvy Designer – Value layout and design that clearly communicates quantitative and qualitative data to clients and stakeholders. Have an eye for detail and attention to data integrity in designing charts and visualizations.
Visual Communicator – Creative thinker who can use icons and diagrams to illustrate concepts and relationships between individuals, programs, organizations and systems.
Collaborator – Ability to work with diverse team members to hear their perspectives and needs. Skilled at introducing your own ideas and able to recognize when your partner has the final decision.
Creative Brand Advocate – Able to balance constraints of branding guidelines with individual project needs.

Specifically, we seek to contract with a Graphic Designer who will:

  • Design and format briefs, reports, presentations, and other documents for a range of clients using the Microsoft Office suite
  • Support teams with updates to existing materials like dashboards, reports and presentation slide decks
  • Support enhancements to corporate publication system via templates and models
  • Strong attention to detail in all aspects of production and design
  • Ability to clearly communicate conceptual ideas and design rationale
  • Maintain clear communication with project teams as needed
  • Prioritize, adjust to changing demands and meet critical client deadlines
  • Maintain positive and professional interactions with clients and their stakeholders.

Skills you bring:

You draw upon a diverse set of skills and experiences in evaluation design, project management, and client communications, including:

  • Experience designing data visualizations for a variety of quantitative and qualitative projects
  • Willing and proficient in using Microsoft Office software for professional visual design
  • Attention for detail and ability to maintain data integrity in design work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus

This is a freelance position with a variable schedule – approximately 10-15 hours per week. Graphic designer will be paid an hourly rate based on experience. This position does not include benefits.

Harder+Company has four California offices: San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego. Occasional office visits can help build rapport with our teams, but are not required.

Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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