Design Manager [Full-time, San Francisco]

About Sustainable Brands:

Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Joining our team offers you the opportunity to gain a first-hand awareness into what is happening at the forefront of innovation for sustainability. You'll meet the people who are making it happen and growing yourself and contributing to a healthy organization in the process.

Why you'll love working with us:

Our team is an diverse mix of media, sustainability, and business experts. Our people are changing the business conversation and in the process are changing the world. We are a team of fun individuals passionate about the role brand and business play in creating a sustainable and regenerative future.


Summary of the role:

Playing a critical role in the Global Brand Services team, the Design Manager is the key to how our brand comes alive online and in print. We’re looking for a reliable person who not only has a strong set of design skills, but a strong set of technical skills to clearly communicate design ideas using various design tools. S/he has good project management skill, sets realistic project timelines and goals, and then achieves them. S/he is willing to try new things, and work collaboratively, but always with a sense of project deadlines and working with quick turnaround times.

He/she must be able to function and thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment and bring an ability to bring out creativity and great design throughout all of our products. Very communicative in nature, and keen to learn on the job.


Key Objectives:

  • Create visual presentations or imagery with the aim of communicating a message to a target audience.
  • Partner with senior leadership team to set the creative tone/look and feel for the SB brand
  • Lead the Global Brand Service team in the development and consistency of brand/visual style guidelines, ensuring  the delivered products adhere to the brand guidelines, policies and standards.
  • Actively engage in the quality of our design and design process, suggesting ways to improve
  • Manage temporary design consultants as needed

Individual Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Design web page graphics, logos, illustrations, advertisements, brochures and other forms of visual communications
  • Leverage creative and marketing knowledge to develop new creative campaigns for specific target audiences
  • Coordinate with all teams to deliver strategic brand and marketing materials to meet their goals
  • Work with all teams’ design and production needs:
    • Collaborate with the Event Operations team to develop project plans/scopes/resource allocation for materials needed to brand each event, oversee and source vendors/freelancers.
      • Design on site print and digital materials, ensuring milestones are being met for all design-related projects.
      • Art directing yearly conference theme and working with creative teams/agencies to execute onsite.
    • Lines of Business including Corporate Membership and Business Development - design templates for presentations and sales materials
    • Global Brand Services
      • Creating brand/creative files to be shared with international teams
      • Collaborate with GBS to design brand/style guidelines and ensure consistent execution globally
      • Creating and organizing Flickr albums for events
  • Manage interns and freelance designers/production assistants
  • Manage file structures on Dropbox and design files on cloud storage
  • Design engaging advertising for print and web
  • Design content document downloads e.g. digital brochures, sales collateral

About You/Experience Required:

  • 4-6 years of professional design experience at a design firm, agency or established company
  • Expertise in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; Adobe Creative Suite; PowerPoint
  • Wonderful attention to detail, both in your designs and in your management of projects
  • Ability to see the big picture, and then dive into the minutia, and consistently evaluate how the two play into each other
  • Working knowledge of HTML desired
  • Thrive in a fast-paced work environment  
  • Willing to travel a few times a year, as necessary, to visit conference sites and assess how our brand will come to life in each location
  • You display original thinking and creativity; Meet challenges with resourcefulness; Generate suggestions for improving work; Develop innovative approaches and ideas; Present ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
  • Able to work in our San Francisco office on a full-time basis

To apply:

Send your resume and a cover letter that is interesting and personal - and best describes who you are and why you are the one to fill this opportunity with the email subject "Design Manager" - to  Also, please include a URL to your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle if applicable, as well as how you heard about the job.

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