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Design Coordinator

Since we started, NSP has come a long way. We figured out what it takes to reach students for Christ (other students sharing the gospel), how to make that happen (college students coaching high school students), and where we’re going (across California, Illinois, and other states ‘til every student has heard). And we’ve even figured out how to make it look pretty good, too. Now it’s your turn to pick up the torch make us look even better.

The visual appearance of this mission goes hand in hand with the verbal declaration and invitation to get involved in this organization. Praising God for what He’s done, and inviting others to get involved takes both words and images. We’re inviting you to come help us with the second half of that equation: to show (not just tell) the stories of what God’s doing, and keep the mission looking sharp. If that sounds fun, keep reading.

About the National School Project
The National School Project is a rapidly growing ministry working to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to every high school in California, Illinois, and the nation. Our tagline – ’til every student has heard – is wide open and huge, and that’s how we operate. For the past 14 years, our team has been learning how to equip high school students as the leaders of a movement to reach the next generation for Christ, and we’ve seen amazing success. All glory to God, it’s been a wild ride and a thrilling place to work. Over the last few years, we started teams at 4 colleges and universities in Chicago, IL. Now, in addition to our home base in Southern California, we’re expanding through central California and the Midwest. In the coming years, we’ll be opening teams in several new states to coach students at hundreds of high schools to share the good news of Jesus Christ with their friends. Our growth is fueled by staff that love the gospel and are willing to trust God to raise the support to fund their positions (see more on that below). 

About NSP Marketing
In the NSP Marketing department, we have a mission to tell these stories in a way that gives God glory and motivates His people to praise Him and join the mission. We take this mission seriously, and we aspire to become the premiere communicator of stories of life change and transformation in American youth ministry.

We’ve got amazing stories to tell, but we need help telling them. That’s where you come in.

About the Job
NSP’s Design Coordinator will drive forward powerful communication through visual arrangement and presentation to build up our team and encourage thousands of community partners and supporters with stories of what God is doing to reach His lost sons and daughters at public schools. The Design Coordinator position will help design content, layout stories, and constantly innovate new ways to clearly present to the world the opportunities for student-led, church-supported campus awakening to the love of Christ.

Some specific things this job includes:

  • Design promotional pieces for various large-scale marketing and development campaigns in various formats including: postcards, tri-fold brochures, website banners, typographical icons, t-shirts, training binders, bookmarks, business cards, booklets, PowerPoint presentations, cover letters, email newsletters, and more.
  • Assist in the continued development of a corporate image / brand. Ensure branding cohesiveness across the organization by informing the Marketing Team of any materials that do not properly communicate the NSP brand and “feel”. Design templates for other team members to use and update older files to ensure standards of corporate identity and quality are met.
  • Work closely with the Marketing Team to revamp the website and blog with a fresh and intuitive layout that focuses on enhancing the flow of information. Identify the proper manner with which to present our organization to a diverse audience and the order which is most intuitive for different user groups to digest.
  • Carefully archive all design projects including given written content, supplementary graphics, editable project files, and finished projects to ensure continued longevity of design projects as later materials may be desired in a similar aesthetic and style.
  • Attend ministry events and assist with media and communications focused projects as needed.

As a coordinator, you’ll report to the Marketing Director and work collaboratively within the Marketing Team. You’ll also have the opportunity to recruit and lead volunteers and/or interns helping with projects. And sometimes (or often) you’ll bring in free-lance experts for big projects. The idea of working with a loose team of interns, volunteers, and free-lancers should sound fun and energizing to you. And it would be great if you already have some experience working on teams like this.

About You           Hey, future Design Coordinator, let me tell you about yourself!

  • You are creative, obviously. Your style is current and modern, without being either too edgy or too stuffy. And you’re versatile enough to design a new logo from scratch, or to take 6 pieces of pre-defined content and make it fit on a single page with elegance and wow.
  • If you’re the right fit for this job, you totally love design. Good design inspires you, and bad design inspires you to fix it.
  • As a clear visual communicator, you sometimes always obsess over the perfect fonts, gradients, and layout ratios to make the image and content really pop. Because design is your first language, you find ways to make facts and numbers come alive as visual stories.
  • You fit with NSP because you love our mission and vision and can’t stand it that more people don’t know about this cause. (Which is why you want to make our visual presence so much more impactful).
  • As a good team player, you daily put into practice humility, compassion, and all that stuff entailed in loving others as Christ loves you.
  • Naturally, you have a high degree of professionalism. You are conscientious, direct, responsible, and able to hit deadlines like an Olympic archer.
  • You’re highly organized. You can keep your design drafts in order and the file structure on your laptop is a thing of beauty.
  • Software Skills: fluent in Adobe Creative Suite, naturally, and friendly with Google Docs.
  • Education: degree graphic design, advertising, illustration, or art preferred, but if you have the chops we can work with anyone.
  • Experience designing for web, social media, and print are all major pluses, because we do all of that.

In addition, you have the qualities we look for in every NSP staff member:

  • You are an Evangelical Christian who loves the gospel and evangelism
  • You’re a wise and mature believer who knows the Word and does what it says
  • You’re a quick learner in all areas, and eager to learn
  • You have high moral integrity, emotional health, social awareness and spiritual maturity
  • You work with enthusiasm and excellence
  • You are a strong planner and clear written communicator
  • You possess high initiative and constantly seek self-improvement

Support Raising

All NSP staff raise personal support, and we think that’s a really good thing. Just like missionaries about to be sent across the world, your first assignment on NSP staff will be to personally contact churches, friends, and family, and gather a team of monthly financial supporters to invest in the ministry God is leading you into. We’ll give you tons of training, encouragement, and ongoing coaching. If you like everything else and feel like this could be a good fit for you, do not let support raising stop you; let’s talk first.

The big question: Is this the mission field for you?

You may have a lot of questions. This may be unlike most jobs you've considered. That's OK. The most important question - the one you should pray about, and the one that we'll be asking - is whether or not you can get excited and remain deeply motivated to reach this generation of students for Christ. Without the gospel, 3.3 million students are graduating high school every year, lost and without hope in the world. We want to fix that. Is this your mission field?

If you don't know for sure, that's OK. Get started with the process and let's talk. Just fill out the short form, and we'll be in touch.

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