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Consultant, Visual Communications + Design 

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Washington, D.C.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

Please note: This posting is in support of possible upcoming opportunities throughout our solutions centers. Our teams are always interested in reviewing excellent, potential applicants who may be interested in joining our teams in support of our clients strategic initiatives. We often have opportunities for professionals at varying levels. If you are interested in being considered for these opportunities, please consider submitting your resume and application.

In this position, design meets consulting. Visual Consultants are responsible for creating and maintaining continuity and brand cohesion across multiple platforms and touch points.

This position requires an experienced creative who has client relations experience with a customer centric focus. He/she/they possess proficient design skills and a thorough knowledge of visual communications work, including the creation of design systems, brand experiences, visual product design (digital and print), and a proficiency in various design programs/platforms. Visual Consultants are expected to bring a Human-Centered Design Thinking and agile approach to consulting with our clients in order to solve and/or innovate complex challenges.

All applicants are required to provide an online portfolio that displays a range of materials, technical capabilities, and design styles. Portfolios should include infographics, presentations, one-pagers, multi-page documents, and vector based imagery.

Position Requirements


  • Maintain client relationships; identify and support opportunities to expand project scope and actively share information about clients’ emerging support needs and trends with team members and management

  • Translate client objectives into clear creative strategies and experiences

  • Facilitate and manage client meetings to successfully achieve identified, desired outcomes

  • Design short-term project plans

  • Manage project lanes or small projects to completion by scoping tasks and managing resources to complete such tasks on time, within budget, and to specifications

  • Support project and sales teams in proposal development and pursuing new sales leads with a visual lense; sometimes serve as proposal coordinator

  • Research, analysis, and presentation (e.g., Excel charts, Google Sheets, Google Analytics, Illustrator Graphs, Powerpoint or Google Slide Presentations) in support of client projects, meetings, and for production of major client deliverables

  • Leads small sized project teams, with limited supervision

  • Design customer-focused digital, print, and experiential collateral, brand identities, design systems, environmental graphics, user-experience assessments, wireframes, prototypes, and collaborate on the art direction for client deliverables and products needing visual storytelling and strategic communication

  • Work collaboratively with team members to optimize visual identities on their specific product lanes and platforms

  • Create design systems and guidelines that maintain the visual identities for TC clients across all customer touch points including digital, experiential, and print.

  • Use customer metrics (internal employee and external clients) to help inform design choices when needed and available with the ability to explain the decisions made and reasoning behind these choices

  • Work collaboratively with clients and internal project team to introduce new technology and trends when it makes sense and where it can add value to enhance experiences

  • Explore and prototype solutions using Design Thinking methodology across a gamut of visual areas of study appropriate to each project including but not limited to product design, graphic design, ux/ui design, illustration, animation, interaction, photography, video, and site-specific installations

  • Support the development and launch of brand identities and visual communications for new strategic initiatives as The Clearing business strategy and portfolio evolves

  • Deliver work on time, within budget, and to requested specifications; deliver error proof files at the completion of a project

  • Provide inspiration and mentorship to other team members

  • Serve as the bridge between design and development teams by holding conversations with developers to assure, when needed, that product wireframes, prototypes, and accompanying assets are successfully passed off

  • Assure that design solutions produced for new business pursuits (proposals) achieve a uniformly high level of market-competitive design


  • Minimum of 4 years experience working as a designer, in a consultative capacity, preferably with a background in management consulting, client relations, graphic design, visual communications, user-experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, experiential design, or front-end development

  • Bachelor's degree (a Master's degree in a related field or design certifications is a bonus!)

  • A strong knowledge of industry design methods and tools, including proficiency in the core Adobe Creative Suite programs (Illustrator (AI), InDesign (ID), Photoshop (PS)) with additional knowledge and experience with prototyping platforms (i.e., Adobe Experience Design (XD), InVision, Sketch)

  • Proficiency in Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal, and SharePoint; knowledge and ability to integrate plugins, theme support, and customize user Interfaces

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Powerpoint), Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides)

  • Exceptional design skills demonstrating innovation, fresh thinking, and a strong visual design perspective to achieve successful outcomes

  • A thorough command of brand identity and visual communications work with experience on both the strategic and conceptual level developing and implementing design systems or developing a body of work in service to a well-articulated product strategy

  • A passion for the fundamentals of graphic design and a fluency with typography, color theory and visual expression

  • Proven experience managing multiple small and medium sized projects at once, with competing deadlines

  • Willingness and ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance

  • Willingness and ability to travel to client sites in the surrounding DC and Baltimore metro areas; occasional travel outside of these regions could be expected


  • Ability to adapt quickly to emerging requirements and prioritize as appropriate; comfortable working through times of ambiguity and in an environment of rapid growth

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; ability to strategically and effectively present creative work and reasoning; ability to create compelling case studies

  • Ability to learn and understand complex issues quickly and recommend and apply creativity and problem solving skills to design solutions

  • Strong time management and organization skills, deadline and detail oriented, and willing to share in accountability for project outcomes

  • Experience in applying current design trends with a curiosity for new techniques and fresh approaches as it makes sense to client need

  • A knowledge of the cost of various visual solutions and  

EOE Statement The Clearing is committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. In addition to federal legal requirements, The Clearing complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. These protections extend to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring practices, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training and career development programs.  
About the Organization The Clearing is a management consulting firm that helps leaders identify underlying causes of organizational obstacles, resolve highly complex challenges, prioritize the fewest, most important initiatives to tackle regardless of conflicting needs and make informed decisions in the context of an agreed-upon mission, vision, and strategy.

We help create peak performance organizations through strategy, organizational development, leadership training, and change management. Our experienced consultants bring a powerful blend of analytic and creative skills from diverse fields, including change management, finance, engineering, communications, education, policy, design, and corporate leadership.

To be considered for hire, all individuals applying for positions with The Clearing are subject to a background investigation, conducted in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. For positions requiring access to classified information, U.S. citizenship is required. Individuals will also be subject to an additional government background investigation, and continued employment eligibility is contingent upon the ability to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.  

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