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Senior Consultant, Visual Communication + 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. Senior 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 both visually and strategically.

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


  • Develop and 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

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

  • Design short-term and long-term project plans

  • Manage a full-time project or multiple part-time projects, successfully, by scoping tasks and managing resources to complete such tasks on time, within budget, and to specifications

  • Validate requirements from prospective clients and acts as lead writer on numerous proposals with a strategic visual lense in mind

  • 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

  • Lead medium sized project teams

  • Design customer-focused digital, print, and experiential collateral, brand identities, design systems, environmental graphics, user-experience assessments, wireframes, prototypes, and help drive and implement 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 not only maintain the visual identities for TC clients across all customer touch points including digital, experiential, and print but also pushes the boundaries in how visual communications and design can be applied to meet, exceed, and anticipate customer needs.

  • Use, create, and track 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 and educate clients on 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

  • Develop and launch 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

  • Be an active contributor to the overall vision and direction of Design at The Clearing

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



  • Minimum of 6 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 expert 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)

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

  • Expert 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 and proven experience for the fundamentals of graphic design and a fluency with typography, color theory and visual expression

  • Business development and lead generation experience

  • 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



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

  • Proven 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 so

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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