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Graphic Designer

| Chicago

Founded in 2012 and recently named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private businesses by Inc. Magazine, RedShelf is a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective by replacing yesterday’s pricey print publications with today’s more dynamic yet far less expensive digital content. Partnering with more than 400+ publishers and 640+ campuses nationwide, we offer leading-edge digital course materials and a seamless, end-to-end Content Delivery System for effectively distributing those materials.

Job Summary:

The Graphic Designer is responsible for creating visual concepts and assets that effectively capture and re-enforce the RedShelf brand, and for establishing and monitoring adherence to visual brand guidelines and standards. As part of the marketing team, the Graphic Designer supports both B2B and B2C marketing and communications initiatives, designing and producing wide-ranging creative products, from websites and digital assets to print collateral and signage. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the VP of Marketing and collaborating closely with the Managers of Marketing, Communications, and eCommerce & Lead Generation, assist with execution of the annual marketing plan, serving as RedShelf’s creative design and production lead.
  • Establish and document global brand visual guidelines (e.g. overarching brand look and feel, color palette, fonts, etc.), and provide ongoing oversight of organizational communications and creative assets to ensure consistent adherence to those guidelines.
  • Design and lead production of wide-ranging creative assets including:
    • Websites
    • Promotional emails
    • Pitch decks
    • Print collateral
    • Point of sale materials
    • Tradeshow booths
    • Signage
    • Print and digital ads
    • Social media assets
    • Direct mail pieces
    • Promotional items
    • Etc.
  • Ensure high quality standards for all assigned deliverables and proactively recommend improvements in creative concepts, tools, and processes to continually advance organizational and brand success.
  • Ensure adherence to deadlines and budget.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • 3 to 5 years of experience as an in-house designer, in an agency setting, or working in a similar fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently while maintaining schedules and adhering to production budgets.
  • Proactivity, adaptability, openness to feedback and experimentation, and enthusiasm.
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • Proficiency in CSS/ HTML and UX/ UI standards
  • Video production and editing experience
  • Ability to effectively articulate rationale behind design recommendations through written, verbal, and visual communication
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design (preferred) or equivalent and proven creative art background

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Familiarity with the higher education landscape, and appreciation of the advances in educational technology, course materials, and digital publishing.
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment.

Why RedShelf?

RedShelf prides itself on maintaining an informal but fast-moving, hard-working, entrepreneurial culture. Our team members are smart, innovative, and passionate about improving education through digital technology.

We offer the best of both worlds: the energy and opportunity of a rapidly-growing organization, coupled with the stability of an extensive client base, strong financial backing, and proven track record of success. In addition to a forward-thinking environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal growth, our team members enjoy competitive compensation and benefit packages, including company stock options.

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

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Technology we use

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Beautiful and convenient River North office located minutes from Magnificent Mile and the Loop with one of the best rooftops in the neighborhood.
"Education is everything": RedShelf makes it more accessible and affordable

An Insider's view of RedShelf

What are some social events your company does?

Our development team gets together outside the office once per quarter with things like bowling nights, baseball games and water taxi trips to Chinatown. I try to host dinner parties every few months -- sometimes just for my immediate team, and sometimes a cross-team dinner to mix things up. Hoping for a company-wide Segway tour sometime soon!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We’re constantly collaborating with other dev teams in the company through shared github repos, slack channels and of course some inside jokes. We also work closely with teams outside of the dev department on various projects, including improvements to our book processor and the rollout of new product features.


Front End Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At a rapidly growing company like RedShelf, even as a junior to mid-level developer I've been able to take on more responsibility, more quickly. My experience has become much more varied, instead of just focusing on a single type of skill that I might gain at a larger corporation.


Full Stack Developer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

It's critical that you encourage an environment of experimentation. People should never be punished for taking risks or making mistakes as long as they're learning and growing. As a product-focused company, the creativity for new ideas exists when your team is comfortable with failure and understands that success can be measured by what we learned.



How has your career grown since starting at the company?

As a UX/UI designer, I’ve had the ability to have my hands in the production process from start to finish. The RedShelf team is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable and motivate me to design better creative solutions every day.


UX/UI Designer

What are RedShelf Perks + Benefits

RedShelf Benefits Overview

On top of our competitive compensation package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent onsite and offsite events including intramural sports, happy hours, and more!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
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