Associate Art Director


Hattaway Communications is a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm with a mission: We help visionary leaders and organizations use the power of strategy, science, and storytelling to achieve ambitious goals that benefit people and the planet.

Every day, our team works with high-profile, high-impact clients in advocacy, philanthropy, politics, government, and business. We help leaders figure out how to change the conversation on pressing issues like economic inequality, racial equity, public health, and education. We’re in the business of communications for impact, not self-promotion.


As an Associate Art Director, you will work with teams of researchers, strategists and other creatives to develop creative campaigns and visual communications for a wide variety of clients. You’ll bring a strategic creative perspective on communications, top-notch visual communications and design skills, a commitment to quality, and attention to detail. You will thrive working with others in a collaborative environment to collectively produce innovative approaches to solving clients’ problems. You will:

  • Work as a team with the research, strategy and creative teams to develop and execute communications campaigns, including advertising, social content, collateral, and other outreach activations.
  • Think beyond design to how and where campaigns will show up in the world.
  • Guide and participate in the execution of original ideas and campaigns.
  • Stay abreast of cultural and social trends that make our creative work relevant to a diverse range of audiences.
  • Work closely with project leads to develop timelines and budgets for creative work.
  • Lead portions of client presentations and actively participate in client discussions.
  • Produce high quality, breakthrough content in a variety of formats including social, digital, video, and audio with and without production assistance.
  • Design research reports, message manuals and other products as needed.


  • A bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree with relevant experience, preferably in Advertising, Communication Arts, Design or related field.
  • Expert-level proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator).
  • Five+ years of experience developing high-quality, strategy-based campaigns and content with a strong portfolio. Agency experience preferred.
  • Ability to work on several clients simultaneously.
  • Ability to clearly present your work and the strategy behind your creative choices.
  • A willingness and ability to get your hands dirty, dig in, and do whatever it takes to get to great work.
  • Desire and willingness to expand, grow, and learn by incorporating feedback on your work.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • A desire to work with others in a collaborative, thoughtful, and focused environment.
  • A commitment to an equitable workplace and the effort it takes to maintain one.
  • Experience working directly with clients.
  • Experience with non-profit and mission-driven organizations preferred.


  • Knowledge of content strategy and content creation to drive results.


We believe in passion, rigor, and imagination. Our passion is shown in our commitment to our clients and their causes, and in reaching the fullest potential in everything we do—always striving for the highest quality products and experiences for our clients, rather than just being “good enough.” Our rigor is demonstrated through the thoughtful, deliberate, and disciplined approach in all that we do, delivering on the promise of strategic communications that actually achieve meaningful impact—not just add to the noise. Imagination drives all of our work, because it lies at the heart of our creative problem-solving.

Hattaway Communications is committed to creating an equitable world, and we know that begins with creating an equitable workplace. We know bringing talented, diverse people together—especially women and people of color—sharpens our insights, and helps us better serve our diverse clients. We recognize and value the experiences of minoritized peoples, and prioritize prospective hires whose cultural backgrounds and experiences give them unique perspectives, and who share our goal of creating a workplace and world that promotes creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

We are active listeners, supportive partners, and inclusive leaders. We create space for our employees and our partners to fearlessly speak truth, authentically express themselves, and enjoy meaningful professional growth. We not only allow for difference but celebrate and dutifully defend it.

We value each person’s professional development, and have a budget and support for pursuing those interests. Our offices are located in downtown Washington, D.C., between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North metro stations. We provide our employees excellent benefits, such as 100% employer-paid health, vision and dental insurance, a flexible work environment, and a fantastic parental leave policy. The salary range for this position is $56,000 - $70,000, depending on experience.

Hattaway Communications provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Subject line: Design Associate. No phone calls, please.