July 2, 2024

Digital Content Specialist

Cato Institute
Published
July 2, 2024
Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
Job Type

Description

The Cato Institute is seeking a Digital Content Specialist for the User Experience and Design team in Cato’s Content Lab. The content specialist will work with a talented group of colleagues to produce and manage high-quality digital products and content for Cato’s portfolio of websites, primarily Cato.orgLibertarianism.org, and Sphere-ed.org.

In 2023, Content Lab began as a dynamic, collaborative, and creative group specializing in four key areas of expertise: art/graphic design, audio-visual production, data visualization, and user experience and web design. At Content Lab, we work closely with our internal stakeholders to understand the vision and goals for their projects, developing big ideas into advanced products that push the boundaries of digital creativity to deliver cutting-edge experiences.

Due to the highly collaborative nature of the work, this position is hybrid based in Washington, DC.

About Cato

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization – a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th-century England that presented a vision of a society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution – individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

The Cato Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities 

Design and build landing page layouts

  • You'll lend your design eye to special projects and landing pages, building thoughtful, intuitive layouts using components in our Drupal sites, employing your knowledge of design principles to craft them with an extreme attention to detail.

Support content and asset creation

  • You'll support our Digital Producer in planning and creating assets for advanced digital products such as Visual Features and Cato Courses.

Manage website feature requests 

  • You’ll coordinate the production process for new features, acting as the main point of contact for request intake, information gathering, and building out requirements to create tickets in our project management system, Wrike.

Coordinate special projects with web staff and perform content reviews

  • You’ll be a key resource for the web team, coordinating content entry for special projects and bringing assets together to create products of the highest quality.

Identify and pursue opportunities to improve our digital presence

  • You’ll rely on your innate curiosity to think about ways we can improve our digital presence and user experience. Whether you’re excited about a new AI feature, inspired by something you saw out and about in the world, eager to improve a new skill you’ve recently acquired, or interested in implementing new accessibility improvements, you’re always learning and growing, and it shows in your work.

Additional duties 

  • Assist in managing the Cato Asset Library (digital asset management system)
  • Use your extreme attention to detail to perform periodic quality assurance checks on websites to identify issues and opportunities for improvement
  • Become an expert on the websites: their functionality, the integrations we use, the components we have available, and how the content is created, managed, and distributed

Requirements

  • 1-3 years related experience performing similar duties on a team.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Local or willing to relocate; remote applicants will not be considered.
  • Motivated self-starter who can problem solve and is proactive in learning new processes and skills.
  • Meet deadlines, manage time well, and perform job responsibilities without continuous supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment and independently.
  • Experience working in a large-scale content management system (CMS), such as Drupal or WordPress; understands components and how they work,
  • Solid understanding of basic web design and development concepts, such as UI patterns, accessibility considerations, responsive design, and development workflows.
  • Experience creating, managing, and updating projects using project management software like Wrike, Jira, Monday, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of and appreciation for libertarian principles and Cato’s mission.

Benefits

All Cato employees are provided with:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Employer contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Generous vacation and sick days
  • Paid parental leave
  • Employer-provided life and disability insurance
  • 401(k) employer match
  • Transit/ Parking benefits
  • Pet discount plan
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