Fourth Economy

Graphic Design Associate
About Fourth Economy

Fourth Economy Consulting is an innovative community and economic development consulting firm – we recently celebrated our 10th anniversary. We envision a world where people are empowered to be co-creators of a sustainable future. We equip change agents with the tools to build better communities and stronger economies. Our clients include community and economic development organizations, local and state governments, innovation intermediaries, colleges and universities, and businesses. For more information on the types of work we do, please see our project portfolio. Two projects that we are particularly proud of are One Macon and Hazelwood Initiative

In early 2021, Fourth Economy joined Steer, a global management consultancy, to support our growth and expansion of services. Fourth Economy’s partnership with Steer complements Steer’s global economic development offering, and strengthens their already successful boutique consultancy, Steer Economic Development based in the UK. Collectively, we now offer a comprehensive approach that embraces people, skills, enterprise, infrastructure, mobility, and innovation to deliver sustainable, inclusive and equitable economies.

Steer is an employee-owned consultancy with 21 offices across North America, Latin America, UK, Europe and India. Since 1978, the firm has provided pioneering planning, design and advisory services to government and business – with a particular focus on projects that develop cities, infrastructure and transport.

About the Role

Are you an Adobe ninja with a passion for mission driven work? We are looking for a driven, entrepreneurial, passionate, and rigorous professional to join our collaborative and growing team. The Graphic Design Associate will develop Fourth Economy and client design projects, including reports, websites, presentations, project deliverables, and brand development. This associate will drive audience growth and thought leadership for the company, leveraging insights about our target market and broader community and economic development trends.


This role is based in our Pittsburgh, PA office OR fully remote in California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., or North Carolina. Office hours are EST. 


In this role, you will be responsible for:​


Client Project Design & Communications Support

  • Create compelling, original design solutions for client projects, including reports, presentations, websites, infographics, and other communications

  • Collaborate with Fourth Economy project managers and advise clients on design concepts and content editing

  • Interpret technical information/analysis in a clear, concise, and credible manner to create practical graphics/illustrations for client deliverables


Brand Strategy & Development

  • Create, design, and manage Fourth Economy’s marketing materials, including social media, newsletters, email marketing, website, and print collateral documents

  • Maintain Fourth Economy visual brand standards across all marketing channels

  • Develop and maintain templates for presentations, conferences, etc.

Your Skills & Competencies​
  • The Graphic Design Associate will be a self-starter who is committed to their learning and growth and possess the following skills and competencies:

    • Design: You’re a strong designer who can translate data, ideas, and concepts into visuals.

    • Written and Verbal Communications: Your written and verbal communication skills are excellent, with an ability to consolidate feedback and input to create clear messaging to multiple audiences. 

    • Self-motivation: You proactively take the initiative, identifying problems and opportunities across your portfolio, developing recommendations, and taking action on those recommendations.

    • Adaptability: You thrive in an ambiguous environment where you have the autonomy to drive your work.

    • Learning Mindset: You desire continuous improvement, possess an innate sense of curiosity, and ground yourself with a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth. 

    • Passion for Social Change: Driven by the desire to contribute to making a change in our society, making the economy work for all people. You have a strong passion for your work to have an impact. 

What You’ll Need
  • 5+ years of overall professional experience in roles that include:

    • Expertise with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop

    • Web design & Google Analytics experience (HTML/CSS/Javascript a plus)

    • Interest in community & economic development, racial equity, environmental issues, public policy, social impact, and/or related issues a plus

    • Previous experience managing complex projects

    • Self-confidence to work with clients and handle pressure

    • Analytical, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving abilities to design and communicate for Fourth Economy and its clients

    • Strong time management skills to complete multiple projects within tight deadlines

    • Strong listening, speaking and writing, and editing skills to effectively communicate with team members and clients

    • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Fourth Economy is committed to providing benefits that support the well-being of our team. 

    • Health, dental & vision insurance for you and your family. The current plan is a Gold PPO plan.

    • 401(k) retirement after 6 months with company match

    • Professional Development Support

    • Eligible for profit-sharing bonuses

    • Generous PTO, Sick & Flex time policies

The Application Process

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is, just simplify it to “B.A. Economics” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g. where you went to school).

This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.

Working at Fourth Economy

Fourth Economy is as much an approach as it is a company. We work to advance the recognition that the economic and community development actions of the past have failed many and we all must do better. People who thrive at Fourth Economy share a set of values that define our actions and attitudes. These values include:

  • Curiosity: consulting provides us an opportunity to be curious as we get to know communities and their issues. 

  • Creativity: there is not a template that drives us rather we are driven by the opportunity to provide original impactful strategies.

  • Collaboration: to truly improve our communities and economy requires collaboration between actors with different lived experiences, expertise, ideas and passion. 

  • Empathy: we must recognize the variety of perspectives that people may hold as they engage in planning work.

  • Fun: we are a social group that appreciates the opportunity to celebrate our shared success. 


We believe that Fourth Economy can be a platform for personal exploration and growth while creating positive change throughout the country.