Design Fairy for JenniferMaker

Please Note: Applications are now open, but may close without notice if we receive too many. If you are interested in this position, act quickly.

Who I'm Looking For


Design Fairy

Do you create crafts for your Cricut, Silhouette, or other cutting machine and sewing machine? Do you love to design SVG cut files and patterns? Are you comfortable creating vector designs in Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape?

I might just have the perfect role for you!  

I am looking for an employee to help us at JenniferMaker as a "Design Fairy" (aka "craft designer and teacher"). Please note that this is a local position meaning that the successful candidate must live within a 30-minute drive of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This position focuses on designing high-quality craft designs that can be used with "maker machines" like cutting machines, sewing machines, laser cutters, and/or 3D printers, as well as the assembly, photography, and step-by-step explanation of the projects. The ideal candidate will be experienced with both machine crafting, photography, and technical writing, as well as familiar with the JenniferMaker brand.

The person who is right for this position loves to design projects that are as beautiful and attention-getting as they are easy-to-make and useful.

While perhaps not quite yet an expert, this person does have a solid grasp of design and vector software, an ability/willingness to learn how to take beautiful photos and videos, some experience writing directions, familiarity with the JenniferMaker blog and my courses/ebooks, and a basic understanding of Cricut and crafting.

This position involves a combination of creativity, attention to detail, follow-through, and it has high expectations for meeting deadlines. Project management skills and experience are a plus.

Are you ready to be a Design Fairy for the JenniferMaker brand?

Position Details

Status: This will be an employee position (not a contractor position).

Hours: 30 - 40 hours/week with flexible days and times.

Location: Must live within a 30-minute drive of Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Salary Range: $17.00 - $20.00 per hour

Special Note: As a JenniferMaker employee, you will not be able to engage in any outside activity that could be construed as a conflict of interest, such as running or working on your own craft blog or crafting business, or someone else's craft blog or crafting business.

Who is Jennifer

I am a very hard worker who is committed to excellence and impatient with inactivity. I am kind but driven. My Myer-Briggs personality type is Mediator (INFP-T) or Diplomat (INFJ-T), depending on when I take it. I appear organized and I get things done, but I do not schedule my time in a traditional way. These are my top five strengths:

Things You Should Know About Me Before You Consider Applying

I'm one of those "march to the beat of a different drummer" creative types. I dislike set schedules, meetings, and appointments. I vastly prefer written communication through Slack and email, and I avoid voice calls. I like to experiment with my blog, FB groups, and mailing lists, and am likely to make changes or start a new project without much warning. I like to deep dive into things, whether it's product creation or home renovation projects for my blog, and I will hyper focus on it for several days. I have specific core values that matter to me and my team. I treat others as I want to be treated which means I won't be micro managing you nor offering a lot of feedback if you're doing the job right. I am fiercely independent and cherish my freedom. My ideal day is one without any meetings or set activities, where I can just work on my One Thing and then various projects as I am inspired to do so. If you are the type of person who needs constant contact and feedback from me, you won't be happy working with me. That said, you'll be working primarily with my Design Manager (Debbie) rather than me, who is excellent at providing feedback!

Responsibilities

  • Designs 1-2 complete and high-quality project each week under the direction of Jennifer and her content manager.
  • Identifies popular and trending projects that crafters and makers want to learn how to make.
  • Tests, corrects, and assembles the project completely.
  • Writes step-by-step instructions for the project from start to finish in simple and easy to understand steps.
  • Photographs the project with high-resolution images in a styled and well-lighted setting, then creates watermarked images.
  • Uploads the design files, step by step instructions, and watermarked images.
  • Ships the project (in both unassembled and assembled forms) by the pre-determined deadline.
  • Responds timely to update requests and feedback from Jennifer and the team.
  • Is careful to respect copyrights of other designers.
  • Understands that copyrights and ownership for designs created for the JenniferMaker brand will belong to the brand.
  • Understands and uses the JenniferMaker products and projects so you can answer questions and support our people.
  • Assists with support during product launches with excellent customer service and be available as needed during launch periods.
  • Participates in our Facebook groups and helps answer questions about designs.
  • Effectively communicates with team and meets with us weekly on Zoom video chats.
  • Has the best interest of the JenniferMaker brand in mind.
  • Helps us look good to our readers and customers.
  • Works with minimal supervision.

Things You've Done in the Past

Experience with vector software, preferably with the current version of Adobe Illustrator (but I will also accept Inkscape or SCAL experience provided you understand you'll be using Illustrator for our projects).

Experience with at least one of the following cutting machines: Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, Brother Scan 'N' Cut

Experience with at least one of the following maker machines: sewing machine, laser cutter, or 3D printer

Successfully created and/or shared/sold SVG cut files created from vector software (either Illustrator or Inkscape). Sharing can simply mean sharing for free on a blog or FB group, too.

Experience with (or strong willingness to learn) taking well-lighted photos and writing step-by-step instructions.

Things I'd Love For You to Know (optional, not required)

Adobe Illustrator (if you know another vector program, please understand that you will need to change to Illustrator)

Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro

Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Forms, and Sheets

Slack

Facebook Groups

Note: I'd just like familiarity, not expertise, with how to generally use these tools. If you don't have it but are willing to learn, great!

This Position is NOT For a Person Who:

Already has a lot going on and doesn't have the time and focus to do a quality job. This is not a position for a person who has a full-time job and intends to keep it while doing this.

Isn't interested in creating high-quality designs

Wants to be front and center, rather than working in the background

Is not willing to sign a non-disclosure and non-compete agreement

Is unwilling to go the extra step to make our brand look good to our readers and customers, and to reflect our core values

Needs immediate supervision, firm structure, and frequent feedback

Will take problems or complaints personally

Has unreliable Internet or computer access (you must have your own Mac or Windows desktop or laptop for this position and reliable Internet access -- ChromeBooks and tablets will not get the job done)

Wants to learn how to blog, YouTube, or run a craft business from Jennifer. As a part-time employee, you will not be able to have your own blog, YouTube channel, or Etsy store, as that would be a conflict of interest and split your focus. This position requires 100% focus on growing the JenniferMaker brand and community.

Lives outside the United States.

This Position IS For a Person Who:

Is highly creative.

Is able to follow directions or innovate as needed.

Has excellent follow-through and the ability to meet deadlines.

Has a great feel for the JenniferMaker brand and what our people want from it.

Is resourceful.

Takes the initiative and doesn’t need to have their hand held.

Has a great attention to detail and brand quality.

Is highly organized but moves quickly.

Takes ownership and pride in your work.

Is not afraid of new challenges.

Loves learning new things and can implement new ideas quickly.

Adapts very well to changes on-the-go.

Is technology savvy but is willing to ask for help if needed.

Can handle direct feedback without getting their feelings hurt.

Can juggle lots of moving pieces while staying focused and collected.

Is willing and able to complete training and learn new systems 

Why Should I Be Interested in This Job?

You’ll get to work in a fun and fast-paced business that helps change people’s lives through their creations

You’ll get to work with an awesome team of people who make things happen!

You will have the resources you need to do your job well.  

You will get answers to any and all questions you have.

You’ll have the flexibility and freedom to work from wherever so long as you have a reliable computer and Internet.

You’ll be paid to do the things you already love and rock.

Why This Job is Important

This position will involve working closely with all members of the JenniferMaker team to ensure that our fast-growing company runs smoothly.

You will be responsible for the positive experience of every crafter and maker in our community -- all our readers, members, and students. 

Brand quality and making everything work seamlessly is the foundation to our expansion and growth long term.

You get to make a real difference for other crafters and makers who are struggling to learn and create.


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Questions before you apply? Please email our HR Hero, Karla, at karla@jennifermaker.com