Hi all,
I'm a web designer that has been working in the industry for over eleven years, mostly farming out programming work to subcontractors while I focused on the design aspects of the project. Now that I am no longer self employed, I've noticed more and more jobs requiring front-end designers have strong javascript/jquery skills. I'd like to start learning javascript and jquery. My question to the forum is...

How far should I go in learning javascript before focusing on jquery? If jquery makes javascript simpler, how much time should I be focusing on javascript? Again, I dont' want to be a full javascript programmer--I just want to know enough so I can land those web designer jobs that require a bit of javascript knowledge for front-end development.

Thanks for any advice you all can provide!