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Art Director, Magazines

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 100242
Title: Assistant Director
Functional Title: Art Director, Magazines
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Univ Communicat-Marketing
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Art Director, Magazines manages the day-to-day design and production of all magazine work handled by the unit. Along with the Creative Director, the Art Director is responsible for the scheduling, planning, prioritizing, research, design, production and quality control of all magazines. The Art Director manages and coordinates all aspects of magazine work to best accomplish the goals set by the editor and Creative Director. Adapts and changes magazine design to incorporate new directives that reflect branding strategies as well as to implement University marketing strategic themes and priorities. S/he manages the print and web components of magazines. In addition, the Art Director is responsible for the coordination, production and design of a diverse range of other visual communications. These include publications, branding campaigns, special events packages, and other presentation materials and products to meet the university’s communications and marketing needs. S/he sets an example of design excellence and provides leadership to staff designers and production assistants. While managing projects, the Art Director will art direct a small group of designers and a student intern. S/he provides technical advice and guidance to design staff and campus clients in the preparation of magazine design and general university publications. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary with occasional local travel required for press inspections and photo shoots.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
BA or BS degree in Graphic Design or related field.

Minimum of seven (7) years as a full-time professional in the field with proven skills in design and illustration. Portfolio of printed pieces primarily including magazine feature and design work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Expert knowledge of printing methods, procedures, techniques and media available for design production. Ability to develop procedures and specifications for printing.
• Expertise in Macintosh, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and related software and hardware and the ability to train staff in these areas.
• Thorough knowledge of sheet fed and web printing processes, university vending procedures and quality control.
• Familiarity with cost saving techniques and procedures related to pre-press and printing processes.
• Expertise in typography.
• Illustration skills.
• Project management expertise.
• Ability to direct designers and freelancers.
• Organizational and planning skills.
• Client relation skills.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

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Physical Demands of the Position: Sedentary work with the physical demands found in an office environment involving computer workstation conditions. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. Occasional travel required for press inspections and photo shoots.

Applicant is required to submit a portfolio that demonstrates exceptional skill and creativity in typography, layout, color, form and composition along with all application materials.
Applicants must provide 3 PDF samples of their work or a portfolio link.

For best consideration, please apply by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Posting Number: E0006118
Posting Date: 02/15/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 03/01/2017
Physical Demands

Sedentary work with the physical demands found in an office environment involving computer workstation conditions. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. Occasional travel required for press inspections and photo shoots.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Supplemental Document 1
  4. Supplemental Document 2
  5. Supplemental Document 3
  6. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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