Graphic Designer – Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


The Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums is seeking a mid-level graphic designer to engage our audiences through visually rich and compelling graphics for print, outdoor/environmental, video and digital platforms. This position plays an instrumental role in translating the vision of the institution and its programming, marketing campaigns and promotional collateral into vibrant cohesive communications. From concept to implementation, their approach is holistic and inspiring. This designer loves a challenge, has an eye for detail, works well in a team, and prides themselves on the ability to balance aesthetics, innovation, and versatility.

This position is a critical member of the Fine Arts Museums’ Design Studio. In communication with the Director of Graphic Design, the Graphic Designer is responsible for concept, design, and deployment of a variety of Museum-related graphics projects. The Designer role is to interoperate exhibitions and museum related initiatives into clear, scalable designs, enforcing messaging objectives in a variety of visual media types. They will manage multiple, simultaneous projects with a high degree of accuracy, creative versatility, brand interpretation finesse, masterful typographic skills, and flexibility in a fast-moving and demanding environment.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for graphic design of marketing campaigns and building institutional collateral with an expert understanding of typography, layout and graphic production
  2. Insure the consistent application of our brand and articulate the importance of consistency to colleagues inside and outside the Design Studio
  3. Participate in concepting and generating input for creative development meetings
  4. Design materials for multiple platforms and uses, such as printed and animated digital collateral for events, programs, fundraising campaigns, rentals, retail, and beyond
  5. Actively contribute to an open and diverse creative atmosphere
  6. Research in the form of: color theory, font families, innovating print techniques, comp media, new production processes
  7. Build physical and print ready digital mechanicals
  8. Photo compositing and color correction
  9. Manage and organize day-to-day project lists and be able to prioritize
  10. Liaise effectively with vendors
  11. Organize and archive design assets
  12. Create ephemeral signage
  13. Clearly communicate design rationale
  14. Disseminate design concepts to fellow designers
  15. Scale/interoperate design concepts to multiple formats (digital, outdoor, video graphics etc.)
  16. Present concepts and collect feedback for internal groups
  17. Create successful outcomes with significant financial and time constraints
  18. Keep current with graphic trends and media and technology innovations
  19. Participate in cross functional teams while working toward institutional outcomes
  20. Represent the Design Team at meetings and provide project updates
  21. Accurately estimate production resource requirements and the time required for specified production activities
  22. Performs light admin duties including: Purchase Order tracking through the accounting system, PO/vendor documentation, project budget management assistance, and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or a related field from an accredited university.

Work Experience: Minimum of 3 years direct work experience in design, preferably at a museum, design studio, and/or agency.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert user of Adobe Creative Suite on Macintosh platform
  • Foundation in print graphics and print production
  • Sign making and mounting knowledge
  • Innate grasp of design and typography fundamentals
  • Proficiency with standard office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GSuite etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate and interact with staff from a variety of departments, as well as outside vendors and contractors, with diplomacy and tact
  • Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Maintain collaborative internal relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and track projects in a high-volume environment, each with unique schedules, budgets, teams and resources
  • Build strong relationships with internal clients and external vendors based on trust and positive track records
  • Set priorities, and meet critical deadlines with a minimum of direction
  • Keep the big picture in mind while being highly organized, meticulous, and detail-oriented
  • Support internal design department project work-flow strategies
  • Possess an excitement for design and overall creative process


Step 1 of the pay range is $25.08 per hour.

This Union position is full-time, and has a full benefits package including medical, dental, vision and generous vacation, sick, and holiday policy.

Application Deadline: November 23, 2020


COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.

COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s largest public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge