Position is responsible for designing and producing communications materials for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Such materials may include but are not limited to institutional materials; event identities and collateral; print and outdoor advertising; exhibition and program guides; education guides and materials; exhibition labels, banners and other display materials; brochures, rack cards and other marketing pieces; development and membership materials; as well as digital formats, including graphics for the museum’s web site and social media outlets.
The Jr. Designer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of multiple and simultaneous projects, each of which may involve unique design criteria, timelines and priorities in a fast-paced environment. Attention to detail, quality control, creativity, good communication skills, and the ability to work within a team are critical to this position.
Principle Responsibilities (Essential Functions)
- Responsible for in-house collateral production.
- Execute and produce campaigns and multifaceted communications materials that adhere to the brand standards of the organization and the creative direction set by Creative Director and Director of Communications.
- Collaborate with Creative Director and other team members for art direction and feedback.
- Quality control for immediate assessment and production of public facing signage, labels, etc., throughout museum.
- Support graphic design production by printing and cutting in-house collateral.
- Accommodate and track changes to designs as requested by stakeholders during the implementation process.
- Proof projects for errors and printing accuracy.
- Maintain records for each project, including process documentation and digital archival copies of the work product.
- Maintain non-collection image databank including management of usage permission.
- Attend initial meetings and obtain feedback from stakeholders.
- Provide conversion for digital formats such as in-museum screens and social media.
- Prepare and package files for printing.
- Resize images for digital asset system and other uses.
- Apply metadata for digital asset system.
- Attend press checks as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education, Training and Traits:
- Proven expertise in graphic design, fine arts or related area of study. Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
- Solid understanding of the print production process.
- Broad spectrum of experience in graphic design and communications.
- Ability to understand and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion
- Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of museum practices.
- Belief in the museum as a cause for social good and a positive, dynamic force for economic development.
Experience and Skills:
- Previous work or internship experience in graphic design or as a production designer strongly preferred. Agency, print shop experience, or work as part of a creative team also preferred.
- Strong design, typography and production skills.
- Must be effective in a fast-paced working environment with absolute deadlines and inflexible production budgets.
- Self-directed, able to work independently and in a team environment.
- Positive attitude and strong work ethic.
- Demonstrated organizational planning, problem-solving and collaboration skills.
- Vinyl/signage installation skills a plus.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: In the work environments described below, position requires working at desk/workstation and utilizing a computer and telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, verbal and written conversation with others. Vision abilities required by the job include close and color vision.
- Work Environment: Work will be performed in an office environment and in museum spaces as necessary. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
To be considered for this position, please apply through this posting. Applications must be complete and include a resume and cover letter.
No phone calls please.
The successful candidate will be required to pass a routine background and consumer credit check and drug screen.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
Crystal Bridges is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of our region and nation. We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing the museum as a guest, volunteer, or employee. To achieve true reform, we must have a diverse, highly qualified team. Crystal Bridges is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for this position.
Crystal Bridges is a museum of American Art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.
We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams and inspired actions.
As an employee at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.