CST’s Graphic Designer/Production Artist plays a vital role in the passionate team of arts lovers that makes up the Theater’s multi-faceted Marketing Department. The primary duties are development, creation and management of all graphic materials throughout a wide variety of media formats. This requires a keen ability to translate targeted messaging and sales information into compelling designs that achieve the goal identified for each assignment—all while maintaining the Theater’s overall aesthetic. The staff member juggles a wide variety of projects in a fast-paced environment, and is expected to complete them on schedule with as few proofing rounds as possible. The Graphic Designer/Production Artist reports to Marketing Director.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Concept Creation—Work collaboratively with leadership to translate written and/or spoken ideas into compelling visuals, resulting in several solid design options that meet established objectives. Conduct appropriate research to select and secure suitable materials for production (fonts, illustrations, photography, etc).
- Production Design—Apply design of show-specific campaigns across multiple platforms, including ads, mailers, brochures, fliers, signage, invitations, multi-component campaigns, promotional items, web graphics and more.
- Project Management—Work closely with Marketing Assistant, Advertising/Publications, who severs as the Theater’s traffic manager, to schedule and monitor all projects.
- Image/Project Archive—Responsible for managing Theater’s stock imagery (for company-wide use). Keep digital archive of all designs current to insure quick access and easy reference.
- Assist in other graphics-related needs as required.
KNOWLEDGE AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS
- Proven expertise in Adobe CS (especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator). Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash a plus. (Macintosh environment)
- Work closely with leadership to understand goals, objectives and visual direction/strategy
- Ability to present, rationalize and articulate design ideas effectively
- Under limited supervision, prioritize concepts and deliver on strategy creative
- Strong attention to detail and graphics standards
- Comfortable with being hands-on—creating mock-ups/comps
- Understanding of pre-press and proofing procedures
- Remain current on industry trends and technology
- Proven success in meeting deadlines on multiple projects in fast-paced environment
- Participate in regular staff meetings and brainstorming sessions
- Production management experience a plus
- Degree in Graphic Design or certification equivalent
- Minimum 3 years professional experience
- An appreciation and enthusiasm for the performing arts
Compensation is commensurate with qualification and experience, and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation pay and sick leave and personal time, and a 403(b) retirement program.
Application Deadline: November 22, 2013. Qualified candidates are requested to send a resume, salary history, link to online portfolio (or 5 PDF samples), and a brief cover letter describing your interest, experience, and how you heard about this position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates of interest will be contacted by a representative of the Theater. Please no calls, mailings or faxes. Chicago Shakespeare Theater is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all to apply.