MUSEUM GRAPHIC DESIGNER
The Museum’s graphic designer will be responsible for overall graphic design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, ensuring consistency of the Museum’s identity and brand on all digital and print pieces, and will ensure compliance with new brand guidelines and the Smithsonian brand. The graphic designer implement design systems and guidelines for visual communications that extend and complement the new Cooper Hewitt brand ID designed by Pentagram. The designer shall work in conjunction with his/her colleagues and the museum’s director to maintain a consistent identity across all the museum’s communications, both digital and printed.
The designer plans and executes production of all graphic elements for all visual communications, handling schedules, printing and production. The graphic design of material must promote Cooper Hewitt as a contemporary local, national and international design resource for its target audiences. The designer collaborates with many different teams, including but not limited to Museum staff, editors, guest curators, exhibition designers, web and media developers, students, project teams and external organizations.
Design and create materials of a high and consistent quality, with responsibility for selection and oversight of production. Design pieces will support many different Museum departments from Communications to Curatorial to the Shop, whatever is necessary, across the Museum.
Act as project lead for all graphics projects including but not limited to staying on calendar, hiring external vendors and managing contracting process.
Conduct press checks when necessary and ensure that all direct mail pieces meet postal requirements.
Assist in any other duties assigned by the Museum’s leadership team.
Prepare graphic assets, layouts and templates for web and interactive media for online and in-gallery display
Design press releases, press kits, and direct marketing over digital channels
Design and produce temporary museum signage, interior and exterior
Design and produce exhibition signage, interior and exterior, using template or creating new exhibition graphic identity. Ensure that exhibition signage meets SD-410 regulations and ADA regulations.
Design banners for website and social media platforms as needed.
Design advertising for museum programming – print, outdoor and online – including execution of resizing, match prints, etc.
Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field
Outstanding creative portfolio
3+ years work experience as a graphic designer in a museum or related results-oriented cultural environment
Excellent computer skills, including Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS/JS, MS Office
Familiar with web platforms and current digital options
Ability to implement front-end web design using latest CSS, JS, HTML techniques
Understanding of WordPress, Drupal, and MailChimp theming/templating environments
Understanding and commitment to accessibility guidelines and principles of universal design
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work effectively and successfully in a collaborative team-oriented work environment
Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and the ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
COMPETITIVE SALARY: $50,000 to $60,000
HOW TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter and resume that addresses qualification requirements to HRgraphicdesign@si.edu
Benefits for Part-Time & Full-Time Employees:
Trust 401k Benefits (12% contributions) or Federal Retirement Benefits
Flexible Spending Accounts
Free Commuter Benefits (earn up to $130.00 free commuter benefits per month)
Annual and Sick Leave
Family Friendly Leave
Family Friendly Workplace
Historic and landmark museum offices and garden
92Y Fitness Center
Free Entrance to Museums and Galleries (New York)
National Design Library
Employee Assistance Program