The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are seeking a Lead Graphic Designer. The design team is searching for a senior level designer to engage 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 a vibrant and cohesive brand. From concept to implementation, the Lead Designer’s approach is holistic, inspiring, pushes conventional boundaries, and stays current with innovations and best practices in the fields of design, technology and art. They love a challenge, have an eye for detail, work well in a team, and pride themselves on their 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 Lead Graphic Designer is responsible for concept, design, and deployment of a variety of Museum-related graphics projects. The Lead Designer interoperates exhibitions and museum related initiatives into clear, scalable graphic communications, enforcing messaging objectives in a variety of visual media types. The Lead Designer will manage multiple, simultaneous projects with a high degree of accuracy. This position requires creative versatility, brand interpretation finesse, masterful typographic skills, and flexibility in a fast-moving and demanding environment. Typical Duties and Responsibilities: DESIGN

Lead the graphic design of non-gallery materials. This includes the implementation of the design process, client management, actual design of the materials and collaboration with project requestors and vendors Create compelling and appropriate design solutions for a variety of visual media (print & digital) Insure a consistent application of our brand and articulate what that means to colleagues inside and outside the Design Studio Work closely with the Director of Graphic Design, the Marketing & Communications department and fellow designers to interoperate and implement the creative direction Ensure that approach to institutional messaging is carried across multiple platforms, such as printed and digital collateral for events, programs, fundraising campaigns, rentals, retail, etc. Clearly communicate design rationale Disseminate design concepts to fellow designers Scale/interoperate design concepts to multiple formats (print, digital, outdoor, video graphics etc.) Present concepts and collect feedback for internal groups Create successful outcomes with significant financial and time constraints Possess an excitement for design and overall creative process


Keep current with Graphic trends and media and technology innovations Bring inspiration to design project discussions Attend design and museum related conferences


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 Accurately estimate production resource requirements and the time required for specified production activities Demonstrated ability to coordinate and track projects in a high-volume environment, each with unique schedules, budgets, teams and resources Represent the Design Team at meetings and provide project updates 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 Participate in cross functional teams while working toward institutional outcomes

Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from an accredited college or university. Work Experience:

Minimum of 5 years direct work experience in design, preferably at a museum, design studio, and/or agency. Expert user of Adobe Creative Suite on Macintosh platform.

Skills and Abilities:

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

Step 1 of the pay range is $25.44 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: March 15, 2018

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which comprises the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, is experiencing an exciting renaissance with the arrival in 2016 of Director Max Hollein. As the largest public arts institution in San Francisco, the Museums welcome more than 1.5 million visitors annually, present an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and education programs throughout the year, house a world-class collection of 151,000 important artworks, and are supported by more than 100,000 members and donors. Under the leadership of Mr. Hollein, the staff is building on these successes to take the Museums to new heights with an exciting new array of innovative and groundbreaking projects. 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. 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.

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01 Mar 2018

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15 Mar 2018 23:55



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