Director of Design

Washington DC / Chicago / Remote

2 weeks ago

The Director of Design will provide design leadership from development of concepts to implementation. Projects will include exhibit design (physical/digital), environmental branding, publication design, websites, brand development, collateral and more. The Director plans and directs the activities of the design team to maintain the company’s standards of creative excellence, timeliness and profitability while achieving our clients’ goals. You will report to the agency’s Executive Vice President and will be a member of the Management Committee.

Responsibilities Provides design leadership from concept to completion for both Client and History Factory initiatives. Prepares visual presentations for assigned projects. Works with client resources to confirm project objectives, deliverables and other expectations in support of project creative briefs. Collaborates with fellow creative team members on design and digital/media options to meet project objectives, budget, and schedule. Collaborates with Agency/project leaders to ensure client and project objectives are met. Collaborates with production on budgeting, schedule, and supervision of outside services, including production contractors. Provides advice and assistance as needed to ensure optimal quality of design deliverables. Leads and/or prepares all design documentation and specifications for client review and approval prior to release to fabricators, printers, programmers, etc. Works with leadership to assign, develop and manage internal and freelance design resources. Directs, mentors and develops staff performance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities A very strong portfolio of past creative work with exhibit/museum design and/or environmental branding emphasis a must. Bachelor’s or master’s degree in design and at least 10 years experience including design/personnel management, exhibit, print and digital/interactive design. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Experience working in collaboration with other creative team members. Familiarity with campaign, brand management, and corporate identity work. Extensive knowledge of digital graphic/visual design techniques and procedures. Extensive knowledge of graphic software programs for Mac, including Adobe Creative Cloud, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. AR/VR, CAD and/or 3-d modeling experience a plus. Good working knowledge of electronic production process and print production process. Proven ability to deliver high-quality work on schedule and within budget. Intellectual curiosity and a passion for history. To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Email only, please no phone calls.