Associate Director of Design→ New York, New York, United States
MoMA is currently accepting applications for an Associate Director of Design. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of The Museum of Modern Art’s dynamic External Affairs’ Design team and is a key design lead and creative mentor for the Design Studio and overall creative team. Reporting to the Director of Design, the Associate Director of Design supervises and develops projects across every touchpoint, including brand identity, print collateral, advertising (print and online), exhibition design, signage, presentations, and more. Often the projects led by this role will require months or years of vision and direction, and/or come with ambiguous scope and need to be made more tractable.
- Translates strategic goals into design solutions, establishing conceptual and design platforms for an integrated suite of applications and in alignment with Museum brand identity.
- Manages the ongoing development of the museum’s visual identity system, ensuring our brand is felt across all major audience touchpoints.
- Encourages designers to drive innovation in design thinking – stretching our visual identity system to ensure freshness in our design and communications.
- Meets with various departmental clients to discuss scope, design, budget, and timeline of projects. Presents preliminary designs, comprehensives, and complete layouts for review and approval for projects such as design identity for exhibitions, collaterals, invitations, brochures, wayfinding, signage, posters, and more.
- Initiates brainstorming sessions with design team and partner teams and manage the creative process to ensure successful and efficient execution of design.
- Plays a key role in developing concepts and creative campaign solutions to support Museum-wide marketing and communications goals.
- Leads superb execution and delivery of design across all major touchpoints including Marketing campaigns, Development and Membership materials.
- Leads design and production for two to three exhibition graphic packages per season at the Museum.
- Delivers clear and accessible onsite materials that align with shifting collection & temporary exhibition priorities and visitor behavior
- Collaborates with partners with the Digital Product team to ensure the museum’s visual identity is successfully applied across all digital touchpoints
- Designs and guides production of presentations and pitches for the Development department to help engage corporate sponsorships.
- Contributes significantly to departmental planning and research.
- Makes hiring recommendations or decisions for staff vacancies and internships; supervises assigned staff on a daily basis, providing relevant training, feedback, guidance, professional development, etc.
- Manages and mentors a growing team of individual contributors, conducting 1×1 meetings and career and performance expectation discussions in coordination with the Head of Design.
- Makes ambiguous and ill-scoped projects tractable with a bias toward action and driving a team forward on urgent and longer-lead efforts.
- Works closely with project and production managers to manage and triage scope, timeline, and process for all projects.
- Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above duties as assigned.
- Bachelor of fine arts or masters of fine arts in graphic design and seven to ten years design and production experience, including five years as a senior designer or art director, or equivalent.
- Must be a creative and wide-ranging thinker who can frame a project strategically for any executive stakeholder and bring it to the highest degree of finish and execution.
- Excellent design and conceptual ability with thorough knowledge of advertising, digital media, exhibition design, and print and digital production.
- Excellent organizational and multitasking skills in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
- Strong managerial expertise, with the ability to oversee projects, people, budgets, and timelines.
- Skilled in strategic planning and creating and delivering verbal and visual presentations
- Ability to incorporate client feedback into creative process.
- Superb communication skills.
- Proactive problem solving proficiency.
- Well-developed interpersonal leadership skills.
- Adept at finessing outstanding working relationships with a wide-variety of personality types.
- Experience mentoring designers and interns.
- Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (CS8) including AfterEffects.
- Intermediate digital fluency and fluency with G Suite for day-to-day and advanced project management tasks.
Supervisory responsibility: Art directors, senior designers, graphic designers
Reports to: Director of Design
Salary Range: Minimum of $115,000 to a maximum of $125,000 per annum
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