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Senior Art Director

As the Senior Art Director you will manage all aspects of design related to the production of assigned print and/or digital publications under the leadership of the Executive Art Director. You will be concepting print and/or digital layouts through mood boards, sketches and templates; planning, procuring/producing materials and sets for photography; directing photo shoots and completing finished graphic design works. The ideal candidate has a passion for creating visually innovative work and thrives in collaborative, creative settings.

Please include your portfolio along with your resume

About Us

Grey Dog Media is a growing, national-award-winning creator and publisher of custom and consumer media. Our products include magazines, catalogs, books, websites, videos, commercials, and collateral. This is a fast-paced, yet relaxed environment with experienced professionals. We offer a friendly, professional workplace, full-benefits, competitive salary, and remarkable opportunities for creative-skills development, and career advancement.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Concept print and/or digital layouts and stories in agreement with established strategies, style and aesthetics using thumb nails, mood boards, sketches and templates

  • Design and produce finished layout designs working within the confines of the Editorial Brief, Editorial Outline, directives from the Project Director(s), client input and established strategies, style and aesthetics

  • Plan, procure products/produce materials and build sets for photography

  • Direct photoshoots in the studio and on location to create high-level photography covering a variety of subjects including food, products, plants and floral, talent and interior/exterior sets

  • Oversee photography set and staff, including directing photographers, stylists, assistants and talent to maintain safe practices and achieve project goals

  • Flow text, place photography and finalize layouts

  • Deliver complete designs in a clean and finished fashion to executive team

  • Assist with all aspects of magazine or project production, including opening and closing an issue, folder generation and management, client change inputs, color mark ups, etc.

  • Follow production schedules and meet deadlines for all assigned tasks

  • Use and maintain physical and digital folders

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding of and respect for media law

  • Exhibit strong attention to detail, with an understanding and goal of achieving high-level, refined work

  • Ability to multi-task, assess and prioritize layered deliverables with different schedules

  • Attend and participate in progress meetings, work presentations, brainstorms and post-mortems

  • Remain up-to-date on marketplace, industry and design trends, including insights into cultural trends, competition and target audiences

  • Work in a collaborative manner to meet client deadlines

  • Maintain a positive can-do attitude, even while working under pressure in an environment where job demands change regularly and support that attitude among other staff and freelancers

  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Art, Graphic Design or a related field

  • Minimum of 5 years’ Art Director experience in magazine publishing

  • Advanced layout and typography skills

  • Sophisticated sense of design, photography and typography

  • Experience directing studio and location photography

  • Problem-solving, interactive approach to design

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Highly motivated with ability to work in a deadline-driven environment

  • Ability to multi task

  • Desire to work on a collaborative team with high standards

  • Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office

  • Web/Interactive Design experience preferred

Job Location: West Des Moines, Iowa, On-site

Position/Type: Full-Time/professional

Benefits: Medical/HSA/401K/LTD/AD&D/Life Ins./Dental/PTO

Compensation: Highly Competitive

To ensure the security and authenticity of our recruitment process, at this time Grey Dog Media is only conducting in-person interviews. Please be aware that Grey Dog Media will never reach out to candidates via text message or any other unconventional means to conduct interviews.