Senior Graphic Designer (Classified, Exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is seeking a collaborative and creative thinker with expertise in graphic design to join the Exhibitions team.

This salaried, exempt position offers Commonwealth of Virginia employee benefits such as 12 paid holidays, health benefits and more. VMFA staff also enjoy agency benefits like free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, and discounts at Amuse Restaurant, Best Café, and VMFA Shop.

Job Description:

The Senior Graphic Designer, Exhibitions position collaboratively designs graphics for digital, print, and the environment that are high quality and cost effective. This key position leads team with a positive and professional demeanor; elevates and executes impactful designs in a highly deadline-driven workplace with complex and overlapping projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to provide design direction to strategize, establish and maintain the visual identity across multiple platforms: Exhibitions, Permanent Collection, Membership, On-site Marketing and Wayfinding.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with internal and external members of exhibition design team (curators, curatorial assistants, exhibition design and production team, audio / visual technicians, video producer, exhibition budget administrators, art handlers, output service bureaus.
  • Ability to lead and implement projects from conception to completion in areas such as; environmental graphics, digital signage, wayfinding and print collateral materials for Exhibitions, Permanent Collection, Membership, On-site Marketing, and Retail.
  • Ability to lead discussions and meet with various departmental clients to discuss scope, design, budget and schedule of projects.
  • Ability to lead and mentor graphic design and production staff, fostering a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to communicate to staff departmental goals and objectives.
  • Ability to provide staff with timely and constructive feedback.
  • Ability to conduct ongoing research to integrate new design practices and technologies.
  • Ability to develop and sustain outside relationships with vendors and fabricators.
  • Ability to demonstrate innovative design solutions and ideas with excellent design and typography skills.
  • Ability to lead a wide-range of creative proposals and presentations.
  • Ability to oversee workflows between Graphic Design team and other teams ensuring that high quality projects are delivered on time and on budget.
  • High attention to detail and strong communication skills.
  • Strong organization skills and ability manage and prioritize work, resources, schedules, and budgets.
  • Flexibility to shift priorities and re-evaluate all project timelines to ensure that all deadlines are met.
  • Proficient skills in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator using a Macintosh computer.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or Communications Art and Design or equivalent professional experience.
  • Prior graphic design experience working in the arts.
  • Knowledgeable of programs such as After Effects, Premiere, Sketch-up and Vectorworks.
  • Advanced skills in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Knowledgeable of the Commonwealth of Virginia procurement policies.

 Special Requirements: 

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

 Special Instructions for Applicants:

Online applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on January 14, 2021.

Please contact the HR office at (804) 340-1485 if you need assistance. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.

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