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Design Director

Science News, the award-winning print and digital magazine published by the Society for Science & the Public is seeking an exceptionally talented, energetic design director to oversee the visual direction of the Science News brand in print, digital and social media. The ideal candidate will be both a strong manager and designer, leading a four-person department while also designing covers and directing art and photographic content for all Science News products, including the sciencenews.org website. The position reports directly to the editor in chief. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a creative, collaborative working environment. We are located in Washington, D.C.


  • Manage a staff of talented in-house assistant art directors and a web designer-developer
  • Direct all phases of creative work from concept through production, including user experience and visual design
  • Help grow the digital extensions of the Science News brand
  • Meet deadlines and ensure smooth workflow of the creative team
  • Monitor department expenses and manage the design and production budget
  • Work closely with editor in chief to plan the visual approach of major stories, special issues and covers
  • Cultivate and nurture a roster of freelance photographers, illustrators and graphic artists
  • Collaborate with web team to produce well-crafted prototypes and final digital products
  • Provide constructive feedback while continuing to inspire creative thought; guide staff development
  • Maintain relationships with print vendor; communicate about quality issues
  • Consult with marketing, advertising, circulation and development colleagues on respective projects

The ideal candidate:

  • An accomplished designer with strong attention to detail, good judgment and editorial voice
  • Proven people management and organizational skills; ability to delegate, direct and coordinate work done by others
  • Strong communication skills
  • Commitment to the overall strategic goals of the organization
  • Awareness and interest in new platforms and digital technologies; experience in digital media platforms a strong advantage
  • Strong conceptual and critical thinker, including a talent for creating eye-catching covers and communicating complex topics
  • A hands-on, flexible approach with an eagerness to jump in and quickly solve problems
  • Ability to handle pressure and perform at a high level in a deadline-driven environment
  • Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; DPS a plus
  • At least seven years design experience, preferably in magazine layout as well as at least 2 years of management experience overseeing a staff

Bachelor's degree required with preferred major in graphic design
A background in science is not required, but intellectual curiosity about science and comfort with scientific ideas is essential

To apply:
Send cover letter, resume and links to online portfolio or PDF samples (max 5MB) to Eva Emerson, EIC, at jobs@sciencenews.org. Please put “Design Director” in the subject line. Applications due by May 26, 2014.

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