Associate Art Director/Photo Editor

Connecticut, United States
10 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Working closely with the Art Director and the editors, the Associate Art Director/Photo Editor is responsible for quality control of all editorial pages in the Yale Alumni Magazine, a bimonthly journal of ideas that goes to 140,000 alumni of one of the world's leading universities. Under the supervision of the magazine Editor and the part-time freelance Art Director, the Associate director researches, organizes and oversees art collection, identifying and culling materials for appropriateness and design; sets up all pages of the magazine and is responsible for the design of many (including designing layout for editorial pages); integrates advertising into the editorial parts of the magazine; has primary responsibility for ensuring that format and design elements remain consistent throughout the magazine; oversees typography for accuracy and attractiveness; is the principal designer communicating with the editors and printers; and has final review and approval of all pages after Editor and Art Director sign-off.
In addition to the Principal responsibilities outlined below the Associate Art Director also convenes weekly meetings of art and editorial staff; reviews all finished Alumni Notes pages for design consistency and accuracy and corrects as necessary; designs and produces most promotional materials including ads, special advertising sections, stationery, and other printed materials as needed; and monitors and updates magazine's website and tablet/phone app.

Essential Duties

  1. Serves as the staff anchor of the entire design and production process for each issue of the magazine, troubleshooting problems, identifying solutions, and involving other magazine staff as needed.
  2. Responsible for quality control of all magazine page files, ensuring precise and consistent formatting and that every editorial page adheres in every detail to the established design of the magazine.
  3. Responsible for orderly production workflow and timely delivery of editorial files to press. Develops concepts for the graphic presentation of articles.
  4. Cultivates long-term relationships with local and regional photographers and illustrators and build fruitful relationships with Yale students and faculty in graphic design, art, and photography.
  5. Conducts planning for photos and other illustrations for every issue of the magazine, researching and securing those images. Conducts photo research to find potential photographers, illustrators, and images for the magazine. Procure existing images for possible use; identifies superior images for review and selection by all members of the editorial team.
  6. Responsible for all aspects of photo and illustration management process including tracking, storing, captioning, and quality control.
  7. For designed editorial files, flow in copy and lay out initial designs to magazine specifications; typeset all editorial pages; and review all finished pages for design consistency and accuracy. Review and approve all finished Alumni Notes pages for design consistency and accuracy and correct as necessary.
  8. Makes necessary adjustments (e.g., color-correct) and otherwise work on photos and illustrations. Produces precise color proofs to guide printer on press.
  9. Serves as primary liaison with printer to ensure that all files meet magazine criteria, correcting any problems. Acts as a liaison with printer when necessary on art issues, examining proofs and going on press checks as needed.
  10. Performs related administrative duties such as tracking editorial and production tasks, preparing magazine page maps and helping to coordinate work of editors, production, and designers on print magazine pages.
  11. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with graphic design.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Knowledge of computer-to-plate printing, digital photography, color correction and Web design. Candidates must supply sample of design work.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Magazine's highest standards of editorial and visual content. Precision and an exacting eye for detail. Close attentiveness to details and deadlines.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work in a team-oriented environment.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Desire and proven ability to realize complex editorial concepts in a sophisticated, attractive, accessible way.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to adjust work schedule to meet production timelines and deadlines.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Prior experience in publication design. Experience in consumer magazine publication design.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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