Head of Design British Art Center

Connecticut, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Advancement and External Affairs, the Head of Design develops and manages the overall visual identity of the museum, including design strategies for the museum's interior and exterior public spaces, a wide range of printed materials, website, print and digital publications, as well as other digital projects. The Head of Design is part of a creative team that includes advancement, communications and marketing, public programs, the museum shop, visitor services, and special events, and insures that the experience for all visitors to the Center and its remote audiences is enhanced by the museum’s graphic representation. Working with multiple departments in a team environment, the Head of Design creates production schedules and implements procedures to manage design projects.

Responsibilities include overseeing and implementing the design and production of all ephemeral materials—print and digital—including brochures, rack cards, flyers, posters, invitations, advertisements, labels, banners, as well as exhibition and informational wayfinding signage both inside and outside the museum. Oversees publication design, working with the Publications Department to design the Center’s major books in-house and/or oversees the selection and work of outside designers, as well as managing the production process of soliciting bids and working with printers. Responsible for overseeing the graphic identity of the Center’s website and e-commerce in collaboration with the Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs and the Head of Communications and Marketing. Designs and conceptualizes graphic identities and creative marketing ideas that can be applied across print and digital environments for four to six special exhibitions per year, working closely with curators and senior leadership. Manages all aspects of production and installation (exhibition graphics, title treatments, didactic panels, etc.). Provides conceptual ideas, mock-up designs, type specifications, cost estimates, and timetables for all projects, including print and digital. Designs and prepares text and graphics for production and contracts with outside vendors and printers for graphic production in consultation with relevant museum staff. Responsible for managing complex graphic design projects, planning the production schedule with appropriate colleagues and external vendors, and monitoring multiple projects and budgets. Hire, train and, supervise the work of one professional level employee and bursary students, including undergraduate and graduate graphic design students. Responsible for developing and managing the Center's annual budget for graphic design. Other duties as assigned.

Essential Duties

  1. Leads client meetings to determine parameters of projects.
  2. Provides graphic design services centrally to the University community or to specific schools/departments maintaining established design standards and practices.
  3. Uses considerable creative judgment regarding composition, media selection, typography, pictorial images, etc. to conceive ideas for graphic design work on assigned projects.
  4. Applies a variety of traditional graphic techniques, equipment, and supplies as well as computer based graphics and/or desktop publishing software programs.
  5. Effectively establishes client needs on assigned projects.
  6. Produces graphics in the form of printed publications and other materials which are distributed internally and externally; electronically through the development of websites.
  7. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. Four year of graphic design experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Microsoft Office Suite for print and digital design. Experience in motion/web graphics tools (Adobe After Effects, Dreamweaver, Premier Pro or other), and and knowledge of web design fundamentals (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Drupal platform) a plus.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Production experience with print and type in motion, with the ability to produce motion graphics.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work with and respond to internal clients/co-workers and outside vendors professionally and tactfully.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Team player with project management skills and supervisory experience.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work independently, be flexible and organize assignments in a timely manner. Ability to adapt to ever-changing project types and requirements.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Graduate degree in graphic design. Museum experience, including exhibition graphics, digital publications, as well as familiarity with British art and culture and/or knowledge of art history.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


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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 www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html 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:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.


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