Planning magazine delivers thought leadership, best practices, case studies, news, and trends for the nonprofit American Planning Associations 40,000 urban planner and allied professional members. The monthly magazine seeks a collaborative and creative art director, with demonstrated leadership, who can help to create, carry out, and move forward the aesthetic vision and brand of Planning magazine in all formats. The position, which reports to APA's Editor in Chief, calls for innovation, good judgement, superb communication skills, an ability to work with a variety of people and styles, a customer service attitude, and excellent multi-tasking, prioritization, and organizational skills. APA offers competitive compensation and benefits, a collegial atmosphere, and work-life balance.
General Position Description
The Art Director is the graphic designer in charge of Planning magazine and works collaboratively with the Editor in Chief and others to conceptualize and implement the design vision of the publication, meeting established design standards for the magazine and the APA brand. Supports other publication needs in collaboration with other APA departments.
Duties and responsibilities
Directs, with Editor in Chief, the visual and aesthetic strategy for Planning magazine, and determines the overall look and feel of the finished product and ancillary materials.
Sets and maintains graphic standards for the magazine, creates templates, and makes recommendations for design changes, as needed.
Leads others in conceptualizing, understanding, and executing the publication’s design vision, and works collaboratively with the Editor in Chief and others to create and maintain the publication’s editorial calendar, continuously improve the publication, and improve workflow processes.
Works with editors to create, refine, and finalize page layouts for all aspects of Planning magazine.
Finds appropriate images from multiple sources, commissions art, processes invoices for photo and illustration vendors, and manages art budget
Preflights design files, including photo color-correction and ad placement.
Creates final electronic files for the printer and maintains magazine archives.
Conducts routine research on best practices in the publishing industry and advises colleagues on the application of these.
Supports other APA publications as needed.
Qualifications (Education and Experience)
Undergraduate degree in graphic design, publications design, or art required.
Five years’ experience in print publication design required. Experience with photo research and a network of photographers and illustrators a plus.
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, and other related software necessary. InCopy experience a plus.
Experience managing print workflow, including file maintenance and pre-press required.
Professional experience with digital publications, social media, and multimedia is preferred.
Leadership abilities, collaborative approach, and strong oral and written communication skills with a customer service orientation necessary.
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to deadlines needed.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
Internal Number: AD-MP2020
About American Planning Association
ABOUT THE AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
This position is located in APA’s office in downtown . Learn more about APA at www.planning.org.
The American Planning Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. APA has offices in Chicago and Washington, DC, and serves a global membership of more than 38,000 professionals. An energetic, progressive organization with a staff of about 100, APA includes a certifying board (AICP) and is about to relaunch the APA Foundation, and so, the successful candidate will be an important contributor to shaping the future of the Foundation.