Graphic Designer

Job details:
Dallas Contemporary
Expiring Date: 24 January 2019
Date: 25 November 2018
Sector: Graphic and Web Design
Function: Designer
Contract: Full Time
Salary: Salary according to the experience
Place of work: United States (Dallas)
Dallas Contemporary

Job Description

Graphic Designer


Reports to: Director of Design and Content Strategy

Department: Design and Interpretation Department

Classification: Full-time, Exempt 


MISSION:  The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive.


The DMA will:

  • Place art and our diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate.
  • Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art.
  • Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.



The Graphic Designer is a member of the Museum’s Design and Interpretation Department, working collaboratively to ensure a consistent and brand-focused visual aesthetic of all Museum print, environmental, digital and web-based communications under the leadership of the Director of Design and Content Strategy and in collaboration with departments across the museum. 


Specific responsibilities of the Graphic Designer include providing designs for print, environmental, digital, and web-based communications as well as overseeing any/all aspects of production on time and within budget. 




In addition to link to or pdf of your general portfolio, we would like to ask you to submit a pdf with a selected portfolio with examples of 5 projects and explanatory written statement(s) describing how your expertise and experiences (and the projects that you have chosen to share) make you well suited for this position at the Dallas Museum of Art. Please be clear about your role in each of the projects. Email requested portfolio to [email protected]



  • Help to develop and maintain the visual application of the Museum’s brand and assure that the Museum’s graphic identity/brand and graphic standards are adhered to consistently throughout the Museum.
  • Work strategically with other Museum departments in defining and achieving their goals. Maintain relationships by attending meetings to coordinate projects, determine schedules, make presentations, etc.
  • Design and produce and/or oversee production of graphics including but not limited to advertising materials, institutional publications, digital publication projects, annual report, exhibition brochures, event invitations, exclusive DMA Member magazine, annual report, exhibition brochures, select curatorial books, labels, wayfinding, and signage for exhibition and permanent collection installations and the building/campus of the DMA.
  • Collaborate on design of web-based communications, including online communications, e-newsletters, and the Museum’s web sites and social media outlets. 
  • Design internal and external building signage and wayfinding to support special exhibitions, advertising, programs and any other relevant messages.
  • Collaborate with and oversee external contractors including graphic design, photography, illustration, production, and installation, and other creative agencies on creative concepts and final product deliverables as needed.
  • Art direct photo shoots as required for marketing and other museum collateral, provide direction to photographers as needed.
  • Assist in the protection of the Museum copyright as well as that of the art works and artists.
  • Responsible for keeping informed about current and new production methods and media, especially those allowing innovation in design.
  • Attend departmental and other museum strategic planning meetings as required.
  • Present information on print and online creative guidelines and procedures.
  • Track all materials necessary for timely installation of graphic elements, to ensure all materials, including text and images, are procured in a timely manner and help ensure accuracy of text.
  • Manage the production of graphics, including scheduling, negotiating costs, approving and routing proofs, and press checks to ensure quality of production, timely delivery, and meeting agreed deadlines. 
  • Prepare and recommend budgets for graphic projects. Estimate and negotiate costs with vendors, and maintain quality control of outside production. 
  • Maintain inventory of graphics equipment, tools, and supplies, and monitor their condition.
  • Manage the storage and in-house distribution of printed materials.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design.
  • Minimum of 4 years graphic design experience encompassing initial concept stage to final press check and/or production.
  • Experience with graphic production processes.
  • Experience working with media, marketing and advertising agencies a plus.


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with teams.
  • The intellectual depth, maturity, and collaborative skills necessary to gain the trust and confidence of colleagues, inspiring them to productive collaboration.
  • A motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial drive and creative disposition to generate new ideas and strategies that helps to build a dynamic, comprehensive creative agency.
  • Inclination to read, collect information and remain abreast of new and best practices in graphic design, web design, and e-publications.
  • Superior graphic design skills to prepare collateral and effectively visually communicate a brand.
  • Production knowledge and skills and excellent judgment on good typography with color, design, and layout ability; must be able to prepare designs for print or web.
  • Superior organizational planning, budgetary, and project timeline abilities including the ability to plan, develop, monitor, and manage a significant, detailed production schedule of multiple projects simultaneously with flexibility, and a proven ability to stay on schedule and budget.
  • Ability to solve problems and prioritize to meet a variety of needs in situations where immediate decisions may be necessary. 
  • Ability to work with the public and co-workers professionally and tactfully.
  • Ability to meet short- and long-term deadlines and maintain fiscal oversight.
  • Extremely detail oriented.
  • Accurate typing/keyboarding skills.
  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat on Mac OSX platform; Mailchimp experience and knowledge of PC platform a plus.
  • Experience in web design and HTML coding.
  • Vectorworks, Sketchup, or other computer-aided design (CAD) programs is a plus.

The Dallas Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability or genetics.

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