Manager, Exhibit Graphic Design

National Aquarium
Baltimore, MD
Apr 18, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
Full Time
The Exhibit Planning and Design team is looking for a Manager of Exhibit Graphic Design-a creative collaborator rooted in environmental graphic design, visual storytelling and museum interpretive graphic design. This person will provide leadership and creative direction on the visual development, design and production of all signage and graphics in and around the National Aquarium campus for new projects and ongoing operations. The ideal candidate will be designing for the range of interpretive needs from environmental graphics to video and media graphics while managing workflow from concept through production. S/he will be comfortable working within brand and style guidelines to align with the creative vision of the organization and the needs of our historic facility. A strong leader, flexible team player and skillful communicator, the Manager of Exhibit Graphic Design will lead a talented team and proactively develop and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders and creative partners.KEY REQUIREMENTS:Manage the workflow of all exhibit graphic work orders and projects: provide excellent service and develop professional, creative, timely and effective solutions consistent with Aquarium graphic standards within specified budgets and timelines. Assign projects and work orders to achieve best outcomes and share the range of work challenges, communicate with clients, and coordinate schedules within and across divisions as necessary.Work collaboratively with the Exhibit Developers and Designers to provide creative leadership in the development of the graphic design for new exhibitions that supports the goals, content, 3D design and overall look and feel of new exhibits.Develop the graphic design and produce graphic elements for new projects, or assign to other exhibit graphic designers: create graphic look and feel, graphic specifications, production files and to research graphic and photographic media for new exhibits; develop and/or work within an organizational framework/database to accurately track all graphic elements.Actively engage and collaborate with designers across divisions and platforms to support creative innovation and a holistic approach to brand synergy including Brand and exhibit brainstorms, cross-divisional design charrettes and other efforts to maximize creative collaboration.S/he develops and maintains institutional Graphic and Brand Standards in exhibit and environmental graphics, video and media graphics; in addition s/he is responsible to uphold established Brand Standards and to collaborate with the Design Director of Creative Services to develop new on-site Brand Standards.Maintain existing campus graphics, replacing damaged or degraded materials as budgeted while challenging the organization to strategically develop forward-thinking graphic standards and systems for environmental and exhibit design.Manage graphic production: keep current with graphic production methods and materials, acquire bids for jobs, coordinate with exhibit projects manager on schedule and budget, collaborate with exhibit designers and Fabrication and Operations to meet all design and maintenance requirements, manage graphic production contractors as needed to ensure that final production is cost effective, eco-friendly, and of the highest quality.Administer the exhibit graphics records: maintain an organized archive of production files and Standard Operating Procedures, establish and manage vendor contracts, conduct transactions for stock image collection licensing sales.Report to Director of Exhibit Planning and Design. On project assignments is directed by project lead, including VP of Planning and Design, Exhibit Project Managers, Exhibit Developers or Exhibit Designers or Design Director of Creative Services.Supervise, mentor and develop Exhibit Graphic Designers, Production Graphic Designers and interns, challenging them with new opportunities, encouraging exploration of ideas big and small, iteration of execution styles, and participation in creative brainstorms.Commitment to continuous improvement initiatives and ability to solve problems creatively.Open to rapid iteration and short-term problem solving as well as long-term vision development.Passion for visual communication in all its forms- from the smallest product to the largest space. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:Thorough understanding of digital production for multiple applications and formats from backlit transparencies to large-format and reflective graphics to file formats for multi-media programming.Proven experience leading in project planning, relationship building and large scale execution. Familiarity with museum exhibit planning, design and construction processes.Proven knowledge of layout principles, aesthetic design concepts, typography, illustration, photo editing, color theory and hand skills.Working knowledge of fabrication/build and installation processes, including architecture and fixtures.Fluent in graphic design programs-Adobe Creative Services programs. Experience with 3D Design software a plus.Deliberate, flexible and dynamic in practice.Strong written, oral and presentation skills.Interest and commitment to constructive collaboration in large interdisciplinary teams. EDUCATION + EXPERIENCE:Bachelors Degree in Design, Art or equivalent experienceAt least 7-years graphic design experience in environmental and interpretive ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUMRecently named one of Baltimore's Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city's Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation's two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 35-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet. HOW TO APPLYInterested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing

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