Creative Director—Technical/Professional Society

Reston, Virginia
Please provide salary requirements along with your resume and cover letter.
Jul 18, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Full Time

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is seeking a dynamic Creative Director, who will be responsible for directing and supervising production and design department’s workload; working directly with Strategic Outreach division and other staff members to develop and create effective electronic and print promotional materials for the association’s products and services; managing internal and external print production, and maintaining print vendor relationships; maintaining and regulating branding standards and design concepts to meet AIAA objectives; ensuring AIAA abides by industry standards in regards to copyright and trademark infringement; assisting with creative direction for artwork and advertising in Aerospace America magazine; and managing any freelance, or external design projects, as needed.



Supervision and Management

  • Administer Strategic Outreach division project management system in conjunction with Director of Marketing and Web Strategist to task design and production project requests
  • Supervise internal design staff on all assignments, set performance goals and conduct personnel reviews, handle administrative management functions
  • Ensure creative staff are staying abreast of design trends, and tools that could improve design and production processes
  • Manage production budgets so projects are developed and delivered at or below budgeted costs
  • Manage current and archived design files and collateral
  • Improve production and graphic design department processes and communicate processes to internal stakeholders

Internal and External Production/Creative Processes

  • Manage the direction of artwork for all internal creative projects including coordination with program and marketing managers to ensure appropriate design specifications are provided
  • Develop schedules in conjunction with marketing managers and other internal clients for timely production and delivery of promotional materials and other design products
  • Manage the routing of proofs from printers ensuring stakeholders sign-off and review proofs for accuracy of colors, text, layout, bindery, paper, quantities and delivery date
  • Monitor inventory for printed items like stationary, business cards, thank you cards, etc. and replenish as needed


Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to Director of Marketing


Position Dimensions:

  • Produce all work consistent with AIAA branding and style guide
  • Ensure projects achieve the desired results and are completed in a timely manner and within budget
  • Work with crossfunctional teams (i.e. Marketing, Communications, Publications, etc.) to assist with project and budget management
  • Minimal travel required; One to two trips per year possible



  • Bachelor's degree; Graphic design or similar focus preferred
  • Advanced training and/or on-the-job experience in digital graphic development and graphic design software.
  • Project management training specific to a creative work setting preferred



  • Seven or more years of experience working in a professional graphic design environment
  • Five or more years of supervisory experience  
  • Extremely familiar with a variety of print and electronic design concepts, practices, and procedures, including video production and website design
  • Extremely proficient managing projects from conception to completion
  • A good eye for layout, composition, typography, color and design
  • Ability to keep track of multiple projects and be self-reliant
  • High proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat on a mac platform
  • Mid-level proficiency with Dreamweaver
  • Mid-level proficiency with MS Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Collaborative leader with ability to inspire and coach direct reports
  • Good listener with ability to accept and provide constructive feedback
  • Great positive attitude, work ethic, and the ability to show initiative
  • Exceptional interpersonal and teamwork skills


Additional Skills:

  • Willing to pursue continued skill training, so AIAA maintains the highest standards.
  • Solid understanding of the principles of good website design and usability concepts


To apply, please email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to



Why Work at AIAA?

Make a real difference in the aerospace industry! Assist us in positioning aerospace for its exciting future while celebrating the industry’s pioneering accomplishments. As an AIAA employee, you will enjoy competitive compensation and benefits including:

  • 37.5-hr work week
  • 11 holidays + vacation and sick leave
  • Great location off the Dulles Toll Road near the new Reston Silver Line Metro
  • Awarded ‘Best Workplaces for Commuters’ by Fairfax County Transit Authority and the National Center for Transit Research
  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance with low co-pays
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with generous match
  • Group Term Life insurance
  • Long-term and short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Health club and Weight Watchers subsidy


About AIAA

AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving an innovative, high-value workforce that helps make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. We represent a profession whose great work has produced everything from the brilliant innovations that affect daily living to the major missions that fuel our collective human drive to explore and to accomplish amazing things.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

12700 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 200

Reston, VA 20191


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