Associate Art Director

Washington, DC
Oct 31, 2019
Nov 09, 2019
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP.

Integrated Communications and Marketing (ICM) is a multimedia, service-focused communications and marketing operation that leads in shaping the impression of AARP by providing communications planning, marketing, support and execution for AARP's strategic business units.

AARP publications is seeking an ambitious Associate Art Director to join our creative team, art directing and designing for AARP The Magazine (America's most-read magazine), AARP Bulletin , digital iterations of the publications, and a variety of other special print and digital projects. This is a position for a self-starter, big thinker, who thrives in a fast-paced environment and has a proactive work style-eager, with the desire and ability to craft the smallest of sidebars to the most complex multipart features.

We're looking for a candidate with national magazine experience. Applicants welcome from New York and beyond. Relocation assistance offered.

  • Art concept and lay out department pages and features for AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin , digital iterations and any associated collateral. Must have the ability to design and package complex features with multiple stories and to adapt quickly to changes in editorial or design direction. Strong typographic skills are essential.
  • Collaborate with photo editors to offer input and art direction on photo shoots and photo-research requests.
  • Broad knowledge of editorial illustration, and experience assigning and giving art direction to illustrators.
  • Work well under pressure; multitask and adhere to tight deadlines. Must be driven and detail oriented-strong organizational and time-management skills are a must.
  • Ability to work independently, collaborate with editors and execute the vision of the senior design staff.
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree in art and design and 5+ years of experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
  • Proficient in Adobe CC-InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Online portfolio of work
  • National magazine experience preferred
Benefits Offered

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.