Assistant Manager, Advertising Design

Washington, DC
Sep 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019
Full Time
About the Organization:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ("The Kennedy Center"), which opened on September 8, 1971, is located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages. The Kennedy Center is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.

Job Description:

The Assistant Manager, Advertising Design, will create high-level designs for season brochures, direct mail, collateral, institutional publications, digital advertising, and other materials as required by the Kennedy Center. The Assistant Manager will manage and coordinate the schedules of the design team, monitor changes in marketing plans that impact the schedules, scheduling periodic meetings to advance the progress of projects, following up on outstanding information that impact projects, and act as a liaison between the design team and other departments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

60% Creating high-level designs on computer for season brochures, direct mail, digital advertising, special events invitations, and other materials while ensuring Brand compatibility. Take the lead on large projects such as Kennedy Center News.

10% Reviewing job requests submitted through Robohead to determine that all required assets have been submitted and following up on any outstanding issues.

10% Assigning work to the design team and monitoring changes in marketing plans that may impact the schedules.

5% Scheduling periodic internal meetings to advance the progress of projects and checking in on timelines to assure deadlines are being met.

5% Attending weekly production meetings and keeping project statuses up-to-date in Robohead.

10% Act as the design representative at project meetings with other departments to request information and answer questions.

N/A Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures; Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education in graphic design/advertising
  • Minimum of 5 years professional related experience
  • Must provide a portfolio that demonstrates ability and experience
  • Proficiency in desktop publishing software (Adobe Creative Cloud) in a PC environment
  • Proficiency in layout and design and computer-generated artwork production and have working knowledge of four-color printing process

Who You Are:

  • You are able to handle multiple assignments under the pressure of tight deadlines.
  • You are detail-oriented and organized.
  • You are able to follow creative direction, and are conscientious about following purchasing and routing procedures and taking instructions for edits and changes.
  • You are able to communicate effectively with many types of people, both orally and written.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is low.

No travel is required for this position.


We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a matching 403(b) Retirement Plan.

Additional benefits include: Commuter Programs, Education Assistance Programs, Social Activities, and other employee discounts and specials.

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