Senior Art Director

We are currently searching for a Senior Art Director to join our creative team. The ideal candidate is a motivated and creative individual with book design experience that possesses strong skills in design, layout, typography, and time-management. This position encompasses a wide range of responsibilities conceptualizing, art directing, designing, and managing the creation of high-quality picture books and packaging. We are looking for someone with impeccable attention to detail, an ability to work independently, and, above all, a book lover.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Working collaboratively with all members of the creative and editorial team on the development of the project from concept to finish
  • Providing art direction and designing a book from manuscript to bound book
  • Conceptualizing and executing packaging designs
  • Communicating with editors, production, and marketing throughout the process
  • Hiring and managing freelance designers, illustrators, and photographers
  • Maintaining a strong working knowledge of the children’s market
  • Creating mock-ups and sales materials
  • Working with production to ensure accurate product development to final book/product
  • Providing print ready files to the printer and approving all stages of that production
  • Managing design process via regular group meetings with editorial and production editor
  • Presenting and preparing appropriate defense and rationale for designs
  • Serving as primary point of contact for all communication relative to development of a book including, industry comp research, illustrator selection, sketch and final layout review/routing, and production
  • Reviewing illustrator portfolios and matching their skills to the right book
  • Commissioning illustrators/photographers
  • Preparing appropriate offer memos for each project
  • Bringing creative and innovative product ideas to the table
  • Assisting the creative team to conceive, design, and produce mechanicals for books and packaging
  • Taking a project through to completion involving mechanical preparation, overseeing of final file production, proofing, and coordination of printing with Production Department
  • Uploading final files to our external vendors

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have at least 10 years of experience in a design related field and a minimum of 5 years of experience as an art director
  • Three years book design experience, ideally children’s
  • Must have expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AcrobatPro)
  • Must be passionate about children’s books and book design
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Should have the ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Must be detail oriented and have strong organization skills
  • Applications must submit a cover letter and resume
  • Applicants should include a link to an online portfolio

Applicants should send cover letter, resume, link to online portfolio, and salary requirements to: recruiter@hr-consultingsolutions.com