art director

  • Job Description:
    Art Director/Rethinking Schools POSITION SUMMARY Rethinking Schools is seeking a talented art director to take responsibility for the design and layout of Rethinking Schools magazine, including a compelling front cover, interior, and ad placement. Rethinking Schools is published quarterly; each issue involves approximately 5-6 weeks from initiation to print. The art director works closely with the production editor to develop conceptual ideas for the cover and specific articles, and then contracts with freelance illustrators, artists, photographers, and cartoonists to find and/or develop art to complement the articles appearing in the magazine. The art director will see layout through all stages to print, and prepare files for online use. The art director is the primary contact with the printer on technical issues and printing of the journal.
  • Position: Art Director
  • Area of Focus: Production
  • City: Other
  • Region: Other
  • Duration: Part-time
  • About Our Company: WHO WE ARE Rethinking Schools began publication in 1986, aspiring to give voice and power to teachers, parents, and community activists in the arena of education. Our quarterly magazine balances creative, social justice-based curriculum articles with education activism and analyses of policy trends. Today our major projects include Rethinking Schools magazine, books, and special publications; Rethinking Schools Online (; the Zinn Education Project (; ongoing collaboration with teacher/writers; and outreach to educators around the country through conferences, workshops, and media. We are committed to social and environmental justice, with a special focus on racism and urban schools. We promote a grassroots, activist perspective that combines theory and practice, and links classroom issues to broader social and ecological concerns. We believe that every child deserves a classroom and school filled with thought-provoking, empowering, and nurturing teaching. We are a national publication: Our business office is in Milwaukee, but the magazine’s staff editors live in Portland, Oregon, and Berkeley, California. We are looking for an art director who is experienced, and committed to both social justice and a collaborative work style.
  • Benefits: To be discussed
  • Company: Rethinking Schools
  • Contact Address: Jody Sokolower Policy and Production Editor
  • Contact
  • Contact Name: Jody Sokolower
  • How to Apply: HOW TO APPLY Application deadline: June 7 Starting Date: August 1 Send cover letter, résumé and pdfs of sample publications to Jody Sokolower at For more information about Rethinking Schools check out To contact the Art Director Search Committee: Jody Sokolower: Rethinking Schools Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and women are encouraged to apply.
  • Job Requirements: REQUIREMENTS A portfolio that demonstrates experience in magazine design and layout, and graphic representation of social justice issues. Solid design and typography skills, as well as strong understanding of photography and illustration. Proficiency with Mac-based CS5, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat Pro. Proficiency and experience in in sourcing photography and art. Ability to handle tight deadlines and keep projects on track. Excellent skills in organization, problem-solving and multi-tasking. Experience and commitment to working collaboratively in a team approach. Political experience with progressive/activist causes. Experience with both print and digital environments. Background in education a plus.
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