Assistant Art Director

  • Job Description:
    Grist is seeking an Assistant Art Director who will provide daily creative support for our award-winning green-news website and related organizational projects. You will work directly with Grist's editorial staff, and will be responsible for various media including illustrations for articles, stand-alone images, and other projects. You must have a strong illustration portfolio, a well-developed sense of humor, and a willingness to have fun, play, and get creative -- all with an eye to meeting deadlines. Deadlines. Always deadlines. Responsibilities: You will be in charge of all images and other media that accompany Grist articles: Must be able to execute illustrations for articles in collaboration with editors and writers; Must have enthusiasm for all forms of editorial illustration -- cartoons, illustrations, infographics, photos, etc. Should be familiar with latest internet image language, from hot styles to meme-y photohacks; Will develop -- or even arrive with -- a growing database of artists you can call on to provide illustration or other support when necessary; Will be open to design direction and be able to adapt to Grist's evolving house style, and Will also have specific, growing design vision and ideas to implement and experiment with, especially in regard to special editorial projects and tools for storytelling (infographics, motion graphics, slideshows, timelines, videos, etc) You will also illustrate materials for marketing and development projects as requested by those departments, including illustrations for campaigns, T-shirts, annual reports, printed cards, etc. Consider it a fun 10% of the job, and as most of these deadlines are not same day, you will often get to collaborate with other illustrators, depending on the project, and some truly creative Gristers!
  • Position: Art Director, Assistant
  • Area of Focus: Illustration
  • City: Seattle
  • Region: Northwest
  • Duration: Full-time
  • About Our Company: Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2 million and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.
  • Benefits: Health and Dental
  • Company: Grist.org
  • Contact Address: 710 Second Avenue, Suite 860 Seattle, WA 98104 USA
  • Contact Email:portfolio@grist.org
  • Contact Name: Mignon Khargie
  • How to Apply: A cover letter telling us why you’d like to work for Grist (creativity is encouraged) A resume, pasted into the body of your email (please do not attach) A url to your online portfolio No more than one attached sample of your work at a reasonable size Two references No phone calls or follow-up emails, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.
  • Job Requirements: This is a full-time role based in our Seattle office. The ideal candidate will have a strong illustration portfolio, and either an employment history that is grounded in editorial work or a client roster that leans to online and print publications (a little of both wouldn’t hurt). Experience working with freelance artists is a plus. We are also open to candidates with exceptional portfolios who are just getting started in their careers. Other important qualifications are: Bachelor’s degree Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization. Strong project-management skills Ability to multitask, manage deadlines and thrive under pressure.
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