Deputy Art Director, Foreign Policy

  • Job Description:
    Foreign Policy, a bi-monthly magazine and news website based in Washington, DC, seeks a talented art director/designer to join our staff. 

    About you: You seek out and appreciate art and design. You are a creative at heart, but you are really motivated by a curiosity about the rest of the world. You enjoy explaining complex issues in order to educate an audience on a particular issue. You have an inherent interest in politics, advocacy, international culture, and believe the best way to manifest this is by creating compelling (and beautiful) narratives that engage readers and start conversations. You don't just scan headlines--you consume media. You read, a lot. And you love living in (or would like to live in) our nation's capital.

    Must have skillsets:
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Vast knowledge/personal relationships with illustrators, artists, designers, creative reps and agencies, and photographers to commission/collaborate with
    • Impeccable design sensibility with attention to detail
    • 2 to 3 years experience in an art director/editorial designer capacity
    • Illustration/graphic-illustration/image-making ability (note: gets fun and dirty making images)
    • Familiarity collaborating with journalists, editors, and developers, in a magazine, newspaper, or online capacity
    • Ability to think quickly through news stories, to find unique angles that challenge conventional storytelling
    • Keeps well-organized and clean files (note: keeps a tight grid system)

    Nice to have skillsets:
    • Some coding experience (CSS and HTML) possibly jQuery, D3--and an interest in expanding said skills
    • Data visualization/longform/interactives experience
    • Experience with photo editing, familiarity and/or relationships with photo agencies
    • Writing/editing experience
    • Video editing/motion graphics experience
    • A background in politics, advocacy, or international affairs

  • Position: Art Director
  • City: Washington D.C.
  • Region: Mid Atlantic
  • Duration: Full-time
  • About Our Company: Foreign Policy is an award-winning publication and news website that covers international politics, global affairs, and culture. With an international audience of professionals and global leaders, FP is known for insightful investigative journalism, analysis, and big-think stories, covering far-reaching issues and dispatches from around the world. FP is a six-time National Magazine Award winner (ASME) and eight-time nominee. Most recently, after an editorial restructuring last year, FP was a first-time winner and medal finalist for the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) and included in this year's American Illustration (AI) competition.
  • Benefits: 401k matching contribution, health & dental, optional life insurance, group legal plan
  • Company: The FP Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company
  • Contact Address: 11 Dupont Circle NW, suite 600 Washington, DC 20036
  • Contact Email:lindsay.ballant@foreignpolicy.com
  • Contact Name: Lindsay Ballant
  • How to Apply: Applicants may submit a resume and portfolio link to lindsay.ballant@foreignpolicy.com. No phone calls, please.
  • Job Requirements: Your responsibilities include: First and foremost, art direction and design of the magazine--both features and departments, doing photo research and setting up photoshoots, art direction and design for special web-only features and microsites, liason/manage print production, working on the occasional one-off infographic for the website, pitching ideas, seeking out and meeting with talented artists/illustrators/designers to collaborate with. You will also be part of a small team working on a rethink of the print magazine, which will debut early next year. Not only will you be working on the design, you'll be an instrumental and integral voice as as we rebuild and refresh the magazine, and, by extension, the FP brand.
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