Design Director

Feb 20, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Technology, Multimedia & Audiovisual
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Design Director

Requisition Number: STFR004374

Division/College: External Affairs

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


Northeastern University seeks an energetic, creative, story-driven design director to help launch and manage a new general interest magazine.

This is a rare opportunity to shape and run an ambitious publication. Experience Magazine will be a digital magazine about the power of lived experience, documenting everything from vicarious experiences (a gymnast on the vault; a line cook in a restaurant kitchen) to experience-driven changes in work and society. Our stories will explore:

  • How technology is changing the experience of designing buildings, driving cars, and buying toys

  • How experience shapes political views — and how exposure to other people's experiences can bridge political divides

  • How personal experience can drive innovation and shatter expectations

    By definition, the magazine will be dynamic and immersive, with classic storytelling at its core. Though not explicitly focused on Northeastern people and events, Experience Magazine will help to solidify the university's position as a world leader in experiential education.

    The Design Director will be a core member of the creative team, involved in every aspect of developing and running the magazine. In collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, the Design Director will:

  • Join a small strategic team that is developing a visual language and stylebook for a website and related social media accounts
  • Develop an ongoing stream of rich, surprising, visually-compelling stories, videos, and infographics
  • Be responsible for ongoing planning, assigning, and art direction of visual features, photo essays, infographics, videos, and illustrations
  • Build and manage a stable of freelancers and coordinate work with in-house staff
  • Work with the social media team to create visual content for social platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook


    Minimum Requirements:

    • 10+ years relevant experience, preferably at a media publication
    • A bachelor’s degree
    • Proven ability to oversee all facets of production, from conception to assignment to editing
    • Strong skills in visual storytelling and visual communication; ability to think creatively about formats and styles
    • Excellent design and typography skills
    • Relentless curiosity and a sense of humor
    • Strong background in user-centered design, including incorporating testing and analytics into effective user experience solutions
    • Ease in working with video, animation, infographics, and data visualization
    • Firm grasp of digital media, social media, and content trends
    • Ability to work on deadline in a fast-paced environment
    • Strong skills in teamwork and communication

    Preferred Background:

    • Experience with Wordpress, the Adobe Creative Cloud, and prototyping apps
    • Strong knowledge of CSS and basic JavaScript skills
    • A network of talented and reliable photographers, illustrators, and videographers

    Additional Information:
    What stands us apart:

    • We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including tuition waivers for that master’s degree or certificate you’ve been thinking about.

    • Other current offerings include discounts on technology products, health and fitness programs, generous retirement programs, ample paid time off, and professional development opportunities.

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: [email protected]

    Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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