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9 Oct 2020

Full-Time Art Director

DMA_recruiting – Posted by DMA_recruiting Dallas, Texas, United States

Job Description

Reports to: Creative Director
Department: Marketing and Communication
Classification: Exempt, Full-time
Budgeted Salary: $60,000 to $65,000 DOE
Benefits: Full benefits package
Schedule of Work: Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm

DMA Mission: The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive.

The DMA will:

Place art and our diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate.
Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art.
Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.

Please read: All candidates must complete the online application and email your portfolio link to

Scope of Position

The Art Director works within the DMA’s Marketing and Communications Department alongside a team of creative, communications, and marketing strategists to drive awareness of the Museum, its mission and offerings across a range of media and platforms. The position reports to the Creative Director and supports all areas of the Museum by delivering effective visual solutions to reach the intended target audiences, enhance customer experience, and strengthen the DMA brand.

Essential Functions

Creates designs and layouts from concept stage through delivery for print and digital formats including, but not limited to, advertisements, collateral, reports, magazines, digital graphics, way-finding graphics and other promotional assets.
Meets with project stakeholders internal and external to the Museum to gather and document creative requirements, budgets, and production specifications in the form of creative briefs or other tools.
Obtains estimates from vendors and participates in the QA process with vendors such as press checks and review of proofs at various stages.
Manages communication among project teams and stakeholders to keep all apprised of schedules and any developments over the course of the project life cycle, as needed.
Assumes a team lead role as needed with projects that require more direction, assistance with adherence to deadlines, problem solving and/or team mentorship.
Ensures that quality standards are met on projects, checking deliverables for accuracy and adherence to project requirements before files are released for printing, publishing, or going live.
Collaborates with greater creative teams within the Museum in the development of concepts and creative strategies for institutional campaigns and initiatives.
Assists in the development, evolution, and stewardship of the Museum’s visual identity standards and guidelines.


Education, Certification, and Experience

5 years of work experience as a graphic designer or another relevant design role; in-house or agency experience preferred
BA or BFA in graphic design, visual communication, or another related field preferred
Expert knowledge in Adobe Creative Suite applications InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop required; Powerpoint or Keynote; and additional experience in XD, Premier Pro, After Effects, Mailchimp and/or other ESPs a plus
Illustration skills (digital and/or traditional) are preferred
Some experience with HTML5 and/or CSS required

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Deadline driven and works well with tight deadlines in a team environment
Strong organizational, problem solving, and time-management skills
Self-directed and able to take projects from start to finish with minimal oversight
Strong conceptual skills with a high sense of design, layout and typography
Must be flexible and comfortable with continuously changing priorities
Extensive knowledge of file preparation, printing, and production processes
Must be able to multi-task and manage multiple projects at once while keeping on track to meet deadlines
Excellent presentation and storytelling skills
Must have strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with vendors and internal stakeholder groups

Our Core Values

Act with Integrity: Be open, honest, and ethical.
Communicate Openly: Be constructive, transparent, and respectful.
Build Inclusivity: Diverse backgrounds make us stronger.
Join Forces: Support collaboration and unity.
Work Passionately: Be fearless, creative, and solutions-driven.
Embrace and Drive Change: Be nimble, there is always a way to yes.
Invest in Each Other: Pursue learning.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy

The Dallas Museum of Art fosters equity, celebrates diversity, and supports inclusion. We acknowledge that diverse backgrounds and voices of visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and communities represented in the collection make us stronger and better equipped to make positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally.


Society’s historical legacies and systemic barriers have created disparities in the communities we serve. Knowing this, we strive to expand and enhance arts opportunities for all.


Many factors—including but not limited to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetics, economic backgrounds, and experiences—make individuals and groups unique. Our goal is to ensure visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and collections reflect this diversity.


We commit to listening to and learning from diverse voices and perspectives. We create a vibrant and accessible social space that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas through arts and culture.


The Dallas Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The DMA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

Apply by visiting the Careers Page on the DMA website and navigating to the Employment page under the About section.

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 70 days.

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