Art Director

Posted 3-03-2015, wanted

Position Description


REPORTS TO: Director of Marketing & Communications

DIRECT REPORTS INCLUDE: Senior Design Manager, Graphic Designers


STATUS: Exempt from overtime

COMPENSATION: Exempt Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus full benefits package ;

About The Company

Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading arts and cultural organizations, and California’s most popular theatre company. We produce award-winning theatre year-round at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre, with a season ticket base that is among the largest of any non-profit theatre in the country. Our mission is to entertain, provoke and to inspire. We believe that theatre is nothing less than a cultural force that has the power to transform the lives of individuals and society at large.


The Art Director leads the in-house graphics team of 5 in establishing the overall concept and visual appearance for any and all materials that represent CTG programs, including productions, theatres, events, fundraising, educational and more. The Art Director develops visual strategies and campaign concepts used to guide the creation of print and digital materials promoting a range of theatrical projects for Center Theatre Group and its three venues: Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Projects include, but are not limited to, advertising, study guides, signage, brochures, posters, displays, invitations, event kits, promotional giveaways, sales materials and corporate identity. The Art Director is responsible for ensuring that all materials strictly uphold the CTG Brand Style Guidelines.


Work closely with Senior Marketing and Communications Staff – Director of Marketing & Communications, Ticket Sales Director, Media and Communications Director, Marketing Director and Content Strategy Director – to establish strategy and priority in promoting CTG projects and productions.Performs in a key role for the development of overall strategies, plans and sales/promotional policies to support CTG’s mission and vision, maintain current audiences and build audiences for the future.

Lead the design team efficiently in a collaborative and professional work environment. Oversee projects from visual concept development to production of the materials, including the creation and maintenance of strong proofing procedures to ensure proper execution and timing of projects.

Facilitate and manage a strong working relationship between the graphics department and other departmental liaisons.

Work with the Marketing Leadership Team, Artistic Staff and Producers in order to determine campaign strategies, departmental requirements and art/presentation concepts, prior to coordinating the creative activities.

Participate in strategy meetings and brief members of the design team.

Along with Senior Design Manager, regularly review projects produced by department for quality, consistency, appropriate usage of design/branding elements. Review and approve proofs of materials developed by the design team.

Oversee relationships with print vendors to ensure that quality, budgets and schedules are met.

Along with Senior Design Manager, recommend hiring of photographers, artists and designers for projects.

Work closely with assigned staff to schedule and monitor all projects, and to provide time and cost estimates.


Advise on technical/visual recommendations on projects

Maintain department archives (digital and print)

As Center Theatre Group provides a dynamic working environment, other duties may be assigned by the Director of Marketing & Communications. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties.


5+ years of progressive professional working experience in graphic design, with most recent experience as an Art/Creative Director.

Graduate of an accredited graphic design program.

Previous experience leading a team and working interdepartmentally.

Experience in a nonprofit performing arts organization is preferred, and an appreciation and enthusiasm for live theatre and entertainment is required.

Computer skills:

MS Outlook, Word and Excel

Proficiency in Adobe CS6: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects / HTML and Flash. Dreamweaver a plus

Project Management Software such as Basecamp, RoboHead or similar is a plus

Strong design skills: layout, type, photography, graphic elements.

Strong communications skills and the ability to effectively lead a team.

Attention to detail and graphics standards.

Ability to manage projects, scheduling and staff.

Expert knowledge of collateral production for both print and animated digital media (digital advertising and social media assets).

An understanding of best UX/UI practices.

Strong communication skills in English and ability to work with people of diverse/multidisciplinary backgrounds.


Candidates MUST be able to pass a background check.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified. Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.

The work of CTG resembles a high energy work environment; excitement and activity for everyone in the organization; preparing for the next events/activities to accomplish our important mission.Staff members are expected to consciously and continuously promote the mission, values, programs, and impact of the organization when presented with opportunities for participating in membership development and reaching out to personal connections on behalf of CTG.

This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Critical features of this job are described under the headings above. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


The position will receive a competitive compensation.

CTG also offers a comprehensive benefits package including retirement plan options; escalating vacation, paid sick, personal days and holidays; and health benefits including medical, dental, vision, flex spending accounts, employee assistance program and life and short & long-term disability insurance.


Please email your resume, cover letter, and a link to your portfolio including at least 3 collateral samples and 3 Flash and/or After Effects job samples to: Do not send samples as attachments.

In your cover letter please indicate how you became aware of this opening, e.g., name of website, current CTG employee, other source. Please be sure to indicate the position in the subject line of your email. Due to the high volume of resumes received, emails without this information may not be considered.

Resumes without samples will not be considered.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We will contact qualified candidates to set up interviews.

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