Art Director, Opinion Design

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Job Description

The New York Times Opinion desk is looking for a skilled art director to join its award-winning design team. You will be responsible for a wide range of projects. This Art Director will partner closely with editorial and visual teams to assist in the redesign and execution of the weekly Sunday Review for print, and oversee compelling online presentations for its interactive stories. As the desk continues to build a distinct visual identity apart from the newsroom, you will be responsible for art commissions, researching and maintaining an inclusive network of diverse visual talent, and, in partnership with the Design Director, developing a distinct in-house visual style used for many Opinion platforms.

All candidates must possess a portfolio demonstrating strong design work, a solid understanding of layout, typography and storytelling techniques, and a smart UX sensibility. Candidates must have experience designing both mobile and desktop presentations and experience with digital product design is a plus. We're seeking broad experience and expertise working with video, audio, graphics, etc. But just as importantly, we're looking for skilled problem solvers, able to leverage expertise across various disciplines. Original, flexible, critical thinkers who communicate and collaborate well with a wide range of contributors and stakeholders will thrive.

Job Requirements:
  • 5+ years of digital design experience
  • Familiarity with Figma or Adobe Sketch and Adobe Indesign
  • Experience with commissioning illustration and image-making skills
  • Strong visual and interactive design skills - a clear grasp of typography, layout, color, motion, and behavior.
  • A pragmatic innovator whose solutions elicit responses that justify the effort and investment.
  • Ability to convey interactive story ideas and complex interactions with wireframes or prototypes. Ability to collaborate with colleagues of different backgrounds and widely-ranging technical levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to envision and direct the creation of presentations that intelligently incorporate audio, video, still images and text.
  • Track record assigning and commissioning illustrations for digital projects.
  • Extreme attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Positive attitude taking on all parts of a project, from production to delivery.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to adapt to a sometimes unpredictable production environment.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may occasionally include nights or weekends.
  • A keen interest in narrative and visual storytelling, in journalism, and in the publishing industry at large. Familiarity with competitors and also the new challenges and opportunities created by the changing media landscape.

This is a Guild position.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

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