Denver Art Museum

Graphic Designer

As an institution, we believe the Denver Art Museum is both a platform for and an amplifier of the voices of people of all races. We acknowledge that Black lives matter and communities of color – Latinx, Indigenous, Black, and others – have been underrepresented in art museums over decades, both internally and externally. We are committed to elevating all voices, artworks and perspectives and strive to support racial equity inside and out. Candidates with a firm commitment to our institutional position are encouraged to apply. 

Qualified candidates are expected to exemplify the DAM’s internal values, which include being dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious.  The ability to maintain effective and positive working relationships with visitors, employees, volunteers, representatives of public and private entities, policy making bodies, and contractors is critical to the success of this position.

The hiring salary for the position is $43,000-$57,000 based on experience.

A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, 100% paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance. Paid time-off for vacation, sickness and holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and, after one year of employment, an employer contribution and match. An RTD Eco pass at a discounted rate. A free membership to the DAM at the Family level.

Please Note: A portfolio submission is required for this position either via a link or a PDF. Applications without a portfolio submission will not be considered.

Position Purpose

Work directly with the Design Manager in the design and production of graphics to create marketing materials that best reflect and elevate the DAM brand in the marketplace. Provide thoughtful design solutions that best reach intended audiences and that represent the creativity and caliber of the museum.   

Essential Duties/Responsibilities (items which constitute approximately 80% of responsibilities)

  • Participate in the design and production for a variety of graphic projects, working in collaboration with both marketing and cross-departmental team members and colleagues.
  • Develop design concepts including logos, advertising creative, on-site/environmental graphics, a variety of print projects, a variety of digital ads and signage, and branding for new and on-going initiatives and projects.
    • Produce new and revised versions of advertisements in a variety of media, as requested and desired, including dynamic online executions
    • Format images, storyboard and animate (when applicable) digital communications projects, including online ads, the Denver Art Museum website, social media applications, and on-site digital signs.
    • Participate in the development of exhibition logos and advertising campaigns.
  • Provide design counsel and review to internal clients at the museum (other departments, support groups), as needed and requested. Ability to proactively offer and develop appropriate design solutions in response to business needs.
  • Understanding of visual brand standards, and the willingness to adhere to and protect the quality and integrity of the museum’s brand through high-quality, consistent design practices.
  • Provide art direction and assistance on photography and video shoots, as assigned.
  • Assist in completing production tasks on projects as needed.
  • Prepare written specifications for outside vendors, secure bids, and revise specifications to accommodate budgets or change in project parameters.
  • Attend press checks to ensure quality and integrity of projects, as assigned.
  • Maintain accurate and retrievable files on all projects.
  • Manage the design and production work of contract designers, agencies or interns, as needed and assigned.
  • Learn and stay current with programs, exhibitions and happenings at the museum as they change throughout the year.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skill and Ability

  • Excellent sense of design, layout and typography combined with solid production skills in In-Design, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects (or similar motion graphics application) and MS Office.
  • Ability to proactively develop and communicate design concepts, clearly present design rationale and coordinate delivery with project managers and to clients.
  • Enthusiasm and interest in the design process from initial concept to finished product.
  • Strong desire to always find the best design solution for each project and a commitment to excellence for projects of all types and sizes.
  • Ability to work within established guidelines and project parameters.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meeting deadlines and budgetary needs for each.
  • Skill in establishing effective working relationships with other staff, team members and vendors.
  • Experience in developing production specifications for outside vendors, reviewing and comparing vendor bids.
  • Experience selecting and preparing images for online use.
  • Ability and desire to mentor and coach younger designers and interns.

Additional Skills (desired, but not necessary)

  • Experience in InVision and Sketch.
  • Basic proficiency in HTML.
  • Experience in large scale environmental graphic design projects.
  • Experience in video production and video editing software.
  • Experience with shooting original photography.

 Education or Formal Training

  • Minimum 4-year degree in graphic design or art (B.A. or B.F.A. Preferred), or equivalent work experience.

 Work Experience

  • Minimum 3 years graphic design experience.

Working Environment/Physical Activities (lifting, coordination, temperature, hazards, interruptions, etc.)

  • Sitting, working with hands, working with fingers, talking, hearing, vision
  • Some lifting and moving
  • Subject to interruptions

Filter Questions

  1. Have ever worked in an in-house design or marketing team? If so, please summarize your experience. If not, please explain why you would like to.
  2. Given the job description for this position, what attracts you most about the opportunity to work at the Denver Art Museum?
  3. What personality trait do you have that contributes to the success of your design?