Barnard Magazine Art Director (Independent Contractor Position)


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Barnard Magazinethe quarterly print and online alumnae magazine of Barnard College, New York City, is seeking the services of an art director to produce layouts for quarterly issues of the magazine beginning in May, 2017. The art director is an independent contractor whose work will be conducted for the most part remotely. 

The services to be provided by the art director include design of editorial pages for both print and online editions, assistance with design of in-house advertising pages, location of photographers and illustrators for feature material, preparation of cover art, uploading of pages to the magazine’s printing press, and preparation of files for import into the website content management system (CMS). 

We are looking for an independent contractor with experience with project management and the ability to independently set and manage deadlines, fluency in InDesign and InCopy, familiarity with web CMS, especially Drupal, and preferably with experience working with alumni magazines.  The art director will be paid per issue of the magazine.

Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Conceive design of all editorial pages of magazine; also offer input, assistance and/or design of in-house advertising pages.

2. In consultation with editors, determine which pages are best illustrated with art or photography. With photographs of faculty and/or alumnae, determine with editors whether retouching is necessary or desirable.

3. Recommend and hire photographers and illustrators for feature material, providing editorial direction for work based on consultation with editors, who may offer direction for suitable formats with features to be reformatted for web site inclusion. Provide needed artistic- license-engagement and/or work-for-hire contracts to artists and photographers for completion and submission to the chief editor.  Adhere to art budget per issue.

a. Arrange photography sessions as needed with feature subjects. Work with photographers as needed in NYC to complete photography sessions, allocating time to accomplish necessary work.

b. Present completed story and recommended cover art in mock-up form during an art review with editors, creative director, and management in an art review meeting, with follow-up on recommendations.

4. Merge art with text including captions and Class Notes to produce complete magazine pages. Make minor text and style changes as required.

5. Upload pages to printing press in a timely fashion as determined by production schedule. Make any necessary page revisions, per those made in hard proofs, as needed.

6. Export InDesign file and assets to format for import into CMS (Drupal 7) in a timely fashion as determined by production schedule. Make revisions online as needed.

To apply, please submit:

* Cover letter: please include 3 references, your compensation requirement, and a link to your portfolio
* CV

No phone calls please.