About the Role
The New York Times is looking for an art director to join our award-winning print design team. You will work in partnership with Opinion leadership to re-imagine its daily pages and as a senior member of the Print Hub to meet strategic print goals. You will collaborate with Opinion's Print Editors who select pieces for print. You will be an essential partner to Opinion's Design team, furthering its goal to differentiate from newsroom content in execution and philosophy.
We are looking for a senior-level art director with experience in redesigns that use a modern approach to visual disciplines such as illustration, photography, data visualization, and graphic design. You are a story-first editorial partner who is interested in building upon the history of Opinion pages, eager to introduce new formats and ideas that reimagine digitally native articles and multimedia stories that surprise and delight the reader. You excel as a flexible, communicative problem-solver who efficiently works and advocates for impact under the pressure of daily deadlines.
You are passionate about narrative and visual storytelling, in journalism, and in the publishing industry at large. Your skills must include a highly-collaborative approach with the agency to operate independently, sophisticated typographic skills and an impeccable eye for photography and illustration. Your portfolio should demonstrate advanced design work, a solid understanding of layout and command of versatile storytelling techniques.
- Create and coordinate layouts, trim text, and handle display copy with minimal oversight.
- Apply thoughtful editorial judgment with a strong sense of story and layout.
- Utilize and grow a deep network of artistic talent to commission provocative visual solutions, including a careful consideration of Opinion photojournalism.
- In partnership with the editor, realize a creative ambition that seizes meaningful opportunities on a consistent basis.
- Coordinate with and between editors, illustrators, photo editors and leadership.
- Compose design elements for multimedia presentations.
- Meet deadlines and adapt to a sometimes unpredictable production environment.
- Conceive and build innovative print displays for Opinion journalism and one-off projects.
- Challenge the rules of newspaper design with your sophisticated visual eye.
- Find effective and impactful ways to design digital multimedia stories - like interactive graphics and video journalism - in print.
- 5+ years of digital or print design experience, with at least 2 years working in editorial
- Familiarity with competitors and also the new challenges and opportunities created by the changing media landscape.
- Strong visual and design skills — a clear grasp of typography, layout, user experience and illustration.
- Proficiency in pagination applications and the ability to adapt to new page design programs.
- A pragmatic innovator whose solutions elicit responses that justify the effort and investment.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate on presentations that intelligently incorporate text, imagery, and designed elements to guide storytelling.
- Have experience selecting, editing, revising, adapting, and preparing images and illustration for digital projects.
- Extreme attention to detail and effective communication skills.
- Positive outlook when taking on all parts of a project, from production to delivery, which will include learning and working within the Times' publishing systems.
- Willingness to work a variable schedule. This may occasionally include nights or weekends. A rough estimate of the Monday-Friday schedule is 11am until 8pm which is when the daily pages close.
This position is represented by the News Guild of NY
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.
The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.