Request for Proposals: Magazine Art Director

Oregon Humanities magazine is an award-winning triannual general interest publication (spring, summer, and fall/winter). In the magazine, Oregon writers, artists, and readers explore diverse perspectives and challenging questions and ideas that are relevant to residents around the state. The magazine is delivered free to more than 12,000 subscribers and is available online. Each issue of Oregon Humanities centers around a theme, and all submissions are loosely related to the theme. The magazine contains personal essays, features, posts, book excerpts, and graphic storytelling.

We are looking for a Contract Art Director to art direct Oregon Humanities’ magazine and maintain relationships with contract artists and partners. 

Position Title: Magazine Art Director

Work hours: Contract, part time

Position Reports to: Editors (Ben Waterhouse and Maya Muñoz-Tobón)

General Description: The Art Director is primarily responsible for the design, production and coordination of Oregon Humanities magazine. The Art Director will work directly with the editors to ensure that all budgets and schedules are met.

Budget: $3,000 - $5,000 per issue, (art budget managed separately)

Key Responsibilities

  • Art Direct all issues of Oregon Humanities magazine.

  • Manage art budgets as specified.

  • Manage and meet deadlines as assigned.

  • Provide regular status updates on all work in progress.

  • Coordinate with editors to ensure art and layout design are appropriate for content.

  • Work directly with print vendors to ensure accuracy and quality standards are achieved.

  • Work closely with diverse artists and illustrators, providing constructive feedback and direction to keep revisions moving forward. 

  • Evaluate, select, and manage illustrators, photographers, and archive imagery. 

  • Review all invoices from illustrators, photographers, freelancers, and outside vendors to ensure accuracy.

  • Organize and prepare digital files, mock-ups, and instructions for the printer.

  • Design marketing pieces and sales/promotional materials for the magazine.

  • Attend and contribute to project meetings (3 meetings per issue).

Desired Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

  • A strong interest in and commitment to Oregon Humanities’ mission, publications, and programs

  • Excellent design ability

  • Knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Cloud and Google Workspace.

  • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to effectively delegate work.

  • Excellent creative and technical problem solving skills.

  • Print production knowledge

  • Strong communication skills

  • Three or more years of experience with page layout or magazine design

  • Experience working with diverse artists (illustrators and photographers)

  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in the hiring of subcontractors

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the role.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying, please submit a proposal describing your experience working in publications, anticipated rate per issue, and a portfolio with no more than ten work samples by April 21 to editors@oregonhumanities.org. 

In your proposal, please address why you are interested in working with Oregon Humanities and how your experience and skills will contribute to making the magazine an excellent, provocative, and inclusive publication.