American Society of Magazine Editors

Art Director at Texas Monthly

Position Description
Art Director, Texas Monthly

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, Texas Monthly continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations. Above all, Texas Monthly provides its readers with a magazine of the highest editorial quality, a standard that has earned Texas Monthly 11 National Magazine Awards and 58 nominations.

Job Overview:
Texas Monthly magazine is currently seeking an enthusiastic, hard working, and highly confident art director to join its creative team.
Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in supervising the art department staff
  • Collaborate with creative director on special issues and redesigns
  • Generate concepts and provide design solutions for stories
  • Supervise the design process of the front-of-book, feature well, and back-of-book, from initial concepts to issue shipment
  • Design a minimum of two features per issue
  • Assign art department issue design duties each month
  • Design approximately four to six front-and back-of-book pages each month
  • Design approximately four large, multi-page, complex service packages a year
  • Assign photography and illustrations
  • Color-proof photos and final page layouts
  • Provide occasional design needs for web and digital platforms

Position Requirements
Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Definitive creative vision and high level of design sophistication
  • Keen eye for photography and illustration and exceptional typography skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to multi-task as well as work under pressure and maintain a calm attitude
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Work through challenges with budgets
  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe CS6 (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • InCopy, K4, and Adobe DPS skills are a huge plus

BA/BFA in graphic design or visual arts, 5 to 7 years relevant work experience
(at least 3 years at a magazine)

Location: Austin, TX

Application Instructions

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position we encourage you to apply. The preferred method to apply is to submit a cover letter, resume and application online within the Careers tab at


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Austin, TX