Title: Design and Multimedia Manager
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications
A member of the marketing team who reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Design and Multimedia Manager helps develop and executes the overall online and visual design strategy for H&H as directed by the Director of Marketing and Communications and Executive Director/CEO, and manages printing, photography, and videography activities. The ideal candidate is a highly organized, deadline-oriented, and skilled web/graphic designer with branding know-how in producing successful customer-focused communications for patrons and prospects. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, hard-working team with the shared goal of increasing the organization’s visibility, audience development, and educational outreach. Candidates must have excellent visual design skills, be technically savvy, and possess an excellent command of print and Web process, with attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Design and create all institutional collateral
- Working with the Director of Marketing and Communications and with input from Senior Staff and relevant departments, conceptualize, design, and produce all promotional materials. Materials include program books, subscription brochures, flyers, invitations, postcards, signage, advertising, fundraising appeals, newsletters, and other collateral.
- Create press-ready files for both digital and offset printing.
- Execute appropriate designs based on the medium (sheet-fed press, newspaper ad, CMYK vs. spot color).
- Develop and maintain relationships with printers and print brokers in order to ensure the highest quality and best prices. Attend press checks when appropriate.
- Manage quote and negotiation process with printers and brokers for all institutional print projects (collateral, banners, t-shirts, merchandise, etc).
- Keep team and internal clients informed of project timelines, deadlines, and progress.
- Maintain deadlines, procure necessary support files, and follow circulation and approval process.
- Maintain institutional brand
- Using institutional brand book and style guide, ensure all materials reflect the brand and image of H&H.
- Participate in the upcoming rebrand process for the institution.
- After the rebrand, work with the Director of Marketing and Communications (and potentially the branding firm) to launch new brand across the institution, internally and externally.
- Oversee website and online presence
- Provide new and improved design direction and concepts for the web site. After the rebrand, update website with new brand identity.
- Incorporate video, audio, and interactive elements to enhance the user experience.
- Develop ideas and improve functionality/cross-promotion to help increase ticket and online store sales.
- Implement SEO strategy and directives.
- Work with Marketing Assistant to provide creative assets for use in email campaigns.
- Work with Audience Services Manager to learn and improve Patron Edge ticket purchasing Web interface.
- Maintain library system for viewing, naming, and searching images.
- Film, produce, and edit videos including Artistic Director and musician interviews and video program notes.
- Maintain archives of all print, photo, and video/podcasts.
- Take photographs and film concerts, receptions, and other events as directed.
- Ad Design and Trafficking
- Maintain and adhere to production calendar of all creative due dates
- Create ads as needed using agreed upon visual identities
- Circulate ads to needed staff members for edits and approvals
- Submit ads to media outlets in a timely fashion
- Staff concerts and events
- Performs other duties as needed upon request of the organization
- Position requires a bachelor’s degree in graphic or Web design, or equivalent and a minimum of 3-5 years of related experience.
- Candidate should have a strong artistic ability and design expertise with elements such as color, composition, and branding; clean typography skills with an understanding of design hierarchy; and the ability to design clean, neat, consistent branded material across all forms of media. A customer-focused approach to Web and print design is critical.
- Candidate must be able to successfully handle multiple priorities in high stress situations and be able to work well independently and with a team. Strong communication skills and the ability to verbally and visually present ideas to internal clients are critical.
- Ability to perform in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, meeting multiple deadlines and managing multiple projects, is essential.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Windows applications required, as is a demonstrated ability in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, FinalCut, and other related design programs.
- Experience creating and editing audio and video files for Web use.
- Experience with Web content management systems (Drupal a plus).
- Expert knowledge of print and Web design/production and the commercial printing process
- Problem solving experience with cross-browser and cross-platform issues (IE, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
- Knowledge of current web design trends and techniques.
- Photography experience is a plus.
- Interest in and knowledge of Baroque and Classical music is preferred.
- Position requires regular office hours (Mon-Fri, 9-5) as well as some evening and weekend meetings and events. Requires occasional light lifting as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer, digital camera and other electronic equipment.
Handel and Haydn Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Competitive benefit package; salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply:
1. SUBMIT APPLICATION ONLINE
2. PLEASE SEND COVER LETTER, RESUME, AND PORTFOLIO WITH SUBJECT "DESIGN AND MULTIMEDIA MANAGER" TO:
Director of Marketing and Communications
Handel and Haydn Society
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
No phone calls, please.
Founded in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society (H&H) is considered America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015. Its Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus are internationally recognized in the field of historically informed performance, using the instruments and techniques of the composer’s time. Under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, H&H’s mission is to enrich life and influence culture by performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence, and by providing engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education and training activities. H&H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus present live and recorded historically informed performances of this repertoire in ways that stimulate the musical and cultural development of our Greater Boston community and contemporary audiences across the nation and beyond.
H&H’s esteemed tradition of innovation and excellence began in the 19th century with the US premieres of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Today, H&H is widely known through its concert series, tours, local and national broadcasts, and recordings. Its nine-program series is held at Symphony and Jordan Halls in Boston and Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. H&H’s first recording with Harry Christophers, Mozart Mass in C Minor, was issued in September 2010 on the CORO label, followed by Mozart Requiem in September 2011 and Mozart Coronation Mass in September 2012.
As a major performing organization, educator, resource center, and community partner, H&H strives to entertain and inspire audiences, provide unique educational experiences for students at all levels, and reach all citizens in the community through broad outreach efforts. Established in 1985, H&H’s award-winning Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program reaches 10,000 students each year throughout Greater Boston, many in underserved communities. H&H also maintains partnerships with area cultural and higher education institutions, including Boston Public Library; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; New England Conservatory; and Harvard University.