Communications and Graphic Design Specialist

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens seeks a Full-time dynamic, passionate, creative, and organized Communications and Graphic Design Specialist to join its Advancement Team within an organization supportive of new ideas and creative risk-taking. Driven by a strategy built around delivering quality, providing access and having fun, the successful candidate will work with and report to the Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement to implement the creative strategy and overall design of the Museum’s graphic and visual identity. Final products will be created to be accessible to and representative of the community and collection, and be implemented by working collaboratively with organizational and community partners to promote local, regional, national, and international visibility of the Museum as it continues on a path of accelerated growth.

Essential Function:

Working with the Advancement Team, this position will implement the creative strategy and maintain the visual identity of the Museum in print and digital media, safeguard brand standards, and support effective communication. This includes, but is not limited to, printed collateral, ads for print and digital media, videos and digital presentations, website graphics and website updates, and social media graphics and communications.

  • Support the Museum’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect of individuals, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.
  • Create compelling graphic and visual designs on the Museum’s print, digital, and other media channels to attract and retain visitors, donors, and partners, with a focus on aesthetic consistency and accessibility.
  • This position will support the Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement and provide support and coordination of the department’s daily activities.
  • Manage relationships with outside marketing partners to include design agencies, print & broadcast media outlets, printers, etc.
  • Work with the Advancement Team and multiple stakeholders across the Museum to establish scope of work, content, schedule, and budget for all assigned projects.
  • Ensure all projects are created and delivered on time and all artwork is consistent and updated, while managing a high volume of projects simultaneously, often with a short turn-around.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and develop ideas for marketing, communications and other departments at the Museum and contribute to effective and consistent design that supports strategic initiatives.
  • Maintains all graphic and photography assets for the Museum to ensure aesthetic consistency, and identifies graphic and photography needs.
  • Keep up-to-date on current and emerging technologies, communication tools, and design programs.
  • Assist with website, blog, and social media updates.
  • Create content, edit and design e-newsletter and other eblasts.
  • Create and distribute all media releases and monitor and track all earned media related to the Museum.
  • Serves as backup to other Advancement Team members by cross-training and assisting with other tasks as needed.
  • Develop, maintain, and promote positive and professional relationships with internal staff, volunteers, members, vendors, contractors, and the general public.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to thrive in collaborative team oriented environment.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, or related field; or 2-5 years of experience that includes communications
  • Demonstrated typographic, color, and layout abilities, production knowledge, and an understanding of digital production for print
  • Highly skilled with essential design programs, including Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign required, Premier preferred)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Ability to work in Mac and PC
  • Video editing experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively with vendors, staff, volunteers, and the Museum visitors
  • Self-starter with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to make informed decisions using good business sense
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle and prioritize detailed projects simultaneously and carry them through to completion
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed for events/programs
  • Valid Florida driver’s license

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Must be able to regularly lift/move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift/move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift/move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Qualified applicants send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Attn: Human Resources Department, 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or