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Experiential Graphic Designer

Posted: 06/08/2022

Where the Power of Art Engages the Spirit of Community
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and through its vast collections, the depths, and complexities of human experiences.
We strive to create a sense of belonging, where staff and volunteers can do meaningful work connecting people to art. We create an informed, invested group of staff and volunteers through shared values and open, direct, and respectful communication. We embrace IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability) in every aspect of our ideals and aspirations, as we believe these values to be paramount to success.
Each staff member and volunteer will embody the institution’s commitments and agrees to exhibit behaviors that align with them. We hold one another to these expectations so that, together, we may know, own, energize and sustain our culture and the institution for generations to come. 
*The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This position requires on-site work at the museum. 
Experiential Graphic Designer
Reporting to the Manager, Graphic Design, the Experiential Graphic Designer collaborates with project and design staff to make our onsite experiences welcoming, open, accessible, and easy to navigate. Drives the design process from ideation through implementation for various museum experiences and spaces, including permanent galleries, donor recognition, and public/private spaces throughout the museum. Contributes to exhibitions, events and programs as workload allows.
  1. Environmental Graphics System – Assess needs, maintain existing signage system, and strategize new directions on wayfinding, identification, and guest touch points, aligning solutions with established Museum brand. Includes (but not limited to): public Museum map, series of back-of-house maps, message schedules, location plans, drawings, as-builts, and work orders.
  2. Implementation & Documentation – Participate in all phases of visual problem-solving and production for general Museum signage and other initatives. Design, produce and oversee the development, implementation and documentation of the Museum's permanent wayfinding and donor systems. Apply a solid understanding of graphic design, typography, fabrication methods, techniques, and materials to these identified needs. The department produces 1,200+ graphic design projects per year.
  3. Guest Experience – Collaborate on audience engagement initiatives, attendance strategies, visitor experience goals and visual solutions in conjunction with internal departments, including Marketing and Communications, Curatorial Affairs, Executive Office, Education/Interpretation, Exhibition Design, Media Services, Development/Membership and Earned Income, such as the Museum Store and Rozzelle Court Restaurant. The museum creates 35 - 40 exhibitions and gallery rotations, 100+ public programs, 8 family festivals, 4 fundraisers, and engages with community partners on projects annually.
  4. Branding – Support and educate staff regarding ongoing Museum identity and branding initiatives. Participate in the evolution of the strategic and visual execution of the Museum brand and associated sub-brands.
  5. Vendor Relationships & Fiscal Accountability – Aid in the creation and alignment of project budgets and schedules; participate in vendor selection, competitive pricing, cost negotiation; ensure highest quality control and timely delivery of goods; perform critical color correction and press checks as required on art-related imagery.
  6. Innovation & Best Practices – Maintain knowledge base in the design field, keeping current on innovative strategies and technologies; support museum best practices through departmental and divisional systems including budgeting, scheduling, documentation, design resources, freelancer pool, selected vendors, etc.
  7. Art Direction – Collaborate with other team designers; receive and integrate feedback from internal/external clients. Co-create with freelance designers and/or interns to meet rigorous Museum standards.
  8. Personal and Equipment Safety – Maintains high standard of safety protocol when working above and around art. Maintains safety standards for all spaces and equipment.
  9. Other – Completes special projects or tasks as assigned by Manager, Exhibition Design or requested by other divisions/departments and for the general support of the organization.
  • B.F.A. (or equivalent experience) in graphic design and four years’ experience in environmental graphics/graphic design/architecture and signage production using Macintosh platform. Experience with PC platform beneficial.
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Office for Mac OS, Sketchup, VectorWorks.
  • Hands-on skills for mock-ups/prototypes, small signage installation, ability to generate and read architectural drawings, and comfort level with ladders and lifts.
Core Capabilities
  • Emotional Intelligence: High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with cross-functional teams.
  • Inclusion: Including and integrating all people and groups; respecting people from all backgrounds and cultures; understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people.
  • Strategic Thinking: Supports vision for the future based on organizational strategy, financial outcomes, and stakeholder impact.
  • Integrity: Demonstrating honesty and a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.
  • Change Management: Preparing, supporting, and helping individual staff members and team, in making organizational change.
  • Analytical Thinking: Simplifies complex situations in a systematic, logical manner by identifying issues, making comparisons, setting priorities and assessing implications.
  • Service Focus: Highly responsive and resourceful; strong propensity to provide excellent service and support internally and externally with a professional and approachable manner.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal staff and with external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal communication skills; diplomatic and collaborative work style.
  • Technical Acumen: Well versed in technology and/or the ability to identify the technologies that have impact on the growth and sustainability of the museum and to attain the knowledge required to leverage the power of those technologies in the daily job.
Job Family Design & Experience / Graphic Design
Salary Grade
Starting Minimum Salary
$45,400 - $51,120 per year
FLSA Classification Exempt
Working Conditions
Monday to Friday Workweek.  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Working conditions are typically that of an office environment. Works primarily at a desk, but frequently moves among all areas of the campus. Performs effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload, with frequent interruptions and/or distractions.  Occasionally lift up to 30lbs. Physically able to install small signs and mock-ups as needed. Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to focus. Ability to work, on occasion, beyond office hours.   
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Job Type: Full Time