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Senior Creative Manager Rubin Museum

Senior Creative Manager - Rubin Museum of Art

About the Museum 

The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of the Himalayas.

Now in its second decade, the Rubin has welcomed over 170,000 visitors in the past year and has a growing membership of more than 4,000 households.

Within its five floors of galleries are several long-term rotating installations drawn from the permanent collection as well as frequent short-term exhibitions that are more broadly conceived. The Rubin’s collection includes over 3,500 objects spanning more than 1,500 years up to the present day. Renowned for its quality and depth, the collection focuses on art from the Tibetan Plateau and is broadened by a significant number of important examples from surrounding regions.

The Rubin presents films, performances, and on-stage conversations as well as a robust roster of other educational initiatives. The ground floor anchored by its magnificent staircase is free and open to all visitors and provides a lively nexus for conversation, shopping, refreshment and dining.

About the Position 

The Senior Creative Manager plays a key role in conveying, maintaining, and enhancing the Rubin Museum’s brand through the conceptualization and design of a broad range of bold and creative deliverables, promoting its exhibitions and art, programming (films/talks/concerts), education and access initiatives, and all other aspects of the Museum. 

The Senior Creative Manager will collaborate across departments and be a leader in a team that implements the Rubin’s content strategy and brand across all communication channels and on the gallery floors. The Senior Creative Manager reports to the Head of Marketing and Communications and will supervise the Assistant Manager of Graphic Design & Production and the Manager of Digital Content & Production. The incumbent will be part of the Rubin’s 17- member External Affairs team and work closely with the Curatorial, Interpretation and Exhibition Design teams when developing graphics for exhibitions.

This is a great opportunity for a candidate with strong creative direction and visual strategy, conceptual, and communication skills who is ready to take on a leadership role.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Maintains and enhances institutional graphic identity across departments

Directs visual strategy and creates a coherent, multichannel experience of the Rubin Museum’s offerings through the conception, design, and production of materials that are on-brand, on-mission, and graphically sophisticated. Initiatives include but are not limited to: 

Ad campaigns for exhibitions and programs

Institutional campaigns 

Fundraising and membership initiatives

Spiral magazine (the Museum’s annual themed publication)

Online and print advertising

Newsletters, brochures, invitations, presentations, social media

On-site activations 

Exterior and interior signage, static and dynamic

Street-facing windows

Other material as assigned

Designs and creative directs exhibition graphic identity.

Interprets communications strategy and develop concepts that meet the business objectives of the organization and advance the brand.

Leads collaboration with internal clients across departments to develop creative strategies that meet their needs and fit within the larger brand vision of the institution, leveraging print, digital production, video, and motion graphics.

Balances strong design direction with client needs, deadlines, and budget limitations.

Articulates ideas and concerns to clients and help maintain a positive and collaborative environment with a spirit of open communication.

Supervises and mentors a creative team consisting of a digital content producer, a graphic designer, agency partners, freelancers, and vendors. 

Oversees workflow, process, and budgets.

Oversees print production.

Leads the team in ideation and foster creative collaboration.  

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

A strong understanding of typography and layout.

Solid knowledge of web design.

Expertise in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and AfterEffects or Premiere.

Experience in color correction, photo retouching, and resizing.

4–6 years of professional design experience.

Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated supervisory and budgetary skills.

Organized and able to adhere to deadlines.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Ability to communicate effectively and with discretion at all organizational levels and across departments with staff, volunteers, and vendors.

Courteous, tactful, and a good listener.

Creative, resourceful, entrepreneurial mindset, with a roll-up-your-sleeves mentality.

A motivated self-starter and problem-solver who is flexible and comfortable with generating ideas, setting goals, and running with them.

Demonstrated interest in UX/UI for the web, principles and practice.

Strong interest in the latest trends in design, typography, photography, art, and culture.

Ability to evolve with creative technologies.

Interest in media and current events.

Passion for the Rubin Museum, Himalayan art, Buddhism, Asian philosophies and worldviews a plus

Experience with developing graphic approaches based on brand guidelines preferred.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs a plus

SALARY:

Mid-$70ks to high $80ks commensurate with experience. 

The Rubin Museum offers a generous and competitive benefits package.

 Please provide the following as part of your application:

Complete resume

A cover letter addressing both your interest in the Rubin Museum and your qualifications for this position

A link to examples of your work.

APPLICATION:

Please indicate “Senior Creative Manager” in the subject line of email or body of cover letter

Applications in electronic format preferred and accepted at jobs@rubinmuseum.org

Mail application to: Head of Human Resources, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011