Senior Graphic Designer

Website Paramount Theatre - Aurora Civic Center Authority

The Paramount Theatre/Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), an innovative organization located on Stolp Island in the Fox River in the heart of the richly diverse community of historic Aurora, Illinois (one hour from downtown Chicago), is seeking a Senior Graphic Designer. ACCA is the parent organization, which also includes a 501(c)3 arm under the name of Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. It operates three performance venues: the 6,000-person RiverEdge Park, the 1,843-seat landmark Paramount Theatre, the 165-seat, newly renovated Copley Theatre, and the brand new Stolp Island Theatre. ACCA produces and presents over 500 performances each year, including star-studded touring productions, a self-produced Broadway Series of musicals (which has the largest theater subscription base in the country) and the self-produced Bold Series for an annual audience of 350,000 patrons from over 250 communities. ACCA proudly operates the Paramount School of the Arts in the new John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, right next door to Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. Paramount Theatre also hosts free community events, $1 Classic Movie Mondays and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or corporate galas. Across the street from Paramount Theatre is the gorgeous Meyer Ballrooms, which play host to multiple wedding receptions and rental events throughout the year.

The Paramount Theatre/Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by:

·         making the performing arts accessible for every age and socioeconomic background,

·         introducing the magic of live theater across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world,

·         and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.

The highest purpose of any theater is to inspire its community toward a more perfect humanity. Such humanity can exist only when every member of the community is included and valued, empowered and heard. To express this truth, ACCA commits its leaders, volunteers, artists and staff to the active, continual and accountable pursuit of the following principles: equity, inclusion and diversity.

DEPARTMENT – Marketing

DIRECT REPORTING – Art Director

POSITION STATUS & SCHEDULE – Full time exempt; some weekends and evenings; not a 9-5 job.

COMPENSATION – Minimum salary starting at $60K; excellent benefits package including health, paid time off, and 401k

HIRE DATE – Immediate

POSITION SUMMARY-

In coordination with the Art Director, the Senior Graphic Designer will develop strategy and execution for the visual elements of all organization marketing and promotional efforts. This will include working closely with marketing staff, web developers, photographers, videographers, internal clients, and outside contractors.

The Senior Graphic Designer must have a passion for communicating visually; outstanding design skills; the ability to guide, evaluate and elevate design execution; have strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience in leading cross-functionally without direct supervision; be a team player who shares the Company’s artistic vision for a broad and inclusive audience; equally as important, they need to want to work in a creative and fun atmosphere and add to that atmosphere.

This position is part of the team responsible for the development behind the visual representation of the brand and material produced by the organization. It supports departments ranging from content to marketing to fundraising and more. This role offers an opportunity to play a major role in the creative direction and output of a highly respected regional theater that is looking for an interesting, unique, fun and strong visual contributor and message strategist.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Take the lead to develop creative work including the design of graphics, website content, brochures, flyers, posters, advertisements, billboards, mailers, photo shoots, HTML emails and digital marketing assets from conception to completion, ensuring a high level of creativity and style consistency in all work produced
  • Build relationships internally and externally with the active and continual pursuit of the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity
  • Supplement the social media visual presence of the organization, working with the content and marketing teams
  • Be adept at working across an organization, serving as the subject matter expert on all things visual
  • Be a consistent brand guardian and mission champion
  • Manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously, and display flexibility through multiple revisions and changing priorities bringing projects in on time and on budget
  • Position performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned

In addition to the duties listed above, ACCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to ACCA’s policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets productivity standards; participates in ACCA events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.

SKILLS and ABILITIES

Minimum of 7 years’ experience, preferably in a fast-paced studio, agency, or creative department, working across platforms, developing campaigns that work in both digital and print
Online portfolio showcasing varied body of relevant work required
Proven experience in logo and brand development
Advanced skills in design tools and technologies (Adobe Creative Suite, strong focus on InDesign)
Experience with WordPress and/or HTML
Video editing and motion graphics/animation skills preferred
·         Ability to thrive in high-speed atmosphere while still delivering quality, impactful work on time

The ability to balance multiple projects and be accountable for meeting deadlines
Experience in managing creative development with proven team-building skills and a flexible, upbeat attitude in the workplace
·         Well organized and detail-oriented

·         Previous experience in the entertainment industry or event marketing a plus

·         Fun, engaging, creative, passion for learning and sharing, thrives by being a part of a team, wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves, a nice person.

Join us in redefining the boundaries of artistic expression and community impact, contributing to Aurora’s downtown’s cultural enrichment and stability. ACCA is not merely an arts organization, but a catalyst for personal and community evolution.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume and a link to your portfolio using the online job application at https://paramountaurora.com/opportunities/

Or mail/drop off to: Aurora Civic Center Authority, ATTN: Senior Marketing Director, 8 East Galena Blvd., Suite 230, Aurora, IL 60506

ACCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  ACCA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who are eager to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

ACCA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, ACCA is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating the employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and a link to your portfolio using the online job application at https://paramountaurora.com/opportunities/

Or mail/drop off to: Aurora Civic Center Authority, ATTN: Senior Marketing Director, 8 East Galena Blvd., Suite 230, Aurora, IL 60506

To apply for this job please visit paramountaurora.com.

Pay Rate/Range*: $60,000/annually