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Art Director

Publication or Company  Sactown Magazine (Sacramento)
Industry  Magazine Publishing
Salary Negotiable
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Sacramento, CA
Experience Level 3 years
Job Requirements Sactown magazine, the Sacramento region's largest magazine with a circulation of 40,000, is searching for a talented Art Director with a strong work ethic and extensive experience in print publication design, preferably with at least some experience in web design.

Must have at least 3 years of publication design.

The ideal candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, able to multitask and work well under pressure, and be willing to put in additional hours on deadline if necessary.

The candidate must be proficient with the Mac OS system, as well as Adobe InDesign CS 5.5, Photoshop and Illustrator. Familiarity with Adobe InCopy is preferred. The ideal candidate will also have excellent production skills such as color correcting, pre-flighting, press check experience, etc (although we rarely do in-person press checks since we print in Los Angeles). The art director will also be responsible for shipping each issue to the printer.

As a one-person art department, the candidate will work closely with the owners/editors-in-chief.

Main duties will include laying out the bimonthly magazine (with plans to go monthly), designing features and departments, and maintaining and updating the design and functionality of the magazine's website: We also plan to launch a digital edition in 2014 and this position will also oversee that effort.

Secondary duties will include occasional ad design and the design of miscellaneous marketing materials ranging from advertising media kits to sales collateral material and more.

Experience in publication design (magazine or alt-weekly) is required. Please do not apply without any professional publication experience.

A selection of some of our past covers can be found here:

About Sacramento: California's capital city has a metro population of 2.2 million and is located 60 minutes from Napa, 90 minutes from San Francisco, 2 hours from Lake Tahoe and 3 hours from Monterey.
About Our Company Sactown Magazine is the largest city magazine in Sacramento. It's a bimonthly magazine founded in 2006 by two former journalists who spent a decade each in New York City, writing and for publications such as The New York Times, InStyle, Fortune, Money, The Wall Street Journal, Metropolis and others. Our publisher is the former president of Texas Monthly. Our senior photographer shoots regularly for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The magazine has won dozens of editorial awards, including 21 Maggie Awards from the Western Publishing Association, five Folio Awards (including the 2013 award for Best Feature Design), two City & Regional Magazine Awards (including the 2014 award for Best Food Writing) and has been selected twice for the Communication Arts Photography Annual.