Premedia Director

May 31, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
Human Resources
Full Time
Crain Communications Inc, a leading privately held media organization headquartered in Detroit, MI, is seeking a Premedia Director to manage all pre-media activities across multiple channels. Success will be measured by this person’s role as a change agent within a rapidly changing environment and by successfully satisfying internal customers and business unit leaders.

Primary Responsibilities:
- Oversee Detroit Premedia Department which consists of two Prepress Specialists and three Production Managers.
- Assess, implement and manager an existing pre-media team efforts to acquire and perform new digital content skills through assessment of current skills and a strategic plan to gain any missing skills to meet the changing needs of the business.
- Prepress Activities and Responsibilities:
o Oversee Prepress activities, manage staff and perform department activities.
o Pre-flight, analyze, correct, process and archive supplied advertising files.
o Compose line ads and layout classified sections.
o Process, convert, quality check, transmit, archive Quark and InDesign editorial files.
o Color correct images.
o Assess and repair problems with print advertising files.
o Work with printers to evaluate and resolve printing difficulties.
o Assess and improve internal processes and workflows.
o Must be willing to work variable hours. Some late nights are required.
- Digital Platform Activities and Responsibilities:
o Lead Prepress staff attainment of new digital platform skills (web, tablets, smart phones, etc.).
o Implement new digital platform service offerings to publications.
o Anticipate and adapt to digital platform technologies.
- Production Activities and Responsibilities:
o Oversee all aspects of three Detroit-based Production Managers.
o Provide guidance regarding advertising problems and concerns.
o Serve as point of contact for Detroit-based Publishers for Production-related matters.



- Minimum 5 years of experience in a publishing pre-media environment.

- Minimum of 2 years managing people.

- Results orientated with focus on problem solving and continuous improvement.

- Success in identifying and achieving interdepartmental objectives.

- Involvement with digital platform technologies.


- Graphic arts and print production knowledge.

- Excellent skills with page make up software such as Quark, InDesign, etc., image correction software such as Photoshop, etc., and proficiency in Illustrator and Acrobat on both Mac and PC.

- Scan and color correct images.

- Accurate follow through on all details.

- Excellent organization skills.

- Must be able to multi-task and prioritize.

Crain Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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