Creative Director

Afar Media
San Francisco, California
Competitive annual salary, bonus, health, annual travel stipend, 401K
Jun 17, 2019
Metro Area
San Francisco
Full Time

AFAR Media, the critically acclaimed travel media brand headquartered in San Francisco and New York, is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic creative director to join our team. The ideal candidate has 8+ years of print magazine experience, strong typographic expertise, a keen eye for photography and illustration, and a sophisticated and innovative design sensibility. Both print editorial and digital design experience (in a media context) are essential. This role reports directly to the VP, Editor in Chief. This position is based in our San Francisco office.

Job duties

  • Lead a creative team of 5 full-time in-house designers, photo editors, and video editors
  • Be the visual steward for the overall AFAR Media brand, which includes the bimonthly magazine,, the non-profit AFAR Foundation, and ancillary special projects
  • Work with editors and the creative team to define and craft the look of AFAR through photos, illustrations, and design
  • Work with outside illustrators, typographers, motion graphics animators, and other artists to commission original work for AFAR
  • Design magazine feature stories, departments, and covers
  • Be a key decision maker on AFAR’s nascent video strategy


  • Be a confident strategic and creative thinker who wants to roll up his/her sleeves
  • Have solid managerial, leadership, and team-building experience
  • Must be an entrepreneurial self-starter with a collaborative spirit
  • Able to recruit, cultivate, and retain top staff and freelance talent
  • Must have excellent organizational, communication, delegation, and time management skills
  • Be both a workhorse and an ideas person who is excited to work with multiple departments (product, audience development, engineering, sales and marketing)
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator
  • Must have experience defining the look and feel of a print magazine
  • Must have experience defining the look and feel of a website and be up to date on digital media design best practices and current trends
  • Thorough knowledge of image processing and retouching, color correction, and CMYK pre-press and printing processes
  • Must find satisfaction in both contributing ideas and doing the work to make them happen
  • Must be detail-oriented and deadline-savvy
  • Must have a passion for travel, and be interested in conceptualizing new and interesting ways to look at travel

Please send a resume and a link to a portfolio site, as well as salary requirements, with the subject line “Creative Director” to