Variety: Associate Art Director

Penske Media Corporation, Los Angeles, CA USA

Content is the cornerstone to all we do, and our audience is why we do it.

Salary: Base + Benefits + 401-k

Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time

Variety is seeking a passionate and collaborative Associate Art Director who will help define and produce our weekly magazine. Based in our West Los Angeles newsroom, the ideal candidate will work alongside our Editorial team and Creative Director to translate complex stories and ideas into amazing and award-winning designs.


  • Manage the design and art direction for various sections of our magazine, being proactive in finding solutions to evolve and innovate the design.
  • Collaborate on the design for our magazine’s Special Issues, developing new, unique design systems for each Special Issue.
  • Ability to work closely with designers, photo editors and editors in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commission and art direct original illustrations and conceptual photography.
  • Negotiate fees, manage contracts and paperwork for assignments made.
  • Contribute to critiques and offer constructive feedback in a collaborative environment.
  • Color correct and prepare artwork for publication.
  • Conduct daily meetings with the Creative Director to schedule the Focus section plan each day.
  • Send out weekly emails with team assignments.
  • Work closely with the Creative Director on overall look and feel of the Focus section pages.


  • 4-6 years of experience in editorial design.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to run the Focus section, Awards Circuit, and Special Issues independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proactiveness and a self-starter is a must.
  • Strong problem solver and excellent attention to detail, with the ability to work quickly and efficiently for a weekly publication.
  • A strong passion and talent for typography, grids, photography and geometries is essential.
  • Ability to come up with conceptual approaches to stories.
  • Strong work ethic, with the ability to come up with design solutions in a high-pressure environment.
  • Long standing relationships with illustrators.
  • Expertise in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Previous experience working at a weekly publication a plus.

It’s all About You…

At PMC, your wellness is top of mind. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to nurture you and your loved ones, including pets! Our package includes Healthcare (medical, dental, and vision) HSA with an employer contribution, FSA (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter), EAP, Life Insurance, 401K with an employer match, Paid Parental Leave, Long-term Disability, generous Paid Time off (PTO), Pet Insurance, and Home & Auto insurance. Our Wellness initiatives rotate yoga, meditation, wellness weeks on a variety of topics, and financial wellness. We continuously elevate our offerings with more, for you.


Variety is the seminal voice in the entertainment industry. After 117 years of award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights, and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the most trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, aspirants and passionate entertainment enthusiasts, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print, podcasts, branded content, events, and summits.

In May 2019, Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS took home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy award and has been awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the 67th and 68th Emmy Awards. “Actors on Actors,” an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety The Variety Group – Variety,, Variety Insight, Indiewire,– is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.


PMC is a leading independent global media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a passionate monthly audience of more than 310 million. Since 2004, Penske Media has been a pioneer in digital media and a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens across its ever-growing constellation of iconic brands, which includes Deadline, Variety, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, VIBE, WWD, SHE Media, Robb Report, Sportico, BGR, ARTnews, Art in America, Fairchild Media, and, among many others. PMC’s journalists and content creators deliver daily the most comprehensive news and information in their industries and areas of coverage, unequaled in ambition, depth and courage. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 14 countries worldwide, PMC believes companies should not only be profitable but also forces for good. To learn more about PMC, our 2% Foundation, and our portfolio of brands, please visit

About Penske Media Corporation

Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a monthly audience of more than 260 million a month and reaches users in more than 175 countries as well as a collective 390 million social media followers. The company houses a constellation of globally prominent and legendary brands, including Variety, Rolling Stone,, WWD, Robb Report, SHE Media, BGR, IndieWire, Beauty Inc, Sourcing Journal, TVLine, FN, BlogHer, HollywoodLife, Gold Derby, and SPY. PMC delivers exceptional content to consumers, business leaders and organizations around the world across multiple platforms: digital, mobile, social, print, video, broadcast, and dynamic live events. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 11 countries worldwide, Penske Media is the way global leaders and influencers are informed, connected, and inspired.

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