• Design Director, CQ Magazine - CQ Roll Call

    Job Locations United States-DC-Washington
  • Introduction


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    Washington’s CQ Roll Call brings up-to-date news, analysis and insights to senior decision-makers on Capitol Hill.  This trusted source of unbiased, impartial information provides authoritative, nonpartisan and accurate congressional news and legislative tracking tools to its subscribers. Through more than 40 print and online products, CQ Roll Call keeps readers updated on a weekly, daily and real-time basis covering every legislative action in Congress with breaking news, bill tracking, and member profiles and offers insight on the people and institutions that influence public policy and legislation.   


    CQ Roll Call’s parent, The Economist Group, is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. The brands are bound together by their objective opinion, original insight and advocacy of economic, political and democratic freedom around the world.


    CQ is looking for an experienced Design Director to handle all aspects of the design of CQ Magazine, one of the premier products of the CQ Roll Call family. Applicant will design and produce covers, inside pages, graphics and other features, as well as work collaboratively on design issues for other CQ Roll Call platforms. Must have strong Mac skills and solid experience with the Adobe Design Suite, specifically InDesign. Applicant will be working with a tight-knit team of magazine editors as well as the policy editors and reporters of CQ and Roll Call.





    In the role you would be expected to:


    • Develop and design concepts for CQ magazine, while maintaining branding and overall look for the publication
    • Create other creative materials such as books and online imagery, as required
    • Design and redesign computer graphics, web page graphics, logos, illustrations, and many other forms of visual communication
    • Analyze, plan and create the design framework for inside features, establish photo and graphic specifications and selection for each section of the magazine
    • Ensure that quality work is being completed within the weekly deadline, from start to printer output, complete the project work within the timeline
    • Oversee that new techniques and processes provide best quality of designs
    • Be aware of the latest techniques and procedures used in design, suggest new ways of improving the quality of design and other project processes
    • Direct the team in choosing most effective approach that uses effective graphics, images, and other visual elements
    • Work in collaboration with colleagues across different departments and platforms, advising on other design projects as needed
    • Be familiar with searching photo providers such as AP, Getty Images, EPA and our in-house photo archive to find the best images for each section of the magazine

    Experience, skills and professional attributes


    To succeed in the role you must have: 


    • More than 5 years of experience in publication design
    • Knowledge of interactive design and online presentation
    • Familiarity with Adobe Workflow system
    • Ability to use analytical and artistic approaches to solve complex issues

    • Ability to handle multiple projects and prioritize different tasks

    • Strong diplomatic and communication skills

    • Strong project management and organizational skills


    To succeed in the role you will be able to demonstrate:


    • Excellent conceptual illustration skills and hands-on capabilities to execute illustrations
    • Strong working knowledge of the Adobe Design Suite, ability to design and create templates, charts and layouts in InDesign in a clear timely manner
    • Adobe Illustrator skills to design and produce graphics: bar and fever charts, pies, maps and timelines
    • Strong Photoshop skills to size, crop, color correct, alter and manipulate images for creative purposes
    • Strong Mac skills to problem solve technical problems
    • Familiarity with Adobe Workflow system



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