Senior Graphic Designer | The Studio Museum in Harlem

Founded in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem is a cultural leader that champions and preserves the prolific legacy of artists of African descent while simultaneously promoting critical thinking about art, culture, and community. Born out of an urgent need amid the political, social, and cultural ferment of the late 1960s, the Studio Museum was founded to create a new paradigm in which institutionally ignored artists of color would be seen, discussed, rewarded, and made known to the public. Today, the Studio Museum continues to serve as the nexus for Black artists locally, nationally, and internationally, and for work inspired and influenced by Black culture.

Job Summary

The Studio Museum in Harlem seeks a Senior Graphic Designer to lead creative production and advance the institution’s reputation as a 21st Century Museum dedicated to championing and incubating Black artistic vision. A key stakeholder in shaping and maintaining the Museum’s brand and visual identity, the designer will be a member of the Marketing and Communications team while working with internal stakeholders to identify needs and requirements for production of attractive and well-designed assets.

Note: This is a contract position with an intent to hire full time at the end of the contract term assuming satisfactory performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and development of culturally compelling and institutionally relevant creative solutions for all museum exhibitions, printed collateral, digital graphics, environmental graphics, invitations, signage, and original content.
  • Manage and evangelize the new and ongoing development of the Museum’s visual identity system, ensuring brand consistency across all audience touch points including but not limited to print, digital, social, OOH and media campaigns.
  • Create layouts and designs for exhibition catalogs, and print publications such as the award-winning Studio magazine.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Communications team to conceptualize and bring cross-departmental visual narrative ideas to life across all channels.
  • Work with and manage external freelancers, design studios, photographers, videographers, and illustrators.
  • Participate in and contribute to the development of marketing and communications institutional priorities, providing strategic guidance and feedback.
  • Maintain approved style and brand guidelines.
  • Organize, monitor, and maintain files on Dropbox & NetX
  • Assist in maintenance of the Studio Museum website.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications 

  • Experience leading, cultivating, and developing creative teams with a demonstrated ability to create and communicate a vision and drive implementation.
  • Strong visual aesthetic – love for and knowledge of typography, iconography, form, color, composition, materiality, and detail
  • Excellent aptitude for visual storytelling, passion for staying current on trends within the design and art world.
  • Forward thinking; passionate about bringing fresh ideas and industry knowledge of branding, design, technology, and Black culture to the Museum.
  • Strong leadership skills – naturally a self-starter and problem solver capable of managing cross departmental creative projects from start to finish.
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to explain rationale and evoke excitement with your recommendations clearly and articulately.
  • Comfortable working in a tight-knit, collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment that demands flexibility while maintaining quality of work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • In depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite – Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
  • Past experience working with a gallery or museum a plus
  • Video + audio production experience a plus

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts in graphic design and three to five years of design and production experience, including 2-3 years as a senior designer or art director, or equivalent

Work Environment

  • This is a contract position with an intent to hire full time at the end of the contract term assuming satisfactory performance.

Core Values

  • Commitment (Core Value) – commitment to the mission and values of Studio Museum in Harlem.
  • Collaboration (Core Value) – works well with others at all levels of the organization as well as with key external stakeholders 
  • Initiative (Core Value) – takes self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and / or drive progress and positive change.
  • Creative Vision – Commitment to innovation, creativity and to bringing the voices and ideas of artists of African descent to audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.


$70,000 – $85,000 annually

Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a small not-for-profit. A competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a retirement account, and substantial vacation time. 


Application Instructions: 

Please upload your resume, cover letter and a portfolio to your application. No phone calls or faxes, please.

Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each submission, the Museum will only be able to contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and work experience best fit the requirements of the position. 

The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. They celebrate their inclusive work environment and encourage folks of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At the Studio Museum, they are committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. They embrace their differences, and know that their diverse team is a strength that drives their success.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. They recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

The Studio Museum is requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for employment. In order to be eligible, participants must show proof of vaccination and a form of personal ID.

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