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Digital First Media Published: August 4, 2017
Boulder, Colorado
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Digital First Media seeks a Design Director to lead the Boulder Design Hub. The Hub serves a diverse group of  newspapers including the Denver Post, Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call and  the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Successful candidates should have a deep understanding of layout, typography and design with a portfolio that showcases their talents.  Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of leading teams and coaching and mentoring designers.  An ability to juggle multiple projects and manage a large and diverse workload in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment is critical.   You’ll be overseeing print design for a number of 24/7/365 news organizations that produce an array of features, news and sports sections, so strong organization and critical thinking skills are a must.  The perfect candidate will lead a staff of 24 designers, so a few years of prior experience as a newsroom manager or design team leader is a must.

If this describes you, we’d love to hear from you.  

Essential duties

  • Manage day-to-day operations for the hub.
  • Schedule 24 designers covering 5 dailies, 3 6-day papers  and numerous weeklies and twice-weeklies.
  • Direct staff in order to meet daily deadlines. Assign tasks and pages to designers and give final approval to pages.
  • Monitor and appraise job performance, communicate expectations to the team and handle disciplinary issues.
  • Responsible for establishing goals for the team and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Troubleshoot technical and software issues.
  • Manage and foster numerous relationships over a dozen client sites. This includes working with remote editors, publishers and other managers. Also coordinate with non-editorial department heads including marketing and advertising.
  • Must have expert-level skills in Photoshop and Illustrator and be able to train less experienced designers in these tools.
  • Check work for accuracy, adherence to style guidelines and visual quality across an array of newspapers.
  • Responsible for hiring and training new employees.  You’re passionate about recruiting and developing talented designers.

This is a great opportunity to lead a diverse team of talented designers.  The Boulder area is a great place to live and work, you can see the mountains from the newsroom’s windows, and you’re minutes away from amazing hiking and biking trails (and a short drive to world-class skiing).

We’re also a short drive to Denver with its thriving art, music and culinary scenes.

Please send your resume and a link to your portfolio (PDFs are also fine, email them in a zip file) to Vice President of News Prairie Mountain Publishing Kevin Kaufman at  Only applicants with a portfolio will be considered.