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Puget Sound Business Journal Published: December 2, 2018
Seattle, Washington
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The design editor is the liaison between the creative team and the editor in chief. In this role, you must be a self-starter and a skilled collaborator. The design editor will develop our approach to visual storytelling, working closely with editors, reporters and photographers to shape our biggest projects. You are also responsible for ensuring that we have the resources necessary to meet deadlines. That includes custom publications and materials for Puget Sound Business Journal events. You will attend department manager meetings to discuss production planning as it relates to editorial, events and sales. Across all platforms, your work will maintain our high standards for visuals with a keen eye for details pertaining to accuracy, presentation, photography, typography and graphics. The design editor’s duties include:

  • Oversees design of weekly paper, digital assets and PSBJ branding materials.
  • In consultation with editor in chief, edits and designs special reports.
  • Oversees mapping, archiving and other maintenance of the weekly print edition.
  • Implement and manage weekly deadlines and daily workflow.
  • Contribute story ideas regularly, as well as a constant stream of ideas for stories already in the pipeline, particularly for special reports.
  • Manages production costs, freelance and contract labor.
  • Supervises photographer (in conjunction with editor in chief): Includes and brainstorms with photographer during editorial planning process; edits photographer’s work after assignments.
  • Supervises graphic designers (in conjunction with editor in chief): Assigns, edits and reviews event marketing design work; ensures designer meets company design standards and work is performed in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience


  • One to three years management experience in a design department
  • Mac OS X and extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, InCopy), HTML/CSS, Flite, and Power Point
  • Illustration ability is a big plus, as are copy editing/writing and informational graphic skills


  • Must be proficient in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop; HTML/CSS a plus
  • Strong visual storyteller who can drive non-narrative story forms and infographics
  • Comfortable using third-party software/tools to create graphics and digital interactives
  • Has experience editing photos and brainstorming ideas with photographers
  • Strong communicator, able to articulate the design vision to editorial and business staffers alike
  • Works cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and professionally with sources and vendors


Email resume and a link to design samples to Laurie Lawrence at [email protected]. Only applications with design samples and editorial experience will be considered (please do not send work samples as PDFs or attachments). No phone calls please.


The Puget Sound Business Journal and its 39 sister publications are part of American City Business Journals, the No. 1 source for local business news in the nation. We publish daily online, weekly in print and deliver multiple daily email products and host monthly events attended by hundreds of business executives. The design department is responsible for the design support of all departments in the office, including editorial, advertising and marketing across all platforms, including our signature events. The Puget Sound Business Journal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Company considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable city, state or federal law.