Art Lead

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Art Lead

Job description

Great Minds, a rapidly growing challenger brand in the PK–12 instructional materials space, seeks an experienced Art Lead.


COMPANY PROFILE
Great Minds, a mission driven Public Benefit Corporation, brings teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™ and PhD Science™, all support teachers as they take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Founded in 2007, Great Minds now employs more than 1,000 people.

For additional information please visit: www.greatminds.org
 

OUR MARKET POSITION

Great Minds’ Eureka Math is the most widely used curriculum in the history of American education. It enjoys an unrivaled 40+ net promoter score. Eureka and its sister products, Wit & Wisdom English and PhD Science, embrace much higher expectations for all students and all teachers. In a market dominated by scripted, procedural materials that drive expectations down, Great Minds produces curricula that celebrate knowledge, respect the craft of teaching, and acknowledge the true capabilities of students.

Position Summary
The Art Lead will assist the Art Manager, working with art coordinators, freelancers, and supplier partners, to ensure that all illustrations and artwork adhere to specifications; are 100% content-accurate; and are delivered on schedule.


The Art Lead will participate in discussions between members of the Content, Production Services teams, and Technology teams to establish art specifications, art workflows, file type needs, and approval processes.


The Art Lead will be responsible for documenting all art specifications for Math, Humanities, and Science artwork across the Organization – both print and digital – and will be responsible for clearly communicating them to all internal and external illustrators. The Art Lead will collaborate with the respective Creative Lead and curriculum team to develop art baselines, master art libraries, icons, and other related art needs.


The Art Lead needs to have a strong illustration and/or art buying background, be expert in the various software used to create illustrations, artwork, and equations used in K–12 instructional materials.


Responsibilities:

Specifically, the Art Lead will

  • Participate in the development of prototypes for curriculum pages in collaboration with content teams
  • Create and communicate Art specifications that represent the aesthetic and voice of the
    Great Minds’ brand
  • Develop best practices with cross-functional teams
  • Develop specifications to support products with cross-functional teams
  • Review and respond to art-related questions during the production phase of each project
  • Represent the Art Team at project status meetings
  • Understand and address Accessibility requirements in all created artwork, delivered through print or via the Great Minds digital platform
  • Remotely oversee the work of independent illustrators, in-house illustrators, and art production suppliers to create multiple art programs. Have a strong appreciation that the artwork and illustrations will play an important part of student and teacher experience of the curriculum and products of the Great Minds brand.
  • Have proven experience in art production using tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and or Paint. Ability to make updates and changes in different file formats to ensure correct creation of images to editorial requirements.
  • Understanding of print and online production requirements for image processing and delivery.
  • Full understanding of RGB image processing for online images, CMYK print color management and grayscale image processing for print.
  • Full understanding of print requirements for image reproduction.
  • Ability to manage multiple large image projects and suppliers delivering for each project.
  • Ability to work remotely with a team in Great Minds to achieve project goals.
  • Ability to communicate with offshore teams in India and US based teams.

Requirements

  • Communicating Effectively: Provides clear, direct, accurate, and professional written and verbal communication at all times. Collaborates with GM teams and suppliers on issues and risks and proposes solutions or mitigations in a timely manner.
  • Project Management: Exhibits a proficiency in prioritization to ensure that tasks are completed on time. Possesses excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Ensures that status, risks and issues are managed and communicated.
  • Collaboration and Building Partnerships: Works effectively and cooperatively with others. Establishes and maintains good working relationships across diverse groups. Comfortable executing cross-functional projects and working with teams both in person and in a virtual environment. Offers to help others achieve goals. Provides value add to project teams.
  • Strong conceptual thinker and creative problem solver
  • Extensive experience and proficiency with current graphic design software and tools, practices, and procedures, including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) Microsoft products, HTML, and others required to accomplish creation, review,
    and output for print and digital delivery
  • Ability to give direction and critique with diplomacy
  • Resilience in accepting creative feedback and managing multiple inputs while being able
    to clearly articulate a well-thought-out point of view
  • Ability to interact with editorial and shared services teams remotely
  • Ability to anticipate the implications of artistic guidelines across varied products and media
  • Flexible, versatile nature with the willingness to prioritize efforts to align with
    organizational goals
  • Sensitivity to audience, political circumstance, market realities, and customer needs across communications
  • Intellectual curiosity and keen attention to detail

Education Level and/or Relevant Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or work experience in publishing art production management required
  • 5+ years of educational publishing experience, or relevant equivalent experience
  • Candidates must have experience with Adobe Creative Cloud software (emphasis on Photoshop and Illustrator), Smartsheet, with a DAM system or Bynder experience a plus
  • Candidates who have experience with specific digital formats (e.g., EPUB, HTML5, XML) preferred
  • 5+ years of art management experience or relevant equivalent experience with learning solutions for the K–12 market preferred

Details:

  • Full-time, Exempt
  • This position is Remote

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.

If selected a background check will be required.

New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, subject to potential accommodation as required by law or otherwise permitted by the Company.

Great Minds is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the organization’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.