Assistant Manager, Advertising Design

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • Washington, DC 20566, USA
Full Time Advertising-PR Design Nonprofit

Job Description

About The Kennedy Center

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – President John F. Kennedy

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents performances across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra. 

Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts. 

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The Kennedy Center is a welcoming and inclusive culture where everyone benefits - we do it in a way that honors everyone’s humanity. We are able to advance our mission because of committed and passionate employees. We are fortunate to be able to leverage their diverse perspectives, life experiences and skills to inform how our workplace can be a safe, transparent, and replenishing community. Through honest discussion, our focus on DEI, and the creation of a D&I council, we are committed to always being the best versions of ourselves.

Job Description

Salary: $50-60,000

The Assistant Manager, Advertising Design, will assist the Manager, Advertising Design in leading the designers to create high-level designs for season brochures, direct mail, collateral, institutional publications, digital advertising, and other materials as required by the Kennedy Center. To manage and coordinate the schedules of the design team, monitor changes in marketing plans that impact the schedules, scheduling periodic meetings to advance the progress of projects, following up on outstanding information that impact projects, and act as a liaison between the design team and other departments.

Duties and Responsibilities

70%   Creating high-level designs on computer for season brochures, direct mail, digital advertising, special events invitations, and other materials while ensuring Brand compatibility.

10%   Reviewing job requests submitted through Robohead to determine that all required assets have been submitted and following up on any outstanding issues. 

10%   Assigning work to the design team and monitoring changes in marketing plans that may impact the schedules. Tracking the progress of projects and checking in on timelines to assure deadlines are being met. Keeping project statuses up-to-date in Robohead.

10%   Act as the design representative at project meetings with other departments to request information and answer questions.

N/A   Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.

N/A   Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in graphic design/advertising
  • Minimum of 5 years professional related experience

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • Proficiency in desktop publishing software (Adobe Creative Suite--PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign) in a PC environment.
  • Must provide a portfolio that demonstrates ability and experience.
  • Proficiency in layout and design and computer-generated artwork production and have working knowledge of four-color printing process.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments under the pressure of tight deadlines; be detail-oriented and organized; able to follow creative direction; and conscientious about following purchasing and routing procedures and taking instructions for edits and changes. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with many personality types, both orally and written.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms.  This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is low.


We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a matching 403(b) Retirement Plan (employees are eligible for organization match after 1 year of employment).