Manager, Advertising Design

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

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: $70-80,000

The Manager, Advertising Design will lead the designers in creating designs and providing graphic services for materials developed in the Advertising Department, including print advertising, direct mail, collateral, institutional publications, and other materials as required by the Kennedy Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

60%   Creating designs on computer for ads, direct mail, collateral, and other materials as assigned. Specifying printing instructions, reviewing bluelines and other printer’s proofs.

30%   Taking the lead on large-scale projects such as Kennedy Center News.

10%   Overseeing all design generated by the department to ensure high quality work. Supervise Assistant Manager Advertising Design, Senior Graphic Artist, Graphic Artist, and Graphic Design Intern.  

N/A   Coordinating and ensuring the completion of work according to deadlines and priorities set by the Advertising Services Manager and the Assistant Manager, Advertising Production.

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/commercial art
  • A minimum of six years related professional experience including supervisory experience.

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • Proficiency in desktop publishing software (Adobe Creative Suite--PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign) in a PC environment.
  • Proficient in layout and design and computer-generated artwork production and have a working knowledge of four-color printing process.
  • Must provide a portfolio that demonstrates ability and experience.
  • 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.

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).