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Design Director

Communications & Creative
San Francisco Bay Area

Ray and Charles Eames laid the foundation for human-centered design and created work that has transcended time. Together, this husband and wife team made significant contributions to architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and storytelling—producing furniture, photography, textiles, toys, exhibitions, films, and other contributions to culture and society. Their success and the enduring nature of their work are a result of their rigorous, iterative approach to problem-solving. Even more importantly, they left us a spirit of optimism that our collective efforts can make the world a better place for everyone.

Our goal is to establish the Eames Institute as a home for a new generation of curious problem-solvers, and design is central to our mission. Through exceptional designs across digital and physical expressions, our creative work aims to inspire a global audience while clearly communicating our mission, vision, values, and standards.

The Design Director is responsible for bringing the Eames Institute brand to life visually across a wide range of platforms, products, and experiences. You will be responsible for establishing a design competency within our organization, and understanding the balance of service and leadership this entails.

As the Design Director, you will:

Implement design at every touch point

  • Bring the Eames Institute brand to life visually across a wide range of platforms, products, and experiences—including website, social, print collateral, and physical spaces 
  • Bring a knowledge of design production to execute to the highest standards of quality
  • Provide art direction for photo shoots and physical manifestations of brand 
  • Present creative concepts and designs to cross-functional teams for review and concept ideation

Operationalize Design within the Organization

  • Develop design processes and resources to effectively collaborate with internal and external partners, and serve the organization
  • Lead engagements with external creative partners (illustrators/photographers) and agencies as needed
  • Oversee Brand Guidelines 

Advance a Culture of Design

  • Partner closely with leadership and internal teams to understand strategy, business goals, timelines, planning, to inform the organization’s design function 
  • Serve as a critical voice on, and contributor to, our growing Communications & Creative team
  • Represent the Eames Institute within the broader design community  

Who you might be:

You may have…

  • 8+ years experience working on in-house creative team, creative agency, or similar 
  • Strong visual design portfolio that demonstrates a meticulous sense of detail for design craft and execution across platforms—digital, print, physical
  • Demonstrable skills for layout, typography, color, composition, art direction, and production
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and organizational skills
  • Experience and knowledge working in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Bonus: Experience and knowledge working with Figma, Miro, Milanote, & Bynder  

You are someone who…

  • Thrives as a systematic thinker, bringing attention to detail and ability to see the big picture
  • Brings passion about design across both physical and digital experiences
  • Demonstrates the ability to work confidently and build trusted partnerships on teams of designers, writers, project managers, and creative/marketing directors
  • Is able to self-initiate and lead design projects and proactively seek out creative solutions to challenges
  • Practices giving and taking feedback with a positive and curious attitude 

What you can expect:

  • Generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 6% 401k match, commuting benefits, and parental leave
  • Base salary: $120,000 - $150,000/year
  • Wellness benefit of $600 per year to spend on anything that contributes to your mental and physical wellness
  • Professional development benefit up to $600 per year to support your continued learning and career development
  • Unlimited vacation policy in addition to thirteen paid holidays and end-of-year holiday closure 
  • Sabbatical leave after five years of employment

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Our organization strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment for individuals who reflect a broad spectrum of identities, including but not limited to gender, racial, ethnic, and social-economic dimensions. We aim to maintain and develop a working environment where individuals are welcomed to express their affiliations, advocacy, associations, and appearance freely. We believe that inclusion of diverse perspectives is essential to achieving our long-term vision and mission. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, and you would like to self-identify, you are encouraged to do so in your cover letter. This is optional and not required. 

Our organization is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not allow the discrimination against an applicant or employee based on the basis of race, creed, religion, disability, color, national origin, age, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, nationality, national origin, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. If you need assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please contact us.