Aga Khan Museum

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The Aga Khan Museum (AKM) in Toronto, Canada offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Its mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum will inform and inspire audiences from all cultures by presenting art created in the Muslim world throughout the past fourteen centuries, along with current paths of artistic practice and cultural development.

Purpose of Position

Reporting to the Marcom Studio Manager, the Designer generates high-quality print and digital materials that create a strong, consistent, eye-catching, and inviting image of the Aga Khan Museum and its various programs and offerings. The Designer is responsible for design solutions, from concept to completion. S/he works closely with internal clients (AKM Departments), external vendors and the creative agency, overseeing accuracy, quality control and deadlines.

  • Supporting the Marketing and Communications (Marcom) team in the creation, development, and production of print and digital design projects, including but not limited to marketing materials and campaigns (large-format advertisements; print advertisements; brochures; promo cards; and web, email, and social media graphics), presentation materials, signage, and environmental graphics.

  • Working with internal clients to develop concepts, graphics and layouts for a range of print and digital marketing projects.

  • Contributing to the creative identity of the Museum while ensuring consistency with the Museum’s brand and visual voice.

  • Conceptualizing and/or preparing drafts of material based on an agreed brief or desired approach.

  • Participating in project meetings and positive discussions relating to appropriate design methods/techniques to meet project requirements.

  • Receiving feedback on concepts and designs and making revisions as and when required.

  • Liaising with Studio Manager on a regular basis to ensure deadlines are met and material is produced to the highest quality.

  • Creating press-ready files for production, supplying service providers with detailed specifications to obtain estimates, reviewing print and digital proofs, and providing constructive feedback.

  • Troubleshooting technical issues in graphic files for pre-press and printing – linking graphics, including fonts and creating colour separations.

  • Liaising closely with the external creative agency’s design team, functioning as the visual voice of the Museum.

  • Reviewing internal and external projects to ensure that all pieces are in keeping with the Museum’s brand and visual voice.

  • Maintaining soft and hard copy files to document all phases of projects.

  • Assisting with the supervision of interns, contractual designers, photographers, as well as other service providers.

  • Assisting with the care and maintenance of the Museum’s photography and video assets.

  • Assisting and/or leading as required, with the art direction of photo and video shoots for the Museum.

  • Conceptualizing video storyboards, creating and editing videos using iMovie, QuickTime Player or other software.

  • Converting and publishing videos to the website and social media channels.

  • Supporting the Studio Manager’s development of processes, plan projects, and timelines.

  • Any other tasks as assigned by the line manager.

  • Minimum university/college degree in graphic design. RGD (Registered Graphic Designer) certification an asset.

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the creation, development, and production of print and digital design projects.

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite CS6/CC (Illustrator, Photoshop, 
and InDesign), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), as well as with both Mac and PC operating systems; experience with BrightSign an asset.

  • Experience in Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro or motion graphics will be considered an asset.

  • Knowledge of web coding languages and design (HTML, CSS, and Javascript) and experience working with content management systems (CMS).

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills, organized, and efficient.

  • Passion for learning: demonstrable consistent desire and curiosity to learn and acquire new knowledge and skills and ability to quickly adapt to new technologies.

  • Positive attitude and perseverance to overcome obstacles or challenges that may be encountered.

  • Proven ability to meet multiple and/or unexpected deadlines and prioritize competing workloads under time pressures, while maintaining a positive attitude.

  • Committed to contributing to a strong team culture to ensure success.

  • Ability to think beyond the immediate area of responsibility to take into consideration the broader Museum agenda.

  • Ability to work outside of regular business hours as and when required to do so.

  • Established interest in the mandate of the Museum.

How to Apply
  • Application Deadline: Jan 07, 2020

  • Start Date: Jan 20, 2020

  • Salary From: 50K To 65K

  • Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)

  • Organization’s Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries

Please send your cover letter and resume to on or before January 7, 2020. Please also provide a link to your portfolio of print and digital samples.

The Museum thanks all those who apply, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that the Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.

Posted on December 27