Advertising Designer

Are you a self-motivated, resourceful problem-solver with a “we’re all in this together” attitude? Are you passionate about connecting 417-landers to what’s best and what’s next in our community, helping them to fully enjoy their life in 417-land? Are you looking for opportunities for growth and advancement based on your individual strengths?

More than 50% of the advertisements seen in 417 publications are created through our in-house account services department. If you are a graphic designer with a talent for creating dynamic advertisements and a passion for helping local businesses market themselves our Advertising Design position is the job for you!


Produce effective, high quality print and digital advertisements while providing excellent customer service in a deadline-driven atmosphere.


Work with internal teammates, including account executive(s) and account coordinator, to deliver excellent client service and produce high quality advertisements for all client initiatives
Design advertisements in all publications and online (print ads, special sections, targeted display ads, digital impressions, specialty web ads)
Write and source copy for advertisements including creative headlines, advertising copy, etc
Work with Advertising Brand Coordinator to create advertising campaigns
Assist with photo shoots, as needed
Utilize customer relationship management (CRM) system to document and receive direction about any client advertising production
Assist with proof and upload process for print publications
Meet deadlines while maintaining quality standards

Education Requirements and Work Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in graphic design
1–2 years work experience (impressive internship experience counts)

Skills and Strengths:

Excellent design skills, visual creativity, strong understanding for typography
Ability to represent themselves and the company through the mission and core values of 417 through any interactions inside or outside of the office and online with co-workers and the public.
Highly organized and deadline driven
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite design software
Intrinsically motivated to work independently yet still be a team player
Comfortable with following direction and receiving feedback as required
Creative thinker who has the ability to offer input in meetings and confidence to share ideas.
Manage a workload of multiple projects and competing deadlines
Oh—and last but not least, have a passion for excellence

Bonus for the Overachievers (we love you, by the way):

Illustration skills

Benefits and #417culture:

Comprehensive health benefits for employees, disability insurance, SIMPLE IRA match, profit-sharing plan, professional development, flexible work environment, holidays and personal days
Through our commitment to being Great Game of Business practitioners, we take ownership of our work, mistakes, actions and wins. We understand we have a stake in the company's—and our own—future.
Key culture competencies include being a self-motivated, resourceful problem-solver with a “we’re all in this together” attitude who is also willing to pitch in and answer the phone. Team member must be dependable and efficient in his or her work and must have an innovative mindset.
Did we mention we have a fun committee?
We promote from within, so there are opportunities for growth and advancement

Evaluations and Outcomes:

The position will be evaluated after 90 days with reviews every 120 days.

Environmental Requirements:

Mainly sedentary in an office environment with the exception of event days and photo shoots
May be required to lift up to thirty (30) pounds
Flexible in working extended hours
Valid drivers license and reliable transportation required

Get to know #417culture and the work we do here.

We’re Whitaker Publishing, a life-improvement company in Springfield, Missouri, serving more than 160,000 monthly readers across our titles of Biz 417, 417 Home, 417 Magazine and 417 Bride. We have robust digital properties to support each title, produce award-winning publications and have a custom publishing division, a ticketing platform and an event-planning division. While we're at it, we host parties and events for movers, shakers and everyone in between.

We’ve been doing this gig for 20 years, but there’s even more to come—we promise. Want to be part of it? Email cover letter, resume and digital portfolio to VP of Operations Megan Johnson at

417 provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants. Employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or unlawfully affected by virtue of an applicant's or employee's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, medical status, pregnancy, marital status, military including veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other class protected by law. This policy governs all aspects of recruitment, employment, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, assignment, termination, and other terms and conditions of employment.


If you’re ready to take the next step, apply today!