GRAPHIC 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?

417 is looking for a well-versed designer with a skill for supporting multiple projects and producing high-quality designs across a multitude of mediums. If this sounds like you, and you’re ready for the next step in your career, apply today! 

This Graphic Designer position creates production ready visual layouts and conceptual art for all 417 print, event and digital products. Works quickly and efficiently on multiple design projects with quick turnaround times. Takes direction and constructive feedback on concepts and design and implements those designs through completion!

Responsibilities:

• Support production of all publications through organizational and planning efforts, technical setup and production-focused design.  
• Design editorial layouts, plus client and 417-branded advertisements, for all publications in keeping with the brand and demographics.
• Design custom visuals that quickly and concisely communicate content.
• Execute digital art components during photo shoot and art production, including both print-to-digital considerations and online-only products.
• Prepare design ideas, in conjunction with a variety of teams, for participation in creative brainstorm meetings. Meetings include but are not limited to editorial, advertising and event brainstorms.
• Ensure design and imagery is aesthetically on-brand, high-quality and meets the needs of each corresponding publication or client.
• Assist Where's 417 and People Pics communication and organization.
• Assist in getting pickup art and scheduling photo shoots for all publications.
• Provide retouching, color correcting and photo manipulation as needed.



Education Requirements and Work Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree or comparable professional experience 
• Minimum 1-2 years of experience.

Skills and Strengths:

• Excellent editorial design skills, visual creativity, strong understanding of 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.  
• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite design software 
• Extremely organized and process driven
• Photography skills
• 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.
• Passion for editorial design, photography, publishing and audience experience 
• Comfortable managing a workload of multiple projects and competing deadlines in a fast paced environment 
• Oh—and last but not least, have a passion for excellence

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
• Family-owned
• 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, except when out of office on photoshoots or events
• Valid drivers license and reliable transportation required 
• May be required to lift up to thirty (30) pounds during occasional photo shoots
• Flexible in working extended hours.

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

We’re 417, a life-enrichment company in Springfield, Missouri, serving more than 325,362 audience members monthly across our titles of 417 Magazine, Biz 417, 417 Home and 417 Bride. In addition, 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 25 years, but there’s even more to come—we promise. Want to be part of it? Submit cover letter, writing samples and resume to WorkFor417@417mag.com.

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.