Graphic Designer / Employment

November 30, 2022

Organization Name: Frye Art Museum

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


THE POSITION: Graphic Designer
DEPARTMENT: Communications
REPORTS TO: Head of Communications & Content Strategy
FLSA STATUS: Full Time (35 hours/week) Exempt
SALARY: $65,740
BENEFITS: Full benefits including medical, dental, vacation accrual, 403b, and more


Working closely with the full Communications team, the Graphic Designer implements visual design for a broad range of museum initiatives. The primary functions of the position involve print design and production in support of a wide variety of projects from exhibitions to facilities, events, and marketing. Together with the Digital Designer, this role innovates creative campaigns that reflect the caliber of museum programs and ensures appropriate implementation of the brand identity and design style guide.


Design and Production (70%)

Design and produce print materials, including but not limited to exhibition collateral, brochures, advertisements and marketing materials, signage, posters, direct mail campaigns, Museum Store products, internal reports and presentations, and museum brand collateral.
Prepare and present preliminary designs and layouts for review and approval by departments across the museum. Revise projects and implement edits thoroughly and in a timely manner as required through subsequent reviews to final approval.
Provide quality control of all print projects as required, including with cross-departmental colleagues and external vendors. Assist Communications Coordinator with vendor liaison and project management as needed.
Collaborate with department colleagues on digital initiatives.
Exhibition Graphics (30%)

Design and produce exhibition graphics and identity in collaboration with department colleagues, curators, and exhibition designers. This includes, but is not limited to, exhibition brochures, title walls, wall texts, graphic murals, photo blow-up reproductions, and object labels.
Partner with the museum’s DEAI committee and other internal and external resources to prioritize accessibility in exhibition graphic design to meet the needs of the broadest possible range of visitors.

Substantial professional experience in print design, especially type design and setting.
Excellent design ability with thorough knowledge of exhibition design, print design, publication design, and environmental graphics.
Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite and Creative Cloud, especially Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Commitment to and knowledge of best practices for accessible design.
Work with minimal supervision on assignments requiring creativity, initiative, and understanding of implications to people and the organization.
Ability to operate with purpose, urgency, and accuracy both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic environment with concurrent deadlines and rapidly changing priorities.
Exceptional time management and excellent organizational skills.
Detail-oriented with ability to multitask.
Ability to interact collegially with all levels within the organization and external vendors. Ability to exhibit discretion and handle confidential information appropriately.
Ability to understand and clearly communicate the big picture to various groups.
Experience in museum or nonprofit setting a plus.
Willingness to undergo a criminal background and employment reference check.
Committed to the Frye Art Museum’s mission, history and future.

Bachelors (B.S. or B.A.) degree or equivalent from a nationally accredited college or university in graphic design, media, or related field, and 4 or more years related work experience or an equivalent combination. Must have professional portfolio for presentation.


Work areas are inside, in a climate-controlled environment within an open office and with background noise. Work is occasionally performed at other indoor and outdoor sites. Work may require longer periods of sustained standing during special events.


Temporary telework arrangements may be in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, although staff are required to be on site each week and work with their manager or supervisor regarding scheduling. Some of the work may be performed off-site such as in the home or in a space near the home. Equipment may be owned and maintained by the employee or the Museum. Communications may be by email, mobile phone, internet video, electronic messaging, or other means as technology allows.


Sitting/Standing/Walking: Approximately 90% of time is spent seated while working at a desk. Balance of time (approximately 10%) is spent standing or moving around the work area. Ability to stand for extended periods of time when assisting at Museum events.

Speaking/Hearing: Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with vendors, donors, members, the public, and co-workers.

Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling: The ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds is necessary for occasional moving of material and equipment.

Vision: Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively use the computer screens.

Stooping/Kneeling: The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files and printing equipment.

Reaching/Handling: Good manual dexterity is necessary for computer keyboard use and for retrieving and working with appropriate paperwork, equipment, and supplies.


The Frye Art Museum mandates that all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Note that all employees are asked to adhere to museum guidance and policy for COVID-19, which may change over time.

This Job Summary is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of this role at the Frye Art Museum. Employees must maintain a high degree of flexibility in our rapidly changing environment and, as such, may be required to perform additional duties beyond the scope described here from time to time.


Candidates should send a portfolio, cover letter, and resume with “Graphic Designer” in the subject line to Open until filled. No phone calls, please.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions. In the event that we wish to arrange a personal interview, we will contact you by email or phone.

We, at Frye Art Museum, believe that the arts are for everyone. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for colleagues and guests.

Frye Art Museum complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

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