Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
June 12, 2014

Art Director
Museum of the Rockies

Search Number     14-436
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) renewable fiscal year contract

$35,000 per fiscal year appointment

Benefits Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University, Bozeman, seeks a creative Art Director to join its staff. Already Montana’s most visited museum and one of the state’s top five attractions, the Museum is internationally known for its paleontology program, led by Dr. Jack Horner, and is building public awareness and support for its regional western history program and commitment to children and families. The Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Duties and

The Art Director will be responsible for the conceptual and visual development, graphic design, art direction, file preparation, print production oversight and print production budget control of all of the Museum’s marketing and advertising efforts, to include, but is not limited to, magazine, newspaper, collateral, signage, posters, postcards and other online and offline marketing materials. Working in conjunction with the Marketing Director, this position must be able to understand and respond appropriately to strategic direction, client input and creative direction in order to provide art direction advice and design solutions to client and team members. The Art Director is responsible for setting and managing project schedules with attention to internal and external deadlines, managing costs within project budgets, and overseeing print production vendors, interns and freelance designers (as required). Reports directly to the Marketing Director.

1.   Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Art Direction or related field or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
2.   Minimum one-year experience working in advertising agency, marketing firm or corporate/non-profit communications department.
3.   Must possess a portfolio of produced art direction and design work for paying clients or corporate/non-profit communications department.
4.   Working knowledge of Creative Suite with advanced proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Word, PowerPoint and Keynote.
5.   Proven ability to evaluate proposals, cost estimates and bids in order to provide the best marketing solutions and achieve maximum results within budget.
1.   Knowledge and understanding of creative, branding and communications strategies, messaging, brand identity and campaign continuity.
2.   Knowledge of font styles, typography, leading and kerning, print production, color and file preparation.
The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will have the ability to work in a creative- and marketing-team environment and remain focused on the overall objectives and goals of the marketing program; manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines; respond quickly to design challenges and provide smart, strategic solutions for marketing messages; work closely with external print, online and other outside vendors to secure bids, set schedules and meet deadlines; and evaluate proposals, cost estimates and bids in order to provide the best marketing solutions and achieve maximum results within budget.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Must have the ability to possess or obtain a Montana driver’s license.
3.   This position requires evening and weekend work as determined by Museum events.

Screening of applications will begin on July 7, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae,
  • (3) a website link to a current portfolio of art direction and design work and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-436" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Mark Robinson
    • Marketing Director
    • Museum of the Rockies
    • Montana State University
    • 600 West Kagy Boulevard
    • Bozeman MT 59717
    • (406)994-2652

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted 6/12/14 ses