New York Times Art Director in New York, New York

Job Description

New York Times Licensing delivers Times journalism and curated content for publications and organizations of all sizes. Whether it’s award-winning journalism from the Times newsroom or engaging storytelling curated from media partners like The Economist or National Geographic, NYT Licensing offers access to current and archival material across an extensive range of subjects.

The Licensing team is seeking a Art Director that will work with both editorial and marketing leads to facilitate the packaging and promotion of New York Times and partner content, as well as bespoke products and services. The Art Director will identify opportunities to reach new audiences while advancing the design of existing formats.

The Art Director will be responsible for transforming strategy into bold, engaging products and packages from development to execution, while balancing the needs of customers and the New York Times brand and its partners.

The Art Director will report to the Managing Editor/Licensing Group, and work with the Licensing group’s editorial and marketing leadership. The ideal candidate must possess a portfolio demonstrating strong design work, a solid understanding of layout, typography and storytelling techniques and a smart UX sensibility.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Collaborate closely with product, marketing, and sales teams to shape and achieve a shared vision.

  • Oversee Licensing’s designs, assets, and experiences wherever they appear.

  • Make strategy concrete; is an idea producer who can envision a future that does not yet exist.

  • Work with Brand Identity to approve all logo use and identity expansion.

  • Create prototypes, wireframes, templates and branded concepts for new print and digital products, magazines, special sections and verticals.

  • Help translate strategy into design across print, web and mobile.

  • Inspire enthusiasm and positivity throughout the team.

  • Evolve staffing to meet new needs, helping to drive the Licensing business forward while seamlessly stretching existing approaches.

  • Manage all design assets, logos and resources.

  • Oversee the work of the satellite design team in Gainesville, FL, as well as freelance designers.

  • Recruit, commission and direct work from outside artists and illustrators.

  • Apply knowledge of design, editorial production and high-impact B2B marketing techniques to create effective marketing materials across all print and digital applications.

  • Be a staunch defender of — and help to push the frontiers of — New York Times Licensing.

Qualifications we seek:

  • 5+ years of design experience

  • Well-versed in Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop.

  • Strong interactive design skills.

  • Exhibit a detailed typographic sensibility, paired with a nuanced eye and a skill for producing strongly conceived concepts visually in multiple mediums.

  • Experience assigning illustration and directing the use of photography and other art.

  • Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and to adapt to change in a daily, unpredictable news production environment.

  • Experience shaping, designing and expanding identities and products for both editorial and marketing, tailored for cross-platform and international markets.

  • Ability to communicate visual ideas effectively to many audiences (clients, editors, marketers, product, etc.).

  • Ability to support and nurture creative colleagues; provide honest feedback in a constructive manner.

  • Have an established repeatable and shareable management and design process that encourages collaboration amongst the team.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Make an impact by supporting our original, independent and deeply reported journalism.

  • We provide competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families

  • We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.

  • We offer a competitive parental leave.

  • We are committed to career development and ongoing learning, and provide employees $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.

  • We have frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.

  • Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.

Help shape the future of The New York Times

This is an important moment to work at The Times. Across the organization, we're taking advantage of the changing media landscape to pioneer a new era of journalism. With high-quality, original reporting at our core, we’re thinking more creatively about our reader relationships and how to deliver new and relevant offerings and experiences. We’re telling stories differently and playing with emerging formats like 360 video and VR. And we’re building a diverse and collaborative culture that can keep up with the rigors of the modern-day news cycle.

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To create journalism and supporting products that stand apart, we must recruit the finest talent in the world. Journalists, data designers, videographers, agile marketers, art directors, and many others, we’re looking for people at all stages of their careers to bring different perspectives and practices to our teams. Together, we can make our journalism more insightful, meaningful and essential to the daily lives and understanding of people around the world.

Employee-driven benefits

If you see a job opening here that might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, paid parental leave and much more.

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