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Production Assistant/Graphic Designer

Deadline to apply: Nov 15, 2019, 5PM

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The Production Assistant/Graphic Designer is responsible for supporting the Museum’s graphic design needs especially those related to Museum exhibitions and publications. Also provide assistance to the overall production unit as needed.


  • 1. Implement the design and production of various exhibit-related graphic and textual elements within a project team setting.
  • 2. Implement the design and production of various Museum publications and brochures within a project team setting.
  • 3. Implement the design and production of various Museum signage and printed materials.
  • 4. Provide general support to the fabrication of exhibitions, signage and displays.
  • 5. Provide design and production support to other Museum units as needed.
  • 6. Provide cost estimates for all projects.
  • 7. Provide mock-ups, samples, plans, materials or other information for presentation.
  • 8. Assists with the maintenance and/or repair exhibit related objects, graphics or signage.
  • 9. Staff members must be able to work with visitors of all ages to support the various events sponsored by the National Museum. Each staff member will be expected to work on a minimum of three museum-wide events per year: a) National Museum’s Gala Dinner & Silent Auction - (off-site) typically held in the Spring (April-May) b) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Oshogatsu Festival (January) c) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Natsumatsuri Festival (August)
  • 1. Work with outside design firms when required.
  • 2. Be available to support various special events throughout the year.
  • 3. Support traveling exhibition when possible/as required.

This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: A Bachelors degree in Design, Graphic Design, Art or Architecture or an equivalent combination of education and related design/exhibition experience.

Experience/Knowledge: At least one year of successful experience working in a graphic design setting. Museum experience in a volunteer centered organization desired. Must be a self-starter and able to multi-task and prioritize. Prior experience working in a gallery with exhibits and or displays. Ability to work well under pressure in order to meet deadlines and complete assignments in a timely manner. Must have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. Strong proof reading skills. Professional phone manner is essential. Ability to work in a team-environment and to negotiate multiple perspectives and provide tangible solutions. Demonstrate commitment and flexibility at all times in order to ensure high quality service. Ability to adjust and provide appropriate action when unanticipated need arises. Knowledge of Japanese American history and culture a plus.

Communication: Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Must be able to provide courteous an effective service to co-workers, volunteers and the general public. Ability to read and comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format.

Computer: Computer literate in major graphic design programs including Adobe Creative Suite and experience with MS Word, Excel, and Power Point preferred. Familiarity with G-mail and Google calendar preferred, speed and accuracy are essential.

Math: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, and area. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning: Act on own initiative. Must be able to comply with institutional policies and procedures. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Perform successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well conceived and timely manner.

Physical: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Reports to: Vice President of Exhibitions/Art Director
Positions supervised: None

The Japanese American National Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.The Japanese American National Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.



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