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The Scout Guide was launched in 2010 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has since expanded to more than 60 locations nationwide. At our headquarters in Charlottesville, our national team designs and produces TSG city guides; creates content for thescoutguide.com and TSG national’s social media platforms; and provides ongoing support for our local editors.


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We are currently in more than 60 markets nationwide, and we are always looking to launch TSG in new cities. If you are a self-starter who is passionate about your community,  you could be our next Editor. Learn more here.

 

CURRENT OPENINGS

 

DIGITAL MEDIA ASSISTANT

The Digital Media Assistant works with the Editorial and Digital Marketing team to ensure the growth and success of TSG’s editorial and digital presence. This individual is responsible for efficiently, accurately, and creatively executing and managing TSG national’s social media accounts, and assists with other departmental tasks in accordance with company goals and objectives.

Responsibilities

  • Maintains all national social media accounts (including Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter), executes social media campaigns, and ensures social media activity is consistent with goals identified by Senior Leadership team
    • Drafts and submits for review/approval a weekly social media calendar outlining plans for promoting brand, editorial, franchise opportunities, members, markets, and Editors
    • Executes new volume promotion checklist as outlined by Digital Marketing Manager
    • Engages with followers in a manner consistent with TSG’s brand and voice.
  • Actively and regularly tracks social media analytics and reports findings/insights
    • Uses social media analytics to develop social media strategies and recommendations
    • Uses Google Analytics to measure impact of social media activities on website traffic
  • Builds weekly national editorial newsletter populated with new content and information about new releases and promotions
  • Builds monthly editorial newsletter for franchisees populated with new content and information about new releases and promotions
  • Researches and develops ideas for additional editorial newsletters to drive traffic and engagement
  • Assists in execution of editorial and digital marketing projects as needed

Skills
Required:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of social media platforms (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Appreciation for data-driven decision-making
  • Ability to conform to TSG’s aesthetic

Preferred:

  • Proficient in WordPress, Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere), Emma
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics
  • Knowledge of social media management tools

To Apply
Outstanding candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to careers[at]thescoutguide.com.

Disclaimer: This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.


SENIOR DESIGNER

The Senior Designer demonstrates a high level of proficiency in design, web and multimedia software and applications, such as Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign.  Demonstrated knowledge of printing procedures, photography, illustration and verbal and written communication. Part of senior leadership team within Design Department.

OVERALL:

  • Responsible for producing 10-12 books per year
  • Prepares work to be accomplished by gathering information and materials from the Editor’s prepared folder, or other sources as appropriate
  • Illustrates concept by designing rough layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type size and style based on the TSG aesthetic
  • Obtains approval of concept by submitting rough layout to Art Director for approval
  • Completes projects by coordinating with editors, printers, etc.
  • Demonstrates successful design and integration and a timely delivery of projects
  • Maintains technical knowledge by attending design workshops; reviewing professional publications; participating in professional societies
  • Demonstrates specialized knowledge of methods and techniques of graphic design and layout
  • Manages for an entire marketing campaign, not just the production of specific pieces, and demonstrates an ability to keep team members working within established deadlines
  • Leverages knowledge of printing procedures, photography, illustration and verbal and written communication
  • Demonstrates strong design style and creative design solutions
  • Consistently creates superior, original designs for print and web
  • Utilizes understanding of deliverables to plan design strategically, anticipating problems and using creative solutions to create successful finished pieces
  • Takes responsibility for work products and sets an example for all designers within Design Team
  • Performs at a high level with little supervision
  • Demonstrates leadership and gives direction to fellow designers as needed
  • Leads tutorials and skill-building sessions for Graphic Designer Is and IIs and leverages expertise to increase the overall skill level of the Design Team at large
  • Furthers design by applying experience in branding, layout, color theory and typography in both print and digital media
  • Reviews each book prior to going to press, during the soft proof, and finally in the hard proof, to ensure high level of craftsmanship and to anticipate potential issues prior to printing
  • Special projects, as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS
REQUIRED

  • 4 + years of experience in the design field
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience
  • Experience with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop (Adobe CC)
  • Knowledge of design principles and typography
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide an online portfolio or samples at the time of interview

Reports to: Art Director


ART DIRECTOR

The Art Director demonstrates a master level of proficiency in design, web and multimedia software and applications, especially InDesign. Demonstrated knowledge of printing procedures, photography, illustration and verbal and written communication. Manages design related goals and initiatives in the design department.

OVERALL:

  • Partners with senior leadership to support larger company goals and initiatives
    • Develops creative concepts for all campaigns and deliverables including marketing materials, editor tools, social media campaigns, and new conceptual pieces
  • Provides supervisory support and guidance on all creative endeavors
    • Monitors industry trends and best practices to stay on the forefront of great design and effective branding
    • Demonstrates mastery of print processes, photography, illustration, and design, and continues to develop skills in these areas
    • Utilizes understanding of and experience in branding, layout, color theory and typography in both print and digital media
    • Practices outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail
  • Manages Design Department
    • Leads weekly design team meetings each week
    • Ensures guides are produced in accordance with TSG’s brand guidelines
    • Seeks new inspiration to share with Design Department for new and evolving design concepts
    • Identifies opportunities for creative and professional development for members of Design Department
    • Achieves a high level of Editor and client satisfaction, measured via surveys and feedback loops
    • Approves all art that is designed by the design department before getting submitted to the client/Editor
  • Manages and approves non-editorial photography assignments in a timely manner, which may include but are not limited to:
    • Approves designs for local and national social media accounts
    • Managing Editor photography requests
    • Conducting styled photo shoots for printed National spreads and/or marketing materials
    • Responding to requests from the Editorial Director for assistance with editorial photography for the national website
  • Effectively manages time and effectively sets priorities, consistently performing within stated timelines across all projects
  • Attends weekly marketing and staff meetings to report updates and goals

QUALIFICATIONS
REQUIRED

  • 5 + years of experience in the design field
  • Bachelor degree required
  • Strong management and/or leadership background
  • Highly proficient in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop (Adobe CC)
  • Expert knowledge of design principles and typography
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide an online portfolio or samples at the time of interview

Reports to: Creative Director / Co-Founder


PRODUDCTION ASSISTANT

The Production Assistant will assist with projects related to the production process for all guides and graphic requests. The Production Assistant will be a vital asset to the Design Department and will report directly to the Production Manager.

OVERALL:

  • Meet production deadlines and predetermined schedules
  • Manage copy editing team and process
  • Create and maintain digital production schedule for each market
    • Manage digital production freelancers
  • Ensure all design requests are tracked and fulfilled
  • Review graphics, layouts, and fonts before guides are sent to press
  • Work with Art Director and Production Manager to order SWAG materials
  • Communicate effectively and continuously practice good listening with Editors, co-workers, vendors, and leadership
  • Fulfill departmental administrative duties 

QUALIFICATIONS
REQUIRED

  • Ability to prioritize deadlines and tasks
  • Ability to multitask
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Outstanding organization skills
  • Ability to stay focused in an open-work environment
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience

PREFERRED

  • Strong knowledge of Google Drive and Microsoft Office

Reports to: Production Manager