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Creative Director

The Atlantic, a brand with a 160-year heritage of outstanding journalism, is seeking a Creative Director to oversee the art direction of The Atlantic across all its editorial platforms—including the magazine, website, video, mobile apps, and live events. The Atlantic’s mission is to drive urgent, consequential conversation with original insight and fresh perspective. Drawing from a rich tradition of publishing exceptional literary works, The Atlantic provides analysis of contemporary issues, covering politics and foreign policy, business and the economy, culture and the arts, and science and technology.


Reporting to the Editor in Chief, the Creative Director will be responsible for:

  • Art direction of the The Atlantic’s magazine, website, video, and all editorial products
  • Elevating The Atlantic’s design while maintaining its core sensibility and spirit
  • Collaborating with editors, artists, printers, and outside vendors including photographers, illustrators, photo stock agencies, etc.
  • Managing the art department staff
  • Estimating work schedules/budgets, overseeing project progress, and ensuring that deadlines are met
  • Helping set strategic direction for The Atlantic


  • A creative, innovative mind
  • Minimum 5-10 years editorial design experience, including but not limited to print
  • Sophisticated design sense
  • Expertise in CS Design Suite – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and K4
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work effectively under deadlines and manage concurrent projects
  • Grace under pressure
  • Excellent time manager and team player, who can work collaboratively to meet both creative and business objectives
  • A collegial and collaborative disposition
  • Adaptable and willing to approach tasks with speed and energy


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.

Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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