Columbus Crew Overview:

Columbus Crew is the first club in Major League Soccer. The Crew is operated by The Edwards Family and Haslam Sports Group. The Black & Gold are the 2021 Campeones Cup winners. The Club has won two MLS Cup championships in 2008 and 2020, one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2002, as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2022 campaign is the Crew’s 27th season in MLS as well as the Club’s first full season at Field. The 2022 season will also see the launch of Crew 2, a member of MLS NEXT. The club will play at Historic Crew Stadium, MLS’s first soccer specific stadium.

Position Summary:

The Columbus Crew is looking to add a Graphic Designer to the growing in-house Creative Agency that sits within our Marketing Department. The Graphic Designer will be responsible for executing the Club’s graphic design initiatives, while protecting and furthering the brand. The ideal candidate will be passionate about what they do, have an eye for detail, and experience working collaboratively to meet tight deadlines. This position will be required to work home matches throughout the season, which may include weekends and holidays. This position is based in Columbus, Ohio and reports to the Creative Director.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support the Creative Director, Sr. Director of Brand Strategy & Innovation and Chief Marketing Officer to translate Crew brand-related projects from concept through production

  • Identify and stay on top of design trends and creative inspirations to develop new content that drives the Club forward

  • Execute projects across digital, social, print, retail, and in-stadium spaces

  • Oversee and maintain asset library to ensure creative collateral is stored and organized in a shared place

  • Assist in constructing and maintaining the club’s visual identity and acts as a brand ambassador for the Club

  • Work closely with departments to ensure projects are delivered in a timely manner

  • Meet deadlines while delivering quality results in real-time and on-demand

  • Complete projects by coordinating with print vendors and agencies as needed

  • Assist in-studio and on location with photo shoots, matchdays, and special events

  • Support and maintain Club’s photography program through coordinating, directing, and editing matchday and event photography, as well as managing and fulfilling archival photo requests

  • Comfortable with the creative design process and taking and implementing feedback both from within the Marketing Department and other departments

  • Other projects and responsibilities as assigned

Required Skills, Experience & Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. BFA a plus

  • 3-4 years of professional design experience with an in-house design department or agency

  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Cloud programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and Power Point

  • Demonstrated graphic design experience marketing professional sports teams or intercollegiate athletics programs is strongly preferred

  • Strong work ethic and an eye for detail

  • Demonstrated ability to meet strategic deadlines in a dynamic environment

  • Ability to exercise sound discretionary judgment

  • Familiar with print production practices

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Working knowledge and familiarity with MLS rules

  • Must be able to work some evenings, weekends and holidays

  • Must present a strong portfolio that demonstrates on brand and creative design solutions

    • Candidates will be asked to share their portfolios

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