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Do you get warm & fuzzy about dpi, color management, and documents specs? Love the smell of fresh ink? Militant about file organization? We need you! The Production Artist (PA) at LKF Marketing works on light design/production-oriented projects and is the production manager and liaison between designers and vendors. The PA collaborates with the Art Director (AD) Graphic Designer (GD), and Digital Media Designer (DMD) to manage the pre-press, production, and quality control processes for all print and digital projects. You make us shine! This position interacts with all departments and reports to the Makers Director.

Requirements

This position (20 hours/week) requires light design capabilities and pre-press experience. Clear communication skills, trouble shooting ability, acute attention to detail, and organizational skills are critical. Familiarity with Agile Methods and Design Thinking concepts are required. Candidates must be expert in Adobe CC applications (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience in web content management systems (WordPress, etc) is required, HTML and CSS are a plus.

Primary Responsibilities/Requirements

  • Execute production art and light design
  • Write project specifications and order quotes
  • Execute file preparation for vendors
  • Manage vendors and project delivery
  • Manage client assets
  • Web maintenance

Other Duties

  • Maintain vendor list with contact and capabilities
  • Manage the production process
  • Manage postal requirements
  • Meet project deadlines/work within time allowances
  • Review and approve vendor proofs/attend press checks
  • Manage file/photo organization process (DAM curator/librarian)
  • Website content formatting and graphics development
  • Update client morgue books
  • Participate in bi-monthly Makers department team meetings and
    contribute to projects/rocks

Education/Experience

Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with at least 5 years of experience in a professional environment, agency, or commercial printer (preferred).

    Benefits

    LKF Marketing offers health insurance to full-time employees, 401K retirement plan benefits (up to 3%), paid time off, paid parking, easy access to downtown shops, restaurants, and services plus a crazy bunch of co-workers that might just become your best friends!

    About LKF Marketing

    We are a full-service advertising, marketing, website design and development, and public relations agency located in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., with a 30+ year history. We're different from other communication firms. Why? Our sole purpose is to holistically achieve results. Great design might win awards (got em!), but we up the ante with solid strategy for our clients’ futures. There are no cookie-cutter marketing plans here.

    We are a fun and fast-paced firm that values our culture and seeks a new team member who upholds our core values.

    • Be Smart
    • Have Fun
    • Be Honest
    • Do Whatever It Takes
    • Contribute to Family

    Our passion is obvious. We're seriously nuts about what we do, and it shows in every project. We love to find new ways to meet challenges and thrill our clients. We can't believe we get paid to do this for a living! This passion is carried into our community, where our employees are very active with various affiliations.

    That's what we do: Work hard. Play hard.

    Join us, you'll be glad you did!

    How to Apply

    Please submit your resume and cover letter to our Makers Director. Cover letter should include at least two case studies or descriptions of how you prepare files for printing. Please also include what types of projects you have worked on (print, web, outdoor, enews, social media, tradeshows, signage, etc). Showcase your acute attention to detail and organizational skills! How will you become our new Production Artist and hero?

    Learn more about LKF and our work!