The Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210

Date Posted:
May 04, 2017

Eastern Massachusetts



Principal Designer


The Principal Designer is responsible for the visual expression of the ICA’s brand. Candidate will be working in a fast-paced environment managing multiple print and digital design projects and serving numerous internal clients within the organization. The designer conceives and produces designs while managing freelance designers and production schedules.


  • Responsible for applying the ICA brand consistently and creatively from style, type and layout across all creative executions. Oversees brand interpretation by freelance designers and ICA staff.
  • Designs promotional and interpretive materials including advertisements, publications, signage, invitations, brochures, web graphics, and e-mails within the ICA brand parameters.
  • Assume full responsibility for all projects from conception and presentation through layout and production, prioritizing and managing in a deadline oriented environment
  • Manage project production schedules, identify and gather assets for design projects, monitor deadlines, gather specs and details, work with and research vendors.
  • Collaborate with Marketing team to identify projects, establish production schedule, and budgeting
  • Manage design quality standards and ICA creative needs
  • Promote continual creative advances at the Museum
  • BA in Graphic Design and minimum of 5-7 years of print and digital design
  • Demonstrated understanding of brands and brand management
  • Possess strong production values and techniques, with a background in typography, knowledge of color management, creating advertising, magazine and publication
  • Organized, motivated self-starter, proactively seeks solutions is able to work all levels of the organization
  • Possess the ability to multitask and manage multiple projects within tight deadlines
  • Ability to think and communicate at a conceptual and tactical/detail level
  • Understanding non-profit industry and mission driven environment a plus
  • Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop; knowledge of digital/web/animation helpful
How To Apply:
Interested candidates should send letter of interest and resume to When applying please include “Principal Designer” in subject line of email. 

The ICA offers an excellent fringe benefits package to include Medical, Dental and Vision insurance, flexible spending plan, 403 (b) retirement plan, and generous time off policy, discounts to ICA store and cafe and ICA events, as well as free and reduced admission to cultural attractions around Boston.

We are located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston and accessible by public transportation (Red Line and Silver Line).

The ICA is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply by:
June 15, 2017
About this Organization:

The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

The ICA’s primary activities are to present outstanding contemporary art in all medium, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video, and performance that is deserving of in depth public attention to Boston audiences. To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making. To design interpretative programs that provide context for, develop appreciation of, and add meaning to contemporary art and culture