Our intrepid Art Director and Webmaster, Rhonda Ortiz, will sadly be stepping down from her post, which means there is an opening (or potentially two) in a position that is absolutely crucial to the journal. If you’ve been longing for a chance to join the team producing Dappled Things, here is your chance. While the editorial board of Dappled Things is composed entirely of volunteers (and you would be joining the board with that general spirit), given the technical nature of this particular position, we do offer a stipend per published issue (the size of the stipend would depend on whether your filling only one or both of the positions). If you’re potentially interested or know someone who might be, please read on.
What is the position available?
Art Director and Webmaster (ideally, we would like one person who can serve both positions, but if you’re only interested in one of the positions, please go ahead an apply).
Is the position paid?
Dappled Things is a non-profit run by a team of volunteers. However, the art director and webmaster receive stipends for their work on each individual issue, or on extraordinary project that may come up (for example, a site or journal redesign that requires extra work).
What is the location for the position?
The Dappled Things board functions entirely over the Internet, so it does not matter where you live. We have editors as far away as the Philippines and Russia.
How heavy is the workload?
If you are an organized person, its is a manageable, fun, and rewarding use of your free time. Dappled Things is published four times a year, so your busiest times will be in the month before a given issue is published. During that time, you may spend several hours a week working on the issue that’s about to be published, but then during the rest of the cycle you may have barely any work at all. (If you want to hear more about the time commitment, get in touch with us and we’ll put you in contact with Rhonda so she can tell you more about it.)
What are the duties and skills associated with each position?
- Layout and cover design for quarterly print issues using Adobe InDesign
- Consult on visual art for each issue
- Transfer each print issue to Jellyfish Connect (a.k.a. Magazine Cloner) to create digital issue (our current art director can instruct you in how this is done, so no prior experience is necessary)
- Manage communication with printer and Jellyfish Connect
- Consult on overall aesthetic of Dappled Things
- Collaborate with webmaster when there are journal redesigns
- Knowledge of principles of desktop publishing and book and magazine design
- High proficiency with Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro. Also requires proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and, on occasion, Adobe Illustrator
- Working knowledge of art/visual art theory
- Sufficient graphic design skills/talent to lead periodic redesigns (send samples of graphic design work if you have them)
- Ability to work with editors during proofing process
- Upload quarterly issue to site, with selections from the issue, and add issue to online store
- Work with Art Director to improve website design
- Assist editors and bloggers with website issues regarding posts, pages, managing user profiles, etc.
- Troubleshoot and routine maintenance
- Proficiency with WordPress and Genesis Framework
- Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP (useful in the case of a website overhaul)
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn existing site plugins, such as Easy Digital Downloads and Gravity Forms
- Basic understanding of editing images for the web
- Troubleshooting and maintenance
- Sufficient web design/web development skills to work on a site redesign alongside Art Director
How do I apply?
We’re going to keep the process fairly informal. If you think you’d be a good fit for either position (or both), or are just curious and would like to learn more about it, send an email to our publisher, Bernardo Aparicio, at dappledthings.aparicio [at] gmail.com. Please tell us a bit about why you are interested in joining the DT team, what your experience is, and include any samples you have of any graphic design or web design work that you have done in the past.