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Graphic Designer

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26 Aug 2019
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To work with the Marketing and Development Department to carry out the design work for the 2020 New Zealand Festival, 21 February-15 March and other Tāwhiri-presented events including Wellington Jazz Fest, Lexus Song Quest, and Second Unit. 

This role reports to the Head of Marketing and Story (HOMS). Internally, it will work closely with the Head of Marketing, Head of Audience and Partnerships, and Print Content Editor, as well as other staff as required. Externally this role will work closely with the Festival’s creative agencies including website provider, creative agency, photographers, film makers and media planners on the dispatch of advertising. 


Tāwhiri is the creative force behind the New Zealand Festival, Wellington Jazz Festival, Second Unit and Lexus Song Quest. The Festival is New Zealand’s biggest celebration of cutting-edge arts.  It takes place within Wellington’s cultural community and is a major feature of New Zealand’s creative landscape.   


The key capabilities of the role are: 

  • High level of graphic design creativity applicable to both print and digital projects. 

  • High level of technical competency in realising design work for both print and digital projects. 

  • High level of competence in relevant software. 

  • Understanding of print and pre-press processes. 

  • Good communication skills, good team player, cool under pressure and thrives in a fast paced dynamic arts environment.  

  • Exceptional attention to detail. 


Key functions include (but are not limited to): 

  1. Produce concept design work for Festival marketing and advertising material, working within set campaign and brand guidelines to briefs from the Festival. 

  1. Provide hands on design work for Festival marketing and advertising material, including but not limited to: 

  • Festival publications e.g. Culture Club brochure, Festival Brochure, SchoolFest booklet, Writers & Readers brochure, Mini-Guide, Event Programmes 

  • Festival advertising e.g. press, magazine, buses, Adshel and other outdoor, digital 

  • Signage and merchandise e.g. wraps, banners, flags, T-shirts, tote bags 

  • Digital channels content: Website graphics, Social media content, and advertising e.g. GIFs, MRECs  

  • Design support for other Tāwhiri events as required e.g. Wellington Jazz Festival and Lexus Song Quest 

  • Other design work as required 

  1. Ensure prompt and accurate progress of concepts from the design development stage through to completion. Responding to feedback and carrying out amendments as required. 

  1. Effective liaison with Festival throughout the design development process. 

  1. Dispatch of finished product to relevant external party.  

  1. Attend training sessions, Festival events and functions as a Festival team member. 

  1. Other tasks as required. 


Please see our website for the full Job Description – https://www.festival.co.nz/about/work-with-us/ 


The Graphic Designer is directly responsible to the Head of Marketing and Story or in his/her absence the Head of Audience and Partnerships. 

How to apply

To apply, please provide a CV outlining your relevant experience, examples of past work (portfolio) as well as a cover letter which clearly articulates how your skills and experience meet the key capabilities of the role. For any queries or to submit your application please email: Suzy.cain@festival.co.nz 

Applications are being accepted now and interviews are being conducted on a first in, ongoing basis. 

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New Zealand Festival

31 Jul 2019

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