Communication Design Manager.
Everett, WA

The Communication Design Manager is responsible for driving exceptional graphic design work in collaboration with a world-class design team. This position oversees and contributes to work across a spectrum of projects, including branding, signage, environmental graphics, video, and print. S/he leads the team in developing new opportunities with clients and serves as a focal point for internal customers. The Communication Design Manager fills a dual role as leader and manager, ensuring content of the highest quality in our design concepts and creative deliverables, driving profitability of the team, and presenting TEAGUE as a leader in design. Central to this position is overseeing the growth strategy and capabilities in the areas of graphic design, print, video, and motion graphics; resource/project planning; budgeting; and timeliness of program deliverables—all while ensuring that results are of consistently superlative quality.


Why We Need This Position 
Creativity is all well and good, but to achieve the kind of thoughtful, targeted innovations that has kept TEAGUE at the forefront of the industry for decades requires expert guidance, dynamic thought leadership and exceptional collaborative and communication skills. Harnessing Teague’s creative talent and steering it so that it perfectly aligns with our clients’ specific needs is the key to meeting—or better yet, exceeding—their expectations. That’s where you come in. 


Who We’re Looking For
A big-picture visionary who thrills at the prospect of leading creative teams to find innovative solutions for clients—and someone with the tactical ability to work side by side with those teams to make those solutions a reality. First off, you are a dynamic leader who is ready to represent communication design within the company and ensure that the team’s culture, processes and work style align with TEAGUE’s strategic goals; you’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to evolve and elevate this function, prepared to evangelize its value within the company at all times, and excited to maintain TEAGUE’s role as an industry leader in this area. Second, you’ll serve as a key client liaison, working closely with clients to support new business opportunities; and provide thought leadership on tactical and strategic projects to nurture and cement those relationships. This means actively participating in the scoping and framing of new project opportunities and continually developing TEAGUE’s role as a trusted advisor. Third, you’re comfortable in the role of project manager, handling the nuts and bolts of seeing a project through its various stages: maintaining and updating project resourcing and budget tracking for your team; creating design deliverables with other teams; managing project milestones; ensuring that budget, schedule, deliverables and quality expectations are being met; and resolving budget issues. Fourth, you’re a gifted mentor capable of developing the skills of employees; coaching your team in the work of framing complex problems, distilling insights, and synthesizing results; managing conflict between team members; and creatively solving resource challenges. You know how to work effectively with others to organize competing priorities and balance resource loading. You are capable of managing mid-term and long-term staffing needs, developing a hiring plan and staff training plans, and conducting performance reviews. On an operations level, you’re constantly looking for ways to improve systems, processes and policies; supporting best management practices, organizational planning and accountability. In short, this is a big, bold position for a dynamic and diplomatic person who’s passionate about design and loves the prospect of working closely with other creative types to shape the future of Communication Design.


What We Just Said, Now in 5 Bullet Points (a.k.a., Essential Qualifications):

  • Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in a design-related field from an accredited school, with a strong appreciation and understanding of design and design solutions; graphic design, branding and/or visual communications with 3-5+ years of management experience in a corporate and/or consulting environment; 5+ years related work experience with print production and color management technology; experience providing long-term planning as well as oversight of day-to-day operations; distinguished credentials in the airline and related industries; a recognized leader, thinker and builder
who inspires others; must have an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and 
social backgrounds; strong leadership and team management skills with the ability to manage conflict and inspire others to follow the vision
  • Special skills: extensive knowledge of brand and typography; excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; strong negotiation skills – both internally and client focused; able to communicate complex, technical information to audiences that do not have a deep technology 
orientation, as well as ones that do; demonstrated client management skills
  • Passion: serving as an ambassador for the role of Communication Design
  • Role: guiding a wide array of creative teams to work together effectively to drive innovation and meet client expectations
  • Personality: visionary, inspiring, collaborative, decisive, diplomatic

Travel: May be required to travel domestically and internationally up to 10 percent of the time in support of client and/or vendor meetings. Frequently required to travel to other TEAGUE facilities in the greater Seattle area.


DOE - Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package offered.


At TEAGUE, we value diversity.  We search the globe, literally, to find and attract top talent from diverse backgrounds.  


TEAGUE is an EEO/AA employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.