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Digital Production Artist

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Vitamin T client is seeking a Digital Production Artist who is responsible for the placement of written content and images in InDesign templates for both print and web-based test materials for ACCESS for ELLs®.

Under the supervision of the Test Production Manager, the Digital Production artist works closely with the Production Team, Test Development team, PODER and Alternate ACCESS production teams to create print and web-based test materials. The digital Production Artist will at times be asked to color and/or process images for use in InDesign storyboards and web-based test items. Image processing includes preserving parent images, creating resized versions of images in the appropriate file type depending on its destination for print or web.

The Digital Production Artist will mentor the Junior Production Artist(s) in best practices for content placement, adherence to template structure, file management, and quality control.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Lay out ACCESS for ELLs® test items and test forms
• Create consistent and high quality layouts and storyboards, and maintain compliance to templates
• Manage and track progress of work by updating the appropriate Masterlist for assigned projects
• Make in-house graphic, layout, and text revisions as necessary
• Apply appropriate paragraph, character, object, and table styles to layouts
• Update images in layouts and storyboards by linking revised/colored graphics
• Quality check InDesign layouts and storyboards for accuracy and consistency in text formatting, image placement, file type, sizing, and resolution
• Print layout:

Use “blueprints” provided by the Test Development team to place content for test items, test booklets, and scripts. Copy text from Word documents into InDesign templates. Place images according to instructions in the “blueprints.” Transmit test forms in correct and secured formats to Metritech. Assist with preparation (including printing and shipping) of materials for project meetings and field tests; assist with the production of flyers, brochures, manuals, and other test and project related materials as needed.
• Digital storyboards:
Use comments and requests provided by Test Development team and Test Production manager to place and revise content in digital storyboards.
• Maintain an up-to-date library of test layout elements and update style guide resources as necessary
• Assist the Test Production manager in the creation and updating of InDesign templates
• Assist the Test Production Team Manager in planning and conducting InDesign layout and storyboard training sessions for new WIDA staff members, or for team members when new techniques are introduced
• Process images using Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 for use in InDesign storyboards and web-based technologies
• Assist in-house designers as needed with cropping, coloring, placement, and sizing of digital images
• Communicate with Production Team Manager about layout and storyboard status and timelines
• Seek improvement in overall processes by developing and researching best practices for design
• Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Bachelor’s degree or Associates degree
Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of experience of digital production experience. Minimum of three (3) years of experience in the Adobe programs InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Experience with the Microsoft programs Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with HTML and CSS.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have the ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines. The candidate will be self-motivated with the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment. Excellent skills in the following areas are highly desirable: attention to detail, file management and archiving, customer service skills. Preferred: knowledge: image processing techniques, including image file types for Photoshop and Illustrator. Basic digital coloring skills.

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