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Art Director - BlackSky

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Job Title
Art Director
Job Location
Herndon, VA; Remote; Seattle, WA
Job Description

Art Director

About Us:

BlackSky is a geospatial intelligence solutions provider that enables organizations to task, collect, and transform data from earth observation, global sensor networks, mobile devices, and social media to deliver on-demand insights about places, events, and assets that are critical to their operations. Blacksky provides satellite collection, data, and cloud based -processing and analytic solutions to organizations that are capitalizing on the exponential growth of a wide range of sensor and collection platforms for delivering the next generation of GEOINT and location intelligence solutions. BlackSky has extensive expertise and capabilities in commercial remote sensing, multi-source analytics, cloud computing, open-source software development, Amazon Web Services, and big data geospatial analytics. BlackSky provides solutions to commercial and government organizations with relevant programs with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), US. Army, and U.S. Air Force Research Labs.

BlackSky is looking for our first in-house Art Director. In this role, you will lead the evolution of our visual brand identity. You will partner within the marketing department and across the organization to create compelling content. You will drive standards and best practices to elevate the BlackSky brand. This position reports to the VP, Marketing and while the locations listed in the job posting are ideal, we would love candidates near either our Herndon, VA or Seattle, WA offices. We may also consider remote candidates in certain states.


  • Collaborate with team to deliver creative solutions that aligned with the brand.
  • Responsible for design including brand identify and visual communication to include print (including PowerPoint), digital and experiential.
  • Determine design strategy and aid in developing and maintaining corporate identity.
  • Experience working with UI/UX design and content creators to develop a robust visual communication program.
  • Responsible for development, layout, and design of all external facing assets to include marketing collateral, sales enablement, web, tradeshow booths, interactive ads and landing pages.
  • Report progress of projects at major stages of their conception, creation, and execution and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Ensure designs and content reflect consistently and positively the brand image and company ideals.
  • Work with internal and external strategic partners to create products using the most current industry best practices.
  • Manage personal workload and surge design and video support with 3rd party vendors.
  • Anticipate problems that may impede a project from completing on time and implement solutions.
  • Evaluate trends, assessing new data, and keeping up to date with the latest marketing techniques.
  • Interact with senior-level customers to build relations, introduce new technologies, and present opportunities for improvement.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fine art, graphic design, communication, or other relevant field of study.
  • At least 10 years of experience designing creative solutions.
  • At least five years of experience of in a high growth, technology environment.
  • Previous experience in the defense and intelligence industry.
  • Experience with UX/UI and web development.
  • Proficiency with design software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, InDesign and PowerPoint.
  • Exceptional ability in typography, layout, and prototyping.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience within the space/satellite industry.
  • Solid knowledge of photography and video production.

Life at BlackSky for full-time benefits eligible employees includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision, disability, group term life and AD&D, voluntary life and AD&D insurance
    • BlackSky pays 100% of employee-only premiums for medical, dental and vision and contributes $100/month for out-of-pocket expenses!
  • 15 days of PTO, 11 Company holidays, four Floating Holidays (pro-rated based on hire date), one day of paid volunteerism leave per year, parental leave and more
  • 401(k) pre-tax and Roth deferral options with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance and Travel Assistance Programs
  • Employer matching donations
  • Professional development
  • Mac or PC? Your choice!
  • Awesome swag

The anticipated salary range for candidates in Seattle, WA is $140,000 to $160,000 per year. The final compensation package offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on specific background and education. BlackSky is a multi-state employer and this pay scale may not reflect salary ranges in other states or locations outside of Seattle, WA.

BlackSky is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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BlackSky Headquarters Location

Herndon, VA

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BlackSky Company Size

Between 200 - 500 employees

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