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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation: Production Manager, Museum Publications

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a Production Manager, who will be responsible for handling print production for all Guggenheim Museum publications. The ideal candidate for this position will have strong communication and organizational skills, work well in a team environment, and will have the technical abilities and keen eye for detail required to produce fine art publications. This position works within the Publications department under the supervision of the Associate Director, Production. The Publications department is currently a team of eight, comprising the Publisher, Editorial staff, Rights and Reproductions Manager, and Production staff.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods. The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, research initiatives, publications, and education programs. The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships. The Foundation is committed to nurturing an equitable, inclusive, and accessible work culture and promoting diversity among staff and visitors. With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • On all projects, collaborate daily with project team members in Publications and Curatorial departments
  • Set up project specification sheet and compile printing cost estimates
  • Participate in weekly project and departmental meetings
  • Follow up on production details on each project, communicate production information and deadlines to project team, external graphic designer, and printer
  • Review all hi-res image files and advise on image quality concerns
  • Send materials to designer (lo-res/hi-res images, logos, text, etc.) and organize/track materials during all stages of production process
  • Assist with reviewing estimated image, word, and page counts for projects
  • Track all layout changes and communicate changes to designer
  • Research materials and request samples and dummies from printer to review for overall quality, binding, and materials selection
  • Set up publication pagination chart and check signature breaks
  • Send hi-res images and image-proof output instructions to printer to begin color proofing
  • Review color proofs and mark corrections to match hi-res files; coordinate internal review of proofs
  • Work closely with designer to advise on information received from printer and testing for various design treatments
  • Review InDesign files prior to final file release to printer, making adjustments as needed (check image links, fonts, color swatches, image cropping, etc.)
  • Create barcode file
  • Review bluelines and compile corrections
  • Oversee press checks as required
  • Set up shipping instructions and track all shipments to museum, museum affiliates, and warehouses; set up receivings chart
  • Create watermarked pdfs of final layout files and maintain archive of image and layout files on museums’s DAM website and in Publications archive
  • Provide images for publication in distributor’s sales catalogue; assist in compiling pdf’s for distributor’s sales conferences and press
  • Fulfill internal and external requests for images and layout pdf’s relating to publications
  • Handle other general production work as assigned by Associate Director

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the production of fine-art print publications is essential
  • Expertise in using Adobe Creative Suite (specifically, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, and Illustrator), Word, and Excel
  • Strong communication skills
  • Advanced color-correction skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and initiative
  • A natural collaborator who enjoys working closely with others in a busy, deadline-driven environment

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave, and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

The Guggenheim is dedicated to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution. We encourage inquiries from applicants who will reflect the plurality of our culture and our global audience. The Guggenheim does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status.


To apply, visit: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=NY261


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