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Andrew Hess
andrewghess@gmail.com

 

Work Summary

  • Over twenty years of experience in print and publishing, as art director, designer and illustrator
  • Exceptional project management skills, leading projects from concept to production, through pre-press to final product
  • Highly organized, effective communicator recognized by peers for ability to lead, plan, collaborate, develop, create, and disseminate finished product
  • Self-directed troubleshooter who can deliver ahead of time and under budget

 

Work Experience

Communications Manager

5/2016 - 10/2016
Camp Solomon Schechter / Seattle WA

Contracted to manage communications for the best-established Jewish camp in the Pacific Northwest.
Responsible for:
• Development and implementation of a cohesive marketing, communication, and social media plan, ensuring a consistent and cohesive message across platforms – with specific focus on ongoing capital campaign, camper enrollment, and off-season rental opportunities
• Production and distribution of all print and electronic collateral, including advertising, brochures, newsletters, and emails
• Regular posts on all social media accounts, and exploration of potential new platforms
• Supporting the leadership team with community events, including open house, meet-ups, ribbon cuttings, etc.
• Writing press releases and media requests

 

Communications Director

5/2012 - 3/2016
Temple Beth Am / Seattle WA
  • Redesigned and managed web site for 900+ member household congregation, including all writing and graphics
  • Developed and implemented social media campaigns on multiple platforms, designed and developed mass emails
  • Executed monthly newsletter: solicited articles, wrote content, produced graphics, edited, proofed, printed, mailed
  • Designed and produced all organizational print marketing collateral: posters, flyers, brochures, programs

 

Art Director / Graphic Designer / Illustrator

5/1991 - Present
Mercer Island WA
  • Illustrate and design advertising campaigns, logos, exhibits, identity packages, book/magazine jackets and interiors
  • Lead clients in endorsing a look and formulating an appropriate budget, often under extremely tight deadlines
  • Write, edit, and proofread content for newsletters, brochures, advertising, e-mails, packaging, web sites
  • Manage all aspects of projects, from conceptualization and design to negotiating with print vendors to delivery

 

Communications Coordinator

6/2009 - 4/2012
Herzl-Ner Tamid / Mercer Island WA
  • Managed communications for 750+ member household congregation, including monthly newsletter, all print matter
  • Worked effectively with large, diverse group of board members, volunteers, and staff
  • Wrote, edited, and produced web-based emails, web pages, and social media blasts
  • Oversaw web site redesign: selection of design vendor, writing, producing graphics, daily content management

 

Art Director / Book & Package Designer

10/2000 - 5/2008
becker&mayer! / Bellevue WA
  • Art direction, implementation of package and book design, brand formation, and identity creation
  • Directed teams of freelance designers and illustrators, expanding resources worldwide
  • Analyzed and worked within strict budgets while guaranteeing project quality for wide variety of customers
  • Managed photo shoots, both studio and on-location, including location scouting and hiring and directing models
  • Project management from schedule development to working with editors/industrial designers to meet deadlines

 

Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Web Master

9/1991 - 10/2000
Pacific Science Center / Seattle WA
  • Designed and illustrated a wide range of print matter as lead designer, focusing on families with young children
  • Branding, identity, and marketing campaigns, with hands-on exhibit design, billboards, vans, and monorails
  • Managed the design and graphics of the museum's original website, including integration of interactive features
  • Hired, supervised, and mentored graphic interns and volunteers, overseeing all facets of their work