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Job Title:
Innovation Production Designer
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Job Function:
Full/Part Time:
Job Category:
Program Administration
Washington, DC US
Business Unit:
Enterprise Strat & Innovtn Grp
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Summary Statement

The Innovation Production Designer is a big thinker, strategic thinker, team player, artist and articulate communicator who will play a key role in partnering with innovation team members in the prepping for assets of all innovative solutions. This individual will be performing a variety of image tasks including but not limited to building and designing layouts, mechanicals, templates, and brand extensions, optimizing images for web and physical platforms, slicing designs and archiving and hand drawing. Additionally, candidates will be responsible for managing the work-flow in the production studio, executing production requests from solutions designers and AARP employees (when relevant) and prepping file for pre-press and print vendors.

This individual will be responsible for bringing concepts to life through art. As a strategic problem solver and innovation expert with deep design fluency, this role will involve supporting teams in the development of early stage concepts and through commercialization. This role will also work closely with external designers to develop higher fidelity prototypes for beta and in-market testing and validation.


Idea Conceptualization

  • Support teams utilizing the AARP i6 framework as they develop innovations to move their ideas forward leading to tangible solutions
  • Help teams tell the right “story” through visual elements to conceptualize their ideas in communicating them to stakeholders and potential customers
  • Help teams design and develop early prototypes (e.g., basic wire framing) or 2d renderings of products in order to help teams better conceptualize their solutions

Production Management

  • Manage the work flow in the production studio
  • Execute production requests from innovation teams and AARP employees (when relevant)
  • Prep files for pre-press and print vendors
  • Build and designing layouts, mechanicals, templates, and brand extensions
  • Image optimizing, retouching, manipulation, color correction
  • Experience with designing and installing large scale environmental displays
  • Procuring external production resources when necessary
  • Manage and procure supplies and materials
  • Recommend equipment and technology solutions


Innovation Expert

  • Help the teams move through the innovation journey by producing large and small scale materials and assets to visual the phases of development
  • Be an acute listener and people person who can find ways to inspire and motivate teams in a manner that propels their solutions forward through design
  • Serve as the enterprise consultant on innovation design including the use of all physical and virtual tools
  • This position will require the ability to manage design and production for multiple innovation projects across the organization with varying degrees of oversight and guidance. This individual must possess a great deal of autonomy in decision-making and communications, know when to manage up and identify key areas of decision-making oversight.
  • This individual’s responsibilities include identifying the design and production needs throughout the i6 process to support the development and creation of ideas with varying level of complexity and feasibility. This individual will need to be able to clearly identify the criteria for production and design and help bring the team’s solution to life through visualization. Additionally this individual will support the innovation lab team with production materials and design to ensure the day-to-day management of the lab continues smoothly.
  • The diversity of this challenge is broad in application, as this role will involve various divisions, functions and levels of the organization. Strong leadership, coordination, communication, storytelling, and low-fidelity design and prototyping skills are required for this position.

Financial and budgetary responsibility

  • This position will be responsible for coordinating and tracking a budget for solution development activities such as design, prototyping and research

Direction and leadership given to others

  • This position will have responsibility to lead the work of innovation teams and The Hatchery

Regular requirement of directing, reviewing and assigning others work

  • This position will not direct, review and assign work to direct reports but may work with external consultants

The magnitude of member and/or volunteer interaction and responsibility

This position will have limited interaction and no responsibility for member and/or volunteers


This position involves engaging with stakeholders in a consulting capacity in order to bring their solutions to life. This individual will also work to support the i6 process through production and design and The Hatchery, AARP’s innovation lab. This level of engagement will require strong communication, listening, and information synthesis and storytelling skills. This individual will regularly interact with members of the ES&I leadership team as well as innovation project teams in a consulting and informative capacity.

This position will have a direct impact on AARP’s success in developing innovative solutions today and in the future. Responsible for helping teams and ES&I tell their story through visualization and design, this individual will have high production responsibility.


A minimum of 10 years of design experience required.

A bachelor’s degree in design, engineering, IT or business required.

Must possess a high level of attention to detail, creative problem solving and strategic thinking.

Technical knowledge of the following programs required:

· Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)

· PowerPoint

· Basic notions of HTML5

· Basic video editing (Final Cut Pro)

· DSLR cameras and equipment

· Large and small format printing

· Scheduling/work flow software

Benefits Offered

 AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.  AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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