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Art Director for ARPA-H

Hybrid work position with work at client site in Arlington, VA multiple times a month.

Spire is a full-service communications firm supporting innovative programs in government, technology, healthcare, and science. We seek an art director to support and manage brand and multimedia projects for a new federal health government agency, ARPA-H.

Must have experience supporting multimedia projects under tight deadlines, managing and tracking projects from start to completion, and ensuring expert quality control on a range of deliverables.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or long-term resident with a valid Green Card.

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What You’ll Do

  • Compelling Design: Create designs that capture the imagination of the public to participate in ARPA-H’s groundbreaking programs.
  • Team leadership: Coordinate and lead a highly skilled creative team, including graphic designers, video producers, and multimedia specialists.
  • Project management: Define project scopes, objectives, and deliverables, and create detailed project plans, roadmaps, and schedules.
  • Strategic planning: Develop and implement creative strategies that align with the agency’s mission, values, goals, and brand identity.
  • Quality assurance: Maintain high standards of quality and ensure that all creative assets meet the agency’s branding guidelines and align on industry best practices.
  • Client engagement: Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders and leaders to understand and translate their needs into creative solutions.

What You’ll Bring to Spire

  • Minimum 10 years of hands-on, client-facing experience in graphic design and multimedia production.
  • 3-5 years of experience in project management across a team of specialized creatives, including formal or informal oversight to ensure quality control and brand compliance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, web design, or relevant field.

Desired Additional Skills

  • Start-up experience: Previous experience leading brand development and management for newly formed organizations or major initiatives, including creating and implementing brand guidelines, logos, and visual identities.
  • Multimedia expertise: Proficiency in or understanding of a wide variety of multimedia production tools, including Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Vendor management: Experience managing relationships with external vendors and coordinating printing and/or fabrication requests for specialized creative projects.

Our benefits

Medical (CareFirst BCBS) and Dental (United Healthcare) plans paid at 100%

Monthly $50 “wellness” stipend for gym memberships, spa services, etc.

Life and disability insurance (short- and long-term)

18 days PTO and 8 federal holidays per year (+Veterans Day for those who have served)

Flexible home/office environment

Home office expense reimbursement

401(k) plan with automatic 3% of salary employer contribution

Employee referral bonuses

Annual stipend for employee and/or job-related training

About Spire

We are a boutique, woman-led agency that specializes in technology, health, and science. Our clients are federal agencies and contractors charged with advanced R&D and vital national programs that make life better for all Americans. Our team is committed to the work of these pioneers and public servants. We believe in their missions, marvel at their innovations, and delight in telling their stories.

Every member of our team is a senior-level communicator. This means every assignment is an opportunity to work with and learn from the best strategists and storytellers—designers, videographers, writers, editors, media relations leads, social media managers, and web developers.


The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) is a newly formed agency within the National Institutes of Health. The agency advances high-potential, high-impact biomedical and health research that cannot be readily accomplished through traditional research or commercial activity. With a scope spanning the molecular to the societal, ARPA-H programs have the potential to radically improve everyone’s health.

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