Careers

Looking for a career in the Western industry? Morris Equine Group has the below position(s) currently available:


Art Director — Fort Worth, TX

Position Summary

Western Horseman seeks an experienced editorial Art Director with digital and print design skills to oversee the planning, communication and execution of all art and design functions for Western Horseman’s portfolio of print and digital products. This position will design, coordinate, curate and manage all Western Horseman® brand visuals across website, social media, live event and print media.

These duties would include editorial layout and page design of the print magazine including covers, photo corrections and imposition in collaboration with the editorial team. Additionally, the Art Director would work with the marketing and sales teams to create powerful storytelling brand campaigns, pop-up live display visuals, social media elements and sales promotion materials.

Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the Art Director for the Western Horseman brand across all media. This includes collaborating with the editorial team and brand director to establish the overall look and visual brand of the publications and marketing materials as well as interpret ideas into graphic design concepts, develop templates and executive high-quality, polished layouts
  • All Editorial page designs for twelve (12) editions of Western Horseman magazine plus One (1) annual Western Horseman Calendar
  • Work cohesively with the management team to support the vision for the Western Horseman brand, remembering who its readers are and creating graphic content and covers with the individual platform’s audience and demographic in mind
  • Work collaboratively with the management team to lead in the development of strategic planning, branding initiatives and product expansion to support the business objectives of the organization.
  • Uphold the mission, brand, tone and voice of Western Horseman in its portfolio of products and marketing materials, both print and digital
  • Create print and digital content and/or ads to engage the portfolio’s readership, showcase the community, and achieve audience development goals
  • Work closely with Editors, Writers, Director, Team, and Production Director to determine written, illustrated and photography needs for each issue
  • Ensure monthly print, digital and marketing deadlines are met and deliver materials on or before deadlines is critical
  • Organize files and track creative elements along the process and keep up with where files stand along the design flow and production process
  • Work with corporate production team, printers and other production personnel to ensure timely upload and quality of publications
  • Represent the brand and its products in the community outside traditional office hours, while building and supporting strategic partnerships
  • Contribute and brainstorm ideas for layout, design, and process to improve future brand needs
  • Provide advertising sales support by creating media kits, sales materials, spec ads and efficient file-sharing methods

Education/Skills Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or other related degree or equivalent photography, media, publishing, editorial experience
  • Strong project management experience with the ability to juggle multiple deadlines and projects simultaneously is a must
  • Demonstrates understanding of and willingness to learn current digital and social media practices including websites, digital ad design and social media best practices
  • Confident knowledge and use of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok
  • Self-starter, with confident leadership skills and positive, problem-solving abilities who can work independently with minimal supervision. Strong ability and skillset to effectively work well within a team environment and be open to change
  • Innovative mindset with superb time management and strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of ranching, horses, rodeo, and a Western way of life is a plus, but not required

Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in professional graphic design; editorial or publication experience preferred with adept talent at digital, video and social media deliverables
  • Working knowledge of commercial-printing and web publishing processes and previous experience with project management software
  • Highly motivated individual with experience in print magazines, social media, photography, storytelling, writing, developing and managing social media content, along with related branding, marketing and advertising solutions. Editorial or publication experience preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of the digital and social media landscape
  • Knowledge of WordPress, HTML and CSS
  • Adept at Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator and InCopy, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Express, Premiere, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams etc.

Work Environment

This position operates in a professional in-office environment in Fort Worth, Texas. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit, stand, walk, present, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and effectively speak and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with or without assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances changes (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).

We are an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, or presence of disability, which would not prevent the performance of essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation or any other protective status.

Western Horseman is the World’s Leading Horse Magazine Since 1936.

Our mission is to celebrate authenticity, cowboy spirit and the Western way of life.

Job Type: Full-time, in-office position in Fort Worth, Texas

Pay: Salaried position, plus comprehensive benefits package.

Interested in Applying? Fill out the form below.


    Digital Content Manager — Fort Worth, Texas

    Position Summary

    Coordinate, curate, and help facilitate digital communications for the Morris Equine Group that includes titles such as Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News, Barrel Horse News, Stallion Register, EquiStat as well as the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA), West Coast Barrel Racing Association (WCBRA) and Road to the Horse. The Digital Content Manager will oversee digital content, social media and other related media solutions to drive traffic to and across the Equine Group digital landscape to improve customer experience and increase engagement.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Publish content on Equine Group sites using WordPress and other CMS software
    • Work closely with editorial staffs to increase website traffic, social media following, search engine optimization, monthly goal setting and other forms of engagement
    • Develop and execute daily postings across social media channels
    • Learn and execute new digital media platforms when necessary
    • Stay abreast of Internet/online best practices
    • Curate and optimize content for weekly/quarterly/monthly e-newsletters
    • Oversee digital and social media channel content to ensure alignment with corporate brand standards
    • Be an advocate across the digital brands, engaging in positive, proactive brand-appropriate dialogue and answering questions/providing assistance, support and direction where appropriate

    Key Skills Required

    • Keen understanding of cultural and social aspects of the Western Industry with a specific focus on equine
    • Understanding and appreciation for the global Internet landscape including websites, web design and content best practices, blogs, podcasts, social media, online community destinations, etc.
    • Relevant web management and optimization experience
    • High level of attention to detail and ability to craft engaging social media copy and graphics
    • Ability to create and deliver reels and other video footage
    • Self-starter who can work independently with minimal supervision, but also able to effectively work within a team

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree, plus 2 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising, Communications or other related field with a strong emphasis on Digital Media
    • Highly motivated individual with proven experience in writing/developing and managing corporate digital content, social media content, and related marketing solutions
    • Web management & optimization experience
    • Knowledge of the social media landscape and trends
    • Knowledge of latest SEO best practices
    • Knowledge of HTML and CSS
    • Knowledge of WordPress content management system
    • Familiarity with various photo and video editing software and platforms such as Adobe CC
    • Familiarity with email platforms such as MailChimp       

    Work Environment

    This position operates in a professional in-office environment in Fort Worth, Texas. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

    Physical Requirements

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit, stand, walk, present, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and effectively speak and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with or without assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

    This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances changes (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).

    We are an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, or presence of disability, which would not prevent the performance of essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation or any other protective status.

    Job Type: Full-time, in-office position in Fort Worth, Texas

    Pay: Salaried position, plus comprehensive benefits package.

    Interested in Applying? Fill out the form below.