Art Acquisition Coordinator

Carlsbad, 5830 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, California, United States of America Req #598
Monday, May 27, 2024


Art Acquisition Coordinators are the lifeline between Upper Deck and artists / art houses to help ensure that projects release on time and that our art meets product and brand requirements and objectives.

The Art Acquisition Coordinator provides a key role in Upper Decks ability to acquire original art for a wide variety of entertainment trading card and gaming products.  They will work with external artists throughout the development phase of a product to ensure that detailed art direction is created and followed by the artists while observing given timelines.  They must research and recommend artists for different products and potentially initiate all contractual negotiations. They may also be the main contact for all of the contracted artist’s concerns.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to this job.  Other duties may be assigned.


  • Must be outgoing in researching and acquiring new and fresh art talent on a project by project basis.
  • Ensures art deliverables are consistent with key product features and budget requirement.
  • Works with Project Managers on art approvals with various licensors.
  • Critique of submitted artwork. Sometimes from different stages of the art process.
  • Creates weekly reports detailing project status in regards to project requirements.
  • Recommends creative solutions to help artists and art houses hit their required deadlines and retain high quality standards.
  • Capably provides art direction for specific projects based upon a set of provided requirements.
  • When needed, provides comprehensive verbal and written direction to artists and art houses ensuring created pieces meet product requirements.
  • Participates in product research and development with the Entertainment Team.
  • Works with internal teams to generate contracts and negotiate terms with artists and art houses.
  • Works with Finance on any contract or payment related issues.



The Art Acquisition Coordinator routinely meets with the Director of Gaming to report on project status, new opportunities and upcoming challenges. Daily interaction with cross-functional partners including Product Managers, Project Managers, Brand Managers, and associated Coordinators. The Art Acquisition Coordinator collaborates with all members of the Entertainment Team, while communicating and coordinating with outside artists and art houses.



  • 2+ years professional experience.
  • BA in Art/Design or strong and comprehensive work related experience is preferred.



  • Effective organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple, high priority projects with dedicated attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge of pop culture art and artists from the comic, movie, television and gaming fields.
  • Solid understanding of color theory and human anatomy from a fine art perspective.
  • Ability to interpret a project’s needs and provide content direction based upon requirements.
  • Spreadsheet generation with massive amounts of detail regarding up to date project status.
  • Positive ties to various social media environments and various art related message boards.
  • Superior communication skills across multiple departments to convey up-to-date project information.
  • Willingness to provide and accept critical feedback while maintaining professional relationships with hundreds of artists and various art houses.
  • Professional demeanor; team player orientation.  Ability to interface with internal parties at all levels.
  • Ability to perform duties under minimal supervision while exercising reasonable discretion and independent judgment.
  • The qualified applicant must possess acceptable computer skills (PC or Mac); a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, file sharing and familiarity with the Internet.
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours. Work hours are mostly consistent, but necessitate flexible hours based on production requirements.
  • Collectable Trading card experience is preferred.
  • Gaming experience (TCG, board, video) is preferred.
  • Photoshop, or related, experience preferred.
  • Limited Travel on behalf of the Company, with local convention attendance.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $24.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $26.00
Location on Google Maps
  • Carlsbad, 5830 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, California, United States of America