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Art Director

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75% 1 Art Director/Graphic Designer – With minimal direction, develops innovative design solutions that meet agreed upon marketing and/or business objectives
· Conducts research to stay abreast of current design and functionality trends, incorporating them into work
· Develops concepts based on requirements from communication plans, creative brief or in consultation with client and/or account manager
· Presents design solutions as needed to obtain approval from client(s)
· Executes approved designs working with user-experience and web teams, print support and outside resources as required by the complexity, nature and schedule of the project Ensures accuracy, functionality and overall quality on deliverables across all media

15% 2 Administrative and Technical Tasks
*Uses Workamajig project management system to receive and update status of projects, as well as record daily time
*Maintains files in SharePoint and on departmental servers to team standards Understands and stays abreast of updates for both Mac and Windows systems
*Maintains and improves skill level in Adobe Creative Suite design software, design techniques and methods
*Adheres to and assists with maintenance of the corporate identity/brand standards
*Populates marketing asset management system with new content (images, design templates, etc.) on a continual basis

5% 3 Stays informed of energy industry issues
· Learns and understands the different customer segments – residential, small business, commercial/industrial
· Understands regulated and non-regulated businesses and departments, along with their respective operations
· Knows how to navigate the organization to find answers and resolve issues
· Reviews information on the employee Portal about company initiatives, developments and issues affecting the company and industry
· Participates in required company training, business seminars and other design- and marketing-related educational opportunities

5% 4 Performs other duties as assigned

Required Skills

4-year degree in design field or equivalent work experience with a concentration in graphic, web, mobile, video and motion design
· Strong art direction/design portfolio with at least 3-5 years design/work experience
· Knowledge of current production methods for web, online, email, video, audio and print
· Demonstrated, expert skills: · Adobe Photoshop – retouching, color correction, applications of effects
· Adobe InDesign – complex document layout, preparation of files for commercial printing
· Adobe Illustrator – logo and icon creation, basic illustration, path operations
· Adobe Acrobat – creation of interactive pdf files and fillable forms
· Creative concepting – generation of ideas to solve specific marketing- and design-related issues and the ability to sell these ideas to co-workers and clients
· Project management – ability to handle multiple assignments, across various media concurrently
· Customer service – sensitive to customer needs, input and feedback
· Excellent organizational skills – project details, schedules, physical and electronic files
· Excellent oral and written communication skills

Demonstrated, intermediate skills:
· Storyboarding – development of storyboards for videos (no hand illustration required)
· Photo/video direction – working with photographers and videographers to capture appropriate imagery
· Print process experience – understanding of Pantone and 4/color process color printing, requirements and limitations
· Adobe Premiere and After Effects – basic video editing, transitions, text, graphics, special effects and audio to create final Web and broadcast-quality videos
· Google Web Designer – interactive animation for the Web and mobile presentations, tools and other content
· Microsoft PowerPoint – basic design/creation of master pages for presentations
· Microsoft Word – basic graphic page layout
· Microsoft SharePoint – document storage and management
· Workamajig – project management and time tracking tool
· Ad Agency or Design Studio experience
· Design knowledge for various social media channels – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
· Assigned location is an office environment
· Some travel may be required

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