Art Director

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Are you an Art Director who loves working in an agency environment but is tired of the long hours? No time for life outside of work? If so, you may want to consider this great job opportunity with an in-house agency. Our client is seeking Art Directors (Print and Web) in San Diego (Torrey Hills), CA for Freelance AND Contract-to-Hire opportunities.

The Art Director will work directly with the Creative Director to establish the conceptual and stylistic direction for design staff and orchestrates their work. These projects include product brochures, case studies, advertisements, spec sheets, quick reference guides, trade show graphics, direct mailers, landing pages, advertising campaigns (online and print), viral and other marketing initiatives.

In addition to the creation of new materials the Art Director will also be responsible for reviewing numerous drafts per day from designers in San Diego and remote global locations. A strong passion for design and willingness to learn the details of the products is a must. The Art Director is expected to actively contribute to the development of large-scale campaigns and is the Creative Director's 'partner in crime' for day-to-day projects.

In addition, the Art Director will oversee creative projects and act as the lead, mentor and brand ambassador for the design team. They are responsible for translating brand requirements to actionable concepts and for the overall quality of work produced by the creative department. Responsibilities include managing creative projects from concept to completion, maintaining consistency and evolving the brand standards and facilitating in the production of various communication tactics. Advanced knowledge of design applications such as Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and PowerPoint is a must. Several years of leadership experience and proven project management skills are job requirements.

This person is undaunted by the newest creative tools. They are a problem solver, an information architect. Requires an energizing person, not only with their work also with their work ethic and style. This person will do "whatever it takes" to get a project completed in a timely and correct manner and will go above and beyond the norm. They have the ability to draw people together to share in ideas so that they feel they own it together. They are proud of their work, but realize it really belongs to the client and the customer. They are not cynical, they are not inflexible, and they are not about their portfolio. They are about being part of something as great as they are.

Responsibilities:
· Directing the creative function so that the environment, culture, team, capabilities, expectations, work style and other elements support the brand
· Ensuring that the client's creative product remains leading edge and ahead of their competition
· Ensuring high quality creative and production is upheld, maintaining consistently high standards for him/herself and others on the team
· Delivering strategic communication solutions that help our clients attain their marketing and communications objectives
· Listening, asking, hearing, prioritizing and translating client situation, marketing goals and information into strategic brand concepts, voice, messages and rationales
· Collaborating and contributing to the creative process as a leader of a creative team
· Presenting cohesive and persuasive rationales for campaign approaches
· Leading the unified process of concept/design and post-production execution

Primary Duties:
· Work collaboratively with partners, participate in company strategizing, and make recommendations for changes to the creative function to meet market changes, competitive threats or to support strategic plans.
· Understand strategic goals and brand; analyze the creative team, environment, processes, technologies, etc., to determine areas needing improvement; and build and direct a creative function aligned with and supportive of those goals.
· Make decisions on a daily basis that ensure creative quality
· Set expectations and standards (build a culture) for creative team attitude, behavior,
teamwork and professional development. Lead accordingly.
· Study the creative marketplace, assessing where our work stands against competitors'
· Drive constant improvement in the creative quality and capabilities.
· Managing outside resources, including outside agencies, photographers, photographic retouchers, freelancers, web and interactive sub-contractors.
· Quality control, including reviewing, and evaluating creative output