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Art Director

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A health and life science marketing agency is seeking an Art Director to work on a variety of print and interactive projects onsite in their East Bay office. This candidate would start as soon as possible and have the potential to convert to full-time, if the right fit. You must be comfortable in seeing a project through from beginning (ideation/concept phase) to the end (production and print-ready files or pixel perfect PSDs).

Responsibilities:
-Must be comfortable collaborating with the internal teams from VPs, to Account teams, to Creative teams.
-Brainstorm key creative ideas and concepts
-Work with execution team to produce and implement creative concepts and campaign deliverables
-Take creative and tactical input from VP of Creative Content, Client Strategists, Project Management, and Client in order to understand the goals, strategy, and specifications of a given project
-Ability to articulate and sell concepts to management through creative presentation and getting clients to approve designs
-Superb typographic, design, and production skills (this is a hands-on position).
-Strong time management, communication, and interpersonal skills
-Ability to adapt to emerging priorities and unexpected challenges. Understands there may be occasions where additional time commitment is needed for preparations, meetings, and projects outside of the day-to-day requirements.
-Will work closely with copywriters to ensure all marketing pieces are aligned with the brand and will communicate a consistent message
-Manage, mentor and develop a highly talented and effective in-house Graphic Design team with focus on day-to-day guidance and performance management

Desired Skills and Experience:
-Exceptional and robust portfolio (print and web)
-8+ years experience in art direction and design
-2+ years management experience over a team
-Bachelor's degree or equivalent in graphic design
-Superior knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite + knowledge of HTML.
-Strong design background with an eye for composition and design principles
-Strong time management, communication, interpersonal skills, and ability to multi-task

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