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Art Director

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Position: Art Director
Location: San Francisco. OnSite.
Start Date: 10/5/15
Length: Talent Bridge
Pay: Open
Portfolios need to show ALL of the following: banners, landing pages, microsites.

The Art Director translates multiple clients’ strategy into visually engaging experiential marketing initiatives. The Art Director will establish styles, work with and shape brand identities and create concepts from wireframes. He/she creates highly effective and compelling brand experiences for clients across digital mediums (70%) and orchestrates the work of others on the creative team (30%). The Art Director reports to the Team Creative Director.

Essential Job Duties:
- Gives creative direction, trains, mentors and inspires creative staff with the intent of taking the best of all possible product offerings to market
- Produces innovative yet intuitive design solutions that address complex business, marketing and user needs
- Follows through on original concepts with clear, concise art direction that is both visually interesting and appropriate to the subject matter
- Integrates designs with brand and aesthetic cues while pushing the creativity of the work and evolving style standards
- Follows best practices for quality user experience design from ideation, user flow and wireframes to final visual design and implementation
- Develops and presents creative solutions on behalf of the agency that are informed by research and data and which generate a demonstrable ROI for our clients
- Works with copy team to conceive and execute concepts (for a diverse set of media including, but not limited to, print, collateral, video, digital, etc.) that are creative and consistent with strategy, brand guidelines, and industry norms
- Designs in a range of visual styles as appropriate for different clients and mediums
- Critiques and evolves the work of our designers and integrates design requirements into all phases of production
- Incorporates ideas and makes revisions in response to the feedback and criticisms of clients and team members in a business-like, open-minded manner. Offers well-reasoned and thoughtful critiques of others' work
- Maintains responsibility for project through final execution, including QA and reviewing and signing off on all revisions and production phases to ensure that selling message is clear
- Applies new user experience and design fundamentals into brand development
- Oversees detailed budgets and timelines

Desired Qualifications:
- Ability, passion and intelligence to translate work with designers to oversee the visual manifestation of ideas and concepts
- Ability to manage large-scale interactive projects, tight deadlines and high volume of work with geographically dispersed teams
- Must have a deep understanding and enthusiasm for web technologies, emerging design trends and innovations
- Possesses the presence and experience to interface at the executive level, developing and maintaining client relationships and negotiating change within the business and within the brand
- Ability to develop decks and various communication vehicles with project managers and production teams that address client’s strategy and tactical concerns
- Ability to facilitate brainstorming sessions and workshops designed toward specific outputs and client solutions

Minimum Qualifications
- Design or Interactive Media related degree or equivalent experience in the interactive design field
- Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite
- 4-5 years as a visual designer producing for digital marketing (web, banners, email, social, etc.)
- 1-2 years of management experience/art direction/junior art directions in house or agency
- Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite
- Understanding of HTML development and testing

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