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Art Director (Direct Mail / Financial)

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Great opportunity to work with a Fortune 500 banking / financial institution in a creative/collaborative environment. The company’s full service, in-house advertising agency seeks an Art Director with extensive experience and documented success in print ads, collateral, and exhibit design. NOTE: There is a specific emphasis on, and experience required in Direct Mail for this particular opportunity.

The Art Director will work in a highly collaborative environment. The Art Director manages and executes creative design from concept through final release in order to communicate the organization's B2B marketing objectives. The position requires a bachelor's degree with at least 5 years of experience in the field. Experience in financial services and consumer banking is a definite advantage. Strong concepting ability and skillful client interaction are critical. Broad creative and problem-solving skills are expected.

Responsibilities:
• Develop strategies and design communication materials in all media.
• Maintain job folders and documentation.
• Review and approve jobs at all stages.
• Coordinate creative strategy, production specs and budget.
• Define needs for photos and other art and research images.
• Help set direction for client meetings.
• Conduct all phases of project execution.
• Present creative concepts and sell direction to senior management.
• Establish job specifications to conform to budget parameters.
• Collaborate with other disciplines to provide comprehensive project management.
• Art direct internal and external photo shoots and manage budget, props, location, etc.
• Provide direction to and supervise junior art directors.

Job Requirements:
• Minimum of 5 years advertising/graphic arts-related work experience
• Basic knowledge of financial/banking advertising
• Basic understanding of printing process and pre-press proofing and specifications
• Working knowledge of Direct Mail and/or Direct Marketing communications
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment
• Strong strategic skills
• Highly creative out-of-the-box thinker.
• Comfortable working in a collaborative manner in a matrix environment
• Excellent verbal and written communication

Software Requirements:
• Need proficiency in: · CS4, including InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator, Quark
• Optional skills: Flash HTML

*TO APPLY, please submit your resume in Word document format, along with a 1-2 paragraph professional bio. All resumes must:
• Outline the minimum requirements*
• Include a link to an online portfolio
• Be clear, easy to read and formatted
• Include month/year of all employers; explain employment gaps greater than 3 months

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