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Art Director (Mid-Senior Level)

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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. Our client values work life balance, even in the agency world. They make sure to shut down and shut off in order to reboot when for the next day! This client is seeking an Art Director (Print and Web) in Orange County, CA for a Contract-to-Hire OR Direct Hire opportunity. If this all sounds good, please read through our entire job description for full details on how to apply.

The Role:
The Art Director will work directly with the two Creative Directors to establish the conceptual and stylistic direction for designs and orchestrates the design 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.

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.

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
· 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

Portfolio Expectations:
All portfolios must be included at time of application (PDF, URL, Dropbox, we except all forms)
Make sure your Portfolio is up to date on design trends - Check out this article for what is trending: http://www.creativebloq.com/inspiration/8-big-portfolio-trends-for-2017
If work is not entirely yours, your portfolio must specify what your role was on the projects listed

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