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Associate Creative Director

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Our client's Creative and Content Studio is seeking an Associate Creative Director. As an ACD, you’re a leader that inspires your colleagues to think bigger. You will lead a team of designers, art directors, writers, and content developers to deliver brilliant, cross-platform visual solutions including print, digital, social, and video assets that will drive consumer engagement. You have an eye for emerging trends and work with the Creative Director to translate strategies into stories across assigned brands and portfolio-level marketing communications. Most of all, you should know your way around supervising, mentoring and advising a team of creative dynamos that are producing concepts, creative assets and content that make our next generation consumers raving fans of the brands.

You love presenting, have a desire to search out the right solution based upon both strategy and creative.

Your love inspiring a team while building strong client partnerships.

You seek out the big idea, not just the safe bet.

You love collaboration and can guide a team from idea to execution.

Your comfortable leading campaigns not matter what the medium and have a solid background in digital as well as print and video.

The core accountabilities of this position include:

• Business Contribution: Collaborate with content writer(s), designers, content producers to develop creative communications in support of assigned businesses/brand(s) and Global Marketing’s business objectives.

• Creative Output: Oversee creative and ensure high levels of quality of output and productivity from design and writing/editorial team while complying with project schedules, budget and workflow processes.

• Resource Management: Forecast and allocate resources against current and planned projects; manage daily efforts of the creative staff to enable individual and team contribution, in compliance with performance management practices.

Business Contribution

• Leverage understanding of assigned clients as well as Marriott International overall to provide innovative ideas and creative content that achieves business results.

• Ensure that designs comply with corporate and individual brand-identity guidelines and support cross-platform content marketing needs.

• Deliver creative content and stories that support various marketing communications business needs, including: print and digital advertising, corporate identity, direct, social media content, video and photography.

Creative Output

• Review creative work developed by design and content team for strategic integrity as well as to ensure that brand and creative-quality standards have been achieved.

• Participate in creative presentations to internal colleagues as well as clients—effectively representing concepts and solutions to influence sell-through to clients.

• Effectively manage own workload—setting priorities and driving project deliverables to targeted, timely completion.

• Manage workflow and delivery of materials executed by assigned content and design teams so that project budgets and schedules are consistently met.

• Keep colleagues in Account Management, Traffic and/or Production informed regarding the status of creative output—particularly as it affects project schedules, budgets and desired outcomes.

Resource Management

• Responsible for the day-to-day management of up to five Creative associates, including art director(s)/designer(s), writers, copy editors and content developers(s).

• Closely manage and track hours and associated costs to assure cost recovery on all client work

• Estimate and ensure the timely availability of resources for successful project execution; keep Managing Creative Director and/or Director, Agency Operations updated re: design team availability as it relates to forecasting for future projects.

• Regularly monitor individual and team

o Consider employees’ interests and development needs when determining work assignments,

o Be accessible to them to help address issues and resolve problems,

Inspire individuals and the team overall to achieve higher levels of performance.

• Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing and/or design/fine arts required.

• An outstanding portfolio reflecting 7-10 years designing and writing for balance of digital and print advertising, branding and marketing communications

• Minimum four years managing writers and designers; experience with a wide variety of media specializing in: print, digital, content marketing and delivery, social, photography and video.

• Expertise with CS5-InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator required; Flash, HTML and CSS are a plus.

• Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

• Ability to partner with colleagues and clients to develop and execute cross-platform creative in support of business and brand objectives.

• Experience leading large content initiatives for global brands

• Related work with content creation and creative wins thru storytelling

• Ability to succeed under pressure, managing multiple concurrent projects while shifting priorities and responding to changing business/client needs.

• Customer oriented with exceptional attention to detail, organizational and presentation skills.

• Experience working as part of a multi-functional project team (particularly working with Account Management, Production, Studio and Traffic)).

• A proven understanding of creative workflow processes including briefings, concepting, content development, execution as well as expertise related to design and production (print, digital, typography, photography, illustration, video and multimedia).

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