Print & Branding Design Director

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NYC branding agency is seeking a Design Director specializing in branding and print, for a contract-to-hire role. The Design Director will manage and lead creative design solutions that support overall brand strategy. This assignment will be full-time and 100% on-site. **Branding firm experience is a must.**

Additional Responsibilities Include:
 Partner with Consultants and Creative Directors to define project strategy and translate strategy to the development of creative concepts.
 Establish the conceptual and stylistic direction for design staff.
 Lead and define Creative Strategy and implementation.
 Lead and inspire creative team to develop innovative design solutions, from broad concept development to the creation of preliminary sketches.
 Assist with or take the lead on management of day-to-day client relationships, budgets, schedules and project deliverables.
 Participate in new business efforts as requested.
 Manage, mentor and train Creative staff to maintain employee retention and quality standards.
 Manage performance reviews, and goal setting for direct reports.
 Establish professional development plans for team members.
 Partner with Consultants/Program Managers to provide client with estimates, budgets and timelines for the creative portion of each project.
 Responsible for profitability of creative portion of client projects.

Ideal Candidate Will Have:
 7+ years of experience in a design, consulting or advertising firm with multi-industry clients.
 At least 2 years experience motivating and leading teams.
 Experience with retail and packaging design.
 Innovative approach to visual communication.
 Strong delegation and decision-making skills.
 Solid interpersonal capabilities, visual and written communication skills.
 Comprehensive understanding of design methodologies, user-experience/interface design, information design, and corporate identity/branding.
 Extensive knowledge of typography, layout, color sense and the latest design tools including PhotoShop, QuarkXpress and Illustrator.
 Ability to travel as required.
 Undergraduate degree (B.F.A.) or equivalent; or 4 or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
 Advanced degree in design (M.F.A.) or similar specialty preferred

Interested candidates please respond with a portfolio showcasing relevant samples of work. Thanks!