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Senior Art Directior

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My client, a full-service Digital Agency has an immediate need for a Sr. Art Director who is a visionary creative force that leads design teams in shaping customer experiences in all current and emerging interactive media. As the Senior Art Director you will be responsible for conceptual development and the execution of creative deliverables. These responsibilities include creating and communicating concepts, implementing marketing strategies and developing interactive design solutions. Reporting to the Creative Director, the Senior Art Director will lead a collaborative team of designers, copywriters, information architects, content analysts, and production specialists. Balancing creative thinking with interpersonal skills, this person will demonstrate an ability to justify concepts to both the client and the internal project team. If you are hungry, humble and smart… you want this job.

This Senior AD…
• Balance strategic development with client business objectives;
• Mentor and coach team members through project development and performance management;
• Build and maintain a rapport with clients, partner agencies and other vendors;
• Contribute to the innovative development of the creative department;
• Work with Lead Strategist to identify the strategic intent of specific projects;
• Articulate project goals, reinforce creative parameters, and represent creative work to fellow project team members and clients;
• Support and mentor Designers for maximum team effectiveness;
• Work in conjunction with Creative Director to ensure maximum effectiveness of various concepts;
• Serve as Creative Lead on the Core Team assigned to specific Projects;
• Develop concepts and communicate ideas;
• Direct & delegate to core creative services disciplines (design, information architecture, audio design, production and copywriting);
• Directly contribute to project design and development: creating storyboards / initial graphic concepts, conceiving functional design solutions, creating site grids and interface demos;
• Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables, internal critiques, etc.;
• Lead development of initial visual concepts and architecture for a project;
• Direct the creation of style, design and site mechanics guides;
• Lead Designers in executing build-out of chosen concepts.

Qualifications include…
• Strong design portfolio with 4+ years education, 5+ years design and interactive work experience;
• Experience leading a team of designers, production specialists and writers to creative excellence;
• Well-developed communication skills;
• Ability to think creatively and justify concepts to clients and team members;
• Experience with strategic brainstorming, campaign development, creative brief development and creative execution;
• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously;
• Proven aptitude for quick creative thinking with acute attention to detail within demanding deadlines;
• Comprehensive understanding of interactivity and the Web;
• Commitment to the profession of visual communication;
• Passion for design and creative problem solving;
• Leadership abilities to foster learning and excellence among team members;
• Demonstrated track record in a client-service environment;
• Excellent design presentation and persuasion skills;
• Proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget;
• Intimate knowledge of information design, including the topology of information for the web, and user interface issues, including browser/platform constraints;
• Strong understanding of information design;
• Thorough knowledge of PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and HTML;
• Solid understanding of DHTML, CSS, XML/XSL;
• Understanding of the strengths and limitations of Flash, After Effects, QuickTime, Final Cut Pro;
• Ability to take ownership of tasks and drive tasks through to completion;
• Ability to focus while under pressure.

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