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Sr. Art Director/Designer

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Advertising/Campaign focused Art Director/Designer 

Main focus of role: 
This role requires a strong ability to conceptualize and create advertising campaigns to be executed across multiple mediums (Print/Digital/Mobile) 
Candidates with multi-channel advertising experience will do best, candidates who are comfortable working in teams with other designers/writers to create and execute advertising campaigns are great fits. Candidates who have worked in Agencies or in-house groups creating advertising campaigns and can show multiple samples of such work will fit best in this role. 

Role Summary/Purpose: 
The Art Director/Designer works in partnership with a dedicated Copywriter and establishes the conceptual direction, design and execution on large projects and marketing initiatives. He/she works in conjunction with Sr. Account Managers and Clients on strategic national advertising and marketing campaigns, internal corporate communications, brand identity campaigns and experiential design initiatives (both print and digital). 

Essential Responsibilities: 
Manage and/or serve as a contributor on a variety of projects including but not limited to: executive leadership presentations, new marketing initiatives, print and digital corporate image campaigns, national advertising campaigns (trade/consumer), new business development initiatives, direct mail campaigns, internal corporate communications, brand identity development and campaigns, corporate events, TV, radio, video, environmental design, internal self-promotion campaigns, experiential design and web initiatives such as website design, digital dashboards, mobile apps, email campaigns and banner ads 
Work in a collaborative environment with peers, colleagues, managers and clients 
Manage assigned aspects of design work done by Art Directors, Copywriters, Graphic Designers, Production Artists, Animators, Digital Developers, Web Designers, Photographers, Printers and any additional outside vendors as they relate to a project 
Provide creative thought leadership in the development of high-quality print and broadcast, as well as environmental, experiential and digital design 
Conduct creative wall reviews 
Follow a creative brief and work with Account Managers to ensure assignment is clearly outlined and estimated 
Understand strategic marketing initiatives and campaign strategies 
Dig deeper if necessary to achieve clarity and ensure the creative team is aligned 
Question client/marketing strategy when it doesn't align with market research or meet the needs of the consumer 
Follow budgets, timelines and internal processes for each and every project 
Create, develop and launch brands 
Look at the big picture 
Present work internally among peers, colleagues, managers and clients 
Present work to external clients and internal executive leadership 
Work expeditiously on a high volume of projects with constantly changing deadlines 
Make sure all objectives are being met and that there are no errors 
Exercise good judgment and independent discretion regarding projects, initiatives and other company-related efforts 
Manage assigned workflow while directing the work of others 
Work with traffic and account managers on all project initiatives and help coordinate the flow of large projects with the creative team 
Provide creative thinking during project kick-off meetings, brainstorming sessions and creative wall reviews 
Influence and guide others with thought-provoking ideas and recommended solutions 
Implement creative design best practices 
Deliver the highest quality work possible 
Offer new ideas for creative processes, creative team management and collaboration 
Strong Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign proficiency 

Bachelor's Degree OR in lieu of degree a high school diploma and 10+ years of work experience in visual design and management experience 
A minimum of 6 years of professional advertising agency experience and/or work within an in-house creative team 

Desired Characteristics: 
Degree in Fine Arts or Design strongly preferred 
Graduate degree preferred 
Team player 
Flexible, fast thinker -- especially during critical or stressful times 
Takes initiative and is a self-starter 
Strength in multi-tasking 
Ability to work independently 
Innovative and out-of-the-box conceptual thinking 
Deep understanding of strategic marketing and advertising, using market research as one of the influencers 
Exceptional skill in developing omni-channel concepts 
In-depth knowledge of, and experience in creating and developing, brand identity 
Excellent presentation skills 
Outstanding communication and great people skills 
Proficient in Creative Cloud (i.e. Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign) 
Proficient Mac and PC skills 
Master of MS Office application (primarily, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) 
Knowledge of HTML 5, CSS and ActionScript a plus but not required 

Nice to have (Not required): 
- Proficient in HTML5 // digital animation 
- Understanding of Double Click a Plus 
-Strong competency in digital design, i.e. digital banners, landing pages and websites and emails. 
-UI/UX design strength 
-conceptual/collaborative abilities 

Eligibility Requirements: 
You must be willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation and submit fingerprints as part of the selection process

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