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Sample art director job description

[CompanyX] is driven by innovation and design. We’re searching for an experienced art director to take the helm of our art department, guiding an extremely talented team of designers who are known for exceptional creativity. The ideal art director will bring a mix of artistic, marketing, and business expertise to the position, promoting our company and that of our valued clients. We are looking for an experienced manager, who can inspire and be inspired by others to take our creative efforts to the next level. The ideal candidate will have a natural eye for design and a passion for delivering dynamic ideas that connect with any audience.

Objectives of this role

  • Oversee the art department by hiring, training, assigning, scheduling, and mentoring staff
  • Establish art department standards for production, productivity, quality, and client service
  • Ensure team adheres to current processes, identifies opportunities for improvement, and proposes and creates processes and tools to support design operations
  • Collaborate with marketing and sales divisions in creating marketing plans and aligning team priorities with business objectives so that high-quality work is delivered on time and on budget
  • Develop presentation approaches, styles, and techniques for the team
  • Analyze market trends, consumer needs, and the competitor landscape, and track campaign performance

Responsibilities

  • Work with entire team on a creative audit to elevate innovation and establish a unified brand understanding and company voice
  • Conceptualize campaign vision, harnessing original graphics, copy, website content, social media, and other marketing materials
  • Develop creative briefs based on ideas from brainstorming sessions, with direction, schedules, and deliverables for the creative team
  • Delegate projects to in-house designers and oversee storyboards
  • Obtain team approval of final layouts, storyboards, and illustrations; encourage members to provide feedback; and respond to internal commentary and requests
  • Oversee presentation of final concepts and coordinate production and dissemination for cross-organizational use

Required skills and qualifications

  • Eight or more years of professional experience in graphic design, with four or more years in a management role
  • Proficiency with design software such as Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Exceptional ability in typography, layout, and prototyping
  • Highly skilled in leading a team of creatives
  • Strong creative vision with attention to business objectives

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in fine art, graphic design, or similar discipline
  • Experience as an art director
  • Experience in web development
  • Solid knowledge of photography and video production