High Level Expectations
Creative is our lifeblood, so having a strong Creative Director is critical. We’re looking for someone who can lead, inspire, and help a team learn. We want a leader who provides mentorship and constructive feedback, without the need to design over shoulders. We want a Creative Director who values risk and doesn’t fear failure. And the Creative Director must be a great communicator, with clients and his/her team.
OOHology has evolved over the last decade. We’re more than websites—we do branding, video, digital, traditional. We really do it all. So in this role, we’re not looking solely for an amazing web design or UX portfolio, or an armload of awards—we want someone who’s steeped in creative adversity and knows how to find the path forward in sticky situations. Ideal candidates will have some battle scars.
The Creative Director role is first and foremost about leadership and management. Obviously creative experience drives that, but applicants should expect to be judged on their ability to be articulate and navigate creative challenges with solutions that are sensible to both clients and the agency.
The Creative Director guides a team of Associate Creative Directors, Art Directors, and Copywriters. The Creative Director is ultimately responsible for the success and performance of the creative team, as well as that team’s interactions with other departments. While this is a managerial role, the Creative Director will be directly responsible for a number of accounts (our ACDs manage many accounts as well). The Creative Director is a key role in the company, and can therefore be expected to meet and pitch new clients, attend events, and travel.
- Manage the creative process from concept to completion.
- Work closely with other departments, particularly Front-End Development and Marketing/Strategy.
- Ensure visual communication and brand standards are met.
- Oversee client pitches and proposals.Oversee profitability, deliverables, timelines and budgets.Meet with clients or upper management to explain campaign strategies and solutions.
- Review work and provide feedback to creative team members.
- Manage vendors who may be hired to work with certain projects.
- Manage and cultivate the career development of staff members, including designers, art directors, copywriters, photographers and web developers.
- Work with traffic department to oversee capacity planning with upcoming projects, team member vacations, etc.
The Creative Director is expected to do just that—direct. There are times for letting the team search for an answer on their own, and times to jump in and help. The CD has to know the difference. Organization is key. OOHology has a high volume client roster, and in order to manage projects appropriately, the CD must be organized.
What to Submit
Send cover letter, resume and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Creative Director Role” as your subject line.
- Must be highly skilled in design, copy or both.
- We’re most interested in your management abilities, but you better be damn good at one of these as well.
- 10+ years of experience in creative (agency side preferred), with a minimum of 3 years experience in managing a team.
- Meaningful experience with at least three of the following: • Social media strategy • Web design • Campaign concepting • Video (preferably for web) • Digital advertising (display, retargeting, pre-roll)
- Clean, direct communication is a must.