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Creative Director

Zehner is looking for a new Creative Director to join the Design and Experience Team. This role leads the Design Team, oversees its contribution across the portfolio of active clients, and helps optimize the impact of Zehner’s client outcomes. Communicative, collaborative and creative, the Creative Director is a problem solver dedicated to detail, process, curiosity, and growth, both personally and organizationally.  You are visionary, committed to driving design concepts, ideation, and innovation. You also join a cross-functional team of Directors helping the C-suite grow the agency and set its strategy.

 

Responsibilities

  • Enthusiastically collaborate with a cross-functional team of Designers, Brand Strategist, Project Managers and Technologists
  • Optimize client impact of deliverables while respecting project scope, timelines, budgets
  • Conduct brainstorming sessions that facilitate strategic, innovative thinking to develop actionable creative initiatives
  • Support C-suite/Business Development team with pitches and projects
  • Offer game-changing value and impact to clients that help grow relationships  
  • Represent Zehner as a thought leader and problem solver
  • Review and approve art and copy developed by the team, ensuring deliverables address client and projects business goals and objectives
  • Set priorities and allocate Design resources across engagements, balancing short- and long-term needs, establishing production schedules and staffing allocations
  • Translate complex ideas into compelling brand experiences
  • Track pulse and trends across branding, tech, commerce, content, design
  • Contribute to problem-solving at both team and organizational levels
  • Able to lead a project independently from kick-off to delivery
  • Collaborate with Brand Strategist to direct, build and manage content creation teams for production of photography and video
  • Create a positive work environment for the team

 

Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • Hands on design and production capabilities 
  • Strong creative vision with an understanding of business objectives
  • Savvy manager of people, resources, time, budgets, margins and clients
  • Strong and professional presentation and communication skills
  • Proven experience with concept development
  • Highly skilled with leading a team of creative talent
  • Comfortable interacting with high-profile clients and industry professionals
  • Experience with/understanding of/respect for other disciplines including Brand, UX, Interaction, Engineering, Project Management
  • Experience in Branded commerce 
  • Expert ability to work with and manage across different personalities and disciplines
  • Strategic and creative thinker who can proactively problem solve and prioritize tasks
  • Innately curious, with insight into human behavior and instinct for human-centric design
  • Demonstrates integrity, reliability, professionalism, and courtesy to all colleagues
  • Passion for working in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly self-motivated and self-driven
  • Eager to try new ideas and iterate on the design process

The Design Team

  • You report to and collaborate with Chief Design Officer
  • You are a peer and partner to the Experience Director
  • You will supervise, develop and inspire a team of Designers and a Brand Strategist 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Portfolio with work with leading brands in today's marketplace
  • Experience in Branded Commerce and Application/product design
  • 7 years of experience and 2 in leadership role managing, mentoring designers, supporting pitches and interfacing with high level clients 
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