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Associate Design Director (Los Angeles)

Associate Design Director, Los Angeles

ZEHNER is looking to hire an Associate Design Director to lead and manage our small team of talented digital designers to develop best-in-class strategic design to achieve our client's goals. This role will work collaboratively with our UX, Content Studio, Tech, and PMO teams to establish the visual identity and vision for our clients, from conceptual ideation through implementation and ongoing design management.

The ideal candidate possesses a strong foundation in graphic and interactive design, has a passion for branding and visual systems, and understands the value great design brings to an organization. If you like the idea of moving from one project to another, working on assignments that are as diverse as our clients, you are encouraged to apply.  


  • Maintains group design direction and provides clear constructive feedback
  • Implements team priorities balancing day-to-day work with big picture strategies
  • Empowers and guides team to develop best practices and processes 
  • Mentor and manager digital designers and help them set and achieve career goals
  • Strives for continual improvement to maintain the highest quality of work
  • Thoughtful design approach that shapes and communicates a compelling long-term design strategy and vision for the department 
  • Leads the design process for your team—from problem definition to design implementation
  • Identifies new opportunities that use design to solve company problems
  • An inspirational leader whom people enjoying working with and for
  • Provides pathways to nurture and grow talent
  • Shapes both team and company culture 
  • Manages project and department budgets
  • Encourages & promotes communication, transparency and collaboration 
  • Champions exceptional design across Zehner and outside the company  


  • Strong design portfolio of live, digital-based work
  • 8+ years of experience (1+ creative leadership preferred)
  • Demonstrates a user-centered approach to design with a mind for process
  • Bold leadership skills, confident in team building, mentoring and guiding talent
  • Experience attracting and hiring design talent
  • Comfortable juggling a wide range of responsibilities at the same time
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, with a natural ability to clearly articulate ideas
  • Understanding of digital landscape, social platforms, and technology trends
  • In tune with contemporary design, internet and youth culture trends
  • Mastery in Adobe Creative Suite, Figma or Sketch
  • Strong understanding of HTML and CSS systems
  • Comfortable working with 3rd party integrations and APIs
  • Knowledge and experience in brand identity strongly preferred


Based in Los Angeles, Zehner is a full-service ecommerce digital agency. Services include digital & brand strategy, user experience design, technology selection & implementation, marketing, and post-launch managed services. Our mission is to help our clients achieve their business goals by developing a tailored digital strategy, from crafting brand narrative to leveraging technology. Founded in 2007, Zehner is partnered with major commerce platforms, including ShopifyPlus, Magento and AWS. Our work reflects our company culture, built on the core values of Friendship, Creativity, Exploration, Dedication, and Results. We embody the best of the West Coast lifestyle in everything we do. Clients include Outerknown, HAUS Labs, FIJI Water, Soylent, and Barefoot Dreams.


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