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Senior Art Director

"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."

– George S. Patton

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About Ten Adams.

Ten Adams is a healthcare branding, marketing + advertising agency. We are strategists and creatives that transform business challenges into powerful brand experiences for hospitals and healthcare organizations. At Ten Adams, we pride ourselves on a simple foundation of being helpful and doing great work. We work hard to create an environment that breeds creativity and inspiration – our culture is nothing without the people behind it. 

We understand that it’s the whole package that matters, that’s why we offer:

  • Competitive salaries with annual pay increases and bonuses
  • PTO, Holidays, Birthday, Volunteer Time Off
  • Flexible scheduling with core hours
  • In-office, hybrid and remote work options
  • Life, health, dental and vision insurance
  • 401k with match
  • Career advancement opportunities 
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Job Type: Full Time

The Position

The Senior Art Directors keep conceptual and visual design initiatives moving forward for some of our largest clients. They don’t blink an eye when handed large-scale engagements for marketing campaigns — projects that are complex, wide-ranging and require a seriously innovative mind. A Senior Art Director should have an incredible drive to produce visual work that’s on-target, within budget, of the appropriate end quality and, above all, effective for clients.

We want Senior Art Directors who know how to express their ideas clearly and confidently. They provide direction and leadership to designers working on their project teams, scope design phases of projects accurately and efficiently, and attend pitches and industry events as required. They know how to keep their designers focused and help them channel their talent toward the end goal while getting them to challenge themselves and the work they produce. Leadership is exciting to them, but they’re also willing to follow others because they understand that great ideas come from anywhere. The Senior Art Director sweats the details and expects others to do the same.

Responsibilities

Concept + Design

  • Be creative, conceptual, clever, courageous and consistent
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Develop brand campaign concepts (artistic vision, look and feel) that leverage strategic consumer insights and can span across digital, social, print, broadcast and other media
  • Apply conceptual strategy, design, copywriting/editing, brainstorm facilitation and day-to-day shepherding of projects to completion
  • Understands branding and the importance of brand consistency in all communications
  • Assemble style guides as needed to guide creative visions for projects
  • Implement design templates and master pages and create styles based on design specs
  • Familiar with client brand standards; designs accordingly
  • Provides art direction on photo/video shoots
  • Concept and manage projects while working within a budget
  • Push the envelope without ever losing sight of strategy; Ensuring work is on-strategy, appropriate for the brand and approved by senior management
  • Care about big ideas as much as pretty fonts
  • Stays up to date with a passion and understanding for latest design trends and new technologies
  • Consistently solve the needs of our clients and their audiences through creative problem-solving and artistic vision

Communication + Management

  • Be responsible for illustrators, photographers and production artists on projects
  • Be a creative leader on brand, design and imagery
  • Effectively interact with clients as needed in a way that positively impacts the agency relationship, including presentation of new initiatives, concepts and campaigns
  • Collaborate with team members throughout the work process to foster, facilitate and consistently deliver great work that is on strategy, on time, and on budget
  • Excellent presentation skills and communication abilities at all levels of both internal and client groups
  • The desire to mentor and inspire other Art Directors and Designers and to support the Creative Director
  • Ability to successfully direct a multidisciplinary team to produce projects
  • Coordinates with Creative Director and Associate Creative Director to select vendors to bid

Production + Organization

  • Work under minimal supervision to lead creative development
  • Handle multiple tasks easily, consistently meeting or exceeding deadlines and client/agency expectations
  • Prepares projects for final production, if needed
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently plan and prioritize deliverables and resources working across projects, based on scope of work and project goals
  • Maintains an awareness of status and project deliverables

Qualifications + Requirements

  • 7+ years agency experience in creative services required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communication Design or related field required
  • Must be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop — required
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Photo + video direction experience preferred
  • Writing and editing skills a plus
  • Well-rounded portfolio of innovative, award-winning work
  • Healthcare and/or agency knowledge and experience preferred
  • Experience in mentoring art directors, designers and production artist
  • Highly conceptual thinking in both visual and interactive design
  • Strong desire to define the look and feel of what is next in visual and interactive design and an interest in the latest design trends, technology and social media
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to articulate and sell a creative idea with enthusiasm and knowledge
  • Ability to see others’ point of view and cope with criticism
  • Desire to produce award-winning creative for each and every assignment
  • Take pride in going the extra mile to make something killer
  • Proactive, self-motivated and collaborative
  • Reliable, professional, assertive, extremely organized with keen attention to detail

 

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