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Associate Creative Director / Design Manager

Northbrook, IL
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Our client in the Safety Services space is seeking a Design Manager/ACD to join thier inhouse agency team. This is a contract to hire role salary up to 100k. This person should be based in the Chicago area and will be encouraged to come onsite 1-2 days per week. This is an awesome opportunity for someone who has been a design lead to take the next step in their career.

Primary Responsibilities/Experience:
- When first onboarded 60% will be managing team and 40% designing. After some time that will switch; 60% design and 40% managing
- Looking for a candidate who has directly managed people and conducted reviews 
- Experience creating storyboards
- Print and digital projects; social and interactive banners etc.
- In-house agency experience desired, they are familiar with internal meetings and procsesse

This person will manage and oversee the Design Execution for the Creative Studio and across along with working closely to other creative functions to assure quality design and speed efficiencies. 
Manage the performance of team members, providing feedback, guidance, and ensuring that all policies are understood and adhered to. 
Biweekly check-ins, monthly 1:1s, quarterly performance reviews
Training and education of team members
Team growth and development opportunities
Client and account management (keeping our clients and colleagues happy)
Develop and maintain an understanding of the creative approach of the assigned cohort.
Directing and motivating teams of designers, video/editor/animator, multimedia designers to help them use their talents effectively.
Lead the creative process on projects from concept to completion and oversees client pitches and proposals.
Proactive in seeking out efficiencies for our creative studio. Creating templates and repeatable design.
Accountable for making sure the team is helping support the Campaign strategy targets.
Hand-on experience in creative process, marketing, graphic design and brand development 
Maintains and develops brand and brand strategy. Ensure visual communication and brand standards are met in all work we do.
Collaborates with creative & project managers while directing members of team to ensure proper production of campaign elements
Designing and leading multiple design projects
Inspire clients and team members with great visual design and integrated campaign development
Leading and participating in brainstorming sessions​ and guideline share outs