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PERM: Digital Creative Director (Agency)

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As a Creative Director you’re the day-to-day, on-the-ground leader of the creative team. You are a big-picture-thinker that not only guides your team, but guides clients—helping them realize their brand vision in current and future projects. You’ll take charge of a project from conception to execution, leading a team of visual and user experience designers and writers across various deliverables — from digital to print to experience design. While your main focus is leading, you will continue to play a hands on approach, jumping in to design and create when needed to push the work. Regardless of how you engage on a project, you are responsible for its quality, direction, and success. You are the go-to resource for our creative leadership, helping design and implement initiatives to drive creative culture and creative standards.

The role also has a very specific digital focus to it, specifically digital product, websites, and systems. Approx 80 percent creative direction and 20 percent hands-on design work.


Responsibilities & Duties

Serves as the driving force that keeps the creative team at the top of its game
Develops original design concepts, oversee multiple projects all the way through execution, and directly manage a team of creatives
Identifies the best ways to leverage talent and put them in the position to succeed
Strong ability to provide clear creative direction, career path guidance and timely and helpful feedback to improve creative processes to keep work on budget and schedule
Possesses both brand and digital expertise
Understands how to work in design sprints
Proven leadership skills. We need people who are confident with everything from team building to mentoring to guiding large groups of creative talent.
Excellent presentation skills and communication abilities at all levels of both internal and client organizations
Collaborate in project scoping, estimating, and pitching
Strong ability to prioritize work and resources across engagements based on short- and long-term need. Timelines, budgets, and directions change—we need someone who can roll with it.

Leadership Responsibilities

Team leadership and motivation skills are absolutely essential for the role
Inspires the team to achieve the highest level of creative excellence in every opportunity
Represents culture and standards to all levels and disciplines
Responsible for presenting creative work in thoughtful and compelling manner
Manages the client relationship for all things related to creative.



5-7 years of design systems experience in a professional services, agency or consulting environment
Demonstrates enthusiasm for and understanding of digital trends and technologies, including best practices
Excellent strategic brainstorming, campaign development and creative execution
Desire to learn and apply your skills in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment
Deep understanding of the principles and practices of omnichannel marketing, branding and emergent technologies to drive outcomes for B2B and B2C businesses and brands
Passion for great design and systems thinking



Client Description:

Creative Agency

Benefits include unlimited PTO, medical/dental/vision, education stipend, 401k match, and annual bonus. 


Must live in or near Chicago. While this is a hybrid position, there will only be "purposeful onsite work," meaning collaboration sessions and client meetings, when necessry.