Art Director
ICF
Toronto, ON
Reporting to the Creative Director , the Art Director is responsible for conceptual development and the execution of creative deliverables. These responsibilities include creating and communicating concepts, implementing marketing strategies and developing interactive design solutions. You’ll work with a collaborative team of designers, copywriters as well as external vendors, such as production, photography, video, and more. Balancing creative thinking with interpersonal skills, this person will demonstrate an ability to justify concepts to both the client and the project team.

You Are:
A R isk taker: you aren’t afraid to step outside your comfort zone to come with up the perfect idea in a brainstorm session

Originality: Resists rules and conventions. Have a rebellious attitude because of a need to do things no one else does.

Personable: You recognize that art direction is, first and foremost, a people skill.

An Effective communicator : You will interface b etween clients and the creative team, you’ll be a “translator” and mediator.

Your Key Responsibilities:
Here’s what you’ll be doing day to day…

Conceptualize: Develop concepts and communicate ideas that hone in on design as an essential component of business strategy

Mentor: Direct & delegate to core creative services disciplines (design, information architecture, audio design, production and copywriting) Guiding and directing junior designers with thorough delegation, follow-up and mentoring Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables

Design: Directly contribute to project design and development:- creating storyboards / initial graphic concepts- conceiving functional design solutions- creating site grids and interface demos . Produce clean, cohesive design with appropriate skills to deliver technically accurate files

Maintain Relationships: Build and maintaining a rapport with clients, partner agencies and vendors

Innovate: Contribute to the innovative development of the creative department

Time Management: Ability to manage deadlines on concurrent projects effectively

Collaborate: Work with senior management to gain approval of concepts and final design

Brainstorming: Attend creative briefings , brainstorm sessions a nd internal meetings/reviews as well as participate in client presentations

Your Experience & Intangible Traits:
The ideal candidate for an Art Director position will possess the following competencies:

Strong design portfolio with 4+ years education, 4+ years design and interactive work experience

Strong experience with Adobe Creative Suite CS5/CS6: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc. and Mac OS

Comprehensive understanding of interaction and UI design

Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Proven ability to design for HTML5 and CSS

Experience leading a team of designers, production specialists and writers to creative excellence.

Well-developed communication skills

Ability to think creatively and justify concepts to clients and team members

Experience with strategic brainstorming, campaign development, creative brief development and creative execution

Proven aptitude for quick creative thinking with acute attention to detail within demanding deadlines

Keen knowledge of current design and technology trends

Strong experience in site and mobile design (including designing for retina display)

Appetite and ability to work closely with technology dept. to refine designs

Solid brand/identity experience

Experience working in an art director/copywriter team setting on conceptual development and integrated campaigns

Strong oral and written communication skills in English

Strong conceptual development, typography and interactive design skills

Flexible, adaptable worker with superb multitasking abilities

Effectively take initiative and complete projects thoroughly and on time

Ability to collaborate and articulate creative ideas to the team

Bonus Points

Illustration: both hand drawn and digital experience

Photography and photo manipulation skills

After Effects/Motion Design experience

Like what you see and think you’re a perfect fit? Apply today.

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Working at ICF

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