Creative Director, The Kit
Star Media Group
Toronto, ON
Job Description (EN)

Creative Director

The Kit is Canada’s beauty and style leader. The Kit is all about women. We connect with our audience and understand that women want stories that both delight and inform—that spark the joy of possibility offered by fashion and beauty, and also decode it so it fits naturally into their lives. Above all, we’re storytellers. Women contain multitudes and The Kit talks to them on every level and engages with them on every platform

As The Kit’s creative standard-bearer, the Creative Director guardrails the visual direction and standards of The Kit across all platforms. The Creative Director knows what it takes to create a dynamic brand on multiple platforms and is committed to sustaining high-quality content and design.

The Creative Director is collaborative, positive, motivated, with a record of inspiring staff and delivering captivating work across multiple platforms. They also have the credentials and portfolio to prove it.

The Creative Director will report directly to The Kits Editor-in-Chief and will oversee the operations and development of two Editorial Designers and one Specialist Projects Designer.

As a member of our team you will:
Creative direction and development of The Kit print feature, TheKit.ca,
e-newsletters, social media and all other platforms so The Kit remains enticing, current and competitive
Creative direction for advertorials, special issues, white label creative and events
On-set art direction for editorial and sponsored shoots
Management of art department staff to lead, guide, and inspire
Planning and brainstorming of upcoming issues and package ideas
Goal setting and performance evaluations of art department staff twice per year
Oversees selection and management of all freelance art contributors
Identify new visual creators whose work should be featured in The Kit
Oversees art department budget
Upholds the quality, values and characteristics of The Kit brand
Assists with other duties for the good of The Kit

Why you will be successful:
Post-secondary degree in Graphic Arts & Design or a related field or equivalent work experience
8+ years of post-university work experience, including a minimum of 5+ years of experience in a creative design position
A positive, high energy team player that can embrace the brand
Strong concept development and graphic design abilities as demonstrated in a comprehensive portfolio, website, etc. which aligns with The Kit strategies and objectives
Proven ability to combine conceptual, creative and strategic thinking with tactical execution
Strong project planning and organizational skills; ability to effectively lead work on multiple projects and under tight deadlines
Familiarity with traditional, online and digital media & can adapt ideas to various media and thinks holistically across channels
Photography and post-production proficiency; thorough understanding of photo studio production, lighting techniques, and photography skills
Proficient in Adobe CS
Keeps abreast of design, cultural and fashion trends
A team player who is able to act as both a leader and an individual contributor
Confident and effective communication and interpersonal skills

Why you’ll love working here:
You’ll play a vital role in shaping The Kit, the most exciting fashion and beauty brand in Canada, and the designated centre of excellence for fashion and beauty content for Torstar
You’ll work with a creative, committed, positive and happy team
You’ll work with Toronto’s top creative contributors: photographers, videographers and hair and makeup artists
You’ll be proud to work at The Kit, because you can feel confident that the content you and the team create is meaningful, relevant and authentically speaks to women

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require an accommodation during this process, please inform the Toronto Star of your requirements.