Creative Director
Critical Mass
Calgary, AB
As a Creative Director, you couple a strong creative voice with strategic thinking to lead major marketing initiatives. Balancing creative thinking with interpersonal skills, you develop solid client relations by clearly communicating and justifying concepts. Visual design is your bread and butter—but you've also got strong working knowledge of experience design, brand development, interactive commerce, and creative processes, which are essential in your role.

You're looking to hone your management skills directing the collaborative efforts of a large creative team. And the environment you build for your team fosters professional growth and inspires others to exceed expectations. Most importantly, you embody and embrace our values—to be honest, inspired, drive, passionate and real—in everything you do.

You will:

  • Drive the strategies that address customer needs and business goals across digital channels.
  • Contribute creative solutions and innovations that strengthen both the agency brand and market leadership position.
  • Develop & deliver innovative proposals to capture both account growth and new business opportunities.
  • Promote continuous improvement and accountability by driving Creative discipline and operational excellence and lending industry vertical expertise.
  • Perform strategic account planning with senior management in vertical marketing groups.
  • Conceive and create experience design solutions that fulfill strategic business objectives.
  • Effectively communicate creative ideas and strategies to all project stakeholders.
  • Lead and partner with multidisciplinary teams, including all creative disciplines, technology, planning, account and program managers, partners, clients and more.
  • Provide regular team leadership and constructive feedback on all accounts.
  • Develop, monitor, and modify the business unit creative department staffing strategies and plans, including team composition, performance, skills, training, and mentoring.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor quality standards across all creative artifacts and deliverables.
  • Continuously improve Creative methods, problem solving models, and best practices.
  • Proactively manage the success of production scope, schedules, and budgets.
  • Engage and inform practice leads from media, technology, marketing science, usability, and quality assurance to maximize results and ensure satisfaction.
  • Support and lead Human Resource initiatives with a focus on performance management.
  • Understand, embrace, and communicate corporate mission and values.
You have:
  • Fundamental passion for all things design, digital, social, UX, innovation and an eagerness to collaborate with others, acting like a champion to install that same passion in them.
  • Strong design portfolio with 10+ years design/marketing/communications interactive work experience, 5+ years art direction experience.
  • Solid understanding and appreciation for the distinction between creative expression and commercial reality.
  • Proven aptitude for quick creative thinking with acute attention to detail within demanding deadlines
  • Experience developing Internet commerce, electronic marketing and online brand management and integration, with demonstrated results.
  • Experience leading strategic brainstorming sessions, campaign development, creative brief development and directing creative execution.
  • Ability to think creatively against demanding deadlines with acute attention to detail.
  • Leadership abilities that foster learning and excellence among team members.
  • Please include your portfolio link with your application and password if required.