Hello! We’re looking for an experienced, talented, and motivated art director to lead our internal creative services team. This is a hands-on role that requires expert design skills to rapidly prototype creative solutions in an agile marketing environment. The ideal candidate can balance leadership and creative execution with ease, all while maintaining calm in a hectic work environment. This position reports directly into the Chief Marketing Officer and is a highly collaborative role.
This position plays an important role in an evolving marketing organization and will require superior collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills. The power of real-time content for all forms of advertising is exponential and growing. Creative is judged at the speed of a thumb flick, and with only 6 seconds to tell a story, the work must be outstanding. The role will interact regularly with marketing and sales teams, and will educate on brand standards as needed. Strong leadership and project management skills are needed to influence cross-functional teams on a single brand vision and execute consistently across all media platforms.
We use data-driven insights to guide our work, and believe in storytelling as an important part of our brand mission. We’re looking for an Art Director who can amaze us with an exceptional ability to transform ideas into engaging visual solutions.
We believe that all our product and marketing communications should be simple, beautiful, and accessible. As an Art Director, you’ll create visual communications that inspire, engage, and delight customers and prospects. You’ll rely on user-centered design principles to create marketing communications – from concept to execution – across all types of platforms, both online and offline.
You enjoy wearing many hats, have an eye for detail and quality, and thrive in an environment where you can work on several projects across different product lines. You are always ready to design and execute integrated, cross-channel marketing initiatives – you can turn ideas into reality with flair and speed. You’ll collaborate with marketers, copywriters, developers, and others to produce amazing work.
Creating and communicating concepts that inspire – with smart rationale to back them up
Designing comps, mocks, storyboards, graphics, and final deliverables across retail and digital channels (in-store collateral/signage, POS, consumer packaging, tradeshows, print, some knowledge of video & digital advertising)
Collaborating with your marketing team colleagues to ensure that both the copy and the visuals are in perfect synch to make the work as powerful as possible
Collaborating with developer colleagues on design feasibility
Driving & contributing in brainstorming and other idea-generating team sessions
Maintaining high quality on creative and presentation deliverables
Multi-tasking and working efficiently under pressure
Responsible for full lifecycle of creative, from concepting through execution
Under the direction of the CMO, create and direct the teams responsible for visual creative development of all types of experiences to retail partners, consumers, and internal employees.
Rapid concept/idea development and execution
Must be able to optimize creative for efficiency and impact
Maintain and evolve visual and verbal branding system
Manage Design Team budgets, schedules, and resources
Review and approve the creation of designs, concepts, graphics, and templates for use by the broader team
Staying abreast of the evolving technology and design landscape including the emergence of new standards and devices
Develop and implement design program policies and establish quality standards across Design Team
Lead and manage the Design Team: actively coach, evaluate, and mentor designers across technical skills and overall professional development
Manage the flow of work and graphics resources to ensure timely and effective project completion
Ensure compliance with brand, visual identity, and legal guidelines
Experience & Skills:
BA/BFA in Graphic Design
7+ years art direction experience across marketing vehicles including consumer hardgoods retail, as well as digital
5+ years of leadership experience managing an internal creative services team
3+ years leading or generating content development in photography or video
Expert in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, understanding of HTML/dHTML and Web browser capabilities, and strong typographical, motion graphic, and interaction design skills. Sketch is a plus.
Experience creating visual storyboards for video, animations, etc.
Strong business and marketing acumen with a knowledge of the creative product/process.
Extremely creative and can apply those skills to virtually all aspects of job
Extremely detail oriented mind
Exceptional design skills and a robust portfolio that shows your talent in both online and offline mediums
Experience on large cross-channel and/or direct-marketing initiatives across media, both online and off
Fluent in digital and offline marketing mediums including email, responsive web/landing pages, mobile, digital advertising, video, social, photography, collateral/signage, etc.
More About PopSockets:
Based in Boulder, CO, PopSockets LLC, designs, manufactures, and sells innovative lifestyle products around the globe. Our products help transform experiences with your mobile devices into something fun, expressive, and fashionable. Our flagship product, the PopSocket is a mobile accessory that transforms your mobile device into a fashionable, fun experience. You can choose from hundreds of fashionable designs or customize your own look. Just "pop" & expand your PopSocket whenever you need a grip, a stand, or just want a clever solution for your phone. It’s like expanding magic for your phone!
PopSockets is an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, veterans & individuals with disabilities.