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Art Director

Job title: Art Director
Contract type: Full-time
Location: San Pedro
Remote: No
Reference: 430685
Contact name: Anique Stemmer
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Our client, a growing brand in the wellness space, has an opportunity for a highly experienced, full-time Art Director to join the team here in  beautiful San Pedro, CA office. The role is onsite 4 days a week. This role reports to the Creative Director.

This important position leads a team of multidisciplinary designers across projects, working closely with both producers, narrators and writers to deliver well-crafted and innovative creative. This role drives design excellence and collaboration across projects, ensuring that the team delivers coordinated creative against the annual strategy. The Art Director coaches designers and creates opportunities for individual development, performance management, recognition and rewards while encouraging and leading innovative thinking, collaboration and partnership. Success in this role requires passion and connection to the creative industry - this ever-expanding knowledge, network and interest both inspire and drive your creative thinking!


Duties & Responsibilities:

Work with the Creative Director and Sr. Designers to develop visual directions aligned against seasonal to year-long narratives

Drive the Art Direction with Design teams, providing inspiration, guidance, support and direction

Encourage excellence, ambition, and team spirit

Deliver best-in-class art direction through photography, video content, and digital design

Closely collaborate with narrative, writers, digital designers and producers to create the best storytelling  across digital and physical platforms

Develop and maintain relationships with internal marketing partners and external creative partnerships – photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, designers, and their agents for editorial creative, working strategically with other leads in the business to ensure the strongest approach to external talent

Define art direction for video shoots, ensuring our content is always on-brand, diverse, dynamic, and resonates with culture

Work closely with Creative Director, Media Director and Production team to execute smooth, efficient productions that meet business objectives

Keep up to date with emerging trends in fashion, design, film, art, media and technology as relevant to and the design team

Collaborate with styling, marketing, tech, retail, photography and editorial to lead teams through creative concept process and projects

Ensure all projects are well-planned, creatively exceptional, on strategy and delivered on-time and within agreed budgets

Promotes needs for training and development, coaching and mentoring

Review project work for highest standards of quality, consistency and success


Skills & Qualification Requirements:

Bachelor/Master’s degree in Design or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Minimum 7+ years design and art direction experience in a branded content, agency, editorial or marketing environment

A strong portfolio of relevant work, exhibiting background in digital and editorial design

Deep knowledge and expertise in all aspects of layout, typography, illustration, identity, digital and experience production and publishing across formats and platforms

Thorough understanding of today’s creative landscape and how people engage with content from digital products to environments and experiences

Strong collaboration abilities to creatively partner with internal and external teams

Experience across commercial and editorial environments, with ability to bridge a connection between business needs, creative vision, and consumer interests

Proven ability as a manager and mentor, with passion for developing everyone on the team to grow, improve, succeed, and advance toward collective and individual goals

Experience in Packaging system design and and packaging production process

Strong understanding of best practices in file construction, asset organization, and print production as well as digital.


Who You Are:

Laser-sharp focus to work quickly and efficiently under pressure

Excellent verbal and visual communication skills; adept at communicating and defending creative work

Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with a highly developed ability to cultivate cross-functional and external partnerships in an open, positive and inclusive environment

Curiosity and in-depth understanding of design culture, current and past

A passion for the Sport*, Healthy and Wellness lifestyle and Culture

Strong understanding of day-to-day editorial operations and production

Astute attention to detail and meticulous organizational skills in service of your creative projects

Entrepreneurial spirit with proactive approach to identifying and acting on ways to improve and innovate work within projects

A positive mentality with proven ability to flex and adapt to changing business needs while maintaining creative quality

Ability to lead team efforts while also working independently to deliver on individual responsibilities

A sense of humor and a positive spirit


Robust Employee Benefits (Because We Care About You!):

Free Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance for Employee's Coverage

401K Retirement With Up to 4% Employer Match

Accrued Paid Time Off

Paid Floating Holidays

Paid Company Holidays

Monthly Catered Lunch

Free Products

Gourmet Kitchen with Coffee and Snacks

Casual Dress Everyday

Working Conditions This role works in a collaborative office setting with desks, computers, stairs, telephones and a copy machine.

Travel less than 10%

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