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Executive Creative Director

Company: Cella
Location: San Ramon
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Job Description:

Our client in San Ramon, CA is looking for an Executive Creative Director to lead creative strategy within the in-house agency. The Executive Creative Director (ECD) is the creative mind behind the corporate identity throughout all types of media and is responsible for providing creative leadership through insights and concepts including copy and design direction for the in-house agency. This position is responsible for connecting the strategic creative approach to the business strategy. The Executive Creative Director develops and maintains a working knowledge of clients' business challenges and leads innovative and conceptual solutions to address those challenges, getting personally involved on high profile and complex creative challenges. This role will begin remote due to the pandemic but eventually will be on site.Executive Creative Director Responsibilities:* Team Leadership * Work harmoniously with others to get a job done and lead the team in a collaborative fashion* Provide a visionary perspective for the appropriate evolution of the brand presentation* Share critical information with everyone involved in a project to produce more effective creative solutions* Help to set a tone of cooperation within the creative group and across the organization* Promote a solution-oriented mentality across the creative team* Encourage individuals to take on specific roles to deepen existing skills or develop new ones* Give the team proper recognition and credit for their contributions* Build a collective team vision and define goals and objectives* Lead with passion that energizes the team to over-deliver against expectations and results in high employee engagement and overall job satisfaction* Creative Direction, Leadership and Execution * Providing strategic creative solutions with appropriate consideration for the business goals and the impact on brand reputation* Provide creative direction and coaching while partnering with staff to accomplish creative objectives* Direct complex, large-scale project activities and effectively guide the execution of the work through the Creative Director.* Lead conceptual development of Tier 1 creative work* Provide brand guidance and direction to ensure consistent alignment with brand standards with consideration for flexing and growing the brand.* Motivate the team to deliver a consistently high level of quality as evaluated by clients* Making decisions that support financial goals without compromising the creative quality of the project, directing constant improvement and enhancing the design capability.* Understand data used to track market trends and customer actions and use it to inform the creative work* Collaborate with and guide the Creative Director* Lead and mentor team in the ideation process leveraging research, analytics and brand insights* Direct team as brand advocates, but also encourage and develop new interpretations of the brand standards and out-of-the-box approaches to grow the verbal and visual identity of the brand to meet ever expanding company needs* Articulate the creative rationale that drives the concept's execution and tactics* Expect team to push new thinking and challenge clich-- or repeat ideas* Confidently and diplomatically steward new ideas through the organization on behalf of the team* Staff Development * Work to improve the team's performance by pursuing opportunities for continuous learning/feedback* Constructively help and coach team in their professional development through informal and formal feedback sessions (i.e., performance reviews) as appropriate* Direct activities for professional development of team members, conducting creative workshops and implementing development activities.* Demonstrate a true sense of caring for the team's professional and personal well being* Plan regularly scheduled one-on-one time for personal coaching and mentoring of direct reports* Implement and refine conceptual development/ideation process and define* Coach team on presentation expectations* Exhibit a "can-do" approach and inspire and motivate associates to excel* Foster a team spirit that is reflective of their collective personalities* Nurture a culture that is fun to work in and helps build an open creative community* Celebrate team and individual successes and create a safe environment for constructive feedback* Client Service * Build strong relationships with clients and partners to be perceived as a credible, trusted advisor* Partner with clients to achieve effective outcomes in an efficient manner* Work with clients to articulate creative needs concisely yet completely* Appropriately balance client desires, business requirements and marketing strategies* Find common ground with clients when debating creative or strategic opinionsExecutive Creative Director Requirements:* Bachelor's degree required; MFA preferred, preferably in Design, Advertising, English, Journalism or related field* Minimum of 10 years professional experience required; five as an art director or copywriter* Minimum of 5 years management experience leading creatives required* Portfolio required* In-house agency experience required* External agency experience a plus* Demonstrated creative conceptualization skills* Big picture thinker* Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to manage differing viewpoints so the final product remains true to the strategic objective* Hands-on experience in at least one creative discipline: design, copywriting, video production* Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills* Working knowledge in industry-standard software and tools such as the Adobe Creative Cloud, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, project management software, and online market research* Experience in brand development as well as traditional and emerging multichannel marketing* Ability to anticipate problems and see how a problem and its solution will affect other projects, people or processes* Understanding that all projects require attention to detail so that work is on time, on budget and on strategy* Knows how to delegate properly in order to work at a highly strategic level* Ability to influence and/or negotiate when selling in ideasJOBID: 319486MN#LI-Cella#LI-MN1#LI-Remote

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