Art Director

Baltimore, Maryland | Freelance | Job ID #68336 |
Posted Earlier this month

One of our eComm Retail Clients is looking for an Art Director to come help their team for seasonal initiatives/products. This is Fully REMOTE opportunity and will start up immediately!

The Art Director/Creative Lead is a masterful storyteller on compnay's Global Brand Team who is motivated and energized by the power of sport. The creative work needs to carry the passion of the world’s greatest athletes—from this generation and the next—and the power to help inspire the very best in human performance.

The Art Director/Creative Lead, plays a critical role, having the strategic and creative vision that results in resonant, brand-driving storytelling and story DOING. Plays a lead role in creating the marketing and advertising materials that communicate. This individual must be hands-on in regards to concepting, art direction, photo direction, design, and writing to deliver a significant breadth of deliverables, and capture the hearts and minds of our target consumers, which we call Focused Performers.

The Art Director/Creative Lead will work closely with multiple stakeholders from marketing and creative leadership to operational and production partners streamlining creative development, ensuring the brand vision executes successfully.

Lead creative work for the training category Creative across all digital, social, web, experiential, and print marketing platforms. This includes meeting with partners to align on marketing/creative strategy, as well as collaborating with creative and cross-functional partners.

  • Utilize regional and global data to elevate consumer experiences through art and copy
  • Collaborate with global creative/regional creative/marketing/ops teams to ensure creative/marketing/ops alignment
  • Design with versatility and constantly seek new and innovative ways to elevate customer experience
  • Work collaboratively with the Creative Director, designers, agency partners, external resources, copy, category partners to produce transformative storytelling executions and experiences that reflect and elevate brand’s DNA and standards
  • Influence cross-functional teams on brand excellence and current/future design trends

Solid portfolio showing best in class solutions

  • Repeated examples of progressing towards mastering the fundamentals of our brand and has a strong focus around those principles. Great output consistently
  • Understanding of the full consumer journey and is focused on connecting all consumer touch points
  • Experience in working with external partners directly and is well versed in effectively communicating feedback, gaining alignment of cross-functional teammates + CDs and steering partners towards brand right solutions
  • Great collaborator who does not just take part in cross-functional projects but is vocal and understands how to lead/inspire & get the best out of their teammates
  • Understanding of and the ability to direct all aspects of creative: copy, imagery, design, retail, video and social content
  • Proven presentation skills and a track record of successfully pitching in concepts to leadership
  • The ability to dissect complex problems and provide solutions

Responsibility over Brand and Seasonal Creative, digital first– with contributions to Omni customer experience touchpoints (retail, email, social, comms etc).
Manage: Design and development. Individual and group design. Direct all aspects of creative: copy, imagery, design, retail, video and social content.
Collaboration with Global and In-Region Teams --- aligning and evolving the DTC experience with a customer centric mindset.

Challenges: Multiple inputs, ambiguity, fast paced, moving and truncated timelines against hard final deadlines. This role and its scope impacts brand, marketing, merchandising, strategy, product – and most importantly this final work is consumer facing.

Interaction/Internal: Fully cross-functional on a daily basis from brand, category, marketing, merchants, product, operations, comms, media and production teams
Interaction/External: bi-monthly, as needed -- Agencies and freelancers
This individual has to be collaborative, intuitive, pro-active, a good problem solver and able to negotiate solves given differing opinions from differing stakeholders

There are no direct reposts, but this role should be a solid team player and set a good example for junior teammates: best practices, peer coaching and mentoring to help grow individuals and the team as a whole.

  • BFA in graphic design, visual communications, or another relevant field
  • 5-7+ Years in a design role, preferably agency or in-house
  • 3+ years of experience leading projects independently or with a team
  • Presentation/Communication skills
  • Thoughtful and considerate leadership skills
  • Command of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Solid understanding of digital, print design
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and build relationships cross-functionally
  • Ability to have the hard conversations to protect the brand.

If this sounds like you and you are immediately available with the portfolio to prove your concept/design chops, please introduce yourself by applying below!

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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