Associate Creative Director

Imprint Projects is a post-advertising creative agency. 

Our mission is to replace advertising with cultural production and dialogue. We elevate the world’s most influential brands with cultural content, experiences, and community programming. We value long-term partnerships with Levi’s, Sonos, MoMA, Uniqlo, Google, and many more. 

Community and culture is what we do, so a passion for music, art, design, fashion, technology, and social activism is important. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, our days are fast-paced and exciting, but the vibe is comfortable and collaborative. We take care of our people with great benefits and endless opportunities for growth. Leadership prioritizes simplicity, transparency, and humanity. 

The Associate Creative Director will lead creative across the many types of projects we build. You will work from initial strategic concept to scalable creative solutions that work in the real world. You must be excited about developing concepts across a wide range of platforms at the leading edge of cultural trends and emerging technologies.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Overview:
    • Lead creative and creative team on assigned projects
  • Client Work: 
    • Drive and elevate the creative process ensuring design and strategy is executed to brand and agency standards and within agreed timelines and budgets 
    • Direct and manage the development and execution of creative concepts and deliverables for integrated marketing campaigns including experience and environment, photo/video and digital content, printed graphic matter and all copywriting and strategic messaging
    • Lead presentations of creative ideas to clients
    • Respond to client feedback; steward the creative integrity of projects
    • Lead brainstorms and creative pin ups
    • Lead the creation of proposals, presentations, creative briefs and treatments 
    • Foster a collaborative environment where giving and receiving feedback is encouraged and productive 
    • Oversee creative direction for photo and video shoots
    • Oversee creative direction for print and digital collateral, in-store installations and event activations
    • Keep up with the latest best practices, trends and industry techniques to share ideas and knowledge with project teams and clients
    • Ensure that all work meets a high level of creativity, innovation and brand association
  • New Business Development: 
    • Support Managing Director in developing creative for new business with current and new clients
  • People:
    • Lead, inspire and support the creative team
    • Assist recruiting and management of creative team
    • Maintain ongoing relationships with freelancers 
    • Lead Mid and End of year review process and employee growth plans, ensure a climate for growth and education 
    • Inspire creativity, new ideas, and big thinking throughout the team
  • Operations: (Internal processes + Systems)
    • Collaborate with Managing Director to identify long and short-term project needs and personnel resources and tools
    • Support the policies, practices, and procedures related to the company’s creative work 
    • Use and manage online project management software, collaboration tools, calendars, file-sharing, time tracking, and company expense tracking
  • Financial Performance:
    • Provide insights to the production team on the creative execution of all work to ensure projects remain in budget
  • Reporting:
    • Reports to CD 
    • Direct reports: Sr. Designer, Designers
    • Oversee freelance creative resources

WHAT YOU'LL BRING:

  • 8+ years experience in a creative execution role (at least 5+ years agency environment, at least 3+ in a creative leadership role)
  • Excellent short and long form writing and proofreading skills
  • Strong design background; versed in design process and production methods
  • Excellent time management skills, demonstrated ability to organize, set and implement priorities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of emerging creative technologies
  • Comprehensive knowledge of best practices and experimental approaches in marketing and brand communications
  • Ability to scale ideas/solutions to budget, brand needs, timelines and environments
  • Experience working with clients, and building creative teams
  • Proven leadership skills — we want someone who can drive a project forward while fostering the talents of our creatives team
  • Master skills in Adobe software, primarily InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

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