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Art Director

  • Design & User Experience
  • Full-time
  • Washington, DC

2022-10-28 20:42:44 UTC

At Artemis Ward, Art Directors sit at the heart of our work, partnering with multidisciplinary teams to pair strategic insights with creative leadership so that our team arrives at solutions that are intelligent, beautiful, and impactful. The ideal candidate for this position can move seamlessly from concept to execution with a knack for delivering fresh perspectives that are informed by best practices and the latest thinking in the landscapes around us. At heart, ADs are systems-level thinkers who understand how discrete elements need to work together in order to deliver holistic brand experiences. And ADs are translators, too — they’re able to understand and evaluate creative strategy and are comfortable communicating that strategy to other Artemis Ward designers as well as our clients

This position reports to the creative director, and is based in our Washington, D.C., office.


Core Responsibilities:

  • Leads efforts to develop creative concepts and executions in a cross-disciplinary manner, partnering with creative directors, art director, strategists, writers, and designers to build smart, innovative approaches

  • Applies strategic knowledge of the digital and social landscape to all work efforts

  • Brings a deep understanding of big-picture strategic vision to client and internal work

  • Inspires team members to level-up the creative thinking through focused direction, guidance, and mentorship

  • Combines strategic rigor with design vision in order to bring discipline, purpose, and impact to every deliverable 

  • Provides hands-on direction to ensure quality in everything we produce

  • Solves design problems effectively and efficiently through ownership, delegation, and coaching;  

    • When owning: drive the creative vision and execution

    • When delegating: set clear design directions and provide guidance to team members, contractors, and vendors

    • When coaching: inspire, mentor, and provide critical review of creative work

  • Brings a strong perspective of innovation and creativity, leading agency best practices, driving awareness of industry standards, and adapting to changing technology

  • Contributes to new business proposals, presentations, scoping, and planning

  • Shows up to work each day with a collaborative spirit and a positive attitude


Must haves:

  • 6–8 years relevant experience at an agency or in-house

  • Experience in leading designers and design efforts at an agency or in-house 

  • Strong portfolio rooted in digital visual design

  • Skillset includes motion graphics and dynamic content creation for social media

  • Excellent working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, including proficiency in After Effects (or another animation platform for animating designs) 

  • High drive and pride in your work

What we offer

  • Competitive salary

  • Medical, dental, and vision

  • Paid holidays and vacation

  • 401K


About Artemis Ward

We strive to do good work with good people. We aim to create a fun, equitable, diverse and supportive culture that both represents and gives back to the communities we work in. Artemis Ward is a Certified B Corporation™ — a member of a worldwide network working to create an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.

All applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination required for employment.

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