Dagger’s creative department is a close-knit team of deeply driven, passionate, and innovative thinkers, makers, and doers. We’re looking for another stellar addition to our award-winning team to help us craft and cultivate ideas that will strengthen our portfolio, win more awards, and help us achieve our goals as the most compelling agency Atlanta has ever seen.
- As a Senior Art Director, you support the creative team through the ideation and creation of visual structures and concepts for print and digital media, as well as the design of nested assets within said structures and concepts. You will also manage, lead, mentor, and collaborate with more junior members of the team.
- You will use design and prototyping programs to create new designs and design concepts based on client briefs and new or existing creative direction.
- You’ll use a keen eye for detail and uninterruptible focus to maintain consistency in conceptual integrity, campaign cohesion, brief alignment, and pixel precision of your team’s files to ensure your team’s work is top-notch and client-ready.
- In some instances, you will present your own work in a public forum. Whether on the phone, on location in a client’s office, or internally-only, you are expected to enter into this role with an advanced level of confidence presenting your ideas. You will also hone your public speaking and creative presentation skills continually throughout your tenure in this role.
- This role requires heavy social & content knowledge and experience working with an “always on” client.
You are accountable for:
- Creating art direction that reflects the approved brief, creative direction, and required formats, sizes, and production requirements of creative projects. Your work must seamlessly integrate with and/or elevate the creative vision initially set forth by art or creative directors.
- Taking pride and ownership of your work, accepting accountability for your output. This includes being a great communicator, understanding and acting upon creative briefs and existing creative direction, and maintaining the visual and technical integrity of Dagger’s creative vision for client and internal work.
- Understanding and maintaining the mindset that some projects will require a direct translation of provided creative direction, while some (when explicitly directed as such) will provide room for interpretation. You are accountable for knowing which is which and technically expressing the work in either avenue with precision and enthusiasm.
- Like all Dagger employees, Senior Art Directors are accountable for having a proactive attitude and approach to your growth and personal development. An insatiable appetite for learning and improving is a must, as well as a willingness to advocate for and participate in your own professional and personal growth, meeting challenging situations and uncomfortable conversations with empathy and radical candor.
You are capable of:
- Asking thoughtful questions -- and lots of them!
- Doing research to uncover new and interesting insights that inspire creative work and help keep your work on the edge of trends and innovations in the market.
- Working with a variety of creative team members to create and realize goals for client and internal work, alike. You are also capable of coming up with your own ideas, testing them against a creative brief, and executing them through to completion.
- Communicating clearly with other members of the team including art directors, designers, project managers, executive leadership, etc.
- Developing art direction that strategically supports a concept, whether by directly translating a creative director’s vision into campaign assets, or adding your own unique insight to better translate more flexible concepts into actuality.
- Offering, accepting, understanding, and acting upon feedback and criticism. This includes the ability to stand behind and explain your work to team members and pulling together to make the work better.
- Meeting and communicating about project milestones and deadlines. You must communicate clearly with your client teams to ensure you can accurately estimate your time investment, as well as stay within the time budgeted for your work. Expert time, task, and stress management is a must.
- Taking accountability and responsibility for advancing the clientele, portfolio samples, conceptual chops, and skill offerings of our agency in a continual state of healthy tension.
- A willingness and ability to mentor more junior team members in their technical abilities, professional demeanor, and career growth. More than that, a willingness and ability to have tough conversations, deliver difficult feedback, and manage with empathy and radical candor.
Join an award-winning team, named one of Ad Age’s 2021 Best Places to Work, the recipient of a 2020 Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Award (Silver, Southeast), and consecutively listed in Adweek’s 100 fastest-growing agencies (2019, 2020).
- Paid Parental and Adoption/Caregiver Leave
- Continuing Education stipend
- On-site cafe with barista on staff in addition to complimentary snacks and beverages
- Dog-friendly office in Old Fourth Ward with direct access to the BeltLine
- Company-wide social events like Happy Hours, retreats, and more! (We're remote for now, but keeping the human connection alive with socially-distanced team events.)
- Wellness Fridays