Art Director

NJI Media
Alexandria, VA
Aug 19, 2019
Aug 23, 2019
Full Time
NJI Media is looking for a highly conceptual, marketing-oriented and digitally-focused Art Director to join our creative department. As a creative agency, our goal is to consistently provide our clients innovative, unique and stunning designs that challenge the status quo. NJI Media's wide range of corporate, association and issue advocacy clients look to us to set them apart from the pack. To that end, our Art Director must be able to not only create visually stunning web and print designs but also mentor and help direct the other designers on our team. The Art Director will work closely with our internal teams to conceive, implement and launch marketing/communications campaigns, websites, branding initiatives, and experiential interactives. An ideal candidate must also have experience educating, training, mentoring and directing the graphic designers they work with. In addition, we are looking for a candidate that can consistently help add efficiency to the department, remain knowledgeable and hands-on in the work moving through the agency, and communicate to company leadership about emerging trends, while living up to the agency's quality standards. This position will allow you to flex your creative muscles at every turn as you work with an integrated team of strategists, designers, account leaders and developers. You will be asked to create, strategically defend and execute your ideas across all channels - digital, print, social, video and experiential. Responsibilities: Collaborate in the design, development, and strategy of key elements for accounts within the agencyLead the design team in achieving high-quality work Manage multiple projects from concept through completionGenerate ideas for pitching and proposalsLead creative brainstorming sessions for project kick-offsMotivate and inspire the creative teamProvide quality control over concepts and projectsContinuously evolve the creative processManage time effectively and with little direction to help projects stay on budget and on timeInternal teams about account challenges and present proposed solutionsIs considerate of brands and business needs; proposes the best creative solutions even in time-sensitive momentsWork collaboratively with account leadership and designers to deliver on client visions consistentlyEnsure quality by committing to internal processes and standardsStays current with the latest emerging design and technology trends to find ways to help move the agency work for clients and brands forward Required SkillsStrong working knowledge of user experience development and interactive designExcellent aesthetic judgmentStrong leadership skills to oversee the work of other artistsCreativity and superb communication to develop products that meet clients' needsAbility to prioritize work and manage deadlines Qualifications:Bachelor (4-year) degree is preferred. 4+ years of design experience in an agency setting is requiredIf no degree is possessed, then 5-6 years related experience in an agency setting is required2+ years of supervisory experience requiredKnowledge of web development foundations - HTML, CSS, Javascript/jQueryExpert level experience with design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & PremierBackground in animation and motion graphic designAbility to lead projects from concept to completion. Apply industry best practices in user interface and interactive designExperience site planning, site mapping and wireframingA strong background and experience in advertising, brand development, and interactive design Passion, integrity, energy and a good sense of humorThe ideal candidate for the Art Director position would be highly creative, energetic and outgoing. He or she will need to represent the passion and enthusiasm that our company has for exceptional design. About NJI Media:NJI Media was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. Our headquarters is housed within an old grain warehouse that was built circa 1880. Some highlights of the office include a 30ft atrium, a complete kitchen, unlimited snacks, awesome beverages, regular team activities. We provide excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, 401k (with matching) and even life insurance. In addition, we provide maternity and paternity leave along with a substantial amount of vacation time. Oh, and we give vacation bonuses and force you to leave the DC metro area. We strongly believe that our company is only as good as our team. To that end, we put a significant amount of emphasis on employee happiness. From regular team meals (sometimes prepared by our CEO) to our monthly Learn at Lunch series, we provide many ways to foster a family environment and provide growth opportunities. Learn more about us at www.njimedia.comHow to Apply:We can't wait to hear from you! To apply for the position, please send us a cover letter, resume and portfolio samples. Email your application to, and include the word "Panda" in your subject line. Couple insider tips: We'd love to learn something unique about you through your cover letter. Do you like eating kimchi burritos or going ice fishing in Poland? We'd also like to hear about your passions and what makes you excited about getting out of bed every morning (if you feel comfortable sharing with us). Your resume should give us the more minute details of your career and experience.

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