Creative Director

North Chicago, Illinois

Are you feeling stuck on one account for way too long? Looking to have more creative variety? Are you passionate about solving creative challenges? Do you enjoy mentoring and challenging others to push for their best?

StudioNorth is looking for a strategic-minded CD with a passion for crafting innovative solutions in design and digital marketing. This role requires a strong desire to understand our client’s needs and deliver an exceptional experience for their customers. We work in traditional and digital mediums, and expect strong creative skills in both; however, omnichannel marketing creative and brand expertise will be your primary areas of focus. Your role involves conceptualizing and pitching new ideas to clients and providing design and content direction to the creative team, all while collaborating closely with other teams including client services, strategy, social, paid promotion, analytics and development. Our values are important, our culture is fun, and we foster an insane amount of talent. StudioNorth is a friendly, progressive atmosphere that values creativity, personal growth and team achievement.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Transform client’s marketing goals into effective and compelling creative solutions
  • Demonstrate brand appropriateness without limiting creativity
  • Write, review and interpret creative briefs
  • Ability to both delegate and execute creative
  • Lead brainstorm sessions
  • Mentor designers
  • Pitch client work, and assist client services with creative estimates
  • Leverage data and customer insights to inform creative approaches
  • Gain and exhibit thorough understanding of client’s business and industry
  • Maintain close working relationships with clients and internal teams
Requirements:
  • Enthusiasm and passion for creative excellence and measurable results
  • 10+ years of experience at a design studio or marketing agency (B2B is a plus)
  • High-quality portfolio that demonstrates design, brand and digital campaign expertise
  • Proven ability to effectively lead and mentor others
  • Effective presentation skills and confidence in pitching ideas
  • In-depth knowledge of brand, color theory, typography, and composition
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills with ability to meet multiple deadlines concurrently
  • Ability to meet high standards for quality and accuracy under tight deadlines
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office applications
Benefits Include:
  • Creative and fun work environment
  • Working with incredibly talented and creative teams
  • Experience working with an award winning, debt-free marketing communications agency
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance at an extremely low cost
  • Generous paid time off schedule
  • 32V = Additional three days off to volunteer to help others
  • Dental insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Short/Long-term disability and life insurance at no cost
  • Summer hours
  • Free catered lunches twice a month
  • Free daily snacks, fruit, soda, coffee, tea

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Perks & Benefits

Amazing work environment

Work with incredibly talented and creative teams

Award-winning marketing communications agency

Extremely low cost medical insurance

Generous paid time off schedule

Additional three days off to volunteer and help others

Dental insurance

401k plan

Short/Long-term disability and life insurance at no cost

Summer hours

Free lunches twice a month

Free snacks, fruit, soda, coffee, tea