Chicago, IL, United States

Associate Creative Director

Isobar is a digital agency with a focus on flawless user experience. We build everything from a Comedy Central app that makes hilarious content available anywhere, to extremely sophisticated platforms for the U.S. Air Force. The breadth of Isobar’s marketing and business clients means that our people have a broad range of opportunities to explore. Our secret sauce? Ensuring full collaboration between our technology, user experience, creative and strategy teams to enable the creation of complex, award-winning, no-one-else-is-doing-it, slam-dunk work.

Position Overview

Isobar is seeking Associate Creative Directors (ACD) with a specialization in visual design to lead projects, and who are passionate about creating digital experiences that wow and amaze. We look for applicants who understand that great design is about concept, craft and context, as well as visual communication and language—and who know how to make these constructs beautiful. As creative problem-solvers, ACDs often work independently with little oversight. They lead the day-to-day creative thread on Isobar projects, and partner with the creative leadership of the agency to establish the bar of visual design excellence for the creative department.

Isobar Associate Creative Directors are team leaders and experts in concept development, branding and visual design—in other words, able to design as well as lead. Our ACDs head up cross-disciplinary collaboration for engagements, co-manage accounts, participate in new business pitches, present to clients and leadership, see projects from initial client engagement to launch, and develop direct relationships with Isobar clients.

  • Serve as creative discipline leader for client accounts
  • Assist and lead new business engagements
  • Estimate creative resources required for projects
  • Distill client needs into creative direction (without a brief)
  • Craft, present and guide creative briefs
  • Stand up for the quality of the creative output—even in the face of adversity
  • Collaborate with team members and clients to translate consumer / user needs and business goals into polished design solutions
  • Work with the Creative Director and creative leadership team to establish discipline best practices, and evangelize creative services across the agency and to clients
  • Illustrate an overarching concept and strategy through presentations, high-fidelity concepts and mood boards
  • Demonstrate the ability to compose visually stunning, cutting-edge concepts on a wide range of projects from mobile applications to complex business systems and digital advertising campaigns
  • Able to visualize and execute data-visual systems that are intuitive and beautiful
  • Present creative concepts to management and clients in a professional, inspirational and logical manner
  • Able to lead, build consensus and defend design decisions based on the goals of the project, the concept and the strategy
  • Collaborate with UX professionals, copywriters, developers and strategists to develop and iterate a visual design communication that exceeds the goals of the project
  • Lead and inspire members of the creative team, and provide design direction on both personally-managed projects and inter-office design initiatives
  • Manage junior members
  • Mentor and act as counselor for more junior creative team members, guiding their career development
  • Be able to take direction and anticipate what’s required next
Required Experience / Skills
  • Current, review-ready portfolio
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Absolute mastery of visual design and concept creation
  • Able to lead a small team and execute sophisticated design at the same time
  • Sophisticated understanding of typography, photography and color theory
  • Extensive visual design experience in creating websites, web / mobile applications, and digital campaigns
  • Experience leading the creative output of Fortune 500 brand engagements
  • Experience in being part of and managing a collaborative design environment
  • Have the confidence and maturity to know that great ideas can come from anyone
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (including listening)
  • Understanding of and experience with user-centered design methodologies and practices
  • Ability to act as a creative thought leader and demonstrate a passion for the discipline
  • Committed to constantly improving one’s skills and staying current of developments and trends in the industry—and sharing this knowledge with others
  • Mastery of the three Cs apparent in the work: concept, craft and context
  • Professional-level design software proficiency (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
  • In-depth understanding of HTML, HTML 5, CSS, iOS, Android and web browsers capabilities
  • 8+ years of digital agency experience
Nice to Have
  • Formal design education
  • Award-winning work
  • A specialty within the visual design discipline