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Art Director

Chicago

Walker Sands is seeking an Art Director to join our talented and growing design team in downtown Chicago. This creative leader will manage high-level projects, earn the trust of our B2B clients, mentor junior designers and deliver award-winning work.

Responsibilities

  • Think conceptually and deliver strategic design solutions based on specific brand goals.
  • Develop ideas that deliver value to current and prospective clients.
  • Build visual identity systems and develop brand guidelines for super-smart B2B clients.
  • Oversee a variety of deliverables (websites, white papers, infographics, motion graphics and more), ensuring quality and consistency across channels.
  • Collaborate with project managers, account managers/directors, photographers, illustrators, videographers, motion designers, developers, writers and more on complex projects — all while maintaining grace under pressure.
  • Maintain day-to-day administrative responsibilities (responding to emails, delivering performance reviews, meeting project deadlines and more).
  • Provide constructive feedback and serve as a mentor to an eager team of designers who are learning design best practices and growing their creative skills.
  • Inspire confidence and excitement from internal and client stakeholders during creative presentations.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in design (agency experience preferred)
  • Design portfolio that demonstrates both web and print work
  • Mastery of Sketch and Adobe Creative Cloud staples, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Highly preferred: Experience building visual identity systems and brand guidelines from the ground up
  • Preferred: Experience with InVision and PowerPoint/Google Slides
  • Bonus points: Any experience in sales, data visualization, motion graphics and people management
  • Bachelor’s degree in design, visual communications or a related field