MY FAVORITE THINGS
about being a design director
Cheryl Lovejoy

Cheryl Lovejoy
Since 2013

Helping others: Supporting and empowering our talented team is a gratifying aspect of my role. Encouraging the designers to collaborate ideas and concepts with the team leads to our best work for our clients.

Life-long learner: As a designer, you never stop learning, and it's one of the things I love most about this job. Waltz provides in-person and online learning opportunities each year for the team. From Adobe MAX to First Round, we love embracing our ever-changing industry, getting inspired by peers, and growing our team's skillset every opportunity we can.

Making our clients shine: A good designer goes well beyond being an artist and having a good eye. Designers are visual communicators, problem solvers, and marketers. As design director, I really enjoyed getting to know my clients and their goals. To get to know their brand, people, products, and services. We're here to design work that people love and help our clients succeed.

WALTZ WITH US

Creative Director

Is this You?

Are you passionate about design and strategy?

Need variety and able to juggle lots of things all while thinking up the next best creative concept?

A natural leader that wants to be part of making an impact for our clients?

Ready for a new opportunity where you are never bored, colleagues love what they do and are equally passionate about design?

A Bit About Us

We are Waltz Creative. We work hard but believe in work-life balance. Our culture values employees and supports them as individuals. We offer great benefits, including a commitment to expanded education, paid sick and vacation days, 10 paid holidays, a remote work policy, 100% medical, vision and dental premiums paid and a Simple IRA matching program.

Waltz Creative is looking for ambitious people to join our team of creative, hard-working, fun-loving marketing experts and serve as an account manager on the Client Services team. Know someone who fits the bill? Is it you? Curious? Want to learn more? See the full job description below. If you like what you see, email cover letter and resume/portfolio to: careers@waltzcreative.com

Job Responsibilities

The CREATIVE DIRECTOR (CD) is responsible for ideation, strategy and creative direction. The CD works with internal teams and external partners to create and execute marketing campaigns and brand development for clients across multiple industries. The CD is a member of the leadership team within Waltz to promote and grow the business by soliciting new clients, expanding services to existing clients and work on marketing strategies for the agency, all while embracing our core values and nurturing the culture that is well established within the organization.

BY:

  • Developing powerful and valuable connections between client brand initiatives, client project requests, and the strategy to meet those needs, while also being capable of going beyond what clients can imagine
  • Guiding our clients through project interviews and discovery, strategy development, messaging briefs and activation
  • Developing, maintaining and evolving brand and creative guidelines for efficiency and consistency
  • Developing alternate strategies and campaigns for building brand awareness, beyond the usual social media and advertising platforms
  • Distilling complex technologies and solutions into simple and elegant messaging and design
  • Understanding the opportunities offered by digital, social and technology platforms and media and translating these developments into winning strategies for our clients
  • Leveraging user testing to drive and inform design decisions
  • Optimizing the design culture within the company by celebrating the team’s work online, in design-focused events, blog posts, and becoming an industry thought leader
  • Develop, coach and mentor direct reports through formal and informal feedback, including annual performance reviews
  • Lead creative development from concept through execution
  • Direct the daily functions of assigned cross-functional creative team, ensuring high performance through the implementation of operational, staffing, organizational and professional development best practices

Experience and Qualifications Required:

  • Previous creative department management experience, as well as the desire to lead and advocate for others
  • 5 years’ experience as a Creative Director working at a creative, advertising or design agency
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating conceptual thinking and creative problem solving
  • Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to meet aggressive deadlines
  • Expert in B2B design and brand strategy
  • Strong verbal, presentation and writing skills
  • A clear, thoughtful communicator who is skilled at building consensus

Our Ideal Candidate Will Be:

  • Passionate and informed in design as a means to an end
  • Understanding of business strategies to support growth
  • Excited and able to foster and support the agency’s culture and values
  • Comfortable and motivated by a blank page. Able to see beyond the challenge of where to start, to a clear vision of the big picture and the steps needed to get to a finished deliverable
  • Capable of showing us a portfolio that makes us dream of new possibilities

Skills:

  • Excellent strategic thinking, creative and analytical skills
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, you take initiative and proactively come to the table with new ideas to push forward the work
  • The ability to manage your time, hit deadlines and be punctual for meetings, while juggling multiple projects
  • Leadership skills to organize, motivate and improve the creative output of those around you with both kindness and inspiration

Physical Demands:

  • This position spends up to one/fourth of time standing, walking, talking, listening, and reaching with hands or arms, and may be required to lift up to 25 pounds occasionally
  • This position spends most of the time using the mouse and focusing on the computer screen
  • This position has the following vision requirements:
    • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
    • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
    • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
    • Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)
    • View computer monitor for extended periods (up to 8-10 hours)
  • Noise levels: Moderate noise (Examples: business office with computers, printers, telephones, light foot traffic)

Employment Status:
This position qualifies as full-time, exempt

Employment Location:
Hybrid, San Juan Bautista, CA

Reports to:
Managing Partner