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Creative Director


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Are you looking for a creative director role that will enable you to put your stamp on a fast growing digital agency in an exploding segment of the market? Are you comfortable building scalable creative systems and teams that can deliver award-winning work in a high-growth environment? Do you consider yourself a teacher and mentor that will build a powerhouse team your team?

We are looking for a top-notch Creative Director that can leverage the 70+ awards we won last year and build on our momentum in the marketplace.
The SmartBug Media Creative Director will lead, mentor, and develop an in-house creative team of graphic, UX, and interactive designers, copywriters, editors, and associated creative professionals. Your team will translate client business goals into compelling brand communications and campaigns across multiple formats and media channels. The Creative Director will work cross-functionally with our consulting and interactive teams to deliver award-winning work.
You are an imaginative, and conceptual thinker with a love of storytelling who pushes creative boundaries without sacrificing business objectives. You thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment where your work directly impacts the creation of the brand and the performance of the business. You sweat the details in a big picture way. Fast growth and a large client roster is in your DNA.
You understand the concepts of inbound and content marketing and also possess a vision of how it can be integrated within broader marketing activation in order to deliver an outstanding and measurable return on marketing investment. You appreciate the necessity of creating robust processes that optimize the conception, production and delivery of outstanding creative.
You are inspired by how digital has transformed the marketing landscape and possess a powerful vision as to how brands can harness this change to create effective, measurable marketing performance.
  • Build, inspire and lead a talented in-house creative team to push their limits and explore new paths that create an emotional connection with our clients’ brands and drive leads for their sales teams.
  • Drive the creative process across all of our creative delivery for clients. We are looking for a powerful thinker offering a fresh perspective while working to understand and refine the approach in an iterative way.
  • Create and implement creative systems that yield award-winning work at extreme scale
  • Develop teams of content development specialists around our specialist client business sectors – Technology, Healthcare, and Professional Services.
  • Be accountable for on-time deliverables and expertly crafted copy and design that is in compliance with our clients’ key messages, style guides and standards.
  • Be a key part of the team that acquires new customers for SmartBug Media and creates deeper connections with current customers using a strategically informed creative approach, custom content, personalization and community engagement.
  • Guide the creative development and execution for brand identity, voice and messaging across all aspects of the brand experience, including all channels and media vehicles.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to set the strategy of how design and messaging bring the brand to life and use this strategy to guide the priorities and output of your team.
  • Own and develop the SmartBug brand with the same passion you would our clients.
  • Develop talent through internal and external training and mentor-ship.
  • 10+ years of brand creative experience developing and executing integrated and innovative marketing campaigns
  • Exceptional visual style with focus on typography, composition, photography, and color scheme
  • 5+ years of experience leading creative teams to drive breakthrough results
  • Art direction background preferred with expertise in concepting and producing content for multiple platform applications.
  • Strong aesthetic that will drive the development of a signature creative style for SmartBug Media
  • Creative portfolio of results-oriented work that shows a diversity of experience across both online and offline channels
  • Great business acumen, with a solid understanding of how to achieve business objectives while meeting an expected brand standard and high bar for aesthetic quality
  • Ability to work in an environment with a large number of clients
Our extensive employee benefits program includes:
  • Generous compensation package with performance incentives
  • Health insurance with company contribution
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) with employer matching
  • Flexible spend plan
  • Company-funded short-term disability and life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Annual leadership conference, ‘SmartBugapalooza’
  • Training budget
  • Flexibility of working remote
About SmartBug Media: 
SmartBug Media is a 43-person strong, award-winning digital and content marketing agency that helps companies grow. We’re one of a handful of HubSpot Diamond partners in the world and the highest-rated agency in the history of the HubSpot ecosystem. SmartBug Media is also a certified Great Place to Work, Inc. 5000 company, and the winner of 36 MarCom Awards in 2017 and 32 AVA Digital Awards in 2018, among others.

Our commitment to ‘Rocking the Customer Experience’ has enabled us to both develop deep relationships with our clients and realize growth outpacing the market average. As we support our continued growth and ambitious future plans, we are looking to broaden our range of strategic and creative services and are seeking an outstanding creative visionary to serve as our Creative Director to help us innovate across content, social, digital and mobile platforms.

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