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Creative Director

 

The Creative Director is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of all design, photography, video, and media projects based upon the strategic goals and objectives of the organization.

A passionate storyteller and effective communicator, the Creative Director is the keeper for the visual identity and aesthetics, ensuring that all products, programs and design concepts stay on brand and align with programmatic and audience narratives developed across the department.  This individual serves as a visionary leader, driving creative thinking and fostering innovative ideas for new product designs and formats. 

In addition to leading and inspiring a team of creative people, the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that standards are clearly articulated and met in all expressions of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s owned media channels, marketing materials, graphics and signage, video content and ever expanding digital footprint.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain oversight and give direction to a creative team that develops strategic campaigns (across all channels) that speak to a global jazz audience with a distinct and consistent voice.  

  • Serve as a hands-on leader, providing creative and strategic leadership in product and design conceptualization, content development, and execution, as well as personally creating new art and designs.

  • Work closely with executive leadership and departmental directors to develop ideas and conceptualize designs based upon market and consumer trends, research and data, competitive analysis and other pertinent sources.

  • Support institutional product managers to meet their revenue goals and impact targets with creation of dynamic, impactful, and strategic campaigns, collateral, and assets.

  • Design annual season materials for subscribers, single ticket buyers, and wider public.

  • Create global video, marketing and original content that delivers brand awareness, drives engagement and positive brand perception.

  • Attend planning meetings and make presentations to staff and Board of Directors showcasing the strategic and creative direction of a new project or annual campaign.

  • Strengthen and articulate the brand DNA. Voice, tone, look, and feel. 

  • Plan, manage and implement budgets to ensure both quality and efficiency, and establish schedules on short-term and long-term projects.

  • Manage department’s workflow by reviewing and prioritizing all design requests to maintain project deadlines.

  • Help build a world-class internal production team and production capabilities that rivals any outside agency. 

Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree required in Art, Design or related discipline and a minimum of 8 years of practical work experience in design and/or creative direction.

A strong understanding of brand development and multichannel marketing concepts.

In-Depth knowledge of campaign storytelling, taking an interest in the best work and the newest platforms and technologies.

Understanding of established and emerging trends in content consumption and audience habits.

Strong contacts in video production, animation, photography, printing presses, and other key vendors vital to departmental success.

Experience with the full spectrum of the creative process i.e. knowledge of four-color printing processes, print production, press checking and vendor file preparation.

Experience with a variety of software, including Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, etc.

Strong organizational and time-management skills.

Strong leadership skills.

Ability to work in well in a deadline-driven, collaborative environment.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation time, medical, dental, a defined contribution plan and deferred compensation plans.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to careers@jazz.org.  Please include Creative Director in the subject line.

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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