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Creative Director

Houston, TX | Job #322572
Job Title: Creative Director
Location: Houston, Texas
Type: Freelance / Contract
Cella is looking for a Creative Director to join our in-house studio at our client, a leader in oil and energy. This role is a remarkable opportunity to influence and manage a large creative team and drive creative leadership and vision for a global brand. This person must be within commuting distance to Houston, Texas, or San Ramon, CA. 

In partnership with the Executive Creative Director (ECD), the Creative Director (CD) provides creative leadership, including copy and design direction to the studio within the in-house agency.

Creative Director Responsibilities:
  • Ensure the creative approach to the business strategy is executed flawlessly
  • Work with creative teams and guide the concept execution and support the creative direction
  • Support their peers in the account services and operations teams in managing senior client relationships, creating workflow efficiencies and providing full-service support to clients
  • Ability to convincingly present creative concepts to all parties when appropriate
  • Exhibit outstanding creative judgment and guide the creative services team in achieving the highest possible standards appropriate for all materials regardless of medium
  • Maintain a working knowledge of clients’ business challenges and lead innovative and conceptual solutions to address those challenges, getting involved on high profile and complex creative challenges

Team Leadership
  • Work harmoniously with others to get a job done and lead the team in a collaborative fashion
  • Share critical information with everyone involved in a project to produce more effective creative solutions
  • Help to set a tone of cooperation within the In-House agency and across the organization
  • Promote a solution-oriented mentality across the creative studio team
  • Encourage individuals to take on specific roles to deepen existing skills or develop new ones
  • Give the team proper recognition and credit for their contributions
  • Build a collective team vision and define goals and objectives for studio members
  • Lead with passion that energizes the team to over-deliver against expectations and results in high employee engagement and overall job satisfaction

Creative Direction, Leadership and Execution
  • Provide creative leadership and coaching while partnering with Associate Creative Directors to accomplish creative objectives
  • Set creative quality control standards and hold team accountable to these standards
  • Direct complex, large-scale project activities and effectively lead and manage the work of the creative studio team
  • Lead conceptual development of Tier 1 creative on select projects including development of sketches/prototypes and imagery selection or headlines and copy
  • Provide brand guidance and direction to ensure consistent alignment with brand standards
  • Motivate the team to deliver a consistently high level of quality as evaluated by clients
  • Understand data used to track market trends and customer actions and use it to inform the creative work
  • Lead and mentor team in the creative process leveraging research, analytics and brand insights
  • Direct team as brand advocates, and in partnership with the ECD encourage and develop new interpretations of the brand standards and out-of-the-box approaches to grow the verbal and visual identity of the brand to meet ever expanding company needs
  • Develop creative strategies as requested to address marketing and business objectives
  • Articulate the creative rationale that drives the concept’s execution and tactics
  • Expect team to push new thinking and challenge cliché or rerun ideas
  • Confidently and diplomatically steward new ideas through the organization on behalf of the team

Staff Development
  • Work to improve the team’s performance by pursuing opportunities for continuous learning/feedback
  • Constructively help and coach team in their professional development through informal and formal feedback sessions (i.e., performance reviews) as appropriate
  • Guide the workload, development and growth of direct reports
  • Demonstrate a real sense of caring for the team’s professional and personal well being
  • Plan regularly scheduled one-on-one time for personal coaching and mentoring of direct reports
  • Implement and refine conceptual development/ideation process and define
  • Coach team on presentation expectations
  • Exhibit a “can-do” approach and inspire and motivate associates to excel
  • Foster a team spirit that is reflective of their collective personalities
  • Nurture a culture that is fun to work in and helps build an open creative community
  • Proactively address staff performance issues
  • Celebrate team and individual successes and create a safe environment for constructive feedback

Client Service
  • Build strong relationships with clients and be perceived as a credible, trusted advisor
  • Partner with clients to achieve effective outcomes in an efficient manner
  • Work with clients to articulate creative needs concisely yet completely
  • Appropriately balance client desires, business requirements and marketing strategies
  • Find common ground with clients when debating creative or strategic opinions

Creative Director Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MFA preferred, preferably in design, advertising, English, journalism or related field
  • 10+ years professional experience required; five as an art director or copywriter
  • 5+ years management experience leading teams of creatives required
  • Portfolio required
  • In-house agency experience required
  • External agency experience desired
  • Demonstrated creative conceptualization skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to manage differing viewpoints so the final product remains true to the objective
  • Proven leadership skills to maximize team talents
  • Hands-on experience in at least one creative discipline: design, copywriting, video production
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Working knowledge in industry-standard software and tools such as the Adobe Creative Cloud, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, project management software, and online market research
  • Experience in brand development as well as traditional and emerging multichannel marketing
  • Ability to anticipate problems and see how a problem and its solution will affect other projects, people or processes
  • Understanding that all projects require attention to detail so that work is on time, on budget and on strategy
  • Knows how to delegate properly and does not get caught up in being a production or process manager
  • Ability to influence and/or negotiate when selling in ideas

JOBID: 322572CC
Cella is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
We are passionate about connecting you with the right role at the right organization—and providing you great benefits for the great work you do. With an attractive compensation package including competitive salary, 401(k) plan, weekly paychecks, holiday pay and a health benefits program, we have you covered.

Cella is an award-winning leader in consulting, staffing and managed solutions for creative, marketing, digital and proposal development teams. We help people build meaningful careers and partner with companies to help them win. Our staffing solutions include freelance, contract, temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. Cella is the only creative staffing firm to win the Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for 10 years running. And as a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise, we proudly help clients meet diversity objectives, too. Cella is an equal opportunity employer.