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Art Director

We’re looking for an inspired rock star – an art director/designer who thinks conceptually and executes brilliantly.

At Traction Factory, we do business with a different twist. We focus intently on bringing momentum to our clients to help move their business forward. Our efforts are the result of immersing ourselves in every facet of our clients’ business, serving as a business development partner – not just a typical marketing agency. We believe it is the combination of carefully crafted strategy and thoughtfully developed creative that leads to award-winning work with undeniable results.

We’re looking for an inspired rock star – an art director/designer who thinks conceptually and executes brilliantly. A great portfolio and a relentlessly positive attitude are a must. The right candidate will be comfortable concepting and executing a wide range of tactics – advertising, print, broadcast, out-of-home, environmental, experiential, event-based, digital and social media.

Your responsibilities will include understanding client brands and working with the Creative Director(s) on strategic solutions, brand development and activation, ad campaigns, product launches, digital initiatives and marketing communications. You will be actively working with Art Directors and Designers and Copywriters on a variety of projects—print, broadcast and/or digital. You will be responsible for presenting your ideas and work to the internal team, as well as the client, and will be held accountable for your team/work. You must be able to work well in a group atmosphere, as well as individually, and have the ability to juggle multiple projects in a timely manner.

Skills and Duties:

  • Concept and execute art direction/design for an array of projects/tactics
  • Create executions applying design principles such as color, typography, photographic selection, organizing elements and usability
  • Ability to be both hands-on and provide clear direction to others
  • Able to work independently as well as collaboratively with the creative directors, copywriters, account services, project management, other art directors/designers and production teams
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, etcetera)
  • Ability to be communicate strategic/conceptual choices to internal members of the team
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated experience in communicating and discussing concepts internally/externally
  • Direct/collaborate with photographers, illustrators, directors, etc., to ensure the end results are executed at the highest level
  • Highly-creative strategic thinker
  • A self-starter, constantly learning
  • Working knowledge of printing processes, digital needs and pre-press proofing/specifications
  • Time management skills — able to meet strict deadlines, must be able to balance competing priorities and multiple projects
  • Review all art creation
  • Adhere to internal processes, budgets, and timelines for each project
  • Creative thinking during brainstorming sessions, creative wall reviews, and project kick-off meetings
  • Guide, influence, and motivate others with thought-provoking ideas and recommendations

The Ideal Candidate is:

  • 4-8+ years of relevant work experience in an ad agency or in-house creative group, Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Honest and integrity – no ego is a huge plus

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, life, dental, vision and disability insurance, 401k plan, parking and more.

Send resume, portfolio link and salary requirements to: jobs@tractionfactory.com. In the subject line of your e-mail, be sure to include “Art Director” Or mail to: Traction Factory, 247 S. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

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