Senior Art Director


COMPANY

Manifesto is a new kind of agency—one that blends cause with commerce and raises the social consciousness of the brands we work with. Our desire is to work with the most talented and courageous people and partner with the most ambitious brands in the world. Brands that are bold and optimistic, that have an appetite for disruption and want to challenge the status quo. Manifesto was born out of the belief that every brand can be a catalyst for good. Because of this, we can say Manifesto is a brand declaration agency.

Our work spans the spectrum of brand and marketing, from brand strategy to advertising campaigns in traditional and non-traditional media.  We have offices in Portland, Oregon and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

DESCRIPTION

We are seeking a Senior Art Director to be a conceptual and visual lead within our creative team. You’ll work on a wide range of clients — from the biggest and most established brands in the world to nimble brands that make our life’s work incredibly rewarding.  As the Sr. AD, you’ll be responsible for developing the creative product under the direction of our Creative Director, breaking boundaries conceptually and visually. You’ll collaborate with our entire team to concept big ideas and develop them into powerful visual narratives, considering how the story is told through typography, imagery, and rich design language. This role covers multiple clients across local, regional, and national brands. Nimbleness required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The most important thing: Show us how you THINK. Here's what we're looking for in our next Senior Art Director:

  • Incredible design aesthetic and portfolio, robust samples of smart, conceptually-led integrated campaign work

  • Stellar organizational skills to help manage your own projects

  • Ability to concept across traditional and nontraditional channels (digital, social, experiential, earned media, etc.)

  • Hunger for what’s next and new; not just in culture, but new mediums, channels, and design

  • Ability to get it done: As a nimble team, we’re all doers, and often work with quick turnaround times and tight deadlines

  • Resourcefulness: Someone who does their own research and surfaces their own insights and can make the connections most others do not see

  • Positivity and can-do attitude required, calm and collected in the face of pressures

  • You know print, digital and video production and have examples to show.

  • Appreciation for good coffee, a definite plus

COMPETENCIES AND BACKGROUND

  • Bachelor's Degree or BFA in Advertising or Design preferred

  • 5-7+ years of agency experience as a designer/art director with proven ability to work independently and on teams

    • Plus: Experience as video/photoshoot lead

  • Expert in Adobe Creative Suite programs and Google Suite (Although if you’re not familiar with Google Suite, it only takes 11 minutes to learn it, so don’t sweat it)

    • Multi-capable in both high-end photo manipulation and hand-rendered illustration

JOB DUTIES & DAILY DUTIES

  • Lead projects under the direction of Creative Director

  • Develop design and conceptual communication on everything from logos to brand identity, advertising campaigns, social media campaigns, employee engagement campaigns, digital video, and websites. At times provide support for presentation and pitch decks.

  • Ability to work closely with copywriter to ensure art direction and visual presentation supports the concept

  • Work seamlessly with freelancers and other partners

  • Present your work on client calls and presentations, as well as internally during check-in meetings

  • Mentor younger team members and grow their skills

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY

For consideration, attach an online portfolio, resumé and 3 years of salary history to careers@manifestoagency.com with the subject line “Senior Art Director MKE".