[thelist] Art Director Job Opportunity

Miller, Robyn robyn.miller at acquitygroup.com
Fri Mar 30 15:07:44 CDT 2007

Art Director / Sr. Designer

Position Description


We are looking for a highly effective Art Director to join our team.  


This person is expected to provide innovative, user-centered,
information and visual design work that contributes to an enhanced user
experience. They are responsible for directing and contributing to the
development of a variety of visual design across multiple departments,
teams, and solution areas from concept to delivery.  Creates and
executes creative concepts for interactive media, including web sites,
CD-ROMs, presentations, kiosks, etc. Knowledge of web architecture,
online design, multimedia communications and interface design is
required, Strong visual style and thorough understanding of how
typography, layout, color, usability, information architecture, search
engine optimization impact design is also necessary.  The project
production and management breakdown is approximately 70%/30%.  


Acquity Group is a leading provider of business and technology solutions
designed to optimize business performance. Our consultants deliver
measurable results to organizations by streamlining processes, fueling
efficient internal collaboration and aligning systems for maximum
revenue generation. Profitable since inception, Acquity Group is a
team-oriented firm comprised of intelligent, experienced consultants who
enjoy working for a company that rewards individual achievement and
promotes professional growth from within.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

*	Lead client discover sessions and assist in defining sponsor and
user-centric requirements
*	Architect complex content and information systems into use
cases, site maps, wireframes, screen flow and work flow models 
*	Produce lightweight functional specifications, design specs and
*	Lead the creative team in developing creative concepts and
*	Oversee and often contribute to the development of visual UI
mock-ups/comps and interactive prototypes
*	Assist Creative Director in client concept/mock-up presentations
*	Work with design team to create final screen layout templates,
color palettes, typography and user interface elements, style guides as
well as HTML/CSS template builds
*	Evaluate and recommend solutions based on user feedback and
business strategy 
*	Work with traffic and project managers to manage workflow, team
assignments and deadlines on multiple, simultaneous projects 
*	Assist in structuring engagements and preparing cost estimates 
*	Partner with User Experience Specialists, Search Specialists,
Technical Leads, Copywriters and other Interactive Marketing team
members on strategies for clients

*	Assist in the development of standards, methodologies and
repeatable processes for delivery of creative services
*	Mentor less experienced team members


*	Minimum five years experience working at an advertising or
design agency leading the creative execution of large scale web and
software application user-interface design projects including ecommerce,
content portals, kiosks, intranet/extranets, e-mail marketing, online
advertising and web-based application design
*	Thorough understanding of the project life cycle process to
effectively manage the complexities of the business solution.
Experience in full lifecycle software development process and methods 

*	An undeniable respect and slight addiction to results-driven
*	Ability to solve complex design problems and achieve the highest
quality design while pushing the boundaries of rich media online
*	Solid portfolio with a range of creative samples that
demonstrate relevant work or projects 
*	Knowledge of design principles, composition, color theory, brand
adherance and a solely creative background
*	In-depth knowledge of typography, page/screen layout,
composition and color theory. Broad understanding of the web and
associated technologies and proficiency with a range of appropriate
software tools
*	Process-oriented with ability to work with different UI
materials and rapid prototyping 
*	Thorough understanding of best practices in web design and user
interface/usability/information architecture
*	Strong knowledge of fundamental digital marketing and search
engine optimization best practices as it relates to UI design
*	Solid understanding of the latest Internet trends, business
models and technologies 

*	Strong communications and organizational skills with an ability
to thrive in a fast-paced production deadline-driven environment
*	Know how to lead, motivate and drive a team of creative
individuals to accomplish great things 
*	Proficient in most MSOffice applications as well as both Windows
and Mac operating systems

Education and/or Experience

*	Bachelor's (Master's a plus) of Arts degree in
Marketing/Advertising/Interactive Design/Graphic Design or equivalent

Certifications, Licenses and Additional Requirements  

Desired knowledge or expertise (one or more of the following areas):


*	Graphical Interface Design
*	Motion Graphic Design
*	Usability / Information Architecture
*	Copywriting
*	SEO - Search Engine Optimization 
*	Digital Marketing
*	Web Analytics
*	Web Graphic Production
*	HTML, XHTML, CSS skills Web graphic production
*	AJAX / JavaScript (plus)


Software package expertise:


*	Adobe CS production suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
*	Flash
*	ImageReady
*	Dreamweaver
*	Fireworks
*	Macromedia HomeSite
*	Viseo
*	IE, FireFox and Opera Browsers (PC)
*	Safari and FireFox Browsers (Mac)




25% more or less depending on project; candidate should be comfortable
with travel and overtime as client commitment requires.  




Acquity Group offers excellent compensation and benefits including, but
not limited to, medical, dental, 401(k), short and long-term disability,
life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), paid vacation
and holidays.


Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization
which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

Acquity Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Please send resume and portfolio to:

Robyn Miller

Sr. Recruiter


Acquity Group

311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 625

Chicago, IL 60606 USA

p: (312) 427-2898        

 f: (312) 427-2471

robyn.miller at acquitygroup.com    www.acquitygroup.com






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