Associate Creative Director, Art

JOB LOCATION

Chicago

OVERVIEW

At the heart of VSA are great creative minds (and hands) that make artwork that works. We love what we do and that will be our expectation during your time here. That you love what you are doing, and that you make things that you are insanely proud of.

 

The expectations for our creative staff are high, we expect you to already have the passion for making great work, that is something that can not be taught, it is something that you must bring, it is something that if you have, you will heighten during your time here. We value creative thinking and conceptual strength as much as we expect our candidates to have an unreal sense of what is right for each assignment and what is spot on for each application.

 

It goes without saying that we expect everyone who applies to VSA has the ability to distinguish between good and great. 

 

About Us: VSA Partners is a group of dedicated, collaborative and kind people that value smarts over egos. We work very hard to create human-centered, insight-inspired work that moves people, changes behavior, and answers real strategic problems. We started as a design firm over 30 years ago and operate today with a “design thinking” approach to everything we do. Formally, we’re a branding and marketing company that approaches business challenges holistically and aims to break down silos between branding, digital, marketing and advertising. Informally, we’re a family that comes together at the table every day to make something great.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Our designers solve business problems with creative solutions, so we are looking for problem solving minds that know and respect the power that design has. We are also looking for funny, focused, smart, kind and relentlessly candid (and constructive) “with the team” kind of folks.

 

We are looking for people who can throw the most and best solutions on the wall where each one has a different “a-ha” type of solution that solves the problem creatively and then turn around and tell them over and over until the clients can’t wait to produce them.

 

We are looking for candidates who possess the right combination of intelligence and insights. The people that can put the most and best solutions on the table and seek the kind of talented and generous people who can digest feedback, make adaptations and then start again.

 

The ability to conceptually internalize a creative brief and craft a creative solve to our clients business problems from the building blocks of the brief, with the raw assets of the brief.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 7+ years of experience in design or art direction.
  • Experience in a client-facing role.
  • Experience in managing, leading, and developing a team. 
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative suite.
  • Understand how information architecture and schematics translate into design.
  • Understand the concepts of functionality and usability.
  • Excellent design, color and typographic skills.
  • A commitment to high quality work and to positive and productive relationships with all - clients, team members, peers, managers, etc.
  • Strong influencing skills and capability to effectively articulate, present and explain writing choices.
  • Ability to produce work quickly, with strength in observing and managing to deadlines.
  • Ability to interact at all levels of the company and with external parties in a professional manner maintaining effective communication, both written and spoken.
  • Skills in complex problem solving, judgment, critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Versatility and agility in handling multiple projects and reprioritizations.
  • Ability to organize information, prioritize, have attention to detail, and accurately follow procedures.
  • Ability to maintain self-motivation and to work independently in team environments.