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Director of Visual Experience Design

Company: Local Projects
Location: New York
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

The Director of Visual Experience Design will ensure LP upholds the highest caliber of design and design processes, lead the Visual Experience Design department, and be a key voice of design excellence within the studio. Discipline Directors at Local Projects are responsible for the professional development of staff members working within their discipline, as well as directing the department. The Director of Visual Experience Design role includes oversight of all Visual Experience Design team members, providing guidance on their approach to narrative and interpretive design, project workflows, research, presentation materials, and organizational processes, to ensure best practices are followed by all discipline members. Additionally, the Director of Visual Experience Design works with Project Managers and Creative Directors on project scopes and work plans as they pertain to visual experience design and interdependencies with other discipline workflows and milestones. To be considered, applicants must include a cover letter and a link to their website/portfolio. Supervisory Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Directing, managing, nurturing, and mentoring designers
  • Ensure best practices are met by team members, relating to award-winning design, reference materials, file organization, tools, templates, and a professional work ethic
  • Escalate concerns as needed and work collaboratively with Creative Directors and Project Managers to resolve these concerns.
  • Maintain oversight of the creative output of team members on projects and provide design solutions and guidance as needed
  • Manage team's growth and development via annual/semi-annual reviews, weekly one-on-ones, professional roadmapping, job and compensation adjustments, performance improvement plans, and professional development opportunities
  • Fulfill all department admin requirements related to staffing, resourcing, PTO approvals and all/any other team admin support
  • Maintain a pipeline of team candidates and freelancers, conduct interviews and assess/manage hiring requirements, in coordination with HR and others
  • Oversee team resourcing, and set projects up for success by assigning, where possible, team members based on skills and development goals.
  • Collaborate with the other Discipline Directors on best practices studio-wide and bring concerns and solutions to the COO. Skills/Abilities: MANAGING
    • Proven track record of successful team management and creation of workflows that support innovative and meaningful solutions and inventions
    • Disposition to mentor and lead by example
    • Strong leadership and mediation skills
    • Ability to balance multiple complex projects and tasks
    • Precision, detail, and solution-oriented
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal and client-facing skills
    • Excellent technical, organizational, and time management skills
    • Comfortable in sharing project ownership with Creative Directors and Project Managers to efficiently set and manage client expectations, scopes, and budgets
    • Well-versed in bringing new approaches to the creative process, ideation and design strategy, and inspiring across disciplines STRATEGY
      • Strong strategic and conceptual skills
      • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
      • Exceptional foresight (looking ahead and calling out future challenges/opportunities)
      • Ingenuity to find new solutions to budget/project deficits in partnership with PMs
      • A proven record of driving experiments, iterating quickly, and pushing conventions
      • Ability to distill key insights and translate them into design principles
      • Ability to cut through complex content and translate it into compelling experience design DESIGN
        • Accomplished in establishing complex design systems for digital and built environments
        • Understanding of UX, GUI, and interaction design, and workflow of time-based media
        • Experienced in structuring and holding working sessions and presentations
        • Awareness of contemporary trends in technology, art, and design
        • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
        • Proficient in GSuite and Keynote
        • Excellent typographic and design skills
        • Experience with 3D or animation and motion graphics is a plus! ATTITUDE
          • Highly self-motivated, ambitious, and professional work attitude
          • Empathetic nature with an open, positive mindset
          • Ability to dive deep and think big picture
          • Ability to function well in a high-paced and agile environment Education and Experience:
            • A design degree (graphic, interaction, communication, media design, or related field)
            • Superior design and design direction skills exhibited in an outstanding portfolio
            • Minimum experience of 10+ years, of which at least 3+ in a creative leadership role
            • Demonstrated experience managing designers Additional Requirements:
              • The ability to travel within the US and globally for: project installs, client meetings and new business pitches, etc.
              • Must be able to work on-site in our NYC Studio as needed Local Projects offers to its Full-Time staff Health/Dental/Vision, FSA, 401k, access to Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance and Life Insurance as well as a generous PTO package.Local Projects is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our collaboration with each other and the experiences we create together greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across all disciplines, at all levels of the studio. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.Local Projects is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity, and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.

Keywords: Local Projects, New York , Director of Visual Experience Design, Executive , New York, New York

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