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Associate Creative Director

Location: Portland, OR

Department: Sparkloft Media

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

Sparkloft Media is looking to grow its Creative team by adding an Associate Creative Director (ACD) role. We are looking for someone excited to work at the intersection of great creative and social media. That means knowing the difference between new trends and short-lived fads, and having the agility to evolve big ideas to work on constantly changing platforms. Our employees love working with our many Travel and Tourism clients and we hope you will too. We appreciate growth and opportunity at Sparkloft, so if you don't have an ACD role on your resume yet, we would love to hear why you’re ready. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who has the experience necessary to provide excellent Art Direction at the ACD level, but also doesn’t mind rolling up their sleeves and doing some of the hands-on work as part of mentoring other members of the Creative Services team.


The Associate Creative Director is responsible for concepting, pitching and overseeing the development of large, strategic creative approaches and associated deliverables with a variety of team members. This person should have a strong design background, experience working in an agency setting, an exceptional grasp of social media, the know-how to manage direct reports and drive to cultivate strong client relationships. Within all of these areas of responsibility, the underlying driving force should always connect back to creative strategy, execution and client objectives.  


Work / deliverable responsibilities

  • Conceives, articulates and defends creative strategies and deliverables that fulfill strategic business objectives
  • Collaborates, challenges and enriches brainstorms and ideation processes across clients and deliverables
  • Translates strategic direction into creative solutions while upholding creative, ethical and legal standards in accordance with Sparkloft and client interpretations
  • Delivers engaging and compelling presentations through persuasive storytelling
  • Develops work that is consistent with a brand’s look, feel, voice and overall social guidelines

Philosophies / approach:

  • Thinks big picture on a range of responsibilities from strategic approaches to campaign ideas to tactics, while guiding and elevating the work of direct reports
  • Demonstrates a strategic and thoughtful approach while prioritizing the interests of client and creative standards of excellence
  • Keeps up to date with innovative creative work across industries while embracing diverse trends, skills, specialties and viewpoints
  • Prioritizes projects and clients based on resources, timelines and additional internal and external factors determined by Sparkloft and the client

Management + Relationships 

  • Works hand-in-hand with internal team members and external agencies as required
  • Grows and maintains solid client relationships
  • Mentors internal team members through critique and guidance of their work to maintain consistent creative quality in-line with client branding

Supervisor Responsibilities:

While this position does not have direct reports, this role is critical in the hands-on development of other Creative staff members. The ACD is also responsible for mentoring and training other team members on production principles and techniques.

Experience and other Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in an advertising, visual communications or equivalent in a related field
  • 3 - 5 years of professional experience in similar roles (with a preference for work in social media)
  • Well versed in all leading social media platforms with a passion for social media and social media trends
  • Ability to work with C-level executives on client side as well as other client agencies on creative concepts
  • A strong, award-winning portfolio equally showcasing strategic, conceptual thinking, visual design, and storytelling through social media
  • Advanced understanding of branding, marketing, and advertising.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills with demonstrable ability to articulate and persuasively sell creative concepts within agency and directly to clients
  • Expert at leading brainstorms, developing briefs, and applying strategy
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and brands simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail
  • Strong leadership skills with a track record of creating collaborative work environments
  • A sense of humor and a portfolio of work that reflects that sensibility and humility

Requirements for all Sparkloft Media Positions:

  • Care more: exceptional customer service skills
  • Curiosity: a high level of interest in constantly learning new things
  • Problem solving: ability to identify and understand problems and willingness to solve them
  • Sensitivity: a high level of awareness for the needs of colleagues, clients and the Sparkloft Media business
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: a mindset that embraces critical questioning, innovation and continuous improvement
  • A global perspective and understanding of different cultures (ideally obtained through lots of travel)
  • The absolute willingness to occasionally work nights, weekends or holidays (social media never sleeps)
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