VSA Partners

  • Associate Creative Director

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(2/21/2019 3:18 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    VSA Partners is a design-driven branding and marketing company.

    VSA was founded as a design firm more than 30 years ago with the belief that design is not only a craft, but a tool for achieving business objectives. As design thinkers, we approach business challenges holistically and aim to break down silos between branding, digital, marketing and advertising.


    The Associate Creative Director/Art is responsible for leading the creative development and quality of creative deliverables. This person provides creative direction and feedback, while ensuring client’s business objectives are met.


    • Ensure and maintain a consistent, high quality level of work for all assigned accounts.
    • Establish overall direction for client programs and projects, synthesize and translate creative briefs to the team, orchestrate all creative aspects, and coordinate all constituents.
    • Lead creative development and execution of tactical plans, including, but not limited to the following channels, in-store, email, social media, website, digital, local store marketing, promotions, packaging, and events.
    • Plan and manage processes and practices to ensure that programs are aligned with client’s business goals and objectives.
    • Assimilate information and translate it into informative and compelling messaging and design.
    • Communicate account knowledge with the team, so they understand and articulate brands according to established guidelines and philosophies.
    • Represent VSA Consumer Marketing in new business meetings; understand and articulate VSA's capabilities.
    • Identify potential growth areas of assigned accounts and help shape and grow client relationships.
    • Scope projects accurately and establish project plans with Project Manager and/or Client Engagement.
    • Manage team, ensuring that quality is high, milestones are met, team is appropriately utilized, and timesheets and expense reports are submitted timely.
    • Identify and address inefficiencies among team proactively.
    • Leverage and support peers (brainstorms, critiques, etc.) and team members, ensuring that everyone has a voice and positive collaboration is achieved.
    • Offer appropriate growth opportunities to team members.
    • Evaluate (or participates in the evaluation of) team members at yearly reviews. Identify developmental needs of staff, including training, communicating and implementing productivity standards, evaluating work, and providing instruction.
    • Embrace and support VSA’s policies and culture and have the personal goal of producing the best quality work at all times.


    • Minimum of 8+ years of art direction/design experience, preferably in an agency setting.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Design, Advertising, Communications or related field of study preferred.
    • 3+ years of experience with effectively managing and leading direct reports and cross functional team members.
    • Full versatility in both traditional and digital design is required.
    • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
    • Ability to be an innovative thinker, working with an entrepreneurial spirit across all disciplines, contributing and leading on-target creative that is well received by client, and also pushes smart creativity that gets noticed by consumers and the industry.
    • Ability to be organized, systematic, and strategic thinker.
    • Capable of keeping an eye on the big picture, as well as the details, to drive results.
    • Adept at preemptively identifying problems and devising solutions.
    • Superior verbal and written communication skills to engage, persuade, and motivate clients, team members, and peers and to inspire collaboration.
    • A commitment to positive and productive relationships with clients, team members, peers, and managers.
    • Skills in complex problem solving, judgment, critical thinking and decision-making.
    • Ability to be versatile and handle multiple projects and re-prioritizations.
    • 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.


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