Senior Art Director at Fathom Creative

Posted 1-08-2016, offered

Fathom Creative is a dynamic DC-based creative agency that delivers strategic and tactical branding solutions to industry-leading businesses and organizations. Having just turned 21 (cheers!), we're excited to make our next chapter our best one yet. As part of our growth strategy, we're looking to add a full-time, on-site Senior Art Director to our team.

This is a rare opportunity to join Fathom's leadership team. As a Senior Art Director, you're a talented and strategic thinker. You have an almost effortless ability to ideate and craft cutting edge concepts with a deep understanding of strategy and business goals. "You nailed it." is something you hear often.

You're a kind, outgoing, fiercely talented person who wants to make an impact. You infuse cleverness into your design whenever possible, and love to surprise and delight clients with intelligent solutions they wouldn't have thought of. You're bored with simply making things attractive. By now you've learned that great design is smart design and you love keeping that part of your brain challenged so you can continue to impress your clients, your team and your industry peers.

Here's what you'll do:

• You will build new visual brands from scratch, or refresh existing brands. You'll create distinguishing marks, along with the "look and feel," and apply it across a wide array of digital and print deliverables

• Develop thoughtful, strategic client presentations and represent the agency and the work with consideration and creativity

• Contribute hands-on to projects from design through development so your design skills remain sharp and you continue to impress your team with your superpowers

• Own the assignment; ensure quality across all aspects of project deliverables

• Build and nurture relationships with clients, partners, and — most importantly — your designers who idolize you

• Share and maintain an expert knowledge of industry, consumer and competitive landscape to inform insightful ideas

• Dream up cool concepts for Fathom's own branding and digital marketing efforts

• Take a leadership role in continuing to foster our agency's positive, spirited culture and high standards of quality

Here's what you'll bring to the table:

• Strong portfolio equally showcasing conceptual thinking, visual design, and storytelling

• Exceptionally strong branding and data visualization skills

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field

• At least 8-10 years of design work experience at a branding or digital agency or similar environment, 4+ in an Art Director role

• Advanced understanding of branding and related creative deliverables

• Excellent communication and presentation skills with demonstrable ability to articulate and persuasively sell creative concepts within agency and directly to clients

• Comprehensive awareness and love of new platforms, technologies, and trends

• Strategic thinking; ability to craft the brief, contribute in brainstorms, and self-direct

• Ability to work on multiple projects and brands simultaneously

• Ability to think and respond quickly while maintaining attention to detail

• Strong ability to prioritize work and resources

• Expert mastery of all design tools, platforms, and versions of applicable software (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)

• Expert mastery of WordPress and Visual Composer

• Working knowledge of motion design and related software (such as After Effects, etc.) preferred

• Working understanding of related digital disciplines such as User Experience, Content Strategy & Creation, Social Media, etc.

• Pictionary skills so strong it's basically a bloodbath


• Competitive salary meeting or exceeding AIGA standards

• Competitive benefits package including Medical, Vision, Dental, 401k

• Discount pricing for high-end coffee and farm-to-table meals and snacks from our in-house coffee bar, Slipstream

• Private use of Fathom's unique rooftop and gallery space

• Free Capital Bikeshare membership and an array of other perks

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