Senior Art Director

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Role Type

Full Time


New York

Allows Remote

About RSR:

We're Ready Set Rocket. A full-service creative agency with data in our DNA.

We’re people first. As an agency, our people are our product. We're nothing without our team. So, we're hell bent on creating the best possible environment for our team to thrive -- hiring the most brilliant people, making sure everyone has opportunity for growth, and staying deeply rooted in the idea that life comes first, and good work will follow.

We have a team of experts focused on one thing -- collaborating to help our clients to grow their brands and their businesses. From campaigns and content to media and product, we work with brands to understand their goals, understand their audience, and help them to define and navigate the path forward, together.

Looking to join a fast-paced, growing agency with a team of passionate experts obsessed with their craft? Sounds like we might be right up your alley.

As an RSR Employee you:

  • Thrive in a fast-paced, highly-iterative, and collaborative workplace where you can take ownership of your work and wear many hats
  • Are comfortable not only executing the functions of your role, but also helping out colleagues and the wider team
  • Are adept at absorbing a brief, asking thoughtful questions, and initiating and executing an effective plan to achieve success in your work
  • Value feedback as a fundamental component of your growth
  • Can work against tight timelines while acting thoughtfully towards both the team and the clients
  • Are ambitious, take initiative
  • Always seek out ways to optimize processes, work smarter, and increase efficiencies
  • Optimize resources in a way that generates successful outcomes

Our Value:

Ready Set Rocket offers a competitive suite of benefits & perks including...

  • Hybrid workplace and fully remote option
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Expansive Paid family leave
  • Gym membership reimbursement
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Volunteer Program
  • 401k contribution matching
  • Professional development and growth opportunities

Ready Set Rocket is the recipient of numerous company culture accolades including...

  • Built In NYC, NYC Best Small Companies "Best Places to Work" 2022 
  • Ad Age Small Agency Awards, "Best Agency Culture" 2018
  • Crain’s "Best Places to Work" in NYC 2016 & 2017

Your Impact:

Our Senior Art Directors have a strong hands-on design backbone and can present their work as an experienced conceptual designer and lead art director. A background in design and advertising is a must. This role is a driving force behind our creative work and have a hands-on role in every phase of a project—from contributing to creative strategy and defining a creative vision, to executing and presenting work, to consulting with clients, and working with designers and other creative team members to see a vision through to launch.

As a Senior Art Director, you’ll report to a Creative Director and oversee designers. On any given day, Senior Art Directors will find themselves working on content art direction, conceptual design for a website, a 360 campaign, or a social campaign. This position offers a ton of growth opportunities and high-level work across a variety of top-notch clients in finance, sports, media, cultural institutions, and more while working with a brilliant, close-knit team in a fast, highly-collaborative environment. 

To take on these challenges, we’re looking for a curious, flexible, and hybrid creative who knows how to translate strategy into compelling big ideas and award-worthy executions. Someone who knows how to have fun while taking responsibility to deliver consistently high-level work. Who knows that good ideas come from everywhere and that the best work comes from teams, not individuals.

Candidates should possess impeccable taste, eye for typography, and have a detail-oriented approach to design and creative. You have the ability to develop concepts that are fresh, visionary and unexpected and execute them with a high level of craft and polish. You provide direction to the team that pushes the work to be better, consistently elevating our creative output and strengthening our reputation as a design-led shop. You have a keen sense for the state of the industry and where it’s headed, an uncanny ability to inspire and lead small collaborative teams, and a combination of drive and professionalism that ensures projects launch on time and at an award-winning level.

What Success Looks Like:

  • Starting from a strategic creative brief, creating stunning conceptual designs and solutions that define a creative vision for the project, and demonstrate a strong understanding of brand challenges and goals

  • Working with and overseeing designers to guide projects from vision to launch

  • Executing design comps, asset art direction, conceptual digital UI/UX design, video direction & storyboards, graphic concepts, and final deliverables

  • Contributing to pitch opportunities with big ideas and a storytelling approach to presentations

  • Working with people across disciplines, including developers, writers, photographers, animators, strategists, marketers, and account managers

  • Inspiring yourself and other team members to constantly create exceptional work

  • Staying on top of creative and industry trends, always bringing fresh, disruptive ideas to the table that are tuned into culture and on the frontier of what’s next

  • Leading creative-focused client meetings as needed by the Creative Director

  • Contributing to creative strategy & creative brainstorm sessions — providing big ideas for campaigns and creative insights as part of brand strategy

What You Bring to the Table:

  • 7+ years working in the industry, with at least 3 years at a design or advertising agency, and at least 2 years in a leadership role
  • Previous experience in an Art Director or Senior Art Director role overseeing more junior designers & creatives
  • Strong body of work in both interactive and conceptual design, with an emphasis on building and working within design systems
  • Breadth of experience in digital, particularly social, campaign, video, UI/UX and brand identity
  • Drive to create award-worthy design work across a variety of clients and digital channels
  • Insatiable curiosity, open-mindedness, and a sense of humor
  • Impeccable taste level, eye for typography, and detail-oriented design approach 
  • Positive attitude and love of collaboration
  • Ability to articulate concepts and communicate effectively, both with teammates and clients
  • Desire to grow and mentor younger designers and art directors
  • Mastery of Figma and core Adobe Creative Suite products
  • Interest in learning new software tools
  • Solid understanding of how design comps translate to responsive web and code
  • General awareness of internet technologies (HTML5, JavaScript, React, etc)  - a plus
  • Experience planning and setting direction for photo or video shoots - a plus

EEO Statement

At RSR we are conspiring to design a better world and we believe this goal can only be advanced by a team that is committed to diversity, represents different cultures, perspectives and backgrounds and prioritizes inclusivity as a pilar of our company culture.

RSR is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

RSR prides ourselves on being a workplace that puts the wellbeing of our employees first. In the age of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, and in accordance with Ready Set Rocket’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are requiring Covid-19 vaccination for all employees. We adopted this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations.  As such, extending an official job offer to any candidate will be contingent on the candidate’s ability to provide proof of their full Covid-19 vaccination.

**Please note: Ready Set Rocket is accepting candidates located anywhere in the United States.