Freelance Art Director

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Published

06/11/2024

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At Weber Shandwick, we believe that being open, aspirational and entrepreneurial is what it takes to engage people and deliver impactful, award-winning work in a rapidly-changing environment.

Our journey to-date might surprise you. Weber Shandwick long has been known as one of the most highly-regarded PR agencies in the world. But now, we also lead social, digital and traditional advertising assignments for some of the world’s most enduring companies and social causes.

Weber Shandwick Canada boasts an impressive list of awards, including PRovoke Canadian Agency of the Year (2021), IABC Canadian Large Agency of the Year (2019, 2020, 2021 + 2024) and CPRS Canadian Creative Campaign of the Year (2019, 2020 & 2021). We also offer one of the most exciting client list of any agency in the country including McDonalds, Chevrolet and Mondelez (OREO). But we’re still just getting started. We’re creatives, makers, producers, designers, strategists and technologists who love to unite around ideas with the ability to transcend culture.

 

POSITION PROFILE

We are seeking an Freelance Art Director with strong digital design expertise to join our creative team. We are looking for someone with the right combination of conceptual approach, self-motivation, and artistic skills necessary to create, sell, and execute impactful ideas for our clients. This person will be instrumental in defining the conceptual approach and design direction for a variety of brands and assignments across a wide range of communication strategies and channels. They need to be obsessive about big ideas and making things look great. Brand consistency, a passion for type and design, and the ability to visually convey their ideas through beautiful comps and presentations must be in their DNA. We are looking for a specific type of person, someone who embodies talent and decency in equal measure.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES

  • Crafting stories and building brands through campaign-level thinking and execution
  • Ongoing development of new ideas, creative concepts, and design solutions
  • Creation of production-ready designs and layouts, establish the look/tone/feel for campaigns and executions and convey ideas through well-designed presentations
  • Ensure all visual design adheres to existing brand guidelines
  • Work with creative directors, copywriters, producers, clients, and other team members to flesh out the creative development of ideas and tactical executions
  • Translate video story ideas into visual approaches through storyboards, framing, location scouting, set design and wardrobe recommendations, etc.
  • Develop original concepts across print, digital, social and video disciplines and see through to completion
  • Mentor junior staff

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  • 4-5 years of Art direction and/or design experience in a related agency or department (advertising, PR, digital, social media, and/or publishing/content)
  • Art education in advertising design and conceptual thinking is preferred
  • Ability to work quickly, efficiently, and accurately within all required aspects of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) as well as presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Google Slides
  • Must be self-motivated, hard-working, well-organized, and resilient to ever-changing timelines, requests, and deliverables
  • Must be passionate about design in the digital and social space, with an understanding of platforms and formats such as Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, AR and VR
  • Ongoing drive to understand emerging techniques, trends and philosophies in design, technology, interaction, social media and storytelling through content
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Must have a portfolio (share anything that conveys the way you think or approach assignments, even if it was never produced; we like chicken scratches)

Bonus Skills: video, animation, photography, retouching, filmmaking, UX/UI, HTML

Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.

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We are always looking for great talent!  If you don’t see an open role listed that interests you at this time, please send us your resume and we’ll keep in touch about future openings. 

Weber Shandwick is a leading global marketing and communications network that delivers next-generation solutions to brands, businesses and organizations in major markets around the world.

We push beyond category convention, pairing data-driven insights with creative prowess to deliver game-changing ideas that earn attention and drive business impact. We have a deep bench of talent across sectors and specialty areas, including brand and B2B marketing, healthcare marketing, change management, employee engagement, corporate reputation, crisis management, data and analytics, technology, public affairs, social impact and financial communications.

Led by world-class strategic and creative thinkers and activators, we have won some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Weber Shandwick was named to Ad Age’s A-List in 2020 and Best Places to Work in 2019. The firm earned 25 Lions at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.

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At Weber Shandwick, we build brand stories worthy of coverage, conversation and engagement. We’re a passionate and diverse team that protects and promotes some of Canada’s (and the world’s) most iconic and beloved brands … and has fun while doing it!

 

If you’re a strategic communicator with an earned-first integrated-marketing mindset, here’s an opportunity to play a leadership role at a forward-thinking, award-winning and globally leading integrated communications agency. Weber Shandwick Canada is PRovoke Media’s Canadian Agency of the Year, IABC Canadian Large Agency of the Year (five years running), a certified Great Place to Work (five years running) and boasts the most exciting client list of any agency in the country.

 

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  • Play a collaborative role in staffing and resourcing to balance team workloads and ensure optimal account service

 

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  • Outstanding communication skills to successfully present program recommendations and establish trusted relationships with senior clients
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