Art Director

Gunpowder, Inc.

We are one part PR agency, one part social and content shop and a full-on creative and strategic partner to our clients. Our world revolves around earned media coverage and conversation. Big ideas are our most valuable currency, but we earn our keep with workmanlike execution on programs big and small for every size of client, from scrappy start-ups to some of the world’s most trusted and storied brands.

We are wired differently than most agencies. We empower young people to do more than they thought they were capable of. We challenge our clients to stretch beyond their comfort zone. We work our asses off but know the importance of a work/life balance that keeps us fresh and inspired.

Most of our clients are in the enthusiast space. Outdoor recreation brands in the hunting, fishing and watersports categories, motorsports and foodie brands are some of our mainstays. And our people tend to be doers, not just spectators. We fish. We hunt. We ride. We camp. We cook. And Our clients appreciate that. A lot.

Position Details

Art Director
Southeast Wisconsin
Delafield, WI

We are looking for an Art Director who can concept, craft, and produce creative ideas across our client roster and new business efforts. You will be part of a small-and-mighty creative team that supports our client roster and internal team across all media. Every week will be different from the next with a variety of creative projects like print/tv campaigns, new business pitches, website/app design, digital/social content, media kits, brand strategy/identity, product launches, events/tradeshows, etc. all while maintaining the continuity and integrity of the Gunpowder Inc. brand.

As the Art Director, you can creatively interpret strategy into visual direction. You think conceptually, are “hands-on” and want to be part of a thriving start-up agency. You are eternally curious. You are passionate about the outdoors, eager to touch several brands, while flexible enough to switch gears in support of new projects & clients. You are a creative & concept-driven thinker, poised to provide unique solutions to essential business challenges that our clients may be facing at any given moment.

Our client base is largely made up of enthusiast or lifestyle brands that connect with people on an emotional level. Many of them are in the outdoors industry. As such, most of our work requires us to really care about the categories in which we participate.

  • A creative problem solver for our clients, you are comfortable of providing direction and executing ideas across multiple channels 
  • Oversee and produce concepts and artwork that visually communicate outlined objectives 
  • Drive tactical program ideation and polished design across a variety of media 
  • Successfully present creative ideas, their rationale, and the specifics of the solutions to our clients and new business prospects 
  • Participate and lead brainstorm sessions to generate ideas and creative concepts 
  • Assist in creation of presentations for our client roster and new business efforts 
  • Responsible for the direction, planning and execution of photoshoots with the help of the account management and creative leadership team 
  • Have fun, try new things and never be afraid to ask “What if…?”
  • 3-5 Years of agency experience within a creative department 
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work, adhering to critical project timelines in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to think strategically, conceptualize creatively and see the concept through to polished design and build 
  • A professional-level mastery of industry standard design software and tools – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD Production experience in art direction and design for video, digital and social platforms 
  • Culturally in-tune and up to date on social media trends 
  • Comfortable executing everything from an organic TikTok campaign to a tradeshow event stunt
  • Highly collaborative but able to work independently 
  • Have pride in your previous work and can demonstrate how you brought it to life 

* You have a strong advantage if you:

  • Have a working knowledge of After Effects, Premiere Pro or Cinema4D (or similar software)
  • Have experience working in the outdoors space or on niche lifestyle brands
  • Are passionate about living an adventurous lifestyle and enjoy outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, kayaking, biking, etc.

We offer a competitive health insurance plan with employer contribution to monthly premiums, 401K with employer match, a generous PTO plan, paid time off for parental leave, company-paid cell phone and data plan, and a flexible work environment and schedule. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

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