Associate Creative Director (Copywriter Preferred)

The Marketing Arm

We believe in the power of creativity: creativity that makes people think, feel, and then act.

Creativity brimming with bravery and vision, heart and humor, imagination and truth.

We believe that brands should stand for more than what they’re selling.

With culture as our playground and emotion as our craft, we help our clients change minds, win hearts, and create memories.

We believe that good people are the key to creating great work. Our halls are filled with passionate thinkers and makers, seasoned experts and rising stars, who unleash each other’s brilliance and celebrate every win as a team.

Together, we bring ideas from the page into the world, ideas that are so audacious, so original,so meaningful that they couldn’t come from you or me - only we.


Position Details

Associate Creative Director (Copywriter Preferred)
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Job Overview:

TMA is looking for an Associate Creative Director who is an integrated brand marketing pro to join our agency in Chicago, IL. We are open to remote talent. The Associate Creative Director must be a brand steward, and will live to give brands voice and relevance, and bring them to life through integrated marketing. A copywriting background is preferred for this opportunity.

The Associate Creative Director is growing into a leadership role – and will comprise the roles of creative visionary, teacher, strategist, problem solver, and motivational speaker. The net result will be masterful brand voice across every marketing touchpoint and work that resonates with exactly the right people.


  • Support the Creative Director to drive the Client relationship, and planning and multi-discipline brand marketing deliverables 
  • Collaborate with extended team of account services, strategy, creative, production, and traffic to extract necessary insights from research, build creative briefs, and provide both conceptual and design direction 
  • Participate in Client brand planning 
  • Direct and mentor a creative team of creative directors, art directors and copywriters to consistently deliver on brand strategy and message 
  • Drive strategic brainstorming sessions and direct creative execution that creates best-in-class creative and exceeds Client objectives 
  • Lead by example. Get into the trenches with creative team 
  • Protect the integrity of design and brand image through graphic design and strong collaboration with other department directors 
  • Sell the team’s ideas in Client presentations 
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the marketplace and competitive landscape our Clients operate in, in addition to cultural, design, and business trends 
  • Assist CD with P&L responsibility 
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule, as weekend and extended workdays are sometimes necessary
  • Bachelor’s degree in a directly related field (advertising, writing, english, etc.) 
  • 5-7+ years of agency experience as a copywriter 
  • Proven mentoring, supervisory, and team-building skills 
  • Strong working knowledge of brand development, the creative process, and integrated marketing, including broadcast, video, audio, print, and some aspects of experiential (sponsorship) and digital (content) 
  • Ability to provide clear creative direction and provide timely and helpful feedback to improve creative processes to keep deliverables on time and on budget 
  • Understand how to appeal to diverse cultural markets 
  • Ability to build and maintain solid relationships with Clients and internal teams 
  • Strong problem-solving, communications, and relationship-building skills 
  • Proven ability to brainstorm in large groups and develop big ideas from beginning to end 
  • Excellent presentation skills and salesmanship are a must 
  • Self-motivation and ability to motivate others to creatively and strategically solve multiple problems at once, under quick deadlines 
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft suite of products 
  • Knowledge of PowerPoint and Keynote a plus

TMA Perks & Benefits:

Continuous training, educational programs, speaker series and workshops

Culture events throughout the year (just virtually now!)

Communities to connect with:

  • TMACares (Volunteering)
  • DiscoverTMA (Furthering diversity and inclusion)
  • TMA Women’s Initiative (Fostering the growth and achievements of women)
  • Wellness Group (Helping to improve the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of employees)

Competitive vacation plan, sick days and personal days to prioritize your mental health

Summer Flex Fridays

Robust holiday schedule

Parental leave

Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision plans

401K Retirement Savings Plan

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

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