Associate Creative Director


Short story—Element is a gathering of creative individuals who deliver strategic thinking, interactive capabilities, sales conversion expertise, and maximum ROI for our clients. And, we have a good time doing it.

Longer version—A full-service ad agency, Element offers everything from soup to nuts (in less technical terms, interactive to broadcast to print). Our team’s experience and insight allows us to handle business-to-business, business-to-consumer, local, and national accounts. Practically everyone here is cross-trained in all areas of marketing expertise: designers know branding, account executives can creatively concept, our copywriter understands search engine optimization.

Within Element, we appreciate the opportunity to do what we do in a casual atmosphere. So, fire up the patio grill, challenge our ping-pong champ, and enjoy a refreshing craft beer on tap. With a location in De Pere, Element associates appreciate Northeast Wisconsin’s strong, diversified economy and its dedication to quality and hard work. We take advantage of the outdoor recreational opportunities, culture, and safety. Oh, and that legendary football team.

Position Details

Associate Creative Director
Northeast Wisconsin
De Pere , WI

You’re a creative powerhouse and you love creative that fulfills a strategy. You thrive when your concept has endless possibilities and can work across different marketing tactics and channels. You know how to come up with imaginative solutions that work to solve real-world problems and you get the business as much as your craft.

You’re a natural leader. You facilitate strong cross-team collaboration and you’re able to guide a team to think big, while backing it with insights, in order to deliver creative solutions that drive client results. And, you can move seamlessly between building solutions, pitching clients, and getting the job done.

You’re a creator. An inventor of ideas. A relentless problem-solver. In other words, you kick butt and take names (well at least in the creative world).

Element is looking for a senior design leader who can jump in feet first with the team and champion the creation, management, and execution of comprehensive design solutions. The Associate Creative Director is responsible for pairing concepts with creative and content strategies in order to develop strategic, impactful brand experiences that deliver against key business goals and objectives.

  • Develop innovative and effective creative solutions that are on-brand, emotionally-compelling, and drives response, creating for various media types 
  • Helps establish and maintain the highest standards of creative execution fulfilling strategy throughout the agency 
  • Attends creative input meetings to develop creative strategies and implements all creative requirements including, but not limited to, copy, layout, illustrations, final art, and photography 
  • Helps to direct, guide, and develop creative solutions and monitors the quality of finished artwork and conceptual materials produced by internal and freelance artists 
  • Proactively collaborates with the creative director, as well as copywriters, designers, account services, and other departments in order to achieve agency goals and objectives 
  • Develops and presents strategic creative rationales and creative concepts both internally and externally 
  • Proofs and approves finished art and conceptual materials; supervises edits as needed In collaboration with the traffic manager, helps to select vendors for jobs and is involved in signing off on layouts, artwork, photography, in-house proofs, press-proofs, etc. 
  • Engages in any personal development necessary to stay current in advertising techniques and standards, and research activity required to become more familiar with clients’ businesses 
  • Performs additional duties as deemed appropriate by the Creative Director
  • 7+ years’ experience working in strategy development, advertising, campaign creation, branding, photography and video 
  • Proficient in industry-leading software and technologies. Special consideration given to those who are also knowledgeable in developing comprehensive user experiences 
  • Superior visual and conceptual skills; you are able to socialize and present creative work to cross-functional groups and clients 
  • Demonstrated ability with integrated creative; you have the skill set to be able to translate complex business concepts into easy-to-understand experiences, utilizing a variety of media 
  • Proficient information-seeking skills and a drive for results; you’re able to synthesize insights from a diverse team to formulate holistic strategic recommendations 
  • A natural curiosity that drives you to learn, research, and investigate. You are well-versed in design trends and best practices, and are in tune with our ever-evolving marketplace. 
  • Strong interpersonal, written, presentation, and oral communication skills 
  • Strong portfolio demonstrating breadth of design and strategic thinking 
  • Strong creative rationale writing experience
  • Company events and outings (anything from ziplining to live music!) 
  • Anniversary bonuses 
  • Flexible office hours 
  • Summer Fridays 
  • Paid holidays and vacations 
  • Education reimbursement 
  • Health and wellness support and rewards 
  • Health, dental and vision insurance 
  • Retirement plan with company match 
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance 
  • $25,000 life insurance policy 

Salary will be tailored to the candidate based upon their experience and capabilities.

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