Creative Director, Corporate Affairs

Zeno Group


Zeno Group is the fiercely independent and global, integrated communications agency, born from PR. We bring together the boldest and brightest talent to help clients across industries and sectors unleash the power of strategic communications. Guided by our "Fearless Pursuit of the Unexpected," we push the boundaries to achieve real business value and societal impact for clients. Winner of the industry’s most coveted awards including the 2024 PRWeek U.S. Outstanding Large Agency of the Year, 2023 PRWeek Purpose Agency of the Year, 2022 PRWeek Global Agency of the Year, 2022 PRovoke Best Large Agency to Work For in North America and a three-time winner of PRWeek’s Best Places to Work. Zeno has also been previously recognized by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Zeno is a DJE Holdings Company.

Position Details

Creative Director, Corporate Affairs
Chicago Illinois
Chicago (Hybrid), IL


The Creative Director is responsible for bringing corporate strategy to life through groundbreaking multi-channel work for top brands in our corporate communications practice. Directing a team of designers, art directors, writers, and producers – as needed – best-in-class vendors. Our ideal candidate will be a highly creative thinker who strives to reach many audiences by creating breakthrough communications and transformative experiences that shift people’s thinking and behavior.


  • Deliver innovative, creative solutions, communications, and experiences for our corporate clients’ needs, including both internal and external audiences. 
  • Develop impactful and inspiring work that aligns with a client’s brand guidelines but still stands out among the noise. 
  • Identify the success metrics for creative approaches and highlight their impact while identifying avenues for further enhancement. 
  • Take a leading role with clients, adept at energizing audiences and offering a credible point-of-view, particularly with C-suite executives and internal stakeholders. 
  • Understand the client’s brand and category to develop work that drives their brand’s mission, vision, and values. 
  • Collaborate with account teams to direct brand-building ideas, foster awareness, and engagement to effectively realize clients' business objectives. 
  • Develop and deliver creative ideas founded in insights across all activations for client briefs and new business pitches. 
  • Work with external agencies and partners (i.e., graphic designers, production companies, print vendors, etc.) as required to visualize and bring ideas to life through implementation. 
  • Works closely with senior account leads to drive projects from ideas to activation, ensuring high-quality deliverables are achieved on time and within budget constraints. 
  • Keep up to date with innovative creative work across industries; share internal and external best practices with colleagues, inspiring others to be more creative and think in new ways to engage both internal and external audiences. 
  • Lead all areas of the creative process including design, writing, art direction, and production – within new business and for existing client’s business. 
  • Identify, nurture, and sell-in impactful concepts while serving as the cohesive team lead of designers, art directors, copywriters, and other creative professionals while driving them to execution. 
  • Proactively educate and push forward the corporate creative capabilities internally by mining for opportunities within existing clients’ businesses.


  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) and, if hired, present proof of vaccination before start date. Candidates may request accommodation due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief or an exception required under applicable law. 
  • 8+ years of relevant experience, preferably in a corporate or agency setting. 
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Graphic Design, Fine Arts or Advertising. 
  • Mastery of PowerPoint and ability to push the program’s capability. 
  • Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.) 
  • Willingness to travel on occasion for client meetings and productions. 
  • Proficient in crafting and delivering presentations to not only sell ideas but also to cultivate and expand client relationships, with a knack for articulating smart and often complex solutions in a simple, straightforward manner. 
  • Able to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Winning attitude and skillset that builds effective interpersonal relationships with and successfully navigating matrixed organizations. 
  • Proven track record of winning new clients across multiple industries. 
  • Full understanding of production through multiple channels, including print, collateral, web, mobile, experiential, and existing internal platforms. (e.g.: intranets, communication apps). 
  • Possess a comprehensive grasp of both the role that PR and social media play in the overall communications marketing mix, as well as an in-depth understanding of brand management. 
  • Knowledge of web design & development, digital tools and platforms, and/or animation is a huge plus.


Healthy, happy employees make Zeno better, so we have programs that support physical, mental and financial wellness. Our culture and benefits are designed to promote flexibility, celebrate diversity and support work/life balance. We offer a variety of medical, dental and vision insurance with prescription plans, as well as short and long-term disability. Our Be Kind to Your Mind program focuses on mental health, providing a paid subscription to Headspace and access to mental health providers and other services through a best-in-class employee assistance program. Employees are encouraged to bring their authentic self to Zeno and participate in our employee resource groups which build communities for sharing and support. And while we love our work, we believe in the restorative power of time off with generous vacation, paid holidays and self-care time. Employees are supported in their pursuit of financial wellness with a 401(k) plan, pretax flexible spending accounts, tuition assistance, life insurance and free access to a certified financial coach. And our unique ZenoFit program provides a monthly allowance to fund activities in your personal life that bring you joy and keep you healthy. These and other benefits are available to non-temporary employees in the US.

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