Newton Running

Associate Creative Director/Sr. Art Director

Type of work: Full-Time
Location: Boulder
Date Posted: April 14th, 2014
Description:

Are you a creative leader who likes to run, even if you aren’t being chased? If the thought of creating original razzle-dazzle ideas on a deadline pumps you up more than it freaks you out, we want to talk to you. Newton Running is looking for a full time employee to lead our creative department. This position reports to our VP, Marketing, and is based in Boulder (telecommuting is not an option). The perfect candidate loves running, loves living in Boulder, loves Newton Running shoes, and loves creating branding masterpieces. We realize “love” is a strong word. That is why we used it.

Reporting to the Vice President of Marketing, design and create concepts to meet specific company promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, advertisements, web content, logos, email content, posters, event collateral, catalogues, etc. Manage the creative team. Must be self-motivated, as well as a team player. Like Peyton Manning. Only better.

Product Portfolio Management

Manage all creative staff: hire, supervise, train, mentor, delegate work and conduct performance reviews
Manage the design requests, development, approval and production process
Lead the creative development and execution process at Newton Running
Maintain consistently high executional excellence by ensuring appropriate resources are assigned to projects, time lines are managed and strategic brand objectives are met.
Create concepts, designs and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles, aesthetics and company design guidelines.
Concept and present new ideas
Incorporate feedback into design revisions
Use computer software to generate new images.
Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
Complete projects by coordinating with outside agencies, art services, printers, etc.
Maintain all visual assets in a comprehensive, organized and easily accessible manner.
Navigate the appropriate approval channels for all creative
Basic 3D modeling a plus
Motion graphic design a plus
Commitment to Newton Running’s core values
Personal involvement in the Company’s Social Responsibility goals
Participation in community volunteerism and in efforts to reduce the Company’s impact on the planet

Core Competencies and Skill Requirements

High level of competency using graphic design software such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign as well as desktop publishing tools
1- 2 years of experience as an Associate Creative Director or 3-5 as a Sr. Art Director
Able to work with multiple functions in marketing to target commercial objectives and deliver creative output that meets the stated objectives.
A good listener and a person who can sell ideas by articulating the vision for work
Has an understanding of the running consumer and is capable of connecting emotionally with him/her and with people who live an active lifestyle
Experience managing a team
Agency experience is an advantage
Experience and familiarity with front-end web page design and development (HTML and CSS) strongly preferred
Ability to work as a part of a team in a very fast paced environment
High attention to detail

Required Personality Traits

Incredibly creative and innovative
High attention to detail
Extremely deadline-oriented
Deeply customer service oriented
Flexible. Mentally. Physical flexibility is not a requirement
Strong problem-solving skills
Bonus points for candidates who are runners
Double bonus points if you run in Newtons
Triple bonus points if you named your dog “Sir Isaac Newton”

How to apply:

Newton Running is based in Boulder, Colorado. Relocation assistance available. Benefits included. Interested candidates please send resume to runtowork@newtonrunning.com. Newton Running is an equal opportunity employer.

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