The Hired Guns are seeking a Design Director with leadership experience in the events and experiential marketing industry for an — no, for THE — innovative experiential design firm. A creative strategy / design background is beneficial, and team management skills are essential. Get ready for a career star turn that’s experiential in its own right!
The Nitty Gritty
The backstory on the organization and why they need to hire you!
This outfit essentially invented the kind of party and event spectacles that make the news and dominate everyone’s social feeds. So they need a truly galactic-level Design Director who can marry production and strategy to drive client delivery for large experiential events. You will work with a variety of high-profile brands and clients in creating innovative, strategic, and story-driven solutions for 60+ projects every year.
You’re a creative, strategic thinker and an impeccable communicator whose greatest strengths reside not only within your creative aesthetic, but in your ability to inspire, lead, and mentor others. You have enviable levels of endurance and stamina, and you maintain your sense of poise and organization while multitasking on a variety of projects. You’re dependable and diplomatic, capable of leading and stellar at communicating up, down, and sideways.
What success looks like in your first year…
You’re responsible for pitching and producing a “Wow!”-worthy creative product on a weekly basis — but also drawing from your entire team to get there. You listen to your colleagues’ ideas, adjust for their work styles, and coach them through their challenges without taking over. Moreover, you don’t just lead; you teach them leadership while you do it. Show them how you think globally, identifying pinch points and choke points.
Your own boss says if you achieve all this, your real objective is to make her “almost obsolete” (her own words!) in program design.
How you’ll know if you’re a fit…
You’ve got a hearty blend of strategy and production management in experiential marketing, particularly regarding the challenges and possibilities of 3D assets and event collateral. You’re hot to do exceptional work to create a team environment that truly works wonders.
You’re a passionate mentor who craves community, efficiency, and accuracy in the design and production processes. You believe creative collaboration doesn’t just spread the work around, but adds dimension to the vision. You can surrender ego while still leading the experiential charge with your eye on the creative goal.
Tell Me About a Time When …
The interview questions you need to rock to score a “swipe right”…
- Where does your heart lie as a creative: leading a team or realizing your creative vision through making?
- Describe how you have handled a specific design challenge using organic materials in a fabrication process.
- How is your current organization structured? How many people report to you, and how many people are at the same level as you?
The Inside Skinny
Why you should quit your job right now and join this organization!
Apart from the fact that everyone else has been chasing this company’s coattails since it first defined the field, we guarantee you’ve never worked at a company that puts even half this much focus on employee inclusion, collaboration, and creative satisfaction.
The Hired Guns does not and will not discriminate in considering and referring candidates for employment, or in its treatment or advancement of its employees, and will not tolerate harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.