Art Director

Position
FILLED

LOCATION: We are based, as is this position, in Tempe, AZ—an upbeat college town in the Greater Phoenix Metro area.

WE ARE: A full-service advertising, interactive, marketing, PR, and social media agency. We have a team of approximately 30 people and a culture driven by innovation, fun and a wealth of energetic and experienced talent.

OUR LEADERSHIP: Our firm was founded by Aric Zion (pronounced Eric), who holds a Master’s in Computer Engineering and has both MBA and PhD level training in marketing, and DuGué Zion (pronounced Doo-gay), who holds an MBA.  The combination of their Fortune 100 business and technical backgrounds, as well as international assignments in Japan and Europe, has given them the depth and breadth of experience that has enabled our firm to achieve things that other firms only dream of with respect to true integration across PR, social media, interactive and traditional campaigns.

OUR CULTURE: We have a flat management structure and a “no-walls” office layout that facilitates collaboration and open communication across departments.  We also have an office dog, so if you don’t like dogs, that’s a deal breaker.  You should also be fond of impromptu movie outings, happy hours, and company lake days on the company boat and jet skis. If you’re not, then our medical coverage will allow you to have your head examined.

OUR CREDENTIALS: We are currently ranked amongst the top agencies in Arizona, with various sources also ranking us as #1 Ad Agency, #1 PR firm, and #1 Social Media firm. Very important to us is our ranking as the #2 Best Place to Work in the Greater Phoenix area (companies <50 people) and being ranked as a Top Company to Work for in Arizona by Career Builder.

HOW WE TREAT OUR TEAM MEMBERS:

  • We work hard, and we play hard. But we don’t work people to death. You can expect a 45 to 55 hour week.
  • We provide ample opportunities for outside learning and try to send each team member to one or two multi-day, out-of-state conferences per year.
  • We treat our team members as well as we treat our clients. In fact, the new 14,000 sq ft Zion & Zion building which is scheduled for completion later this year (right next door to our current space, two blocks off Mill Ave) was designed with the detailed input of every team member and with furnishings and features that are all about team member collaboration and enjoyment.

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE JOB:  We’re looking for an exceptional individual.  If it’s you, you’ll be an integral part of our firm’s Design, Creative, Advertising & Interactive efforts. Here’s our wish list—it’s ambitious, so we ask that you are as well:

As an art director with Zion & Zion, you’ll work to devise client concepts and to turn those concepts into various media executions. At Zion & Zion, everyone is hands-on, which means that you’ll regularly be called upon to not only devise concepts but to turn those concepts into final files for submission.

In this position, you’ll work day to day on the concepting and design of everything from interactive to print, outdoor, TV/video, logos, and branding.  You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with clients, Zion & Zion front-end and back-end web/app developers, UX designers, and graphic designers, as well as the Zion & Zion PR/Social Media team, Internet Marketing department and Content Strategy department.  You’ll get to do cool things that also are the “right” things to do for the client.  You’ll get to propose new ideas, tools and techniques, and you’ll get to attend industry conferences all over the country to facilitate continuous improvement of your skills. And we encourage continuous learning and support the idea of our company making software purchases that facilitate our designers doing ever-increasingly creative and powerful things for our clients and to broaden themselves.

Specifically, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience (HOWEVER, if you’re truly amazing, and don’t quite have the number of years listed below, we’ll still take a look at your portfolio and skills):

  • 2+ years as an art director
  • 4+ years in graphic design working across print, web and other interactive media
  • 2+ years experience interfacing with web designers
  • 4+ years experience with the following: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • 2+ years experience in an agency setting

The successful applicant must have a truly differentiated and impressive portfolio and must be absolutely committed to doing whatever it takes to move themselves, Zion & Zion, and our clients forward. If your work or work ethic is just on par with that of other art directors and graphic designers, that won’t cut it.

Exceptional oral and written communications skills and ability to present to clients are a must.

Yep, we want it all.  We hope you do too. Are you the guy or gal for the job?

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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