LOCATION: We are based–as is this position–in Tempe, AZ—an upbeat college town in the Greater Phoenix Metro area.
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 team. Here’s our wish list. It’s ambitious, so we ask that you are as well:
As a graphic designer with Zion & Zion, you’ll work side-by-side with your fellow designers. We have a flat organization, so there’s no “higher” creative standing over your shoulder telling you pixel by pixel what to do like in traditional agencies. We require that all of our designers have the ability to present their work to clients eloquently and thoroughly, as well as hit the ground running when concepting and designing. How you grow, and who you become, is entirely in your hands.
Our flat organization means we expect you to be a self-starter, manage your time, push your skills to the next level every day, and do whatever it takes to execute killer designs with little management. You need to be able to bounce between a wide variety of clients and projects, giving the same enthusiasm to the small projects as you would to the big ones. Our flat organization means that we are all on the same playing field, and with that comes great responsibility to work hard, communicate with each other, and hit the proverbial ball out of the park.
In this position, you’ll work day to day on the design of everything from print and outdoor, to logos, web banners and emails. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with clients, Zion & Zion front-end and back-end web/app developers, UX designers, brand strategists, account managers, PR/social team, and content marketing team.
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 in far flung lands, such as Tucson—just kidding. WE DO INDEED send our people all over the country to key conferences to facilitate continuous improvement of their skills. And we encourage continuous learning and support the idea of our company making software purchases that facilitate our designers doing ever-increasingly creative things. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, Zion & Zion has, by far, the largest per team member training and development budget of any agency in the Southwest.
Specifically, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:
- 4-year bachelor’s degree in graphic design
- Minimum 3-5 years of professional experience—agency experience a plus but not required
- Expert in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
- Ability to work in a team environment with other designers, developers, and account managers
- Strong typography skills
- Must be able to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle several projects simultaneously
- Strong communication and presentation skills
- Experience working on both interactive and print projects
- Ability to follow creative direction and existing branding and also create great concepts and designs from scratch
- Ability to execute a wide variety of design styles
- Any additional skills such as photography or illustration are a plus
The successful applicant must have a truly diverse portfolio and must be absolutely committed to doing whatever it takes to move themselves, Zion & Zion, and our clients forward.
Exceptional oral and written communications skills and ability to present to clients are a must.
Think you’re the perfect addition to our design team? Then submit your resume, salary requirements, and a PDF showcasing that you have experience in designing for everything from branding and web design to print, email marketing, and social media.
Yep, we want it all. We hope you do too. Are you the guy or gal for the job?
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WE ARE: A full-service advertising, interactive, marketing, PR, and social media agency. We have a team of over 40 people and a culture driven by innovation, fun and a wealth of energetic and experienced talent.
OUR CULTURE: We have a flat organization (i.e. no managers, no hierarchy, no silos) 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 movie days, happy hours, pool parties and BBQs at the Zions’ home, impromptu gatherings of team members, and enjoying a brew from one of the two full-size office kegs.
We also offer free snacks and drinks; film screenings at the office in our surround-sound Café with 18-foot movie screen; a 14-foot-long shuffle board table; a full-size pool table; dart board; full-size video arcade game with 135 games; and an amazing office from an architectural, interior design, and functional perspective that the Business Journal called out as The Coolest Office Building in Arizona.
The crowning jewel of every year here at Zion & Zion is a truly epic, weekend-long, agency holiday party at a local upscale resort that includes: two hotel nights for agency team members and their significant others, a Friday evening get together, a Saturday spa day and lunch, a Saturday evening cocktail reception, a Saturday night multi-course dinner at an upscale restaurant, a Sunday morning Mimosa and Bloody Mary get together, and a Sunday late morning buffet brunch.
OUR BENEFITS: Our benefits include health insurance, dental, vision, and a 401(k), as well as the most comprehensive professional development and conference attendance program of any agency in the state.
OUR CREDENTIALS: Each year we are among the top Ad Agencies in Arizona, and for several years have been ranked the #1 PR firm. We also hold positions in the top interactive firms and top web development firms lists in the Phoenix Business Journal’s Book of Lists. Very important to us is our ranking by both The Business Journal and Career Builder as a Best Place to Work.