Creative Director

New York, United States | Design | Full-time

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Happy Cog is looking for a full-time Creative Director to join its experience design team in New York City.  

We’re a growing interactive agency of 65 people in Manhattan's NoMad District with great clients (like Google, Airbnb, &pizza, Stanford University, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, New York City, St. Regis, Harvard Law Review, and WPP) and an incredible road ahead. Come join us!

About the role:

  • The ideal candidate has 8+ years experience leading digital projects from sales to handoff—through research and discovery, strategy, structure, branding and concept creation, and final system implementation. 
  • Week to week, your projects could include some mix of: a digital-first rebrand, content-focused website redesign, a desktop app or mobile product, or an online marketing campaign. 
  • A working knowledge of CSS and HTML is less important than an eagerness to learn from and work closely with developers. (Ditto for content strategy, analytics and SEO.)

Our ideal candidate:

  • is still a practicing designer, with a demonstrated ability to produce work that is simultaneously imaginative, appropriate, and responsible.
  • brings a strong but still evolving point-of-view on design, its import, and the impact it can have at scale.
  • doesn't take things at surface level. 
  • can identify and isolate problems clients miss in their self-diagnosis, and prescribe a project approach that addresses the many business and user needs particular to that project. 
  • remains open to new information and adjusts their vision and plan to take advantage of new opportunities. 
  • will work closely with the project management team, technology leads, and the Executive Director, Design & Experience to plan each project’s approach from kickoff to QA. 
  • will have significant freedom to experiment with process—methods, tools, etc.—provided there’s a strong foundation in strategy, budgets are adhered to, communication remains open, and successes and failures are shared liberally across the agency. 
  • is strategy-minded, and can synthesize the team’s quantitative and qualitative findings, observations, and analysis into a cohesive and convincing strategy brief, deck, or [insert some other method that gets the job done].  
  • can sell their ideas.
  • wins broad support and stokes enthusiasm for their teams’ solutions through honest, intelligent communication and inspiring facilitation. That their clients and colleagues feel heard, respected, and valued is a hallmark of their best work. 
  • knows how to give direct, actionable feedback. Likewise they take seriously the professional growth and development of less experienced designers in the department, and gladly welcome feedback of their own performance from designers and nondesigners alike. 

We offer:

  • Healthy work/life balance.
  • A creative environment to do the best work of your career.
  • An amazing team of developers, designers, marketers, project managers, and the occasional four-legged office pet.
  • Lunch paid for by the company, every day, via your own Seamless account.
  • Flexible hours.
  • Flexible paid vacation policy.
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance.
  • Retirement plan with company matching.
  • Perks and discounts from many stores and services: cell phone bills, hotels, rental cars, gyms, etc…