Creative Director

Soundstripe - Nashville, TN

Full-timeEstimated: $87,000 - $120,000 a year
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Company Overview

Founded and operated in the heart of music city, Soundstripe is one of the fastest growing music technology companies to emerge in the last 5 years. Providing quality music to tens of thousands of video creators - from YouTubers to freelance videographers, nonprofits and Fortune 1000 companies - we believe individual experience and cultural fit are as valuable to our team as resume credentials. We seek the strongest talent in the industry to join us on our mission to Keep Creatives Creating and believe every Soundstripe employee’s alignment with our Core Values is the key to our success.

Soundstripe is The Tennessean's #1 Top Workplace in 2019 for small businesses, and one of the best startup cultures in Nashville. Our Core Values influence every decision our organization makes. We believe these values are what has made Soundstripe special and what has and will continue to drive our growth and success.

Provide all customers with genuine and whimsical care.
Confront harsh realities with optimism.
Keep it light.
Strive to always grow and learn.
Develop and practice honest communication.
Make it better.
Date the model. Marry the mission.
Be humble and retain a giving and serving heart and mind.
Quality over quantity.
Done is better than perfect.

Position Overview

Soundstripe is seeking an experienced Creative Director who can lead a team of thinkers and doers. The right Creative Director will bring a mix of marketing expertise and business understanding to the position, promoting our company and that of our valued members. We’re looking for an experienced leader of people, someone that can inspire others, taking our creative content to a new level as we continue to grow. The ideal candidate will have a natural eye for design, understand communicating a message through compelling storytelling, and possess a drive to inspire dynamic ideas that connect with all types of audiences.

Responsibilities

As Creative Director, your objectives will be:
Build, lead, and review the work of the creative team in the production of all web, print, and digital marketing collateral.

Spearhead and manage content strategy for both small-scale and large-scale projects, harnessing strategy, digital and brand design, compelling content, and technology.

Collaborate with the marketing and sales departments in developing marketing plans, analyzing results, and identifying opportunities.

Develop internal marketing campaigns that translate marketing objectives across business units into clear and motivating creative strategies.

Analyze brand tracking, market trends, consumer needs, and the competitive landscape.

Meet budget standards by forecasting and managing expenses.

Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
Supervising a cross-functional team of graphic designers, copywriters, social media experts, photographers/videographers, and project managers in the strategic development of messages and deliverables.

Prioritizing work and resources across engagements based on short- and long-term needs, establishing production schedules by collaborating with designers, copywriters, and production departments.

Conducting brainstorming sessions with creative team, maintaining strategic and creative thinking to develop innovative and actionable creative initiatives in a fiscally responsible manner.

Reviewing and approving art and copy developed by the team, ensuring deliverables that effectively address marketing goals and challenges.

Producing fresh, innovative work that translates complex ideas into compelling print materials and digital experiences for visually sophisticated audiences.

Presenting or overseeing the presentation of final concepts and obtaining approvals for deliverables.

Qualifications

Our ideal Creative Director will embrace and believe in our Core Values. In addition to embodying these values, the Creative Director will demonstrate the following competencies and skills required for success in this role.

Skills and Qualifications

Years of experience creating marketing/advertising campaigns from developing vision and the message platform to overseeing production on time and budget.

Understanding and past experience creating integrated content across all marketing channels from digital, social media, paid media, mobile, but also understand offline and print.

Proven experience with concept development.

Highly skilled with leading a team of creative talent.

Strong creative vision with an understanding of business objectives.

Competencies

Innovation Management

As Creative Director, you will bring the creative ideas of others to market. You will demonstrate judgment regarding which creative ideas and suggestions to produce, and will effectively manage the creative process. You will facilitate brainstorming sessions, maintaining strategic and creative thinking to develop innovative and actionable creative initiatives in a fiscally responsible manner.

Managing and Measuring Work

You will assign responsibility for tasks and decisions, setting clear objectives and measures and monitoring processes, progress, and results. You will design feedback loops into your work.

Strategic Agility

To be successful in the role of Creative Director, you will need to “see ahead clearly”. You will need to anticipate future consequences and trends accurately, directing the efforts of your team accordingly. You will be counted on to have broad knowledge and perspective and to operate within a futuristic mindset. You will articulately paint pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods, and will create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

Building Effective Teams

You will blend people into teams when needed. You will create strong morale and spirit in your team, sharing wins and successes and fostering open dialogue. You will let people finish and be responsible for their work. You will define success in terms of the whole team, and create a feeling of belonging in the team.

Managing Vision and Purpose

As Creative Director, you will cast a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose for your team. When you speak, you talk “beyond today”. You will lead your team to imagine possibilities, you will create mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision. You will champion a culture of optimism, making your vision shareable by everyone.

Professional Background

Education and Professional Experience

10 years of related experience with 7+ years of creative direction in agency or corporate setting.
Master’s degree in marketing or business, preferred.

Prior experience with copywriting, design, or production.

Prior project management experience, with a focus on creative direction.

Disclaimer

Soundstripe provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Soundstripe complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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