Art Director (Content + Advertising)

iStrategyLabs - Washington, DC


The ISL creative team seeks a (Senior) Art Director with the talent, experience and moxie to develop and produce compelling creative. Ideal candidates have an exceptional personal portfolio—reflecting a developed taste and style. They are comfortable working hands-on but can also lead creative collaborators to elevated design and content solutions. We are looking for people with a broad range of experience—from typography and branding, illustration, photography, videography, animation, interactive, and beyond. We create content, fabricate environmental displays, shoot videos + photos—we do a lot; so all backgrounds and skills are relevant. Previous agency experience is a major must. It suggests your familiarity handling multiple projects, working across teams and presenting work to clients.

Ideal Experience + Skill Set

  • You have worked with a team of creatives for 3-5 years.
  • You have client-facing agency experience.
  • You previously held a title like Art Director in a content, brand or advertising focused setting.
  • You use your understanding of and skills in design, photography and motion skills to roughly visualize ideas and concepts, but also have the chops to produce polished + publishable graphic design.
  • You can direct designers, photographers, motion + sound artists to produce publish-ready content + collateral—inspiring them to create their very best work.
  • You understand pre-production, production + post-production techniques + workflows and are familiar with client approval necessities throughout projects.
  • You're comfortable partnering with a copywriter to concept + visualize compelling ideas + images that clients will buy and audiences will connect with.
  • You have a preternatural awareness for current trends and best practices in a variety of digital media—primarily social media platforms where a majority of our work is published and consumed.
  • You like to bend the medium and explore new opportunities to play with formats.
  • You are a compelling presenter + designer of presentations.
  • You are good at selling your ideas and explaining creative rationale to a client while respectfully considering their business goals + requirements.

If you don't have an active portfolio of creative work, please don't apply : ) The portfolio is what counts!

Job Type: Full-time


  • Graphic Design: 3 years (Preferred)

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
  • Retirement benefits or accounts
  • Commuting/travel assistance
  • Employee discounts
  • Workplace perks such as food/coffee and flexible work schedules
  • Other types of insurance