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Associate Creative Director

Second Story k

Portland, OR

Jan 16
Job Description

Associate Creative Director

Second Story is an interdisciplinary design studio exploring the boundaries between storytelling, the built environment, and technology. We are seeking an Associate Creative Director who will lead a breadth of small- to large-scale integrated media projects for influential cultural institutions and branded environments. Reporting to the studio Creative Director, you will be responsible for leading multi-disciplinary teams through all phases of a project, from conception to execution, while upholding the studio’s standards of excellence.
As an accomplished craftsperson, you will lead with a balance of making and managing, cultivating an environment of creativity and collaboration. You are intrinsically motivated by the adventure of breaking boundaries to create something new and different. You are a true collaborator with a positive disposition, a solution-based attitude, and the ability to work with people with diverse skills, backgrounds, and beliefs. This is an exceptional opportunity for a rewarding career in an emerging creative field.

Core Responsibilities
• Manage the day-to-day project activities of creative team members (experience design, visual design, animation, copy, industrial design, etc.).
• Collaborate with Producers and Technical Leads to oversee multiple projects from inception to completion (planning, defining deliverables, reviewing work, etc.)
• Work with the studio Creative Director to ensure the quality of all creative deliverables throughout the project
• Promote a culture of creative and design innovation
• Lead creative presentations to clients
• Lead creative for pitches and new business responses
• Build and nurture strong client relationships, traveling to be on-site with clients when necessary
• Mentor and grow junior creative talent

Skills & Experience
• 10+ years professional experience in architectural, industrial, experience, exhibition and/ or interaction design
• 1+ years experience managing and leading creative project teams
• A professional degree in a relevant field
• Robust portfolio demonstrating conceptual and executional excellence
• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present design concepts directly to clients
• Expert proficiency in relevant design software (Adobe CS, C4D/Rhino/3DS, etc.)
• A strong knowledge of the design process in order to guide complex projects from concept to completion
• The ability to generate and refine ideas into thoughtful, provocative concepts
• The ability to clearly articulate ideas to clients and internal teams verbally and in writing
• The capacity to provide clear feedback to all disciplines and to translate feedback from a Creative Director, clients, and the team into action
• The ability to craft stories—be they written, visual, or verbal—and present with passion to sell work in new business situations and client creative reviews
• Strong leadership and people management skills (with clients and internal teams)

This position will be considered for our studio location in Portland, Oregon on a full-time or contract basis. Full-time employees receive a very competitive, comprehensive salary and a benefits package that includes medical, dental, disability, employer-contributed 401(k), and professional development funds.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and portfolio to

Second Story

Second Story is a network of design studios focusing on responsive environments, story-driven experiences, and experience innovation. For more than 20 years, we have conceptualized, designed, and developed environments that educate, immerse, and activate across the cultural and brand space. In our studios in Atlanta, New York, and Portland, designers, producers, and technologists collaborate in a lab-based environment to create experiences that reward audience interaction with powerful, personalized pathways through content and the world of ideas. Second Story’s work has received hundreds of awards and is included in the Smithsonian’s permanent research collection on information technology.

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