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Creative Director / Senior Art Director

Art & User Experience | Toronto

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Creative Director / Senior Art Director

Zynga Toronto is searching for a world-class Senior Art Director to lead the creative direction, art development process, and a talented team of artists for multiple titles! The Art Director oversees all art projects and staff, and is responsible for the overall quality of work produced by the artists. The Senior Art Director oversees all art projects from concept to completion, and leads the art team in the production of high quality creative materials for the game and associated marketing materials.  

Responsibilities:

  • Define art standards and systems and ensure all creative material is consistent and to the highest aesthetic standards
  • Develop, maintain and refine vision for art direction
  • Maintain a hands on approach to the creation of art elements and the ability to lead by example
  • Evaluate multiple concepts and solutions for various projects and determine which ideas are worth pursuing
  • Identify inconsistencies and opportunities for improvement within the creative process
  • Ensure accuracy of art scope and schedules
  • Develop and sign off on creative estimates and ensure high quality execution of all deliverables
  • Establish, communicate, and manage department objectives to meet project schedules
  • Lead inter-department communications as they relate to art
  • Direct the evolution and maintenance of art pipeline workflow
  • Guide and mentor team: hire, induct, and manage team members, freelancers and external studios as needed
  • Research, explore, and communicate best practices in art and discern which competitive ideas are most effective; lead the development of goals, standards, processes and feedback mechanisms
  • Lead formal and informal critique, and provide effective feedback
  • Develop/manage expense budgets, adjusting cost estimates on an ongoing basis
  • Develop and provide continuous quality improvement on processes for planning, execution, approval and reporting

Required Skills:

  • Solid experience in the entertainment, online and/or game markets
  • Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Graphic Arts, or related field is required
  • 10+ years of professional experience and advanced leadership including communication and project management skills is required, with a minimum of 6 years as a senior level professional
  • Successful track record in developing and managing multidisciplinary art teams
  • Expertise in arts/design, and a demonstrated ability to direct, mentor and enhance the efforts of a creative team
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams
  • Experience managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines with a strong attention to detail
  • Strong collaboration and influencing skills
  • Ability to take a consumer first approach to the creation of new and innovative visuals, ensuing that our target markets are well represented
  • Demonstrated ability to direct and multi-task effectively under pressure, while balancing speed and quality of the work
  • Proven ability to think conceptually and broadly about projects and the brand as a whole, and to develop and evolve creative systems
  • Ability to direct multiple art disciplines with expert understanding of art direction and storytelling

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