Art Director


Job Description

Job Description

Why be an Art Director at The Phoenix Group

The essence of our culture is respect for creativity. For us, it is about human expression, communicating deeply and having fun doing it.

As one of the largest creative teams in Saskatchewan, the work we do is significant. As the province with the smallest population, we bring big ideas to every campaign, finding surprising ways to move the attention to our clients.

The Art Director’s role is essential to interpret concepts and copy into completed designs and be fully immersed from concept development to fulfillment of the strategy.

How you will spend your time

Managing the artistic direction of campaigns is 70% of your time

Developing creative concepts and executing ideas into design.

Direct photoshoots, tapings, press-proofing, etc. and supervise freelancers assigned to projects and requested by Creative Director or Traffic

Review all production materials on assigned projects and sign off prior to forwarding job to Traffic for further approvals

Work with Creative Director in the selection of papers, inks, vendors, models, freelancers, broadcast talent and any other outside sources/purchases needed to fulfill the production of each assigned project

Design work is about 30% of your time

Design, digital ads, TV commercials, billboards and more, according to strategic plans provided by Creative Director and Account Planners and by assignment from the Creative Director

Design for traditional and digital mediums.


Degree, diploma or certificate in creative arts, visual communications, graphic design or advertising

Diploma or certificate in graphic design, specifically Adobe Creative Suite – InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop (After Effects and Premiere are assets)

Experience and why it is important

4+ years working in a leadership role inside a creative ad agency or as a leader within an in-house marketing team, where you have tremendous influence and maybe not direct authority (management) of other co-workers

Previous work as a graphic designer, fine artist, editor, or photographer, or in another art or design occupation is essential to understand and manage the creative direction of campaigns

Expert understanding of the design process – technically speaking

Creative chops and the ability to separate critique from personal criticism.

Who loves this type of work

Communicator. Ideas are just raw beginnings. You feel the need to bring them to life, tell a story, enliven ideas with images and examples and metaphors. You are drawn to the dramatic ways words and pictures can be such a powerful combination.

Improv player. You are often seen as spontaneous, intuitive, a creative problem-solving where ideas flow between you & others, may seem like it’s done “on the fly” but in fact its parallel to the 5 basic rules of improvisation

Connector. We are all part of a bigger picture. You are certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people through art, advertising and the words we use.

Creative. The thrill of creating is like chocolate to you. The mental and emotional payoff is so intense, it’s worth the highs and lows that come with being creative.

Benefits we offer:

Company-paid health benefits

Generous vacation time

Extended health & wellness spending account

A corporate culture that cares about the whole person.

Fine details and important things to consider

A portfolio is required; please provide a link

Staying true to what we do, that is being creative, there are many options available. Ideally, we’d like to ensure you are set up for success with the right onboarding, which is best done in person. Everyone’s life situation is unique. We want to hear what your situation is and work together for a win-win.

Professional references will be required.

As living proof of our commitment to DE&I, our workplace is a direct reflection of our clients and of the city and province we live in.

There are no robots reading resumes here! We will personally read every resume/application and provide a response

The above description is a summary of responsibilities and is not an exhaustive list of duties. A comprehensive job description will be provided in the interviewing process.

Job ID: 22196860
The Phoenix Group
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