Executive Creative Director

Waggener Edstrom Bellevue , WA 98009

Posted 3 weeks ago


A foundational shift is happening in marketing and it's putting communications at the core of brand-building. In today's world, the way a brand communicates must be closely tied to the way it acts in digital. We call it a connected communications platform that merges a brand's voice and heart. The voice is the tip of the spear that sticks with fans, advocates, and audiences. Behind that voice is the heart: the emotional connection and the best expression in digital. WE's Digital & Experience Technology (DXT) team is redefining the way our industry builds an emotional connection with audiences through the intersection of stories, ideas, and technology. And, we're looking for an experienced, hardworking, and diversely minded Executive Creative Director to lead, evolve, and define our award-winning creative offering for the agency. The ideal candidate can combine ideas, activations, technologies, social environments, and media relations to build connected experiences that drive people to action. Pretty great, right? Regardless of gender or gender identity, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or religion, we believe you should be able to bring your whole self to work every single day. We're convicted on the perspective that the work gets better when you can create in a safe space. And, WE strives to protect that space for you. You're not afraid to get pixels under your fingernails, and also know the importance of creating runways for your team to shine and soar. You have validated approaches to produce award-winning work and are also open to a new way of collaborating to produce work in an iterative and nimble fashion. You can shift from C-Level to purpose driven conversations seamlessly. You know how to motivate, encourage, and mentor a team of hardworking creative, strategic, and content-minded misfits. Yes, the opportunity is to inspire and influence teams outside of your core discipline too! You will oversee multiple accounts, see projects through execution, and will lead a team of creative directors. You've also been in plenty of pitches and have honed your presentation skills to sell and convince clients to stretch outside of their comfort zones when needed. You'll represent the best of our industry from a human perspective. We don't have time for un-healthy egos because we'd rather have our energy focused on the work. So, you'll need to represent our culture and values within the team, across the agency, and industry. A little about us: WE works with some of the most innovative companies on the planet - those focused on delivering the next big thing. For more than 30 years we've been movers and opinion shakers, experiencing firsthand how technology can enable brand transformation. Using our Momentum family of services, we partner with clients to set their stories in motion - from insight to impact. Our playground is consumer, health, social innovation and technology. Our fiercely independent mindset allows us the freedom to bring together the best talent, partners and ideas to create powerful, persuasive campaigns. Shiny accolades like Cannes Lions, SABREs, Best APAC Medium Agency and PRWeek Award for Best Use of Social Media/Digital adorn our offices. We're global, speak 37 languages and we're not much for standing still. But it's not about us, it's about our clients, their customers and setting their brands in motion.


Job Functions:

  • Encourage, lead and recruit creatives of the future

  • Present ideas, campaigns and platforms to C-suite executives that move people to action

  • Integrate and advocate for data-driven ideas, concepts and campaigns

  • Weave tech platforms and environments into ideations sessions

  • Develop, nurture, and sell creative ideas in both written and visual form

  • Actively collaborate with other disciplines across the agency

  • Share inspirational work and build standard methodologies to produce the best work

  • Attract, mentor, and retain top creative talent

  • Partner with Planning and Strategy to develop integrated briefs

  • Provide high level conceptual direction

  • Ensure creative output aligns with agency vision and client objectives

  • Lead and support new business efforts

  • Create staffing plan and manage overall reporting structure in creative

  • Influence and participate in leadership/vision conversations

  • Encourage and motivate creatives by leading in the service of the work/team

  • Optimize and evolve creative processes and methodologies

  • Work cross-functionally, balancing multiple partners

  • Strategic communicator with shown experience leading cross-platform creative initiatives, campaigns and platforms

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum/Preferred Requirements:

  • Ideally, a bachelor's degree in the arts or graphic design; MFA OK too!

  • At least 15+ years of relevant agency experience

  • Strong understanding of digital, experiential, and event production for both large and small initiatives

  • Strong ability to grow client relationships

  • Authority in design or writing (or both, FTW!)

Additional Requirements:

  • Travel: may on occasion need to travel, up to 10%

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

  • Industry know-it-all (trends, campaigns, technologies, etc)

  • Ability to generate new business and opportunities

  • Proven experience winning pitches

  • Can carry up to 20lbs in a pinch

Equal Opportunity Statement

Equal Opportunity: WE provides equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against an employee or applicant because of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or other legally protected class status.

Diversity and Inclusion: WE values a diverse and inclusive workforce and is committed to creating a workplace where everyone thrives. We promote an atmosphere in which diversity of people and ideas are welcomed and valued. Diversity includes differences in race, religion, gender, age, lifestyle, ethnic background and sex

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