Position: Associate Art Director
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Website: CWP Design Studio
Position Type: Full-time

Job Description:
The Associate Art Director supports the Creative Principal in completing projects in accordance with the strategic timeline and in line with the client’s vision. In collaboration with the Creative Principal, the Associate Art Director plays a key role in determining the best way to communicate clients’ vision while complying with design best practices. The Associate Art Director takes the conceptual idea, approved by the Creative Principal, and executes the details. Once the concept is out on the table, the Associate Art Director is responsible for leading their team and creating the deliverables. They see the project through the phases of initial inspiration, design, revisions, and final execution. The Associate Art Director relies on their technical skills to help their team deliver the project from initial vision to final product. The Associate Art director is also the point person for the project management team in order to answer questions on project status.
Specific Tasks:

  • Meet with design team regularly via zoom to review all current projects and provide specific art direction and design feedback
  • Create weekly schedules for the Design Team to execute deliverables based on project timelines, designer skill set, and project type. Assign tasks and anticipated number of hours per task
  • Manage design team schedule and provide design assistance (be mindful of project scope and hours spent on each service) – work with Studio Administrator to understand timing and make changes as necessary
  • Submit weekly design team calendar to Creative Principal
  • Attend pitch/initial meetings with clients, in support of the Creative Principal and Strategy Team, as needed
  • Collaborate with other team members throughout the various phases of a project
  • Review proofs submitted by the Design Team for design-related errors before presenting to the Creative Principal
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest design trends, tools, and technologies
  • Provide art direction for design team including sub-contractors
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Collaborate, brainstorm, and strategize with CWP design team and/or clients for a wide range of materials that may include web pages, presentations, campaign collateral, signage, internal communication, newsletters, and marketing materials
  • Translate strategic direction into high-quality design while creating brand identities and/or working within an established brand identity
  • Provide initial art direction to the design team using best practices, historical business knowledge, and understanding of current market trends
  • Create complex (ie high-level) designs, as needed, to execute concepts that may be above the design team’s current skill set/abilities, then lead the design team in continuing the design and revision process
  • Oversee the design process including scheduling design team tasks and providing ongoing art direction for initial design and all revisions
  • Review design work for consistency of style, correct font sizes, color choices, ADA compliance rules, file sizes, file types, document sizing, and quality control for project sign-off
  • Communicate design process updates to project management team
  • Meet with clients with the Creative Principal, or individually as needed, to gain an understanding of the client’s needs and their proposed communications
  • Review final productions for design errors and ensure that client specifications are met, related to design concept and revision feedback, collaborate with copywriter as needed


  • Knowledge of design techniques, such as prototyping
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Organizational and time-management skills for meeting deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Exceptional creativity, innovative design skills, and capacity for problem-solving
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, art, or similar discipline
  • 5+ years experience (academic and professional)
  • Proven experience with graphic design, with a strong portfolio of work
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • While the bulk of time will be in art direction, certain high-level design work will need to be initiated by the Associate Art Director. Once the style has been created or the wireframes started, the Associate Art Director will hand over design work to the design team and continue the project in the role of Associate Art Director
  • Knowledge of WordPress and content management systems a plus
  • Desire to continue to grow skillset with ongoing education and training

To apply: