How to write an Art Director job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Art Director job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Art Director job titles

  • Art Director
  • Senior Art Director
  • Digital Art Director (with Adobe Creative Cloud proficiency)
  • Creative Director

Art Director job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Art Director job summary

A new clothing and retail company needs an experienced Art Director to manage all aspects of graphic design. The successful candidate will work on both marketing/promotional initiatives as well as product design to create a cohesive, recognizable brand statement. We’re an energetic team of creatives who value innovation, forward-thinking design and a work environment that promotes cooperative effort. If you enjoy working in a high-energy atmosphere with some of the top talent in the fashion industry, we’d love to interview you.

Art Director responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Art Director responsibilities

  • Work with the art department to create original graphic content for the company’s website, social media pages and other marketing materials
  • Communicate with senior management to develop an aesthetic and brand that reflects the company’s core values and ideals
  • Delegate projects to our in-house team of designers
  • Review graphic materials to assess their validity and appropriateness for our brand
  • Maintain graphic consistency across all deliverables
  • Develop artistic concepts with art team

Art Director qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Art Director skills

  • 8+ years as a professional graphic designer
  • 4+ years’ experience in supervisory role
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art required
  • Fashion industry experience a plus
  • Knowledge of the fashion industry and its expectations in both the design and retail sectors
  • Dedication to graphic consistency and quality across all channels
  • Ability to work overtime when necessary to complete time-sensitive projects
  • Extensive experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and Illustrator

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