We are seeking a world-class Creative Director to lead the creative and artistic direction, art development process, and studio teams of talented artists for successful game franchises that are pushing visual fidelity standards in social and land-based gaming! The Creative Director leads project development and staff, is responsible for all visual aspects of a project, oversees visual development concepts to completion, and leads the art teams in the production of high quality creative materials for all game mediums. This person will act as a leader in contributing to the game’s visual strategy and vision, and work closely with the Art Directors to establish and maintain the visual integrity, brand standards and consistency for the games and overall company franchise. The Creative Director High 5 Games will be someone at the cutting edge of social interaction and design.

RESPONSIBILITIES
- Define visual and art standards/systems and ensure all creative material is consistent across mediums/ platforms
- Accurately distinguish which art issues are critical
- 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
- Manage projections and assignments of all art projects
- Ensure accuracy of art scope, schedule, and budget
- 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
- Take an active role in developing, maintaining, and refining a vision for art direction
- 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


REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Graphic Arts, or related field is required; MFA preferred.
- 7 + years of professional experience and advanced leadership including communication and project management skills are required, with a minimum of 6 years as a senior level professional
- Experience with social networks, social media tools and online communities; strong Twitter, blogging and Facebook skills.
- Proven ability to think conceptually and broadly about projects and the brand as a whole, and to develop and evolve creative systems
- Solid experience in the entertainment and/or game markets
- Successful track record in developing and managing multidisciplinary art teams of more than 5-7 people
- 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
- Excellent grammatical skills and the ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing
- Demonstrated ability to direct and multi-task effectively under pressure, while balancing speed and quality of work
- Expert understanding of art direction and storytelling
- Applied conceptual strategy, brainstorm facilitation, day-to-day shepherding of a project to completion and team collaboration with product managers and leads is required

 

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