RISD is seeking a Creative Director to develop and champion the college's visual brand and lead a cross-disciplinary team in producing outstanding creative work.
The ideal candidate for this newly created position will be an innovative thinker and creative problem solver with a sophisticated visual sensibility and strong management experience. This leader understands how design, text and imagery work together to create digital experiences and print materials across both traditional and emerging media channels that engage and inform diverse audiences (including prospective and current students, donors, faculty members, alumni and the general public).
By acting strategically, inspiring performance, developing talent and fostering an inclusive environment, the Creative Director will manage the creative process from concept to completion to help RISD achieve its communications and marketing objectives.
To explore recent work by the team, visit: https://risd.github.io/creative-director/
Job Qualifications Required:
Bachelor's degree required, MFA or MA preferred.
At least seven years of increasingly challenging related work experience.
Strong leadership abilities. Prior experience managing and mentoring creative professionals required; experience leading cross-functional teams strongly preferred.
A strong record of outstanding design practice and a sophisticated visual sensibility.
An understanding of visual systems, proficiency with design software and knowledge of design history.
Demonstrated ability to successfully translate complex ideas into compelling print materials and digital experiences for visually sophisticated audiences.
Proven ability to create a connection with and foster engagement from diverse audiences.
Evidence of strategic and innovative thinking and creative problem solving.
Stellar communication, presentation, problem-solving and project-management skills.
Demonstrated success managing the creative process and proven ability to provide art direction on small-and large-scale projects from creative conception to completion.
Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships.
Demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate others; able to give and receive constructive feedback.
Interest in art, design and higher education.
Job Qualifications Preferred:
An understanding of RISD's culture, identity and community appreciated.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD
offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in t...he United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual
risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.