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Creative Director, Design

Creative – Cincinnati, Ohio
Department Creative
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor


Creative Director

Curious Requirements:

The Creative Director must be curious. You must think big thoughts and have the courage to break new ground and reinvent the definition of creativity and integration. You must be a good person who supports your supervisors and direct reports with empathy and honesty. You must believe in collaboration and positive confrontation for the sake of team and individual accountability. You must celebrate being a teacher and a mentor. You must be able to laugh with others and at yourself. You must comport yourself in a manner that engenders respect and promotes lasting relationships. You must have a big heart and a burning fire in your belly for storytelling. You must be indispensable. Above all, you must be willing to fail rather than settle for conformity.

Our goal is to create a creative culture and a company that is like no other.  If this speaks to who you are and where you would like to grow your career, then please read on.  

You must possess the ability to bring fresh thinking and curiosity to clients’ work to make them think about their brand in an entirely different way, and must have a passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge gathering and testing new mediums to reach our targets. You must fit into a culture of self-motivation, quest for learning and team collaboration, while expressing a curiosity that pushes the boundaries on traditional thinking. 

You will need the ability to execute communications for development initiatives, inclusive of digital advertising and traditional advertising.  The position will require implementation and time management expertise for all project components. In addition, you will be responsible for building knowledge on existing and emerging communications tools and tactics, industry practices and trends, as well as becoming immersed in the clients’ business and category. 

Job Description:

As part of the creative team, you will be expected to craft and execute ideas across various campaigns and media. You must be able to develop creative for both traditional and digital advertising. You must be strategic and collaborative, with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for creating insightful, intelligent work.

The Creative Director position is considered a key position, interacting at the highest levels of the client and agency organization. As leader of the creative team, you will be responsible for managing creative staff and high-level client relationships in the creation of concepts across various campaigns and media. You must be able to develop 360º creative for traditional, digital and social media advertising. You are expected to lead by example and aid in the development of Curiosity’s creative and company culture. You must be strategic and collaborative, with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for creating insightful, intelligent work.

Strategic Functions:

  • Develop strategic concepts, alongside copywriter/internal team, that communicate the objective of the piece
  • Lead new business creative presentations

Personal Characteristics:

  • Curious
  • Resourceful
  • Adaptable
  • Conducts oneself in a responsible, professional manner
  • “Can-do” attitude and willingness to do what it takes to accomplish project objectives
  • Calm and focused under pressure


  • Deliver ideas that push the boundaries or demonstrate fresh ways of communicating the objective
  • Develop the look and feel of the work, always keeping in mind the proper branding and tone
  • Win awards for creativity and effectiveness


  • Present work clearly to the internal team and client. This includes stating objectives outlined in the brief and reasoning as to why the concepts and visual choices being presented deliver on target.


  • Establish and lead relationships through project execution with clients and other project leads
  • Assess and assign resources appropriately based on skills and talent
  • Apply, explain and defend creative executions and recommendations based on established strategies
  • Multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Must give clear direction to copywriters, designers, production artists and outside vendors, and set goals to reach the desired outcome of project
  • Participate in approval of Creative Briefs, making sure all creative details are provided and scope of work is being communicated clearly for your team
  • Set example/establish expectations for your teams for following in-house processes and policies
  • Motivate others to create excellent work
  • Support an environment of teamwork and collaboration
  • Help conduct both internal and external meetings
  • Discipline staff when needed
  • Participate in the operating leadership committee meetings and discussions
  • Provide yearly performance reviews and development plans, including continual monitoring of progress and expectations, for all creative team members


  • Responsible for delivering any direct assignment work on time, according to quality standards of Curiosity, and to the expectations of the Client and our vendor partners
  • Responsible for the management of and quality of work delivered by outside vendors (directing photographers, freelance designers, wardrobe, directors, sound design, music, photo retouching, approvals of press proofs, web applications, etc.), as well as work delegated to an internal designer or production artist, making sure work remains on target, on budget, and on schedule
  • Manage timelines to deliver work on schedule


  • Work closely with Chief Creative Officer and Project Manager to manage projects through to completion
  • Oversee the hiring of outside vendors (photographers, models, programmers, directors, freelance designers, producers, etc.), communicating why a particular vendor or talent is appropriate for each specific job
  • Build and maintain strong professional relationships with both clients and coworkers


  • A four-year degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • A portfolio filled with great ideas and award-winning concepts
  • Ability to manage and contribute to numerous projects simultaneously
  • Superior visual communication skills
  • Willingness to fail or at least die trying
  • High level of curiosity
  • Be curious and passionate

What Is Curiosity?

Curiosity is a full-service strategic 360-degree advertising and communications agency with national scope and national clients. We are driving our clients’ growth by uncovering a rich understanding of how our target consumers interact, contribute to and share within the interactive space.

Curiosity provides clients with full-service communications solutions, including interactive and traditional campaign development. We are an agency filled with inquisitive, passionate, innovative marketers, designers, brand strategists, and copywriters who give our clients a superior experience based on blending insights, energy, creativity and intuition to create unforgettable campaigns and client results.

This position reports to the Chief Creative Officer.

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  • Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
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