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Art Director Specialist

New York, NY

Bring Your Amazing Self to Work


At Macy's, Inc. we're on a mission to create a brighter future with bold representation for all. This is our Mission Every One. We know that each person here is unique. So we respect and invest in each individual to create growth, pride, and satisfaction. If we are able to bring our whole selves to work, it translates into a more abundant and wider array of ideas and energy for all to benefit from. Our success will be built on amazing colleagues, working together.

 

The Art Director Specialist creates communications that exemplify Macy's as a "brand for me." A strong conceptual thinker, you’ll develop campaigns that bring our brand narratives to life and create a real desire for our products and services. Adept at branding and creative strategy, you’ll translate business objectives into effective marketing solutions. With expert typographic knowledge and a keen awareness of current creative industry trends, they are an experienced designer who constantly seeks ways to push boundaries.


The Art Director Specialist thrives on collaboration, engaging in healthy debates to challenge the status quo, and inspires teams through innovative work across various media and digital content. Reporting to the Manager of Design, they primarily collaborate with partners in the Creative, Digital Experience, Marketing Activation, Comms Planning, Project Management, and Photo Studio teams.

 

What You Will Do

  • Apply knowledge of creative industry trends, consistently introducing new creative ideas.
  • Lead monthly wireframing and editorial planning sessions.
  • Ensure all creative work aligns with brand identity guidelines, reflects customer diversity, and incorporates current design and fashion trends while staying mindful of competition.
  • Evaluate creative briefs for clarity and alignment before project initiation.
  • Collaborate with copywriters and other creatives to develop campaign and project concepts aligned with creative brief objectives.
  • Enthusiastically research for innovation across fashion, promotions, digital content, and experiences.
  • Integrate a deep understanding of design systems, grids, color, typography, and photography to convey clear and impactful messages.
  • Create presentations that effectively articulate and inspire support for ideas.
  • Plan, prioritize, and take ownership of a high volume of work from start to finish.
  • Meet deadlines and proactively communicate project status to partners and leaders.
  • Inspire others through an innovative approach to design, ideation, and working methods.
  • Bring energy and enthusiasm to the team through participation in celebrations, peer mentoring, volunteering, and fundraising events.

 

Skills You Will Need

  • Creative Direction: Direct casting, styling, and hair & makeup direction, overseeing crews on location and in the studio as required.
  • Innovative Thinking: Apply knowledge of creative industry trends, consistently introducing new and innovative ideas.
  • Brand Alignment: Ensure all creative work aligns with brand identity guidelines, reflects customer diversity, and incorporates current design and fashion trends while staying mindful of competition.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with copywriters and other creatives to develop campaign and project concepts aligned with creative brief objectives.
  • Presentation Skills: Create presentations that effectively articulate and inspire support for ideas.
  • Project Management: Plan, prioritize, and take ownership of a high volume of work from start to finish. Meet deadlines and proactively communicate project status to partners and leaders.
  • Software Proficiency: Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite – XD, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator.

 

Who You Are

  • Dedicated to fulfilling ideals of diversity, inclusion, and respect that Macy’s aspires to achieve every day in every way.
  • Excel in various content creation formats, including Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Adobe Creative Suite, Canva or Google Docs/Suite design templates, etc.
  • Possess a thorough understanding and passion for the digital and creative world, encompassing best practices, trends, and visual storytelling across traditional and emerging social platforms.
  • Distinguish between creative ideas and tactical execution, excelling at both aspects.
  • Pursue perfection in concepting, designing, developing, and positioning the team for optimal idea presentation.
  • Have an understanding and/or ability to work with motion graphics.
  • Act as a maker at heart, leading projects from conception to execution.
  • Manage and prioritize a diverse range of tasks without compromising the overall creative quality.
  • Demonstrate expertise and interest in social media platforms, understanding their abilities and limitations.
  • Stay current with technology and trends, actively seeking opportunities to enhance art/design and production skills.
  • Convey art direction effectively in all mediums, from social posts to short-form videos.
  • Flexible in working autonomously and collaboratively within a team when developing concepts.
  • Collaborate with creative and strategy teams to create and produce videos, photography, and engaging copy.
  • Exhibit responsibility, accountability, and a consistently positive attitude as a leader.
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a related field are encouraged to apply. 3-5 years of experience in advertising design or a related design discipline. Photo art direction experience required.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business publications, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence, and manuals; effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. 
  • Regularly required to sit, talk, hear; use hands/fingers to touch, handle, and feel. Occasionally required to move about the workplace and reach with hands and arms. Requires close vision.

 

What We Can Offer You

  • An inclusive, challenging, and refreshingly fun work environment
  • Competitive pay and benefits rooted in principles of equity
  • Performance incentives and annual merit review
  • Merchandise discounts
  • Health and Wellness Benefits across medical, dental, vision, and additional insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan with 401k match opportunity
  • Employee Assistance Program (mental health counseling and legal/financial advice)
  • Resources for continuous learning, career growth, and leadership development
  • 8 paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off (first year prorated depending on start date)
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Guild education benefit funds 100% of tuition, books, and fees in designated programs
  • Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) and give-back/volunteer opportunities
  • Empowerment and autonomy to perform impactful work with tangible results

 

Now is an exciting time for a Macy's career as we continue to focus on creating exciting and memorable experiences for every Macy's customer, whether their journey starts online or in the store. Our opportunities in Sales, Merchandise, Operations, Customer Service, Warehouse, Marketing, and other areas let you express your creativity and commitment to excellence, grow your career and make a difference to your Macy's colleagues and customers.

 

Bring your creativity, energy, and ideas to the Macy's team – Apply Today!


This position may be eligible for performance-based incentives/bonuses. Benefits include 401k, medical/vision/dental/life/disability insurance options, PTO accruals, Holidays, and more. Eligibility requirements may apply based on location, job level, classification, and length of employment. Click here to see details on benefits.


Salary: $77,160 - $128,640 Annually

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