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Associate Creative Director

Los Angeles or New York City
Full Time

Recess Studios is a leading multidisciplinary creative agency with offices in Portland, OR, New York City, and Los Angeles, CA. We specialize in designing and constructing immersive experiences, enhancing global brands through innovative content and digital solutions, and engaging audiences with comprehensive 360-degree marketing strategies. Our team thrives in a collaborative environment that challenges the conventional, pushing creative boundaries to exceed client expectations.

Position Summary:

The Associate Creative Director at Recess Studios will play a pivotal role in bridging creative vision with strategic insight across various projects. This role demands a professional with a solid strategic foundation, adept in synthesizing design, art direction, and narrative development into compelling brand stories. Your creative expertise will guide the conceptualization and execution of projects while ensuring alignment with strategic objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate closely with the Creative Director to conceive and implement creative strategies that resonate with target audiences and fulfill client goals.
  • Lead creative sessions for project kick-offs, steering conceptual development and aligning team efforts with strategic insights.
  • Manage and mentor a talented team of designers and creatives, encouraging a culture of innovation and excellence.
  • Oversee the design and execution of visual and narrative elements across various media, including digital, print, and experiential.
  • Maintain hands-on involvement in the design process, ensuring that all creative outputs adhere to brand guidelines and exceed client expectations.
  • Work alongside account managers and strategy teams to ensure a seamless integration of artistic and strategic components in all client projects.
  • Evaluate creative trends and consumer insights to enhance project outcomes and keep the agency at the forefront of the industry.


  • 5-7 years of experience in a creative role within a dynamic agency environment, with at least 2 years in a leadership position.
  • 4+ years of agency experience is mandatory
  • A strong portfolio that demonstrates expertise in strategic creative development across multiple platforms.
  • Proficient in design software and technologies relevant to various forms of media production.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, capable of articulating complex creative concepts and strategies clearly.
  • Proven track record of managing creative teams and projects to successful completion.
  • A strategic thinker with an acute awareness of how creativity impacts business outcomes.
  • Experience in directing comprehensive marketing campaigns from a narrative and visual perspective.