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Creative Director

We are looking for a Creative Director with extensive experience in publishing to manage all aspects of visual design. This position works closely with the executive team to produce high quality content for print and digital media. The Creative Director will be responsible for setting the creative direction in accordance with client expectations and ensures the art departments meet their deadlines.

Please include your portfolio along with your resume

About Us:

Grey Dog Media is a growing, national-award-winning creator and publisher of custom and consumer media. Our products include magazines, catalogs, books, websites, videos, commercials, and collateral. This is a fast-paced, yet relaxed environment with experienced professionals. We offer a friendly, professional workplace, full-benefits, competitive salary, and remarkable opportunities for creative-skills development, and career advancement.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide forward thinking leadership, vision, concepting and expertise to all design and editorial disciplines

  • Lead and direct the strategy, design, and production of Grey Dog Media’s print and/or digital publications

  • Create drawings, backgrounds, lettering, or other original graphics for commercial use in keeping with the design aesthetics of our in-house and client parameters

  • Ensure photoshoots are conducted in accordance with the style guide and senior management directives

  • Fully utilizes Adobe InDesign to create advanced layout designs

  • Create an aesthetic that raises the quality bar while consistently delivering on brand strategy and message

  • Collaborate across departments to implement design standards, messaging and processes to produce consistent, high quality results

  • Build best practices, workflows, and processes to drive improved planning, prioritization and communication to better meet fast-paced, high-volume and high-quality demands and deadlines

  • Manage art staff in a manner that facilitates teamwork and ensures deadlines are met, and produces quality work

  • Provide clear, concise, and direct feedback and design critique

  • In cooperation with department staff, determine appropriate assignments and allocation of work

  • Direct photoshoots in the studio and on location

  • Remain up-to-date on marketplace, industry and design trends, including insights into cultural trends, competition and target audiences

  • Mentor junior staff and provide support and feedback to help them advance

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding of and respect for media law

  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Art, Graphic Design or a related field

Experience: Minimum of 8 years’ experience leading a consumer magazine

Portfolio demonstrating proficiency in skill and a sophisticated sense of design, photography and typography


  • Expert fluency in Adobe Creative Suite with advanced layout and typography skills

  • Sophisticated sense of design, photography and typography

  • Extensive experience directing studio and location photography

  • Exceptional problem solving and critical thinking skills; able to balance multiple priorities and demands simultaneously

  • Able to adapt skill to the aesthetics of each project

  • Flexibility and the ability to adjust to the needs of clients

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Highly motivated with ability to work in a deadline-driven environment

  • Ability to multi task

  • Positive attitude

  • Desire to work on a collaborative team with high standards

  • Microsoft Office & Web/Interactive Design experience a plus

Job Location: West Des Moines, Iowa, On-site

Position/Type: Full-Time/professional

Benefits: Medical/HSA/401K/LTD/AD&D/Life Ins./Dental/PTO/Vision

Compensation: Highly Competitive

Job Type
Full Time
West Des Moines, IA