Designer, Art Direction at Brooks Running


Who We Are:
At Brooks, we believe a run can change a day, a life, the world. Everyone who works here is a key part of our obsession to make the best running gear on the planet. We want our business — which also happens to be our passion — to be a place where everyone feels welcome and comfortable being themselves. Our company culture defines us, bonds us together, and drives our success. We live this culture daily through our brand values: Runner First, Word is Bond, Champion Heart, There is no “I” in Run, and Keep Moving. This means we always solve for the runner, do what we say we will, give it our all, are generous with our humanity, and find a way to keep moving every day, because joy is kinetic.
Are you ready to help create something extraordinary?

Your Job:

The Brooks Creative team imagines/designs/curates/manifests creative concepts, campaigns, and assets that define and express the Brooks brand. Web, digital, events, print, retail, packaging—even porta potties—are our canvas and runners are our inspiration. Our growing team seeks an Art Director – Image and Video to lead, concept, plan and be on location for our lifestyle, editorial and brand content related photography and video projects.
As Designer, Art Direction – Video and Image you’ll bring your creative vision, energy, and runner insight to make Brooks the brand runners love. You must be ready to drive any project that comes your way, from concept development, video, and photo art direction, shot and story board planning, to on set creative leadership and collaborating with partners in retouching, video editing/color and motion graphics.
The ideal Designer, Art Direction – Video and Image will be well versed at orchestrating brand, editorial, concept exploration, art direction, and the craft of visual storytelling to create an exceptional experience that achieves results. Your visual range must have the elasticity to stretch across asset creation for multiple platforms including editorial, ecommerce, social, CRM, media, print and retail. The Designer, Art Direction – Video and Image plays an essential role in expressing the visual ethos of the Brooks brand, drawing on customer insight for inspiration and talent for execution.

Your Responsibilities:

    • Partner with the Manager, Art Direction on video and image art direction from pre/post-production, including concept art direction, story boards, location and talent choices, on-set lead, image and video editing, crop recommendations, music selection, application of motion graphics and final color.
    • Build and foster relationships with other team members at Brooks to gain and maintain a current and deep understanding of what drives the brand, business, and products.
    • Actively contribute to workflow improvements that enable the team to develop best in class video and photography.
    • Prepare concepts, storyboards, and visual art direction and present to management and leadership.
    • Select final image assets and provide retouch notes.
    • Be the on-set lead for creative and ensure that image and video assets are captured as planned while staying within shooting time limits.
    • Direct freelance creative partners (photographers, videographers, retouchers, production agencies, motion graphics designers and producers).
    • Work independently and proactively while keeping manager informed about progress, changes, and creative decisions.
    • Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
    • Build and foster relationships with other team members at Brooks to gain and maintain a current and deep understanding of what drives the brand, business, and products.
    • Demonstration of innovation and initiative – always looking at improving our creative and processes while also displaying a willingness to dive into the details and help wherever necessary.
    • And last but not least: take initiative and have ownership in projects, creative problem solve, talk shop, ask questions, speak up, have a point of view, think strategically, champion the importance of detail, have fun, wear many hats, roll up your sleeves, and cultivate optimism.

Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field or additional years of relevant experience.
    • 3+ years experience art directing photographers, video directors, and creative production agencies.
    • An online portfolio demonstrating best in class image and video excellence in active/lifestyle with major consumer brands is required. Please add your online portfolio link at the top of your resume when applying.
    • Experience within an agency or in-house creative team preferred.
    • Proficient in InDesign, Photoshop, CaptureOne, and Illustrator.
    • Working knowledge of Adobe After Effects preferred.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrating effective listening through concise, clear verbal and written communication.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills that inspire and build trust and effective working relationships.
    • Fast and efficient, with proven project/time management skills; committed to meeting deadlines.
    • Able to work both independently within a team environment, and collaboratively with diverse teams to achieve necessary results.

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