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Associate Creative Director



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Design, Sales & Business Development
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2023

Role x You:

The Associate Creative Director (ACD) is responsible for leading the creative work that is produced on two or three accounts, depending on the account size. This managerial role includes assigning teams, inspiring those teams to consistently produce exceptional concepts and final work, and working closely with account management to ensure that our clients are satisfied with the quality of our creative work, the value of our services, and our responsiveness to their needs.


  • Own, build, organize, execute, and present creative proposals from start to finish

  • Turn a basic, bland client brief into earned media ideas, always keeping newsworthiness and earned media at the heart of your ideas

  • Challenge yourself and your partner/team to think of brand behaviors rather than going straight to advertising communications ideas

  • Think about creative brilliance at the start of every project, working with other departments while protecting the integrity of the work until the end

  • Work on a number of projects simultaneously, making sure none of them backslide over the course of creative development

  • Push yourself, your team, or the teams you’re overseeing to come up with lots and lots of ideas, knowing that most of them will either miss the mark strategically, creatively, or feasibly. From this process, beautiful gems can be unearthed.

  • When overseeing more junior creatives, hone your curation skills to identify and bring forward only the strongest ideas

  • Develop creative presentations, run pitches (with exec support), be magnificent in front of clients, handle shoots, all the usual stuff

  • Be a sounding board and supportive creative leader for the juniors in the agency

  • Make sure you are aware of the work out there in the industry right now. Not just the bad stuff, but the ‘good’ stuff too.

  • Work as part of our global team of creatives where required.

  • Work on growth initiatives from time to time to handling creds meetings, client engagement opportunities.

  • Contribute to the growth of Virtue by feeding into the long-term agency creative vision, unlocking new opportunities through expertise and seeking opportunities to raise our profile

You have these:

  • 8+ years’ agency experience

  • Degree (Advertising, Communications) or related field preferred or relevant experience

  • Strong fluency in emerging technologies and their impact on culture.

  • A working relationship with a network of cultural innovators.

  • Experience of working within a global advertising agency.

  • For interactive creative direction, demonstrate a high level of competence in Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop and Sound Design.

  • Experience of digital marketing and mobile/social platforms and campaigns

  • A proven track record of creative ability and judgment, successful selling ideas to clients

  • Strong strategic thinking and creative skills (written, visual and conceptual)

  • Demonstrated history of delivering culture led work

  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple priorities

  • Excellent client service and presentation skills

  • Self-motivation and a positive interaction with a wide range of stakeholders, colleagues and clients

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite; must be highly skilled in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

We’d love if you also have these:

  • A passion for mentoring and coaching others

  • As a global agency, additional language skills are a bonus

  • Willingness to jump in and fix up a project that’s about to lose its creative integrity

  • Ability to handle projects when not all the answers are known to us

  • Interpersonal savvy; the ability to relate well to all kinds of people, build rapport, form constructive and effective relationships, utilize diplomacy and tact, and diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably

  • Honesty, honesty, honesty. With creatives, with clients, with colleagues, and with yourself.

Working at VICE:

We want to find people who believe in our mission and goals and feel inspired to grow while they’re here, rather than someone who checks the boxes but isn’t invested. We encourage you to apply and show us what you’ve got.

VICE Media Group prioritizes the voices, ideas and people that other media companies miss. We believe that innovation is a direct result of diverse, inclusive cultures so we don’t just “tolerate” differences, we celebrate it and see it as essential to our staff, culture, and business. To learn more read the VICE Guide to VICE.


VICE Media Group is not partnering with agencies nor accepts unsolicited resumes and will not be responsible for any fees or expenses related to such unsolicited resumes and/or applicants.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

VICE Media (, VICE Studios, VICE TV, Virtue, VICE News, Refinery29, PULSE Films, i-D) is an equal opportunity employer. We view everyone as an individual, and we understand that inclusion is more than just diversity – it’s about belonging. We celebrate the fact that everyone is unique, and that’s what makes us so good at what we do. We pride ourselves on being a company that embraces difference and truly represents the global clients we work with.

This position is not eligible to be performed in Colorado.

Candidates, please note that if you are contacted by anyone with an email other than purporting to be recruiting on behalf of Vice Media, it is not legitimate, and you should not engage.

The salary range is subject to change and may be amended in the future. Experience, education, skills, and other factors are considered when determining the salary offered.

Pay Range Details:

New York/California: 140,000 - 160,00 USD

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