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Creative Director

Organization: Rhode Island School of Design
Date Posted: 5/7/2018
City: Providence
Location: Rhode Island
Country: United States
Primary Category: Media
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 5-10 years

Description & Details

RISD seeks an innovative, highly-collaborative Creative Director to develop and champion the college’s visual identity and lead a cross-disciplinary team of nine in producing outstanding creative work. Strong expertise is needed in bringing design, editorial content and imagery together to create distinctive brand experiences that make a real impact on diverse audiences (including prospective and current students and their parents, faculty, alumni, donors, industry leaders, and the general public) across traditional and emerging media channels.


Reporting to the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, who leads RISD’s Media Group, the Creative Director will bring both strategic vision and inventive problem solving to leading the creative process from concept to completion. With input from RISD’s President, academic leaders, Media team members and other community stakeholders, the Creative Director will lead a cross-disciplinary team with expertise in writing, design and photography in developing forward-thinking creative strategies and communications solutions that advance institutional priorities. This includes elevating key initiatives with the highest impact on the articulation of RISD visual identity, student and faculty recruitment, fundraising and other institutional goals. In particular, there is a strong desire to create more dynamic engagement throughout the RISD community, especially via new technology and digital media platforms, while retaining the authenticity in experience for which RISD is famous.


The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree is preferred. Expected minimum of seven years of experience and a proven record of outstanding design practice. Previous experience working in a complex organization is highly desired, as is the maturity and acumen to successfully navigate and collaborate within such environments. While direct experience working in higher education, museums, or arts institutions is not required, a familiarity with and appreciation for RISD’s mission and ethos will be essential for the new Creative Director’s success. Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills are necessary, as are a belief in the value of teamwork, initiative and curiosity. A sophisticated visual sensibility as well as verbal and written communication skills are required and the ability to interact with all types of individuals is essential. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

How to Apply / Contact

Talent Citizen is assisting RISD in this recruitment. Please submit your resume, cover letter and creative portfolio, detailing the reasons why you are best suited for the position and would be a great addition to the RISD Media team, and where you learned of the position. More information can be found at, applications should be sent to:

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