Associate Creative Director
at J. Walter Thompson Atlanta


At J. Walter Thompson we create pioneering solutions that build enduring brands and business. We have been connecting brands with consumers and creating engaging stories that shift behavior for over 150 years. We currently have over 200 offices in 90 countries that contain 10,000 of the brightest minds in the business. We owe our growing success to the adoption of a set of simple principles we refer to as the 4 C's: curiosity, collaboration, creativity and courage. It is the embodiment of these traits that makes J. Walter Thompson unique. It is also what we look for in potential new hires.

J. Walter Thompson Atlanta is seeking an Associate Creative Director.

The Associate Creative Director is responsible for the total creative product in direct mail, print, digital and broadcast media; produces bold, strategic, persuasive messages in all media for our clients.

Conceives and executes advertising consistent with the agreed strategy.

Is responsible for original conceptions, for clear, concise and convincing writing: for grammatical and material accuracy.

Under the direction and with the approval of the Creative Director, the Associate Creative Director sees work through to its production.

Must also be able to work productively and harmoniously as a teammate with art directors and producers who share the responsibility on the given assignment.

Participates in and contributes to the new business activities of the agency.

Complies to quality standards for the team as set forth by the department.

Works with supervisor to foster innovative solutions.

Builds relationship at appropriate client/vendor level.

Works closely with upper management to identify and suggest solutions on how to improve departmental and team morale.

Keeps abreast of current trends and the latest technological advances.

Develops concepts and/or storyboards, collaborating with production as needed.

Meets with account and traffic who review work in progress and select desired concepts.

Presents concepts to other corridors if necessary and revise concepts/storyboards according to comments.

Revises recommendations based on any client comments and share approved recommendations with all departments.

Generates a concept estimate for client presentation (your supervisor's prior approval is required).

Gives input to traffic to generate a more accurate key-date schedule after concepts are selected (your supervisor's prior approval is required).

Develops a spec sheet in pre-production meeting with production, media, studio and strategic services.

Develops copy deck.

Seeks internal approval of copy deck by creative, account and other teams.

Sends the final copy to studio.

Seeks approval from all involved on layout and/or mechanical.

Assists art director and studio to generate mechanicals.

Prepares color breaks from color lasers generated from the disk.

Gives schedule updates to Project Management (your supervisor's prior approval is required).

Gives input to Project Management to prepare formal estimate (your supervisor's prior approval is required).

Briefs and presents project team with key findings.

Participates in weekly departmental staff meetings.

Keeps supervisor apprised of the status of work.

Works with art director and producer to begin rough cut production.

Reviews copy deck internally for legal considerations.

Presents copy deck to client and revises copy based on client comments.

Talent, judgment and imagination to create ideas and words for the creation of an advertisement

Knowledge of the mechanics of writing: punctuation, spelling, structure and organization of writing.

Schooling in creative writing or conceptual advertising.

Previous experience as copywriter.

Portfolio and reel required to demonstrate creative and technical skills.

Excellent communication skills both written and oral.

Team player.

Strong problem solving skills and detail oriented.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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