Creative Director, Art

New York, United States | Full-time | Partially remote


As a member of the Barbarian Creative department you will influence changes in consumer behavior through ideas, creativity and the use of interactive media. You will make a difference to digital communications, marketing, advertising and inspire the best global brands.

Please note, for this particular role, we are looking for candidates that are ‘social first’ in their outlook, approach, and thinking. You will have examples of how you helped drive engagement and creativity in social for several major brands. 

As Creative director (ART) you will have an obsessive passion for design and delivering world-class ideas. You will provide leadership for the brands you work on, understand a brand’s look and feel to establish art direction, style and tone of communication. Working with Copywriters you will create innovative concepts and push the idea through to art. You will play an active role in brainstorming, idea generation to deliver world-class executions of innovative campaign art, interface design and interaction design experiences across all digital platforms. You will set creative direction and offer hands-on guidance throughout client team projects/s. You will display a cohesive understanding, and execute principles that make innovative and effective digital communications. You will provide support to the CCO by ensuring the quality of work produced by more junior members of the team is of high standards.

Contributing to Barbarian’s Creative values: Innovation, Service, Craft and Thought; you will be excited about being part of our success. You will thrive when faced with new challenges and will constantly strive to improve the way things are done for our clients.

Benefits of Working at Barbarian: 

At Barbarian, we consider our people to be our greatest asset. We have benefits and policies in place to create an inclusive and inspiring environment. 

  • Unlimited PTO
  • Mental health support
  • Comprehensive medical benefits
  • Competitive Parental Leave that gives you time to bond with your family. 
  • Flexible work set-up, remote and hybrid working is available and encouraged. 
  • $250 stipend to outfit your remote working space. 
  • 401k matching, 50% up to the first 3%
  • 3% certification, which means we promote and pay everyone equally
  • $5,000 employee referral bonus 
  • Financial incentive for new business introductions

What You Do:

  • Deliver and inspire award-winning work from both yourself and others who work with you, influencing where appropriate a dramatic change through ideas, creativity and the use of interactive media.
  • Consistently deliver a number of successful solutions and high-quality work to clients on time.
  • High level internal and external client satisfaction.
  • High level of team satisfaction.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Learn new skills and stay abreast of technical and digital design developments
  • Apply these new skills to work practices to help improve processes and procedures.
  • Participate in a number of pitches working with ACD’s and ECD
  • Key technical competencies:


Creative Briefs

Listens to and responds to a brief, understanding where/if there are gaps. Knows what questions to ask during the briefing session in order to act upon it, understands how to respond to a brief.

Idea generation

Leads by example to inspire creative colleagues to originate pioneering ideas that conceptualize world- class solutions. Plays an active role in brainstorming or idea generation and communicates ideas and thoughts clearly.

Creative craft skills

Establishes art direction, style and tone of communication. Proposes/delivers world-class executions of innovative interface design and interaction design experiences across all digital platforms.

Supplier management skills

Provides assets to relevant disciplines to implement designs. Provides visual QA comments to, and carries out consultation with, Client Services, Technology and project management teams throughout the project.

Creating award entries and case studies

Responsible for creation of award entries and case studies of key projects, ensuring they are distributed across the business to relevant people (e.g. client team, Creative Directors, and Business Development teams).

New business development

Contributes to ideas and creative work for new business pitches and creative workshops.

Barbarian Creative Competencies


Displays an enthusiasm for creating pioneering ideas and is excited by the challenge of moving in new (and potentially more difficult) creative directions. Able to understand the value of analyzing what has worked in the past and applies these learnings to future thinking.


Able to balance specific client demands with project realities and can reliably close the loop on all open issues in a timely manner. Has a strong sense of personal responsibility for their work and that of their teammates and will proactively provide assistance (no matter the situation) to ensure delivery of highest quality work within required timeframes.


Possesses a strong bias to action and is able to consistently deliver high quality work within required timeframes. Goes the extra mile to ensure deliverables meet the highest standards and strives for creative perfection. Is positive, upbeat and committed to their working life and makes a positive contribution to team morale.


Has the ability to think issues through before acting and knows when to escalate. Possesses strong listening skills and asks open-ended questions to ensure full understanding. Able to present information effectively via multiple channels and is at ease presenting ideas or solutions in team meetings or the occasional larger group setting.

What You Need:

  • Extensive experience working as an CD Art Director.
  • Experience working in a creative/agency environment is advantageous.
  • A degree in Design, Interaction Design, Visual Studies or another design-related field preferred.
  • Proven creative success working in collaborative multi-functional teams.
  • Strong information presentation (visual and written) skills.
  • Considerable experience developing successful concepts, many of which have been adopted by
    clients or other team members.
  • Extensive experience using the most common software: Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, Keynote, Sketch, After effects, Adobe In-Design, etc.
  • Considerable experience of European and Global projects.
  • A strong track record in large-scale project planning, including accurate estimation of costs and timing, with limited overruns.
  • Experience of nurturing and growing client relationships.
  • Experience contributing to new business development and working with Copy teams on new business
  • Extensive experience with all the relevant software packages and hardware, and a working knowledge of emerging platforms.

Location: NYC, hybrid

Salary range: $170k-$200k

The starting salary will match the skills and experience in the role assessed during the interview process. 

 Barbarian is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). We strongly support diversity in the workforce.