Art Director

Aviso Wealth - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Aviso Wealth:
A career with Aviso Wealth means being part of an organization dedicated to your success and career development. It means belonging to a group of talented, energetic professionals who live their values every day. Our amazing people and dynamic culture set Aviso Wealth apart. If you’re looking for interesting and challenging work, at a company committed to its people, find out more about what Aviso has to offer.

The Opportunity:
We’re looking for an Art Director to join our Marketing team.

Reporting to the Director, Creative and Marketing Services, the Art Director is responsible for conceptual development and the execution of creative deliverables. You are a highly creative individual with experience leading creative teams and someone who is adept at producing alternative and distinct creative directions. A highly strategic thinker, strong collaborator and relationship builder, you will play an instrumental role in fostering the visual expression of the Aviso Wealth Group of Companies brand. Responsibilities include creating and communicating concepts, implementing marketing strategies and developing design solutions. You’ll work with a collaborative team of designers, copywriters, product marketers as well as external vendors, such as production, photography, video, and more. Balancing creative thinking with interpersonal skills, this person will demonstrate an ability to justify concepts to both the internal client and the project team. You possess top-notch communication, collaboration, problem-solving and project-management skills. These key soft skills help you manage time and resources efficiently while inspiring originality and creative thinking in the process.

Who you are:
You take initiative, seeking out and owning opportunities to improve yourself, your team, and our business
You’re comfortable in a fast-paced environment, maintaining a keen attention to detail even when under pressure
You thrive in a collaborative environment, sharing your knowledge with your colleagues, and celebrating success as a team
You’re a life-long learner, staying current on market events, industry news, and innovative trends and technologies
You believe in sustainable financial strength, and you’re committed to long-term wealth solutions
You consider the impact of your actions on your team members, our partners, our clients, and the places where we live and work

What your day looks like:
Using the brand standards and creative direction provided by the agency, the art director establishes the conceptual and stylistic direction of design projects, maintaining brand consistency across all deliverables
Set the overall artistic style and visual image to be created for each project, and oversee the work of designers, artists, photographers, writers, or editors who are responsible for creating the individual works that collectively make up a completed project
Directly contributes to project design and development by conceiving functional design solutions and creating storyboards and initial graphic concepts. Leads assigned projects and delegates effectively to designers on projects
Ensures a thorough creative brief is developed with input from Product Marketers and key stakeholders to include clear project objectives, relevant messaging, executional considerations, and a development timeline
Work with Product Marketers and key stakeholders to gain approval of concepts and final design
Oversee the communication with the internal client, Agency partner and vendors during the project(s)
Produce clean, cohesive designs with appropriate skills to deliver technically accurate files
Understand the design elements of projects, inspire other creative workers, and keep projects on budget and on time
Present designs to clients for approval. Review and approve designs, artwork, photography, and graphics developed by other staff members. Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables
Attend creative briefings, brainstorm sessions and internal meetings/reviews as well as participate in client presentations
Directly contribute to project design and development including brainstorming, concept development, creative brief development, and execution
Guide and direct junior designers with thorough delegation, follow-up and mentoring. Lead and mentor designers to deliver exceptional work
Foster and help develop a positive, collaborative and innovative environment within creative team and the other areas of the business
Build and maintain a rapport with internal clients, partner agencies and vendors
Contribute to the innovative development of the creative department
Balance competing priorities and manage multiple project timelines while meeting strict deadlines

Your experience and skills:
Degree in Design, Visual Arts, Fine Arts, or equivalent work experience
10+ years professional design & digital (mobile & web) experience in an agency, or in-house environment
Proven working experience as an Art director
Possess a strong understanding of the financial services industry, specifically asset management, distribution and digital wealth/advice
Have a thorough understanding of design principles and extraordinary typography, colour and layout skills
Experience leading designers, production specialists, and writers
Experience with UI/UX, and mobile-first design
Familiarity with Web Accessibility standards and understanding of HTML, CSS and front-end development (no coding needed)
Experience meeting clients and presenting your work
Experience with strategic brainstorming, campaign development, creative brief development, and creative execution
Efficient organizational skills and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
A proven aptitude for quick creative thinking with acute attention to detail within demanding deadlines
Expert knowledge of Mac OS, Adobe CC (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro) and MS Office Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook)
Eagerness to collaborate with other creative people and a motivated dedication to the creative team
Leadership abilities to foster learning and excellence among team members
Stay on top of design trends and maintain best practices
Video production/editing skill sets/experience a definite asset

At Aviso, you’ll find a dynamic, entrepreneurial culture that rewards innovation and celebrates success. We offer a competitive compensation package, career enrichment, and regular social events to foster teamwork. Aviso Wealth welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including persons with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs in all stages of the hiring process.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

No recruiters or agencies, please.

Company Overview:
Aviso Wealth is a national, integrated financial services company, with over $57 billion in assets. Aviso is owned by Credit Union Centrals, CUMIS and Desjardins. Our MFDA-regulated dealer, full-service IIROC-regulated brokerage, and insurance dealer support thousands of financial advisors at hundreds of credit unions across Canada. Our award-winning online brokerage, Qtrade Investor, and our digital advice platform, VirtualWealth, give Canadians flexible choices for building their wealth. Our asset manager, NEI Investments, is a Canadian leader in Responsible Investment funds and portfolios, which are available through a national network of advisors. Aviso also provides custodial services and introducing broker services to independent financial organizations, including banks, trust companies, insurance companies, investment dealers, portfolio managers and financial planning firms. Aviso has major operations in Vancouver and Toronto, along with regional offices across Canada. More information about Aviso Wealth is available at