Director of Experiential Design

A&E Design

Full Time

Creative Thinker. Collaborator. Changemaker. If these words describe you and you’re looking for a workplace culture where you can unleash your imagination and make an impact, look no further. A&E Design is seeking a director of experiential design with unlimited creativity and determination to join our team of innovators in Bozeman, MT. We are more than 80 diversely talented professionals committed to client satisfaction, quality design, and improving the world around us. We don’t just provide a service—we develop creative solutions for all design challenges within any given project. Your role will be critical to helping our diverse clients enhance their experiential brand experiences. This individual has an advanced understanding of branding and storytelling strategies and design concepts including the seamless integration into the built environment. If you are a creative problem solver who loves to graphically bring brands to life and desires to do it alongside the best design staff in the northwest, we invite you to apply. Your skill set. Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, architecture, or a related field Minimum 5 years of experience in experiential design or related field 2-5 years of art direction experience (formal management or other) Exceptional knowledge with standard design software packages within a Mac environment (Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) Experience with SketchUp or other 3D modeling software preferred A high level of experience in branding, signage and wayfinding programming, branded environments and visual systems High level of understanding of detailed, to-scale design and fabrication documents and understanding of architectural drawings, material specifications, and industry-standard fabrication techniques Comfortable with directing and managing the creative team and deliverables of multiple projects, the schedules and budgets Exceptional design sense while directing the integration of messaging, color, imagery, typography, and more into experiential graphics Exhibit strong communication, presentation, and analytical skills and lead by example Capable of pushing limits to explore creative possibilities when appropriate Work closely and collaboratively with architecture project managers, project architects and the greater graphic design team Ability to synthesize information from project design pillars and manage the creative process from concept to completion Ability to oversee an iterative design process that helps solve problems for clients and their stakeholders Passion for design, fueled by a desire to innovate and challenge convention Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, or possess a work visa to legally work in the U.S. A day in the life of a director of experiential design. Brainstorm big concepts one day and tackle detail-oriented projects the next Develops and articulates art direction to activate the client's business objectives and its application in inspiring experiential design Leads and/or participates in brainstorm sessions; briefs creative team members to execute concepts to their fullest and guide work through edits and finalization Responsible for managing projects with a high level of proficiency and expertise while adhering to firm and project goals and design standards Complete tasks and responsibilities on projects, within the scope of schedule and budget, in an organized, timely and consistent way Work at a fast pace to concept Plans, executes, develops, and documents design strategies to implement, planning and programming, brand identity and storytelling, brand architecture, and brand extensions through environmental branding Participates in site analysis, including survey of existing conditions and field measurements Directs the development of strategic and conceptual design materials for presentations, leads client presentations and nurtures client relationships Reviews work for accuracy, omissions, legibility, and for document compliance Provide mentorship and guidance to graphic design team Presents work to clients in a succinct manner showcasing the key benefits Communicate with clients via email, phone, and video conference to present work and gain approval on concepts Overnight travel may be required from time to time Perks of the work. You simply won’t find a group of individuals more talented, dedicated, or fun than the movers-and-shakers at A&E Design. We are proud of our dynamic workplace culture and virtually no turnover in nearly 50 years since our firm was established. That’s why we’re always looking for new ways to reward our staff for their hard work and loyalty. Some of the perks of working at A&E Design include: Competitive salary package with full benefits Annual bonuses Generous paid personal leave 401K and Roth with profit sharing Group health, dental, vision, and disability insurance cost shared at 75%/25% $50,000 of group life insurance Basic long-term care insurance Health savings account Employee wellness program Opportunities for advancement A kickass culture with frequent staff excursions and events, like an annual trip to Chico Hot Springs, happy hours, and holiday parties Create impact. A&E Design is an integrated design firm with four offices in Montana in Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, and Kalispell. We are a passionate, energetic team devoted to the architecture and design industries as well as the communities we serve. Our philosophy and holistic process challenges convention, blending architecture, interior design, construction administration, historic preservation, and graphic design into a comprehensive package for a wide range of project types. This unique approach has earned us some prestigious recognition. As one of the fastest-growing firms in the AEC industry, A&E Design received its third Hot Firm Award from Zweig Group and won their Best Firm to Work For Award in 2022. We continue to heat up the competition by adding top-tier designers of all disciplines and creating truly impactful experiences. Join our team—we can’t wait to see what we create together in 2023, and beyond. X marks the spot. They don’t call Montana the “Treasure State” for nothing. Under the big sky is a veritable trove of breathtaking views, historical landmarks, and outdoor activities. Each A&E Design location offers staff easy access to nearby mountain ranges for skiing and hiking, battlefields and sites from the travels of Lewis and Clark, dinosaur digs, rivers and waterfalls, and so much more. There is truly something for everyone in the last best place. If you don’t have the map to find what you’re looking for, just ask a friendly local to point you in the right direction.
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