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Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
JOB #R2101310

Associate Creative Director (Earned Media)

@ ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world. Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo.

We are seeking a hungry creative storyteller to join us as an ACD, spearheading day-to-day creative needs, primarily on earned/PR-first clients with a fast-track to growth.

As an Associate Creative Director, you are:

  • A problem-solver – our business and our clients businesses are ever-evolving, looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, curiosity and truly out-of-the-box thinking
  • A proud collaborator – ready to get in the trenches with other business leaders, clients or specialty areas across ICF Next
  • A true culture shaper – Check the ego, bring fresh perspective and good energy
  • Passionate – about pop culture, the work we do and your clients. Care deeply & show it.

As an Associate Creative Director, you will be:

  • Driving forward ideas and concepts
  • Working collaboratively in a close-knit partnership with account, media and strategy team members to generate unique concepts and ideas
  • Presenting ideas to clients
  • Creative copywriting (social content, scriptwriting, material development)
  • Working on several programs at once, under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Amending, revising or redeveloping campaigns in response to feedback from the creative director or clients
  • Selling ideas and tactics to clients in a persuasive way
  • Overseeing and collaborating with design, in planning and execution
  • Work with account teams, fellow creative members and production partners in the conception, creation of execution of creative content
  • Liaising with other experts within the ICF Next creative team, as needed
  • Keeping up to date with popular culture and trends

As an Associate Creative Director, you will have:

• 6+ years of creative experience, with specialized experience in working on big brands and industry experience with CPG and lifestyle or entertainment brands

• Experience managing and leading designers and creatives

• An interest and understanding of Public Relations and a strong grasp of what content will be successful across earned, owned and paid channels.

• Experience selecting and managing vendor partners (photography, post-production) and freelance creative staff

• A creative and strategic thinker for brands that want to push the envelope

• A passion and comfort with sports markerting

• Ability to think holistically and work with Client’s other agency partners

• Strong understanding of new and emerging media

• Thrives in an entrepreneurial, self-starter environment

• Agency experience is required

• Exceptional presentation skills; written and verbal communications skills

• Exceptional management and mentoring skill

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity).

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Chicago, IL (IL14)

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