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Creative Director, Dotdash Meredith Travel

Dotdash Meredeth, Des Moines, IA USA

DDM brands help people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired.

Salary max: $100,000.00

Level: Manager

Duration: Full Time

The Role:
Dotdash Meredith Travel Marketing is looking for a Creative Director to lead design on a robust, well-established print and digital client base. Based in Des Moines and reporting to the Editorial Content Director, this position will lead a small team of visual creators in building award-winning travel-focused branded content programs. This role is a member of our senior staff and is instrumental in keeping projects on trend, on track and on budget. The person that lands this opportunity will lead with a collaborative spirit and an energetic but professional demeanor. They will guide the team in creative brainstorms and have a bit of a competitive edge. They will always strive to over-deliver, both internally and externally. (Comfort with being client-facing is a bonus but not a must.) As a part of a growing team, the Creative Director should be prepared to continuously inspire colleagues and direct reports, as well as oversee a bench of reliable, immensely talented freelance designers and photographers. This role is a hands-on position, actively designing issues and digital experiences, as well as helping craft new business pitches as requested. We are looking for someone with stand-out creative, technical and professional skills who is also prepared to get their hands dirty in every step as needed.

You Will:

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Be accountable, organized and goal-oriented
  • Have respect for budgets and co-leaders and be flexible to client needs, with an open mind and level-headed perspective
  • Communicate directly, thoroughly and transparently with the team, including editorial counterparts
  • Establish and maintain timelines
  • Lead the design for print and digital destination travel clients, maintaining cohesive visual and thematic styles for a large variety of projects and campaigns
  • Be a positive force for Dotdash Meredith Travel Marketing internally and externally in client-facing opportunities
  • Build branded content programs that align with DDM’s portfolio of brands and custom content programs that support client needs
  • Proactively engage in tourism marketing trends, technology and design packaging, never settling for the same
  • Track internal and external successes.
  • Assist in creating visually arresting pitches for clients and agencies

You Should Have:

  • Experience with branded content and direct-to-client creative
  • Lifestyle photography production experience; within the travel and tourism vertical is a bonus
  • Management experience in print and digital publishing
  • Video experience is a bonus
  • Experience pitching to clients is a bonus
  • Impeccable attention to detail and rad organization skills
  • A curiosity to learn about and showcase a variety of destinations
  • A desire to share in both the hard work and the success
  • Experience reinventing and developing multi- or cross-platform brands

You Can Expect:

  • A direct environment that respects your contributions and a hard work ethic
  • A small but immensely talented team
  • A variety of creative challenges to tackle, spanning the design of industry-leading print travel guides, photo direction, video production, social content, brand evolution and reinvention, digital branded content and more
  • To dive in wherever needed, regardless of job description, with a willingness to learn, grow and pivot

It is the policy of Dotdash Meredith to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Company will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Accommodation requests can be made by emailing ddm.hr@dotdashmdp.com.

The Company participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:https://www.e-verify.gov/employees


About Dotdash Meredeth

Dotdash Meredith is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Media's over 40 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, Food & Wine, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, and Southern Living.

Dotdash Meredith embraces inclusivity and values our diverse community. We are committed to building a team based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Please be aware of fraudulent recruiters offering opportunities at Dotdash Meredith. If you are in conversations about a job opportunity and wish to confirm its validity, please reach out directly to hrconcerns@dotdashmdp.com.

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