Associate Creative Director/Art Director

Alexandria, VA or Chicago, IL

Purple Strategies is a corporate reputation and strategy firm that combines the creativity and discipline of brand communications with the speed and strategy of political campaigns to serve Fortune 500 companies, associations, nonprofits and some of the most recognizable brands in the world.  

We operate in a highly collaborative environment and apply integrated team-based approaches to help clients: 

  • ANTICIPATE reputation challenges and opportunities; 
  • COMPEL change through business actions and transformation; 
  • NAVIGATE reputation issues, acute crises, key business choices and policy/regulatory changes to inform decision-making. 


Purple helps the world’s most important organizations address their toughest challenges. 


The Role: 

Purple’s creative team is seeking a conceptually-minded and detail-oriented ACD/Art Director with superior skills in both concept and execution to join us at an exciting, growth-oriented time for the firm. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented professional who is interested in building incredible content — across all media — that supports our roster of world-class clients. The job will be located at our headquarters in Alexandria, VA or in our Chicago, IL office.

Purple helps the world’s most important organizations address their toughest challenges. 

What You'll Do:

  • Create engaging ideas supported by smart design and execution. Fluency with production in digital and video media is required.
  • Understand and employ our clients’ brand voices and standards.
  • Interpret creative briefs to understand assignments and project requirements.
  • Collaborate with Designers, Art Directors, Creative Directors, Strategists and other professionals on creative work.
  • Responsible for driving development of campaign concepts across a number of media — social assets, video content, print ads, OOH and more.
  • Provide support to the client strategy team(s), including Strategists and Campaign Managers, by providing creative expertise and delivering best in class creative across digital, traditional and experiential media.
  • Take leadership in creative brainstorm sessions and concept presentations, i.e. storyboards, mood boards, ADLOBS, and present ideas to internal and external teams.
  • Responsible for developing creative ideas that address client objectives; tactics that further those concepts; and action-oriented planning, working documents and other communications that express those strategic and tactical ideas clearly and convincingly.

What We're Looking For:

  • 7-10 years of Art Direction experience.
  • Strong portfolio that shows mastery in concept and execution.
  • Ability to multi-task and work efficiently under pressure with careful attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated, organized and accountable.
  • Experience leading designers, writers, and production specialists to deliver creative excellence.
  • Well-developed communication skills including ability to articulate creative concepts and rationale to other team members and client.
  • Proficiency with the standard suite of Creative software, including Adobe Creative suite, X, and XX.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% time for client work and content production.