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Monday, July 27, 2009

Haberman - Visual Storyteller — Design Team Leader

Position: Visual Storyteller — Design Team Leader

Focus: Haberman is a brand public relations (PR) agency dedicated to discovering, developing and telling the stories of pioneering organizations and individuals who make the world a better place. As part of our storytelling process, we create designs that advocate for our clients while persuading and educating their audiences. We seek a design team leader to manage and grow our visual storytelling practice, which currently includes three designers. This position will work closely with Haberman’s interactive team as a large number of our design projects involve the Web/social media.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership and quality control in the development and delivery of design services, including developing content/quality expectations from project initiation through delivery.
  • Manage, create and execute design projects — from Web-related projects (e.g., Web site development, online campaigns, etc.) and print collateral to logos and identity systems.
  • Refine Haberman’s design processes and procedures to incorporate best design management techniques.
  • Partner with Haberman’s highly creative marketing and PR managers to identify and address clients’ design needs, including “selling” design concepts to clients.
  • Partner with Haberman’s interactive team to develop and execute design strategies that support creative Web and social media campaigns.
  • Mentor and manage career development of direct reports (currently three designers).
  • Manage relationships with freelance partners, as needed, to complete client projects.
  • Partner with Haberman traffic/project manager to manage resource/capacity planning and workflow for design team, including managing towards an annual revenue goal.
  • Support Haberman’s new business initiatives by sourcing prospects, attending meetings and selling design services to prospective clients, creating proposals and budget estimates, etc.

Experience/Skills Required:
  • 10-15 years of design experience, with a minimum of 5 years of experience designing for the Web
  • Ad, brand or PR agency experience
  • Exceptional design skills with the ability to work across a wide range of projects, from identity design and print collateral to online experiences
  • Understanding of the value of design and brand within a business context
  • Ability to lead design projects for consumer and B2B clients •  Experience documenting the design process — from creative briefs through ongoing client updates
  • Passionate about staying on top of trends in design; intellectual curiosity and up-to-date knowledge of current events
  • Experience managing, mentoring and energizing people
  • Track record of successfully “selling” design concepts to clients; ability to skillfully persuade in difficult situations
  • Excellent rapport-building skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; highly effective in formal presentation settings
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects/deadlines/budgets in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment
  • Healthy sense of humor and out-of-bounds creativity

Deadline: August 12, 2009

Contact: Send resume and links to examples of your work to Amanda Arens, Haberman, 612-372-6453, amanda@modernstorytellers.com