Art Director

February 21, 2023

Do you love collaborating, concepting and crafting? Do you have an expert eye for creating unforgettable designs? We celebrate a love of big ideas and the grit and skill to make them happen. At Marriner Marketing, we construct beautiful work that is rooted in strategy and meets the needs of our customer and target to deliver results.

**Note: Must have a portfolio of show-stopping design work to be considered – please include link in cover letter and/or resume. This is a full-time position. Our team works collectively in our Columbia, MD office each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Each employee has the option to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays.

Ideal candidates should be able to balance their design principles with a serious attention to detail. As the visual advocate for your brands, you need to advise other designers on how to stay within brand standards and have a working knowledge of the many different communications channels (i.e. some combination of print, digital, packaging, video editing, motion graphics, POP/POS, etc.)

This position reports directly to the Associate Creative Director, with accountability to the VP, Creative Director.

Required skills include:

Creative Excellence

  • Produce work the department, agency and customers will be proud to share
  • Defend your work with skill and grace
  • Attention to detail: typography, color, design excellence
  • Revise work as needed with accuracy
  • Encourage originality and inspire innovation by being a student of great work and sharing best-in-class examples
  • Work within deadlines and communicate deadline issues in a timely manner
  • Be open to helping improve and/or bring to life ideas developed by other members of the integrated team
  • Develop a deep understanding of our customers’ businesses as well as understanding their target markets


  • Work with Client Service and Production team members to ensure project parameters are clear and actionable
  • Find ways to strategically say “yes” to challenges
  • Work with other Creative and Digital team members to develop brand and campaign concepts
  • Work with Media & Performance team to understand how the work will be measured and to learn how it performs
  • Be receptive to feedback from internal team and customers – be open to problem solving
  • Work with Media & Performance and Client Services teams to develop optimization recommendations based on performance results
  • Collaborate with category experts to ensure work is optimized
  • Work closely with the ACD and CD to ensure high quality work
  • Be available to your team in remote and in-person situations


  • Take ownership of projects
  • Manage deadlines and resolve issues before they become problems
  • Continue to develop cross-functional skills
  • Work to gain new skillsets as needed
  • Keep your team informed of your working status
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Be responsive to communications
  • Understand and apply information found in the creative or studio briefs
  • Apply and understand feedback correctly
  • Have a commitment to understanding user personas, industry nuances, trends and marketing techniques through independent study and tools from subject matter experts


  • Use soft skills to coach and direct designers and other team members
  • Understand where your skills begin and end—teach your skills to others while being receptive to learning their skills in return
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