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Creative Director, Fundraising and Mobilization

Blue State

Blue State

New York, USA · Washington, DC, USA · Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Interested in joining Blue State's Creative Director team? Submit your application here to ensure you're first in line for future opportunities. Please note: this isn’t an active search, but your expression of interest matters to us. While interviews aren't ongoing, we're excited to connect with talented individuals who share our commitment to Blue State's mission.

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What to know

Blue State is looking for a creative leader who is ready to push the creative limits for some of the most important causes and campaigns. In this role, you will oversee a portfolio of work ranging from platform to brand strategy to communications, with a focus on fundraising and mobilization. You’ll be accountable for an effective and inclusive creative process that inspires the best ideas and work from the team. You’ll work closely with account directors, strategists, designers, writers, and analysts to ensure that we’re delivering innovative, beautiful and results-oriented work that exceeds our clients’ expectations.

We’re more interested in the originality, purpose, and proven success of your concepts than we are in your awards list or sizzle reel.

This person will report to the Executive Creative Director in New York.

The company

Blue State is a purpose-driven agency. We partner with leading causes, brands, and campaigns and create real change. From Google and UNICEF to Amnesty International and Oxfam, we transform how brands and causes raise money, influence policy, build platforms, and grow communities of supporters. Led by the most creative and analytical minds from the political, nonprofit, and brand worlds, Blue State is a part of WPP Digital and has 150+ employees in the US and London.

A day in the life

  • Lead and inspire: Working closely with your colleagues and clients, you’ll develop a vision for our clients’ success. You’ll guide the development and implementation of digital campaigns and platforms, from initial presentations through final delivery.
  • Foster a culture of excellence: Establish and evolve the creative process to leverage the team’s talents and ensure the quality of work is up to client/our standards. Attend internal critiques, and provide creative solutions to the team. Final signoff on design, copy, and UX work for assigned projects.
  • Foster a culture of inclusivity and creativity: You’ll lead structured and inspiring brainstorms, lift up others’ ideas, and foster collaboration with teammates to ensure well-rounded and strategically informed creative. Ensure the team feels appreciated and celebrated for deliverables and successes.
  • Push innovation and professional growth: Stay on top of developments in the field, industry, and culture. Help identify, hire, and retain designers, copywriters, and other creatives. Mentor members of the project team.

The team

You will be a part of our global creative director team working closely with cross-disciplinary teams on projects.

What we offer

  • Unlimited time-off (inclusive of sick, personal, and vacation days)
  • $1,000 annually in professional development funds
  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Inclusive family planning coverage, including fertility, surrogacy, and adoption benefits
  • Flexible and health savings accounts
  • 401K & employer match
  • Generous paid holiday schedule
  • 12-week fully-paid parental leave for all parents-to-be
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Remote work flexibility

We approach in-office working with a hybrid model. On-site presence is welcome for US staff who are within commuting distance of the NY or DC office. Managers retain discretion to require in-person attendance for folks on their discipline or client teams as necessary, including for those whose roles require them to be in person. To enter our US offices or attend Blue State events, staff and visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including with a booster shot when eligible. Exceptions for protected grounds will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The salary range for this position is $115,000 - $150,000; compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Some things we're looking for

  1. 4+ years in senior creative role, 8+ years of digital experience (in-house + agency experience preferred).
  2. Knowledge of grassroots fundraising, website strategy, supporter mobilization, customer engagement, and brand strategy (i.e. proposition, positioning, promise, territories, routes, etc.).
  3. Excellent communication and presentation skills. Ability to make stakeholders feel confident in the creative choices we are making and back up our creative choices.
  4. Effective at operating as creative oversight or creative lead and delivering clear and constructive feedback to project team members.
  5. Ability to balance innovation and creative investment with practical and feasible solutions.
  6. Ability to adapt to new situations, solve problems on the fly, and communicate with those around you. Teamwork and scrappiness required.
  7. A shared passion and curiosity for making change. This includes comfort with ambiguity, a restlessness that resists the status quo, and a commitment to quality that ensures we’re always making progress.
  8. Empathy, communication, respect, and the ability to set a positive example at Blue State.

At Blue State, diversity is a necessity, not a nice-to-have. We encourage those from underrepresented communities — women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, those with disabilities and people at all the intersections in between — to apply. Even if you don’t think your current skill set checks every box, but this role seems to align with your strengths, we want to hear from you.

Blue State is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible application and interview process. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, including the use of AI tools throughout the hiring process, please contact us at recruiting@bluestate.co with the subject line: Accommodation Request to get started.

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