Art Director - Remote in the Nashville, TN area

Please include a portfolio link when you apply.

Carnegie Dartlet’s Art Director is a seasoned creative and strategic and visual problem-solver and visual problem-solver with passion for team management, strategy, design, typography, imagery, and diverse visual communication principles for strategic storytelling. Must be able to interpret data and strategy into visual outcomes and lead and motivate others to accomplish the same. Must have excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to communicate ideas to teams.

The Art Director will be responsible for everything from original concepting of new products and identities, to leading client workshop participation and strategic sessions, and diverse print and digital production. The Art Director will be the day to day manager and direct-report of a team of junior, mid-level, and senior designers. The Art Director will manage their team’s work load and assignments, review and quality control their output, encourage and support their team, and help set the vision for design work produced by the team. It is also expected that the Art Director will stay hands-on with the work, having their own tasks within the production schedule.

This is a client-facing role, and as such, the Art Director must be able to not only be comfortable presenting agency work to high-level client stakeholders, but be able to translate the client needs, challenges, and feedback to the team in a way that is clear and focused. Team management and mentorship are important aspects of this position. Carnegie Dartlet sets a high standard for creative excellence, and we are looking for an Art Director who not only has a large personal range in design execution, but also has a passion to enhance the creative product for team members as well.

This role is currently remote, but we are looking to fill the position in the Nashville, TN area, as we are expanding our presence in the region.

Carnegie Dartlet specializes in producing advertising, marketing, and communications campaigns and materials primarily for clients in the higher education space, and also for domestic and global companies in the healthcare, retail, destination, athletics, and financial sectors.

Typical activities

While the breadth of the Art Director’s duties is wide, these tasks are common:

  • Creative leadership and big-picture thinking
  • Team assignments and work-load balancing
  • Attention to fine detail and macro storytelling
  • Producing diverse print and digital media
  • Conceptualization and origination through execution, and templated work
  • Attend and engage in live, strategic, creative workshop blitzes on-site
  • Motivate and mentor their team and other creative staff members
  • Attention to detail across various mediums
  • Self-management of workloads under tight deadlines
  • Team management of workloads under tight deadlines
  • Quality control of other’s work, including stepping in and taking on some of another’s work load to ensure timely and quality delivery to client
  • Working collaboratively in team-oriented environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Thirst for creative challenges and visual problem-solving

Skills required

An Art Director must possess a wide range of abilities, which will include:

  • At least 12 years of related experience
  • High proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud and MS Office and knowledge of HTML5 and CSS
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, or related field
  • A proven track record in the planning and execution of a wide variety of design projects
  • The ability to understand the communication needs of clients, consumers, and target audiences
  • The ability to inspire confidence during client interactions
  • Industry-wide Top 5% emotional and social intelligence
  • Industry-wide Top 5% strategic communications thinker
  • The drive to help others succeed and bring unity to many moving parts
  • The insight to identify problems and take measures to rectify them
  • The resilience to work across a number of projects and balance a work load
  • An enthusiasm for graphic creation and applied marketing


Art Directors must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a related field. At least 12 years of integrated corporate- and client-side experience in design, illustration, multimedia, or a related industry. Advertising agency experience a plus. Proven results creating complex communication projects, with a vast portfolio of demonstrated successful case studies is required.

Please include a portfolio link when you apply.

About Carnegie Dartlet:

For more than 30 years, Carnegie Dartlet has been a leader in higher education marketing and recruitment solutions. With access to more college-bound students than any other company, we help colleges and universities meet their enrollment goals. Our cutting-edge digital marketing capabilities deliver customized solutions for our clients.

Our team is energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about our clients’ goals. We are looking for innovators who can contribute great ideas to our organization. Carnegie Dartlet embraces and affirms diversity of every kind. We are an equal opportunity employer who believes passionately in the power of human connection, knowing that we are strongest when we bring a breadth of perspectives and experiences to our work. We celebrate differences within our team and actively promote inclusion in our workplace.

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