Senior Creative Director at Upwork

| San Francisco
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Upwork ($UPWK) is the world's largest freelancing website. Each year $1.7 billion of work happens through Upwork, allowing businesses to get more done and helping professionals break free of traditional time and place boundaries and work anytime, anywhere on projects they love. At Upwork, you'll help build on this momentum. Together, we'll create economic and social value on a global scale, providing a trusted online workplace for businesses to connect with extraordinary talent and work without limits. 

The Creative Team at Upwork is a tight-knit group that believes in not taking ourselves too seriously, creating awesome stuff, and having fun. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of interesting and complex projects including advertising, environmental design, video, motion graphics, print collateral, event graphics, and interactive design.
 
We’re looking for a globally-minded Sr Creative Director to inspire a boundless future of work, build amazing teams, put our community first, and have a bias towards action. Reporting to the VP, Integrated Marketing you’ll work closely with cross-functional leaders across the company. As the strategic leader in defining and executing our brand creative, you will oversee a team of designers, writers, creatives, videographers, and agency partners to execute on that vision. Upwork is embarking on the next exciting chapter and there’s no better time to join than now.

Your Responsibilities:
  • Lead a creative team to conceptualize and develop compelling integrated marketing campaigns

  • Articulate the Upwork narrative to inspire and engage Freelancers and Clients around the world

  • Be a leader, designer, conceptual thinker, mentor, communicator, and most importantly, a believer in our mission to create economic opportunities so that people have better lives

  • Recruit, develop and motivate a team around our mission

  • Bring a positive and can-do approach to solving large, strategic, and complex problems with simple and elegant design solutions that address project goals & requirements

  • You’ll utilize business and customer insights to create original, innovative, and meticulous designs that demonstrate excellent typographic and layout skills while adhering to our brand guidelines

  • Build strong relationships throughout the company to help unify our narrative and amplify our mission internally and externally

  • You clearly and confidently communicate and present design decisions, gather and implement feedback from project owners and other designers, and manage project owner's expectations

  • Managed the annual team budget 

 

What it takes to catch our eye: 
  • Seasoned visionary with expansive brand and advertising experience

  • 8+ years managing teams with a track record of shipping inspiring, well-crafted work across mediums—print, web, mobile, video

  • You’ve delivered compelling stories - written and verbal in front of audiences of all sizes

  • Ability to inspire a team to bring conceptual ideas all the way through to fruition

  • An outstanding portfolio showcasing exceptional design and successful marketing campaigns as well as the required skills above

 

How to really knock our socks off:
  • Experience working across consumer, business, global and internal audiences a plus

  • Proven industry cred with award-winning campaigns and creative execution

  • Deep domain knowledge of staffing and talent platforms and/or two-sided marketplaces


Come change how the world works.
 
At Upwork you’ll help shape the future of work. From our offices in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Chicago, together we’re creating exciting new opportunities for a world of professionals. You’ll be part of a vibrant culture built on shared values: Inspire a boundless future of work, Put our community first, Have a bias towards action, and Build amazing teams. Along the way you’ll have fun and enjoy the perks of a people-first company: Work from Home Wednesday's, daily breakfast and lunch, regular in-office happy hours, top-notch benefits … and more. Check out Upwork’s spotlight on The Muse for a glimpse of our daily work/life balance.
 
Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
 
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