The chief creative officer is responsible for managing and directing the creative team and their output. A chief creative officer job description will contain a number of the skills and responsibilities related to the proper cultivation and development of an overall creative direction for the company.
A chief creative officer works with and supervises the members of the creative team, including those responsible for branding, marketing, design, media outreach, and message development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Chief Creative Officer
•Works with the Chief Executive Officer to develop cohesive and productive goals for the company and designs ways to meet them.
•Transforms rough ideas and general concepts into actions, projects, and completed products or messages.
•Leads the creative team and directs project completion in line with company goals.
•Develops design concepts that further the company’s brand identity.
•Inspires the creative team to more advanced and better work using brainstorming sessions, team meetings, and other strategic tools.
•Formulates short and long term creative goals and strategies for achieving them.
•Maintains consistency over the quality and message of the creative team’s output.
•Evaluates the current status of the industry and the market to ensure delivery of relevant and useful products, messages, or branding.
•Anticipates the future direction of the industry using both research and own insight, and brings the company into the fore of that trajectory.
•Assigns tasks to creative team and supervises their timely completion.
•Monitors creative budget, making sure all projects are delivered within the projected parameters.
•Enforces deadlines and maintains efficiency in the creative department.
•Coordinates with vendors for timely delivery of goods.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Must possess a strong working knowledge of project management, design and brand development, and marketing.
•Must be familiar with a variety of branding and marketing strategies.
•Must know how to nurture and adapt an existing brand to suit changing circumstances within the company and the industry.
•Must be incredibly self-motivated and innovative.
•Must be creative with a unique approach to persistent problems, adding value to existing products and deriving positives from negatives.
•Must be able to take charge of any situation, exerting a dominant vision and encouraging others to support that vision.
•Must have exceptional communication skills and be able to bridge the gap between the business and creative sides of the company.
•Must be able to multitask and manage a number of different projects at once.
•Must be able to translate ideas into actionable projects.
Education and Experience
•Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, graphic design, marketing, communications or visual design.
•Experience or coursework in business and management a plus.
•Must have at least three years’ experience in the company’s industry, preferably in a leadership or management role.
•Time will be spent in corporate offices and meeting rooms working with a variety of different teams.
•Must be willing to work long hours, often outside the normal business day in order to complete projects on time.
•Starting salary upwards of $80,000 a year.
•Median yearly salary between $95,000 and $100,000.