Associate Creative Director

Other Chicago, Illinois


The ACD at DDB Chicago will function as the chief daily creative contact with the account service and client representatives on those accounts under his or her supervision, presenting and speaking on behalf of the advertising agency at various presentations.  This position will report into the Group Creative Director.


  • Responsible for the development and production of advertising for a number of brands and/or services.
  • Oversees a staff of writers and art directors, and is responsible for the quality of their work.
  • All work on the accounts in the Associate Creative Director’s group is initiated through him/her and completed under his/her direction in time to undergo normal agency approval procedures.
  • Helps to create and maintain a high energy level with those personnel assigned to his or her group.
  • Evaluates the performance of the people assigned to him/her and makes recommendations for advancement and salary increases.
  • Participates in, and contributes to, the new business activities of the agency, as required.

Personal Development

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies (following corporate approval of any cost).

Team Development (if/when applicable)

  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results
  • Maintains Creative department staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees
  • Maintains Creative department staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results
  • Monitors and implements training and development programs

Performance Standards

  • Agency Creative goals are met
  • Agency operations run effectively and efficiently
  • Team is efficient and inspired, with clear direction

Personal Characteristics

  • Strategic/Conceptual
  • Leader
  • Democratic teacher
  • Assertive
  • Confident
  • Proactive
  • Decisive
  • Collaborative
  • Accurate
  • Succinct
  • Objective
  • Nimble

 Experience Required

  • 8+ years experience
  • Full trust in covering client meeting, shoot, running day-to-day while creative lead is out.
  • Is responsible for making sure teams deliver work that is on strategy, revisions that address feedback
  • Proactively seeking opportunities to push work to the next level
  • Providing guidance/direction to others—thinking beyond their own work
  • Loops in ECD/CCO for sign-off on work