Group Art Supervisor

Job ID
US-NY-New York
WILDTYPE, a TBWA\WorldHealth company




Group Art Supervisor


The Group Art Supervisor is responsible for managing the development, design and execution of all Agency offerings for both themselves and their direct reports. He/she must manage his/her time and work with the account services team to prioritize all jobs effectively, as well as oversee and junior members of the art team by monitoring projects, delegating assignments and approving work. The Group Art Supervisor mentors those in which he/she supervises by meeting with them consistently to better understand their career goals and helping to champion their causes when appropriate. The Group Art Supervisor also ensures that all of the team’s work is on strategy and maintains the highest level of brand consistency and excellence.


Primary Job Responsibilities


General Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities as evident by ability to motivate team, facilitate great thinking, and keep the morale high
  • Proactively seek opportunities for improvements in the department and offer executable solutions
  • Keep Creative Director(s) briefed on creative projects in a timely manner
  • Establish credibility with Clients at all levels by developing knowledge of Client’s business, both the brand itself and people involved (i.e. internal client structure, individual responsibilities, and interaction between groups/individuals with respect to their impact on client jobs)
  • Manage outside vendor/resources effectively from both cost and creative standpoints, including photographers, illustrators, and production vendors for premiums and printing
  • Keep abreast of current advertising, design, and other visual communications
  • Continuously explore cutting-edge, current, and unique design styles and imagery
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in various forms of media including a working knowledge of the print production process
  • Contribute to new business efforts both creatively and as a reliable steward of the work


Brand Champion

  • Act as a brand steward maintaining the integrity and excellence of the brand in all materials developed
  • Provide comprehensive design overview and brand consistency throughout each project and for each assigned account as a whole
  • Consistently provide fresh, unique, and strategic thinking for all brand marketing/advertising initiatives
  • Ensure that Agency work is on strategy and contributes to growing the Client’s business.
  • Work as a team with copywriters to develop conceptual approaches to meet Client objectives
  • Attend photo-shoots; provide necessary on-the-spot feedback to vendors to effectively accomplish agency and client goals
  • Act as gatekeeper to ensure that all final products released demonstrate only the highest quality creative and effectively communicates brand messages to targeted customers
  • Be an effective presenter and clearly communicate creative concepts and rationale for design choices to team and clients and/or new business prospects
  • Demonstrate ability to “zoom in and out” (big picture thinking as well as attention to details) as necessary


  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate with Client/Agency Creative/Account teams
  • Help create a collaborative work environment between all departments and demonstrate ability to handle conflicts in a positive, professional and productive manner
  • Work with account service from beginning of project until the end to make sure all projects meet budgetary guidelines
  • Maintain positive relationships with and utilize the internal business group departments (electronic studio, editorial, traffic, imaging and production) appropriately


Additional Responsibilities

  • Communicate effectively and professionally both internally and externally
  • Demonstrate good problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Remain calm despite high pressure situations.
  • Project a professional attitude and foster a positive team atmosphere demonstrating respect for peers and supervisors and establish credibility both internally and externally
  • Assist other members of department/team as needed when workload allows
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager

Management Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate the ability to manage time and prioritize all jobs effectively, as well as oversee junior members of the art brand team by monitoring projects, delegating assignments and approving work
  • Monitor overall workload to effect efficiency and assure that waiting or downtime is minimized
  • Help supervisor manage and resolve staff issues including performance, personal presentation and internal interactions
  • Recommend adjustments/additions to the roles and procedures of the department to achieve continuous improvement and efficiency across all accounts and/or specific accounts
  • Help interview, train and orient new team members to the agency, department, and account(s) at the direction of supervisor
  • Mentors reports by providing constructive, ongoing feedback to them as well as completing annual performance reviews
  • Provide ongoing guidance to all team members and be available to them as a resource for account/agency/departmental policies, procedures, etc
  • Keep supervisor or department head appraised of any workload challenges/concerns on assigned team accounts that may necessitate hiring freelancers or moving creative’s around to better utilize their time
  • Oversee team’s time off schedules, time reporting, etc. to ensure appropriate coverage at all times for accounts. Maintain accurate time sheets for self and team. Monitor, review and approve direct report’s time sheets in terms of hours worked on specific jobs



  • College degree
  • 6-8 years of art design/direction experience, preferably in advertising
  • 1-2 years of supervisory experience
  • Proficiency with Macintosh and the following programs - Quark Express, Adobe Photo Shop CS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Entourage
  • Advertising or design portfolio
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills


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