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Job Description

Our client is an award-winning boutique digital experience design agency based in Toronto, Canada. Due to ongoing business growth they're searching for an ambitious Design Lead to join their talented creative team.

This agency has an incredible culture they're proud of. They're a close-knit group that trust each other implicitly, work collaboratively and are always innovating and having a ton of fun doing so. Their workforce is comprised of people from different backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities and gender identities, and they're seeking people who share their values of equity and inclusivity.

Reporting to the CCO, the Design Lead will own the design process with an eye toward guiding and elevating the agency's overall output. This role will oversee the work of other talented designers while also being hands-on themselves. The Design Lead will have a hand in everything from creative development of immersive web sites, ad campaigns, branding assignments and experiential activations.

  • Conceptual thinking: your design work starts with a strong idea; your creative solutions enhance and amplify that strategy
  • Strategic thinking: you’ll collaborate with senior strategists and other team members to develop creative solutions that align well to business objectives
  • High quality craft: you’re able to determine an aesthetic and execute it with exceptional capabilities in typography, colour, composition and layout, in both digital and print; your visuals are arresting, frame-worthy and kick-ass; you bring unexpected ideas and innovative thinking to bear; a great portfolio is a requirement
  • Art direction & leadership: you can articulate a vision to other creatives, motivating and directing them toward realizing your vision; you’re able to commission and oversee freelance artists, photographers or designers as needed
  • Persuasive presentation: you can sell your creative to clients, capturing their imaginations while underscoring the effectiveness of your solutions
  • 8 - 10 years’ agency experience as a visual designer or digital art director
  • Minimum 2 years in a senior/supervisory role, including directing the work of others and presenting to clients
  • Degree or diploma in art or design
  • Proficient in design and prototyping tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, Figma and Sketch
  • Strong understanding of UX principles and what makes good copy; plugged into design and technology trends
  • Experience pitching new work to current and prospective clients
Desired Personal Attributes:
  • You’re a patient leader who enjoys taking time to guide, coach and mentor others
  • You have excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • You’re a conceptual, big-picture thinker
  • You get things done, taking ownership of projects from concept to execution
  • You have great time-management and project- management skills
  • You’re able to juggle competing priorities while staying calm, cool and collected under pressure
  • You enjoy working as part of a team and collaborate well with others
  • You care about your impact on others creating a culture based on mutual respect
What's in it for you:
  • Diverse & inclusive team
  • Competitive pay commensurate with experience
  • Work/life balance
  • Mentorship/coaching in a collaborative fashion
  • Defined health benefits, including mat leave top-up
  • Healthcare Spending Account (HSA)
  • Education allowance
  • Desktop/laptop
  • Snacks/beverages (post-pandemic)
  • Team socials (virtually, for now)
  • Dog-friendly environment (post-pandemic)

IQ PARTNERS is committed to operating an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process, and we encourage candidates of every race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience to apply for this position. We’d be happy to provide accommodation for any candidate that requires assistance due to a disability or medical need. Please contact us at 416-599-4700 or by email at to discuss specific accommodations.

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Design Lead
Toronto , Ontario
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