As Design Director, you lead Focus Lab’s talented design team. You see design from a bird’s eye view, but also the smaller details necessary to execute it. You function both as a valuable individual designer as well as a facilitator to the design team. You are obsessed with process and detail. You will serve as a bridge between the design team and other departments like strategy and development. You’ll set the tone for the design team to work effectively–including design team collaboration as well as a cross-functional partnership. You’ll work to identify process improvement opportunities and implement relevant design processes within the design department. Finally, you will still be a producing designer for clients. Leading a single project at a time.
The short version: The Design Director will serve as a valuable support system to our already strong design team. The goal of this new role is not to create creative authority.
The title Design Director means slightly different things at different organizations. There are small nuances but we are less concerned about that and more focused on how we define it, and that it adds value to our team. Filling gaps within the current design team and staying ahead of our growth. Finally, what Design Director looks like in 2019 vs 2025 at Focus Lab may vary greatly. We are ok with that. This is a great step in the right direction.
On the design team:
In our organization:
Project knowledge and support:
The Design Director role would be assigned to every design project. They will attend nearly every project kick-off, brand analysis, concepting meeting, etc. (this may be adjusted as we see how this workload plays out). This wouldn’t be to lead the design or manage the account. The purpose is so that the Design Director knows about every project from a design perspective. They can jump in at a moment’s notice to help a teammate work through a problem, without needing to be brought up-to-speed about the client or the project.
The Design Director can also join projects as needed to make up lost time, help create a beefier weekly deliverable, offer guidance outside of design review, etc.
Process Process Process:
The Design Director will help identify opportunities for process improvements within the design team, balancing substance and deep thinking with efficiencies and outputs.
The Design Director "could" be uniquely positioned to create project case studies faster than the current pace as needed. Since they are a part of every project, they have the knowledge and resources necessary to at least start, and perhaps complete, case studies.
The Design Director is also expected to be an individual contributor on client projects. This allows the design team to see their DD in the trenches with them, it keeps the DD's design skills sharp, and ultimately still provides company revenue while we are smaller. As the company grows this will likely change, meaning the DD would not split time between leading their project and then working as a DD on all other projects.
Due to the time necessary to lead our design team, the Design Director’s weekly time allotment for client work will be reduced to roughly 20 hours, which is likely a single client project at a time.
We will cover the full benefits package further into the interview process, but the key benefits provided by Focus Lab are:
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Focus Lab. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. No matter who you are, if what you've read so far sounds like you—we want to hear from you!
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