Refinery29 is hiring a

Freelance Art Director - Snapchat

New York, United States

Job Description:

Refinery29 is actively seeking an innovative, hyper-­creative, super­-fast Art Director to oversee content creation for our Snapchat Discover with the opportunity to expand the R29 brand to other emerging platforms. The Art Director will work with a close­-knit team comprised of editors, designers, writers, animators, and videographers while reporting to the Creative Director. The AD must be highly collaborative. Motion skills are a huge advantage within this position, as we aim to make engaging, moving content on this platform and others.


  • Work with wider team to develop a unique point-of-view on our brand on Snapchat Discover
  • Concept and produce visually arresting assets for Snapchat Discover, ensuring all images and assets are beautiful, engaging and sharable where appropriate
  • Liaise with key members at Snapchat regularly to clearly communicate goals and ambition, troubleshoot technical issues and innovate on product ideas
  • Manage a small creative team comprised of graphic designers, motion designers, ensuring onboarding is smooth and art direction is succinct and clear
  • Create and evolve an organization system to efficiently plan out future content and editions
  • Innovate on existing R29 content to be repurposed for the platform, while leading the conversation around Snapchat-only content creation
  • Play a key role on the creation of ads for our partners, ensuring ads feel aesthetically and editorially integrated where appropriate
  • Work collaboratively with the the Snapchat Discover team, comprised of editors, videographers and designers to creatively problem solve on the fly
  • Work with our marketing and analytics team to understand daily metrics, adjust content/plan accordingly while ensuring all content is visually arresting and on-brand
  • Stay on the pulse of visual trends happening on Snapchat amongst the audience and our competitors, constantly innovating on our visual approach
  • Develop marketing and PR strategies to bring in new audiences to Snapchat through other relevant platforms


  • 4 years graphic design and/or motion experience in an established digital or online media publication or agency
  • A strong balance of typography, illustration and layout skills
  • A deep understanding of social media and mobile experiences
  • A strong, open, positive and persistent communication style
  • A strong ability to lead and be heard
  • A solutions-oriented mentality
  • Genuine ability to collaborate and contribute to a team effort but also to work independently to deliver on individual responsibilities
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure
  • Deep knowledge of and familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud Products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc., InDesign) (Keynote and Powerpoint familiarity is a plus)
  • Motion experience a HUGE plus
  • Strong desire to develop creatively and push the R29 visual brand forward