June  17, 2018
  New Media





Art Director (12-month contract)

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Art Director (12-month contract) REF#: JG29160
The Kit
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posted: April 27, 2018
Salary: not stated


The Kit—Canada’s beauty and style leader—is all about women. We connect with our audience because we understand that women want stories that both delight and inform, that spark the joy of possibility offered by fashion and beauty, and also decode it so it fits naturally into their lives. Above all, we’re storytellers. Women contain multitudes and The Kit talks to them on every level and engages with them on every platform.
We’re looking for an art director to act as The Kit’s creative standard-bearer—to guardrail the visual direction and standards of The Kit across all platforms. In this role, the art director oversees fresh, exciting photo shoots and videos; oversees all special projects; manages the brand’s associate art directors; and inspires the team to constantly strive for visual storytelling excellence. The successful candidate will be collaborative, positive, motivated, with a record of inspiring staff and delivering dynamic, captivating content across multiple platforms. She or he will also have the credentials and portfolio to prove it.
What you will do…
  • Creative direction and development of TheKit.ca, The Kit print weekly feature, e-newsletters, social media and all other platforms so The Kit remains exciting, current and competitive
  • Creative direction for advertorials, special issues and white label creative
  • On-set art direction for editorial and sponsored shoots
  • Brainstorming story and shoot ideas and helping to plan upcoming issues
  • Liaising with The Kit’s in-house creative agency team on all sold and integration initiatives, brainstorming ideas and executing creative
  • Overseeing creative for all events and special projects
  • Overseeing selection and management of all freelance art contributors and identifying new visual creators whose work should be featured in The Kit
  • Leading, guiding and inspiring art department staff
  • Goal-setting and performance evaluations of art department staff twice per year
  • Overseeing art department budget
  • Upholding the quality, values and characteristics of The Kit brand
  • Assisting with other duties for the good of The Kit
Key relationships and terms:
  • Reports to Editor-in-Chief
  • Oversees the operations and developments of two editorial designers and one special projects designer
  • This is a management position
Why you’ll love working here…
  • You’ll play a vital role in shaping The Kit, the most exciting fashion and beauty brand in Canada, and the designated centre of excellence for fashion and beauty content for Torstar
  • You’ll work with a creative, committed, positive and happy team
  • You’ll work with Toronto’s top creative contributors: photographers, videographers and hair and makeup artists
  • You’ll be proud to work at The Kit, because you can feel confident that the content you and the team create is meaningful, relevant and authentically speaks to women


  • Post-secondary degree in Graphic Arts & Design or a related field or equivalent work experience
  • 8+ years of post-university work experience, including a minimum of 5+ years of experience in a creative design position
  • A positive, high-energy, deadline-oriented team player that can embrace the brand
  • Strong concept development and graphic design abilities as demonstrated in a comprehensive portfolio, website, etc. which aligns with The Kit strategies and objectives
  • Proven ability to combine conceptual, creative and strategic thinking with tactical execution
  • Strong project planning and organizational skills; ability to effectively lead work on multiple projects and under tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with traditional, online and digital media & can adapt ideas to various media and thinks holistically across channels (digital experience is an asset)
  • Photography and post-production proficiency; thorough understanding of photo studio production, lighting techniques, and photography skills
  • Proficient in Adobe CS
  • Keeps abreast of design, cultural and fashion trends
  • A team player who is able to act as both a leader and an individual contributor
  • Confident and effective communication and interpersonal skills

The company is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require an accommodation during this process, please inform the company of your requirements.
Please apply online here, stating in your application that you found this job on Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board.


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