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Art Director, North America

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NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

Nike, Inc. designs the future. At Nike, designers chase their curiosities and build what’s next, shaping the culture and advancing human potential. The Design teams include artists, inventors and specialists, all with different focuses, including color and material experts, and apparel, footwear and graphic designers. Nike designers look to the future, aggressively pursuing materials, ideas and forms that further elevate the athlete experience, raise the bar for modern style and reduce environmental impact.


Are you an art director with a passion for innovative design, the latest digital channels and emerging technologies? Do you want to be at the nexus of sport and culture? Do you have a love of interactive design solutions from user experience and typography to photography and illustration?

If the answer is yes, Nike is seeking strong visual, digital and environmental design talent to create a host of focused marketing and communication experiences. We are looking for candidates with a love of unconventional design solutions who will bring fresh ideas, creativity and the use of interactive media to emotionally engage Nike’s consumers and community members.

As an Art Director, you are a leader in your studio. You will run large scale, cross-functional design programs working in collaboration with marketing, creative leaders and fellow designers, producers, writers and agency partners to develop and execute ideas across all channels such as social, Nike Apps,, retail, event activations and large scale sport moments. You will see exceptional creative through while mentoring and managing other designers on your projects. This is an exciting time to be in Nike Brand Design as we are revolutionizing how we work, how we grow and develop talent and how we communicate with our consumers and members.

Key responsibilities:

  • Partner with marketing and other stakeholders to develop and sharpen briefs and lead collaborative idea generation with cross-functional teams
  • Translate briefs and marketing plans into creative concepts that are clearly articulated in mood boards, interactive prototypes and comps then develop presentations and storytelling vehicles to socialize and gain buy-in on your ideas
  • Sell-in design concepts to cross-functional teams & stakeholders, sr. leaders and to various internal and external audiences with confidence
  • Responsible for large and complex projects or programs, managing risks and resource requirement
  • Expertly manages and maintains relationships with external partners: artists, influencers, design agencies, architects, photographers, producers, project managers and freelancers
  • Produce cutting edge creative work, and a master-level understanding of design, including typography and layout
  • Learn new skills and stay abreast of technical and digital design developments and successfully apply these to work practices
  • Share knowledge, experience and skill with other design staff; work with design counterparts to ensure continuity across initiatives, categories, and projects


  • Savvy in in developing integrated marketing and editorial strategies leveraging the latest trends in digital, physical and emerging channels
  • Experienced professional in art direction and production, visual design, motion design and user experience design combined with solid knowledge of how to leverage today’s digital channels and emerging technologies
  • Ability to present and sell-in creative concepts and execution ideas with senior leaders and internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to activate cross-functional creative teams
  • Depth of experience working with interactive creative, usability, interaction design and engineering
  • Interest to work in responsive design and collaborative creative teams
  • Expert-level knowledge of current trends in color, technology, communications, experience, art and other design influences
  • Solid communication and influencing skills
  • Proficient information-seeking skills and drive for results (art and science)
  • Expert in creative use of social media and new mediums
  • Motion skills are a bonus

  • Bachelor’s degree in design; communication design, advertising design or interaction design
  • Expertise working with digital platforms, emerging technologies and in-real-life experiences
  • 10+ years’ directly relevant work experience
  • Proficiency in Mac OSX, InDesign, Sketch Up, Illustrator, Cinema 4D, After Effects, Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Acrobat
  • Travel 10% of the time
  • Strong proficiency in strategic thinking and planning

NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

Job ID 00425793

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