Head of Design - Creative Services
Head of Design - Creative Services Role context As a team, we are set up very much like an in-house agency to serve everyone creatively at HTB - and ensure that the message of the church is delivered to the right people, at the right time, with the right impact, in the right way. As a team, we aspire to pursue creative excellence in everything we do. In any environment creativity takes courage. But we are blessed to be able to take our strength from scripture: 'But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.' (2 Chronicles 15:7) Our internal mantra is 'None of us is as good as all of us' - which neatly describes our integrated campaign approach to key projects. We always start with strategy first - understanding all the issues surrounding a brief, our target audience and the environment in which they will see our communications. And, we operate with a full range of services - from Design, Moving Image, Marketing Comms (including social, editorial & digital) and Production. What drives and motivates us is our ability to amplify the various life changing messages that are delivered through our many services, courses or events throughout the year to ultimately play our part in the evangelisation of the nation, the revitalisation of the church and the transformation of society. Role purpose The 'Head of Design' is primarily a 'craft based role' - acting as a key creative voice and executor of the look and feel of all campaigns - from the Leadership Conference to Focus each year. You will be directly responsible for shaping the direction of the work from 'idea' to 'delivery' within the design space. With a strong background in art direction and branding, working across both print and digital fields - you would work within a busy, creative and disciplined in-house team which sits within a larger creative department. The role requires strong design ability to concept and execute alongside other designers. You will lead the team, making strategic decisions where necessary, and ensuring interaction and collaboration, to build a strong, dynamic design team. It is important to note that we are a faith-based organisation, and whilst your personal beliefs will not affect your application, it is important to be sensitive to and accepting of our core values. Key responsibilities 1. PROJECTS Lead creative processes within the team Idea generation and strategic thought leadership within Design team to help drive creative excellence Key strategic sign off at brief stage, including holding responsibility for working up briefing documents with the AP and client. Identify, develop and execute concepts in a way which demonstrates strong communication skills Create work that communicates to the intended audience clearly and with passion Push for excellence and innovation in design whilst working within organisation communication guidelines Collaborate with other teams to help keep pushing the work and the team forwards through the creative process Lead and motivate junior and mid-weight designers, ensuring they have clear and realistic objectives, consistent with HTB Values. Give clear briefings, monitor performance, give constructive feedback, lead by example and treat team with consideration irrespective of deadline pressure Work closely with clients where appropriate, and involve them in the creative process Oversee volunteer schedules for events such as Focus, to ensure consistent photography and imagery 2. PEOPLE Create and develop a confident, creative and empowered in-house Design team 3. INTEGRATED WORKING A key function that follows in our process is - they then act as a key interface with the Moving Image and Social & Content team - helping to fuel the Social Engine and Moving Image content produced for Sundays Play a creative direction role on any external design resource we interface with 4. PDR PROCESS & TEAM DEVELOPMENT Input on the creative and strategic abilities and aptitude of the team by way of feeding in to the process Strive to develop the team's individual creative skills Role dimensions Budget management (GBP) NA People management Creative and Strategic direction working within team and across floor Key relationships - internal Creative Services, Operations, Alpha, SPTC, HTB Key relationships - external Any creative resource brought in to work In-House Essential Skills, knowledge and experience Demonstrable producing experience in media/film/theatre (2+ years) Experience in leading teams Knowledge of visual storytelling, brand guidelines and strategy Skilled at working under time pressure and diverse responsibilities Skilled at working effectively with cross functional teams in a matrix organisation Experience in working across a highly complex and interdependent intricate organisation Excellent written and verbal communication skills Excellent motivational and mentoring skills Able to create a thriving environment in a team Proven leadership and management skills; experience of motivating teams and encouraging and developing colleagues Experience of reconciling artistic aspiration with financial constraint - we are a charity and often are limited by budget Wide ranging knowledge of the design process, from briefing to delivery Solid skills in the usual Adobe design packages Substantial experience in both print and digital design Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to establish credibility with colleagues and to foster strong working relationships with a wide range of people inside and outside the organisation Consistent performance when under pressure, including the ability to cope with a large volume of material, all of which must be thoroughly researched and investigated to ensure absolute accuracy Proven qualities of adaptability and flexibility in coping with rapidly changing circumstances and ability to prioritise and exercise excellent editorial judgement as circumstances change Ability to generate creative ideas and to think strategically about new projects. Awareness of popular design directions and trends Able to direct to a high standard and fast turnaround Desirable skills, knowledge and experience Able to thrive in a sometimes ambiguous and dynamic operating environment Engagement in life at HTB, knowing the church family from within and/or willing to invest in getting to know different areas within the church and people/key contributors we will work with Working environment We have a purposeful working environment where we strive for excellence in everything we do. Our workplace culture is shaped by our GRACE values; Gracious, Resolute, Appreciative, Capable and Engaged. We respect and value our colleagues, encourage and affirm often, challenge when necessary, supporting always.It is an inspiring and energising place to work where innovation and creativity is encouraged alongside passion and discipline. The staff community is warm and engaging, with lifelong friendships being built. ???Work expectations Mon-Fri: Standard Hours 9.30am -5.30pm, flexi-time is available, role dependent 25 days holiday per annum 6 month probationary period We offer a variety of benefits including pension, childcare vouchers, season ticket loan, bike scheme and a number of discounts to local providers Whilst the role is Monday - Friday, the role holder will need to be available to work key dates during some courses. The role holder must be available to work at a selection of key events at HTB which could include Christmas services, Easter services and Annual Parish Church meetings when required. Available to work at Focus (the church holiday in the summer, one-week duration). Attendance Tuesday morning staff meeting.