Creative Lead

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Job Category: Full-time
Group: Global Programming
Location: New York

Creative Lead, Global Programming Group (USA)

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the international organization for public-private cooperation.

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

The Global Programming Group is made up of five interdisciplinary teams that create the programme, manage, design and deliver the Forum's global and regional multi-stakeholder events.

Why we are recruiting

The successful candidate will plan and deliver on the creative conception and strategic planning for the design of a wide range of impact-centred events based in New York City and San Francisco, including summits, panels, workshops, and immersive experiences, specifically integrating the branding, multimedia content, digital strategy and physical environment design with editorial and interaction experience design.

Reporting Lines & Interactions

This position is based out of the New York office with a direct reporting line to the Head of Global Programming USA and a dotted reporting line to the Head of Design and Interaction located in Geneva, Switzerland.

The hired candidate will:
  • Work closely with in-house and external partners (including creative, production and communications) to ensure the best possible creative product
  • Provide clear and concise creative direction to event operations team, production vendors, and other related colleagues
  • Lead and participate in internal and external brainstorming sessions to develop innovative ideas for session formats and immersive experiences at events
  • Act as lead on communication products for global events, with an understanding of all marketing and consumer engagement verticals
  • Create mood boards for communication materials that inspire and drive creative thinking and design
  • Work with Head of Design and Head of Programming to explore new opportunities for programming
  • Collaborate with various in-house teams to define and track project KPIs and measures of success.
  • Build team and organizational competencies by providing constructive criticism and feedback on work and assignments
  • Manage creative staff and integrated resources (production / digital / content / etc.) with delegation of duties to balance workload and manage time; assign projects to challenge and grow staff based on experience and potential.
  • Deliver in-house trainings on design thinking, best practices for presentations, and designing for interaction between participants at events
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Breakdown of main responsibilities
  • 40% Overseeing quality and accuracy of design deliverables
  • 30% Coordination and design management
  • 20% Communication across teams
  • 10% Running training workshops
The successful candidate will be assessed on
  • Ability to push teams to think outside the box and bring innovative program concepts to the table
  • Create and maintain project and production plans, documentation, timelines, and contractual obligations.
  • Understand complex business challenges and bring a positive attitude towards solving them
  • Stretch our team's, vendors' and participants' approach to creative executions
  • Energetic and collaborative with a great work ethic
  • Thrive in a diverse environment and contribute to the overall culture of Day One
  • Multi-task and prioritize workload with quick turnarounds
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to present concepts and to work closely with clients, applying creative solutions to strategic business problems
  • Ability to iterate and evolve concepts with constructive feedback
Preferred Requirements and Experience
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in design, communications, or equivalent experience
  • 6-8 years of relevant experience working within a diverse creative team on immersive experiences across live 2D and 3D media
  • First-hand experience taking projects from concept to design
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong organizational and management skills
  • Confident presenter fluent in presentation media (Powerpoint, Keynote, Photoshop, inDesign, etc)
  • Certified facilitation skills are an asset
  • Proven track record in sustainable design is a plus
Why work at the Forum

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and co-operation, shaping mind-sets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change!