The Engine is Red

Art Director


California Minneapolis Texas

Job Tags

Full-time In-house

The Role

Art Director, Full-time, Austin, Minneapolis, or Santa Rosa (hybrid-remote available)

What to Expect

We’re looking for candidates with both artistic creativity, vision, and flexibility as well as a strong skillset in the coordination of teams, communication, project management, and organization.

The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for making the work better, a dedicated and persistent team-player focus, and will ensure that we're always striving for excellence and transparency in the work for our clients. We’re searching for expert solution-finders who are willing to roll up their sleeves to face whatever challenges come their way. In this role, you are responsible for:

  • Partnering with your Account Manager to lead effective projects with a smart creative strategy

  • Leading the creative output of a project team consisting of graphic designers, copywriters, strategists, and developers—project-dependent

  • Collaborating with clients to identify their needs and find solutions that can be delivered on time and within budget

  • Showing expert leadership of the production process including overseeing budget, meeting objectives and ensuring the successful completion of client goals and deliverables

  • Mark up layouts and prepare materials for printing, as needed

  • Supporting Creative Directors to set visual standards for the entire creative team across all projects

  • Assessing strengths of creative resources and supporting the assignment of projects to team members

  • Strategically presenting work to clients alongside your team

  • Collecting and incorporating client feedback to refine the creative products as needed

  • Showing a desire to develop skill sets and learn about current trends, adjusting processes and approaches to ensure our team is exceeding industry standards

  • Mentoring junior creative team members

Strengths We Look For

Strategic: Act strategically in how, when, and with whom they share valuable information

Collected: Work under the pressure of deadlines and prioritize the important deliverables while maintaining a positive and solution-focused attitude

Strong communicator: Effectively and engagingly convey ideas, situations, and messages across verbal and written communications.

Resourceful: Understand the skills and talents of team members and allocate resources to fulfill project needs. Bring an understanding of the goals, context, and possible outcomes of an effort to enhance effectiveness and avoid challenges.

Facilitator: Lead client communications and deliver feedback, ensuring the creative needs and client requirements are balanced in all project communications.

Organizer: Efficiently plan, anticipate needs, and manage workflow on the project management side.

Agile: Quick learner, adaptable and able to pivot and problem-solve calmly under pressure.


3 - 5 years of creative leadership experience in an agency setting

Extensive experience with Adobe Creative Suite

Dedication to graphic consistency, brand standards, and quality across all channels

Industry knowledge with an understanding and awareness of the marketing, creative, and advertising landscape, trends, and players

Baseline understanding of HTML/CSS

Knowledge of web/mobile design best practices

Understanding of the Agile methodology is preferred but not required

Compensation and Benefits

We offer competitive salaries, a healthy benefits package (medical, dental, vision, and life), 401k with matching contribution, annual cost of living salary adjustments, education reimbursement programs, 20 days of PTO (vacation and sick time), and 7 paid holidays.

We are a profit-share agency, dispersing up to 25% of total agency profits to the team each quarter. For the 2021 year, most employees received approximately 12% of their salary in profit share payments. Each year we strive to improve our offering and take care of our team.

The Engine is Red is committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace with opportunities for all. BIPOC, women, marginalized communities, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A different model, a strong culture.

The Engine is founded on the pursuit to explore if the necessary evils of our industry are truly necessary. Over the past decade, we’ve discovered they really aren’t. While we focus on a traditional creative offering across brand, campaign, digital, and beyond, we thrive under a different business model. A model built on deep collaboration and transparency with our clients and peers, on building tight-knit teams empowered to drive their best work forward. We have no timesheets, traffic meetings, bloody PowerPoint edits, and no late nights or weekends. We focus on a culture of kindness, empathy, and a passion for the work we do.

Recent Engine Team Excerpts from the 2021 AdAge Best Places to Work assessment:

“I am given a space that breeds creativity, given the most talented group of people to work with, and am treated with respect each and every day. I truly feel as if my company cares about me as a full person, and I feel as if I have the chance to do the best work of my life here.”

“Leadership listens to and respects employees as PEOPLE. I have never worked at a company who invests in and appreciates their employees as much as The Engine is Red. They set the bar incredibly high, and their devotion to their employees' health and happiness is what makes the decision to invest back in them so effortless.”

“This organization is always looking to be its best. The leadership is constantly seeking sustainable growth, and it feels like they're doing it for the good of the team. We are always informed on big changes and brought into the loop as often as possible. We are asked for feedback and offered as much individual coaching as we want. There is a sense that the organization cares deeply about its employees and loves seeing them grow. We also have a great structure in place that helps make really hard projects feel feasible. I feel supported and like I'm learning so much on our projects. On the other side, clients love working with us. This gives me a sense of pride knowing we are doing a good job with their work and making it a great experience for them. I feel we make an impact for them and with them. I also love the clients we choose to engage with—I have never felt like we worked with a company that didn't align with our values. Additionally, I feel like if a client disrespected me or a team member, leadership would swiftly take action. I feel safe and respected. There are also just generally great perks. I feel I can take PTO and still be supported. I love our office and the activities we do to bond as coworkers. The office environment is supportive and uplifting. We generally approach things with as much fun and as little stress as we can manage. I've never experienced anything quite like this.”

Hybrid Work Environment

While we still deeply value in-person collaboration and connection, the current plan is not to return to mandatory 100% in-person, so we currently ask for 50% in-studio collaboration for each employee.

To Apply

Please introduce yourself, and share your recent resume, portfolio and salary expectations via email to with the subject line “Art Director”

About the Engine

The Engine is a tribe of creators and strategists, builders and collaborators, learners and students. Over the past thirteen years, we have built a strong reputation for collaborating with our clients to push the boundaries and create inspiring work.

We believe the best work comes from an empowered and independent team, free to drive their projects in their own way. We trust each other - knowing each of us is talented, honest, and dedicated. We believe life outside of the studio is a deep source of inspiration, rest, and drive.

We insist on having fun and aspire to create ground-breaking work together. We seek exceptional talent that believes in joining a passionate, egoless team that is building something bigger than themselves.

We’ve created a culture of trust, transparency, and empowerment. We have found creatives who prefer to self-lead and drive projects, thrive here. Curious minds who like to question the status quo, dive beyond the obvious and push themselves forward. Optimistic realists, who face challenges eyes-wide-open, and believe there is a way.

Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, regional players, and non-profits—from wine and food to energy and biotech. While media and industry vary, they share a set of values: a strong drive to break through and create something new, and a desire to work deeper with their agency.

The Engine is independently owned, and debt-free. The past few years have been a strong growth season for us, and this year is on track to grow even more. Especially if you join the team 😉.