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Unleaded is a Houston-based marketing firm known for bringing together smart, talented marketing and creative professionals to deliver award-winning work. For 20 years, we’ve supported our clients through market research, strategy development and marketing program management. We pride ourselves on our ability to solve complex challenges and consistently deliver high-caliber work for our clients.

The Associate Creative Director Role

Unleaded is looking for a global-class Associate Creative Director (ACD) with extensive design experience and a talent for building, developing, supervising and supporting powerful teams. The ACD will work closely with designers, copywriters and art directors to make the most of their talent and skills while facilitating on-time team delivery of exceptional art, copy and ideas. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional ability to take bold, ambitious brands and campaigns from concept to reality. Must be able to curate groundbreaking creative, provide productive feedback and lead people effectively. Your team will be counting on you to help them solve brand, concept, communication and design problems as you innovate on behalf of clients whose core businesses touch on big-picture issues such as climate change and the global supply chain. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, vision and dental care, matching 401K, paid vacation and paid maternity leave. This position is based at our Houston office, though some full-time members of your team will be remote across multiple states.


  • Supervise both art and copy aspects of all creative work across the project lifecycle for multiple clients 

  • Ensure quality of brand work, concepts and deliverables, working closely with the creative director, art directors, copywriters, marketers and other team members 

  • Help Art Directors provide strong direction for a select creative team working on global accounts 

  • Provide clear, actionable recommendations to directors and designers, so they can do their best work in a positive environment 

  • Think outside of traditional marketing media to push what’s possible across a diverse channel ecosystem with a strong emphasis on digital 

  • Ensure that you and the art directors and designers on your team thoroughly understand the client, the client’s brand and the client’s audiences sufficiently to create high-performance creative

  • Occasionally consult with clients and present work alongside other team leaders

  • Help mentor art directors and designers as they work to master their crafts and careers


  • 7+ years experience in graphic design with 5+ years leading and mentoring graphic designers 

  • Strong portfolio of design work that’s grounded in strategy 

  • Natural leadership mindset and ability 

  • Expert level of proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite

  • High level of emotional intelligence and empathy 

  • Experience with concept development and brainstorming 

  • Solid communication skills: able to persuasively articulate the value of your ideas and how they support client objectives/strategy

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, advertising, communication or other visual arts discipline

To apply for the Associate Creative Director
position please submit your resume to

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