Director of Design

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Marketing & Communication


Chicago, Illinois

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Company Description:

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is headquartered in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

The Director, Design’s primary responsibility will be to develop and execute the visual identify of the brand on a global basis consistent with the overall strategic marketing and communication objectives of the firm. Other responsibilities include: 

  • As one of the stewards of the brand, lead the design for a consistent approach to all elements of the client experience to reinforce a style, tone, look and feel that uniquely positions the firm in its target segments and countries. 
  • Assist in the strategic development and execution of visual communication for both online and offline initiatives. Enhance the story telling capability of the function through images, color and graphics. 
  • Manage all verbal and graphic aspects of video, online, and print communications to ensure a vibrant editorial environment that effectively projects the company’s objectives, image and core values. 
  • Manage communications and creative operations plus the work load and pace of the team. 
  • Direct and coordinate video and print production including photography, design, samples, page layout, color separation, editing, publishing and printing. 
  • Motivate creative teams to push for new concepts/ideas that will continually elevate William Blair’s image. 
  • Successfully manage agency relationships and push for the best outside-partner strategy possible. 
  • Can “connect the dots” and identify themes and key messages to communicate effectively. 
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to set calendars and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to define and build metrics for feedback and tracking of client interactions. 


  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in design, creative services and/or visual communications. 
  • Extensive experience telling a story with images, color and graphics. 
  • Excellent video and digital experience. 
  • Can navigate print, on-screen and digital quality. 
  • Has a modern outlook on design and familiar with the financial markets. 
  • Strong collaborative and persuasive skills. 
  • Experience elevating a brand in a creative way. 
  • The ability to know when to be “hands on” and when to stand back and guide the team. 
  • Able to be strategic and have more than production experience. 
  • Able to partner with senior managers and marketing colleagues to navigate a matrix environment. 
  • A confident self-starter who is able to lead with innovative ideas. 
  • Excellent written, graphic, and verbal communications skills in multiple media: The ability to communicate clear, effective messages that enhance and promote the mission, goals, and business objectives of the firm. 
  • Solid project management skills. 

As a William Blair associate, you’ll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.

William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.

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