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Senior Art Director

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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Where and how you can work

Our flagship campus is in Sydney. We also have a campus in Melbourne and co-working spaces in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. But you have choice in where and how you work, we trust our Canvanauts to choose the balance that empowers them and their team to achieve their goals.

What you’d be doing in this role

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that's all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you'll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

At the moment, this role is focused on:

We are looking for an experienced Senior Art Director, with a background in big ideas and advertising creative, to join the team.

As Canva scales, change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that’s all part of the fun! This will give you the flavor of the type of things you’ll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

As a Senior Art Director, you will be responsible for elevating our craft and raising the bar of excellence for our global brand campaigns. A master in your craft, you will tackle the hardest design and creative problems at Canva: driving complex problems from chaos to clarity and enforcing a high-quality bar for work across the Creative Team.

You’ll inspire the team to achieve exceptional design and art direction craft, exploring new ways to leverage our branding, and showcase Canva’s products for consumer and B2B audiences.

With a deep understanding of media platforms, such as TVC, OOH, Paid Social, and Organic Social, you’ll deliver impactful creative at scale and speed.

You’ll work at the crossroads of creativity, data and innovation. Steering creative output by testing new ideas, insights and strategies; and doubling down on those that are working.

You’ll innovate the way we elevate our product and celebrate our community in campaigns. And inspire our talented team of creatives to constantly push the boundaries of design craft and art direction.

You’ll collaborate many other teams at Canva (Product, Brand Marketing, Brand Media, Partnerships and Leadership) to shepherd your vision through from concept to launch.

What you'll do:

  • Help achieve Canva’s business targets and brand goals through big ideas and design direction for global campaigns
  • Inspire the creative team, providing direction, mentorship and coaching, mobilizing them to execute exceptional creative
  • Design creative solutions for Canva's campaigns, with strong collaboration with our product and motion teams to ensure we are representing our product in the best light in our campaigns
  • Direct meaningful content including; animations, videos and graphic images for multiple media touch points
  • Articulate creative decisions and connect strategy with decisions
  • Collaborate with a team of designers, copywriters, motion designers, videographers, producers and other groups to bring campaigns to life
  • Manage and work with multiple stakeholders across the organization
  • Use insights and data to refine creative decisions to ensure our customer needs are always considered
  • Conduct research, brainstorm, sketch, prototype, and collaborate to create ground-breaking work
  • Develop a deep understanding of consumer targets’ mindsets, attitudes and behaviors to inform strong creative development
  • Partner with our Executive Creative Director & Creative Directors to develop craft initiatives for the team, to help grow their skills

You're probably a match if:

  • 6+ years of agency and/or client-side campaign experience, as a Senior Art Director who has successfully delivered global campaigns across multiple channels
  • Design and ideation are your superpowers. You're able to visualise the brand and our product in campaigns
  • Experience leading a team of designers, with knowledge on how to inspire them
  • Excellent design craft and copywriting skills, and a portfolio that shows experience with Campaign Creative 
  • An understanding that spans digital design, product design and Figma is key to this to help ensure sure that your vision is fully realised
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills, allowing you to communicate complex information simply and clearly
  • You thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment that requires the ability to problem solve, drive chaos to clarity, and maintain personal resilience
  • You’re an energy giver with a positive outlook. A natural empathetic teammate, with a consistent track record of cross-functional leadership and partnership

About the Group and team
Canva’s in-house creative team is on a mission to make Canva the most loved brand in the world. We work from concept to creation on world-class creative across brand communications, marketing campaigns, editorial content and production.

As part of this team, you’ll help create a brand that communicates our purpose, defines perception and awareness globally, and puts a spotlight on our diverse community– ensuring they receive a human, inspiring and empowering experience. 


What's in it for you?
Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a range of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:

  • Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
  • Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
  • An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
  • Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

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Other stuff to know

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

We celebrate all types of skills and backgrounds at Canva so even if you don’t feel like your skills quite match what’s listed above - we still want to hear from you!

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.




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