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Shoot Art Director (East Asia) - Japan - 12-month Contract

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, Australia but we engage our Contractors and Freelancers all over the world to help us meet our crazy big goals. As a Contract or Freelancer at Canva you can work remotely in the country listed on this job ad, meaning you have ultimate flexibility. Wherever works for you, works for us.

What you’d be doing in this role:
Canva is on a mission to democratise design through the localisation of our products -- and one of the ways we’re doing that is by making sure we have a library full of high-quality, market-bespoke photography for our East Asia market. It’s not enough just to have content that is translated from English, we want to be sure that all users have access to content that reflects the design aesthetics and trends in their market.

You’ll be on a mission to ensure that content within the Canva editor is high quality, fresh, inspiring, and caters to every user. In addition to sourcing and managing content, the team is dedicated to improving the contributor experience as well as promoting the best content to Canva users.

We’re interested in engaging an Art Director based in South Korea/Japan on a 12 month project where you’ll be creating a variety of photography for our library.

We’re looking for someone with exceptional organisational skills and a strong design/creative background to help produce content and direct production for the Canva library, manage some administrative tasks and provide artistic direction and quality assurance when necessary.

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:

  • Leading project based work, producing all types of content based on content gaps, user requests, trends, etc. from pre-production planning to post production
  • Researching relevant content and styles
  • Creating detailed briefs
  • Liaising with creatives during the entire production process
  • Coordinating with in-house teams and making sure their content requests are being produced
  • Working closely with Creative team leads in ensuring goals for the season are met
  • Sourcing, screening and managing our global network of creativesTracking and reviewing submissions/applications to ensure we get the best content for our users.

You're probably a match if:

  • You have experience as a Senior Creative creating a diverse range of Content
  • You have experience working in and leading a small team of creatives, and providing professional support and development for junior creatives
  • You have a passion for writing simple and clear briefs, with demonstrated experience in commissioning all types of creatives
  • You have a strong portfolio demonstrating your passion for designing clean, elegant, and beautiful designs
  • You have a good eye for composition and are up to date with styles and trends
  • You have in depth technical knowledge 
  • You have confidence to try new things, and a passion for big ideas and storytelling
  • You have the ability to work collaboratively in a creative team environment
  • You have diligence to hit deadlines, and offer suggestions to streamline and improve team processes.

About the team:

You’ll be working with us, the Internationalisation (i18n) Team. The vision for the i18n team is to provide Truly Local content for users of Canva around the world.

Other stuff to know:

We make hiring decisions to engage contractors based on your experience, skills and passion. When you signify interest in the Project, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the contractor-accreditation interview process.

Please note that contractor-accreditation meetings are conducted virtually.

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!

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Our mission is to make Canva the go-to place for everyone’s design needs not only by creating thousands of content anyone can customize but also by ensuring that our collection is the best out there. We don’t just want to make regular stock content: we are creating truly bespoke, truly local and truly diverse content that best represent our users. We want to ensure all of our content meet excellent quality criteria by creating standards and processes that encompass both cultural relevance and Canva design principles.



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