“The product is fun and lets me flex my creative muscles every season, but the best part of working here honestly, is the team. The people I work with are amazing, and that counts for a lot in the design industry!”

Sean, Designer

Creative Director
in CA - San Francisco

Job Description

There’s a little bit of magic in the air at Gymboree Group. We’re focusing on our future, from evolving our brands to transforming the way we work together. We may be grown-ups, but we’re all about celebrating children and the people who care for them. We love to collaborate to find new ways to make our customers smile. Have great ideas? We want to hear them. Want to try a new approach? Let’s do it. Come join the fun at our home office!

What You’ll Do

In this role, you will work with the Gymboree business partners to understand business strategies and goals to ensure that creative deliverables meet all business objectives. The role also partners with a broader cross-functional team, including visual merchandising, marketing, copy and ecommerce to evaluate and deliver brand-building and traffic-driving stories to customers. The CD must stay connected to emerging trends across retail, technology, fashion and parenting and ensure we are connected to customer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead and drive seasonal creative direction in 5-6 campaigns a year (concept, visualization, art direction, talent selection, execution)
  • Establish seasonal tool kits for cross-functional team use in brand expression
  • Partner with Visual to ensure in-store adoption and standards develop in store creative
  • Manage direct team of 2 designers. Mentor and empower cross-functional team of up to 8; inspire and develop ability to work within the brand voice and build compelling stories
  • Collaborate with cross-functional Merchant and Marketing teams to translate creative into clear, executable messages for advertising, ecommerce content, advertising, PR and social communications
  • Own brand packaging experience in partnership with brand General Manager: labeling, transportation materials, in-store packaging
  • Champion innovation and evolution of brand to stay relevant and compelling
  • Present creative direction regularly with expert-level skills

Job Requirements

What You’ll Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher and 10+ years’ experience in design or creative fields in fashion, retail and/or advertising environment
  • 5+ years of digital experience, in addition to traditional creative experience
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing integrated and innovative marketing campaigns
  • Proven track record in the ability to inspire, manage and develop creative talent
  • Ability to develop and communicate a creative vision to both the Creative team and business partners
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to be decisive and flexible
  • Passion for building compelling brands
  • Ability to travel domestically (20%)
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Strong sense of urgency and purpose in a fast-paced environment
  • Love for working with kids and empowering them to own their style

Why You’ll Love Working With Us

  • The Product—so good, you’ll be using your employee discount more than you probably should
  • The People—ask anyone that works here…we have incredible people on our team
  • The Experience—you’ll enjoy a rewarding career at a respected global children’s brand
  • The Benefits—health insurance, 401k match, and onsite wellness services for your convenience

Let’s Talk Perks!

  • Generous Health Savings Account (HSA) employer contributions for individuals and families
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and commuter benefits
  • Paid holidays and flexible time off
  • 30% off merchandise employee discount (Gymboree & Outlet, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8 & Outlet)
  • Gymboree Play & Music class discounts
  • Educational Assistance Development Program
  • Life insurance (self, spouse/domestic partner, children)
  • Additional corporate discounts at participating companies

More About Us

Gymboree Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer, operating stores with high-quality clothes and accessories for children. Our family of brands includes Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8. Since our start in 1976, we have grown from offering mom-and-baby classes in the San Francisco Bay Area to currently operating over 900 retail stores in the United States and Canada, along with franchises around the world. We believe that respect for the customer, respect for the brand, and respect for each other are at the core of everything we do.

Gymboree Group, Inc. is unable to provide relocation assistance for this position.Principals Only. EOE. No phone calls, please. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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71 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA  94105

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