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We have a simple belief — Unexpected Works. It means that the best idea is the one you never saw coming. The thing that catches you so off guard that you can‘t look away. And the only path to genuinely unexpected works is through creativity. Not just what passes for creativity because it answers a brief, looks the part and helps everyone sleep at night. But creativity that is foreign, surprising and interesting enough to cause jaws to drop and sales to soar. It’s having the fresh perspective and raw energy to bring something into the world that no one’s ever seen before. We’re talking about the courage to shake things up and maybe even tear a few things down. And knowing that what most would call the finish line is where the real work starts. We believe in people, product, and profit, in that order. For us, people always come first. They’re the soul of our agency. It takes amazing folks to make amazing work. That’s why we make sure everyone who comes through the door is as great as the people who are already here. It’s also why we constantly strive to build diverse teams where everyone brings something unique to the table. Because you can’t make the unexpected if you only work with the usual suspects. By bringing together diverse thinkers with different backgrounds and perspectives, we validate Bill Bernbach’s notion that an idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it. So, come be part of the magic. 


The ACD, a conceptual and visual expert in interactive marketing, provides project level leadership to the creative team (art director/copywriter/designer) for the realization of all creative strategies. The ACD is facile with all forms of online marketing and media and is charged with developing compelling art and copy in a variety of tones and styles to a wide array of target audiences. The ACD coordinates the execution of creative assignments, provides mentoring, and approves the work of his/her creative team. ACDs possess excellent written skills and are persuasive presenters. They are the primary client-facing creative contact on all projects. The ACD fosters creative synergy between other DDB divisions and insures proper creative integration. 


  • Is the creative team leader and primary creative decision maker on all client projects and business development initiatives. 
  • Realizes the brand vision and marketing objectives through strong concepts and executions. 
  • Helps the creative team establish tone, character, and messages that will effectively communicate with the target audience and fulfill the marketing objectives. 
  • Manages and mentors copywriters, designers and Art Directors by providing inspiring direction for both projects and long-term professional growth. 
  • Directs all external creative vendors (illustrators, production houses, photographers, comp artists, and video producers). 
  • Plans, creates, and presents powerful concepts and executions. Possesses strong written and presentation skills. 
  • Oversees the creation and production of presentation materials. 
  • Responsible for the proper placement, context and meaning of creative element, as well as the overall message within a creative assignment. 
  • Reports state of account and current projects to Director of Creative Services on a regular basis 
  • Executes creative process for development and production as established by Director of Creative Services 
  • Constantly explores communication innovations that may enhance a client’s marketing message. 
  • Proactively defines and assembles all necessary creative assets with the Project Manager and the Account Lead. 
  • Works daily with the Project Manager to ensure all deliverables and deadlines are met within budget. 
  • Spreads expertise, passion, and innovation throughout the team and the Creative Department. 
  • Collaborates with other creative staff to share learning and experience and to establish initiatives that will improve Tribal’s creative product. 
  • Provides the department with procedural initiatives that will enhance quality, productivity, and profitability. 
  • Partners with Account, Media, Production and Technical counterparts to enhance quality, productivity, and profitability of the group’s work. 
  • Contributes to overall office morale, spirit, and character 


  • 3 to 5 years’ experience as a creative manager in an interactive marketing environment. 
  • Proven ability to develop award-winning creative concepts, copy and design. 
  • Proven ability to manage a multi-disciplinary creative team. 


DDB is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to review all of our job postings to minimize biased language. DDB Chicago does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal law.