Posted on: September 6, 2019 | Job#: 300016

Assistant Art Director

Full-time | One Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, US 94105

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About Athleta

We believe that being fit and active makes life richer and bigger than it could possibly be otherwise. And we’re always looking for people who share our passion for leading an active lifestyle, growing personally as well as professionally, and creating game-changing products and experiences.

Collaboration is a real thing here — because we know that individually we’re strong, but together we’re unstoppable. Athleta is a certified B Corporation, which means that we put people and planet right up there with profit, and we’re committed to using business as a force for good. 

About the role

The Associate Art Director is responsiblefor leading the creative efforts stacked against supporting the majority ofon-figure studio outfitting shots as well as elevated product laydowns. This position will deliver casting and artdirection that supports the strategy brief and results in compelling,brand-right photography for outfitting and laydown shots in the studio.

The Associate Art Director will partnerclosely with the Design & Concepting and Production teams to understand theproduct and storyline and help bring the concept to life visually.

This position works closely with the photo/videoproduction team to concept and identify the right talent needed for eachseason. A strong understanding of lighting, composition, and framing and anability to clearly articulate needs to various freelance and on-staff Art Directors & Photographers at Gap Studios is a must.

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Who you are


  • Skilled at bringing retail concepts to life visually through compelling photography, delivering on the strategic brief but also bringing innovation and new ideas that help the brand evolve.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the unique challenges of apparel photography.
  • Clearly communicates the creative vision for a shoot to relevant partners, senior leadership, and externally to production & talent.
  • Can command respect on set with confidence and a respectful approach.
  • Has an understanding of how to direct and put talent at ease.
  • Ability to collaborate closely with photographers, stylists, and digital techs.
  • Has experience with sport photography and has an understanding of how to capture authentic motion when needed, as well as a simple sophistication in the quiet moments.
  • Can easily manage multiple projects from concept through completion within a deadline driven environment.
  • Proven ability to pull the most compelling and versatile body of work for each shot, clearly communicating the intent behind each edit for the design team.
  • Understands how to deliver creative within a Brand framework, while also pushing new limits with experimentation.
  • Strong ability to build open, collaborative relationships with both internal and freelance creative and production teams.
  • A strong sense of curiosity and desire to learn.

    Seeks out feedback for improvement and is consistently pushing self to evolve.

  • Strong understanding of studio photography and how to capture assets that will work within the intended design context.
  • Excellent time management skills which will allow for balancing workload as well as creating a low stress, highly productive on-set environment.
  • Keeps current with industry trends, innovation within photography, while looking for inspiration in unexpected places.
Experience:
  • Enthusiasm for and proven experience in apparel retail (sport/ performance brand experience is a plus).

  • 5 years of experience in a photography environment.

  • Ability to work with a diverse cross-functional team with strong influencing skills.

  • Software expertise in InDesign and Adobe CS5 as well as editing software.

  • Ability to conceptualize and storyboard ideas.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

  • Strong aptitude in anticipating and following production processes and timelines.

Benefits at Athleta

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.*
  • Employees can take up to five “on the clock” hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.*
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee’s base pay.*
  • Employee stock purchase plan.*
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.*
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*For eligible employees

Gap Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, training and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, and make all employment decisions without regard to any protected status. We have received numerous awards for our long-held commitment to equality and will continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment of belonging. This year, we’ve been named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Humans Rights Campaign for the fourteenth consecutive year and have been included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second year in a row.

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