Freelance Associate Creative Director, Art

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Updated: January 23, 2020
Location: Columbus, OH, United States
Job ID: 7438


This freelance position is responsible for working in partnership with the larger Clinical Creative Team to lead and manage projects primarily focused on developing conceptual ideas for clinical trial programs with a Freelance Associate Creative Director/Copy partner. Most importantly, he/she is responsible for setting the creative vision and maintaining the creative standards on-going. This includes being aware of the nature of clinical communications and following guidelines set forth by clinical protocols in a global context.


Primary job responsibilities will be to develop and present conceptual ideas to support patient engagement in clinical trials through a range of healthcare professional-facing and patient-facing tactics (including digital tactics) and having the vision to meet trial sponsor team objectives. He/she will have superior communication skills focusing on setting and maintaining high standards commensurate with company creative expectations.


  • Owns clinical trial projects at the Associate Creative Director level
  • You will be the day-to-day creative lead on specific clinical projects with a focus on art direction and visual design
  • Present and defend the best work selling ideas internally and to clinical trial sponsors
  • Form a team with a Freelance Associate Creative Director/Copy partner for effective creative development
  • Manage to sponsor contract and project agreements
  • Monitor and manage team activity to ensure timely deliverables
  • Create partnership approach with peers from other departments (e.g. Editorial, Project Management, Patient Engagement colleagues)
  • Facilitate communication between team members and sponsors to maintain strong relationships and effective creative management
  • Provide creative direction
  • Act as a hands-on art director (as appropriate) when needed

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

  • 5+ years healthcare experience mandatory
  • 2+ years in a senior management capacity
  • Client-facing experience mandatory


  • Understanding of communicating in a regulated environment
  • Familiarity with the clinical trial process
  • Resourceful and able to conduct disease state research independently
  • Understanding of communicating similar information to multiple audiences
  • Able to work independently
  • Comfortable and flexible with quick turnarounds and last-minute changes
  • Must be naturally curious and able to quickly grasp and investigate clinical topics independently
  • Must be aware of competitor approaches and understand how to navigate highly competitive areas of research
  • Proven ability to think beyond the concept to ensure effective ideas that will support global reach, multiple audiences, and digital communications
  • Demonstrated concepting skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience working on a wide range of therapeutic areas and categories
  • Strategic Thinking: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can help create competitive ideas. Can connect strategies to creative solutions
  • Creative Vision: Sets and maintains high standards commensurate with the company’s creative expectations
  • Conceptual Creativity: Ability to think in abstract terms; can make connections between unrelated notions; can formulate innovative ideas where others cannot; seen as original and value-added in brainstorming sessions
  • Client Focus: Is dedicated to exceeding creative expectations; acts with the sponsor’s best interest in mind. Establishes and maintains effective relationships to gain trust and respect
  • Demonstrating Ownership and Proactivity: Demonstrates ownership of assigned work by continually generating ideas proactively. Ability and willingness to show ownership of assigned projects
  • Presentation Skills: Is effective in a variety of informal and formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small/large groups, with peers, in person and via WebEx; is effective in selling creative rationale and work both inside and outside the organization; instills respect and can manage meeting flow during the presentations
  • Willingness to be Flexible: Works beyond what is described in job description as needed. Willing to be flexible for the team, and ultimately the work
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