Lead Art Director, Creative Studio

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

We believe the economy is better when everyone has access. When everyone has room to grow. No one should be left out because the cost is too great or the technology too complex. We started with a little white credit card reader but haven’t stopped there. We’re empowering the independent electrician to send invoices, setting up the favorite food truck with a delivery option, helping the ice cream shop pay its employees, and giving the burgeoning coffee chain capital for a second, third, and fourth location. We’re here to help sellers of all sizes start, run, and grow their business—and helping them grow their business is good business for everyone.

Job Description

Square is looking for an experienced, inquisitive, and passionate Managing Art Director to join our award-winning creative team. You will lead a team of art directors and cross-discipline designers, and collaborate with our product, marketing, and creative groups to craft smart marketing that drives both our brand and our business forward. 

This is a hands-on leadership role. You will be at the heart of co-creating on-strategy ideas and bringing them to life. You’ll be asked to connect dots, organize thoughts and develop plans to match teams’ expectations. This position requires team and project leadership from concept through execution, QA, and iteration. We work across the latest platforms, covering web and mobile experiences, visual design, experiential installations, photography, video, and animation.

You’re conceptual, can share and sell your ideas, and encourage others to share theirs. Experience in and passion for people management is a must.


  • Collaborate with design and creative leadership to develop integrated marketing efforts, and establish team processes and standards as well
  • Help set creative strategy
  • Oversee and help design graphic concepts, assets, and visual treatments across mediums and marketing channels
  • Use customer and data insights to inspire creative concepts
  • Champion brand standards and design systems
  • Motivate and encourage your team to ensure the work is the best it can be, maintaining a high level of creative execution while meeting the needs of our partners
  • Collaborate across the Square organization to guarantee an integrated brand experience


  • 8+ years of relevant experience, 3+ in leadership
  • A portfolio that shows experience launching complex integrated campaigns
  • Experience pushing a brand forward with fresh, evolving, creative ideas
  • An ability to define and build brands
  • Advanced design and skills that cover multiple creative projects
  • Strong typography skills
  • Understand performance-based marketing strategies
  • Familiarity with new and traditional brand channels and mediums
  • Ability to work independently, and partner with copywriters and teams of designers 
  • A positive attitude with an open mindset
  • Interest in technology and the future evolution of content creation and distribution

 For consideration, please submit a link to your portfolio. ​​​​​​​

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply and always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible. Perks At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes: Healthcare coverage, Retirement Plans, Employee Stock Purchase Program, Meal reimbursements, Wellness perks, Paid parental leave, Flexible time off, Learning and Development resources