Executive Creative Director | Part Time (LDN)

Last updated: July 2024

The Role:

Shape History is searching  for candidates with at least 10-15 years of experience in communications & creative storytelling to become our new Executive Creative Director (ECD). We’re looking for someone who’s had significant success with award-winning creativity for consumer brands and/or NGOs, extensive experience building and leading creative teams, and has a passion for social impact.  If you’re ready for a new challenge in London, let’s talk. 

Hello! We’re Shape History,  the social impact communications agency based in London. We work with our partners –  charities, businesses, UN bodies, academic institutions, philanthropic organisations –  on some of the biggest issues facing humanity today, from Climate Change to Gender Equality, Digital Health to Human Rights. 

We’re a full service agency and team up with our partners – think charities, businesses, UN groups, academic brains, and big-hearted folks aiming to make the world better. As our ECD, you will be leading every aspect of our creative team, whether it’s  developing  creative proposals, planning major campaigns, supervising the entire creative process, and guiding the team that works under you. The creative team includes creative ideators, copywriters and designers. 

This role is part time and we anticipate 2.5-3 days per week, with at least 2 days in our London office, reporting to our Co-Managing Directors.

How you’ll be shaping history everyday:

  • Building relationships with current & potential partners (we call our clients partners) through existing networks, speaking engagements, and thought leadership. Our existing partner portfolio is primarily charities, NGOs and institutions – we’re really looking for the ECD to open up new opportunities with consumer brands, as well as consolidate our status as a leading global agency within our current market. 
  • Leading on creative proposals (brand and campaigns) and pitching concepts to prospective partners.
  • Specifically supporting the professional development of the Associate Creative Director and Associate Design Director to realise their full potential. 
  • Amplifying a creatively aspirational environment and vision for our Creative Team to work and excel in, overseeing their ideas and projects.
  • Working together with the Operations Team and Associate Directors to develop and implement creative processes and training across the different disciplines and workstreams. 
  • Overseeing the quality of major creative projects from start to finish, and signing off on final creative outputs (when time allows). 

You’re exceptional at… (role requirements)

  • Leadership: Demonstrating excellent leadership and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to inspire the creative team to give their best. Fostering inclusive and diverse creative teams. 
  • Communication: Exhibiting strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as presentation skills for outstanding pitches
  • Creativity: Generating creative ideas and understanding and translating partners’ vision and needs into outstanding campaigns and brands. 
  • Trend tracking: An awareness of current trends in advertising and design
  • Motivation:  Showing a self-starting attitude and an open outlook
  • Resilience: Maintaining resilience under pressure and against deadlines
  • Department integration:  Understanding  how creative roles complement other departments, such as finance and data management
  • Creative tools: Proficiency with the software and applications involved in the creative process
  • Management: Excelling in  managing people, projects and resources.
  • Partner management: Supporting partner relationships and expectations effectively.

Extra bit of awesome:

  • Existing networks: A bank of relationships and contacts across brands and NGOs to connect with Shape History that leads to new opportunities to pitch for new business opportunities. 
  • Sector-specific knowledge: Knowledge and background in the social impact/charity/political sector, whether that be volunteering or working with charities, campaigns, NGOs, funders, or institutions.
  • Hola. Bonjour. Shalom. Speak another language? Great! Our partners and projects take place across all four corners of the globe.

Inclusivity:

We are committed to having an inclusive culture in which everyone feels safe and supported to achieve their potential. We recognise that there is a long way to go in implementing race equity in the sector and we have a robust strategy in place for delivering this at Shape History. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented and minority groups, including those with lived experience of social issues we are working to address.

Equally, we are committed to creating an environment that both celebrates and supports neurodiversity, and whilst we’ve put measures in place to support you throughout this recruitment process (such as our pre-interview pack preparing you for what to expect), we’d actively encourage you to ask us for any additional support. As part of this strategy, we use blind recruitment in our first round of applications. When applying for this role, you will be taken to a Typeform link where you’ll be asked a series of questions.

Remuneration: 

Salary range: Base salary of 75,000-90,000 pro rata 

Recruitment process:

  • Applications open on Monday 8 July 
  • Applications close on Monday 29 July at 10pm BST
  • A short task may be shared in advance of interviews, in which there will be two, with the first held in person between Monday 5th-Wednesday 7th August
  • We aim to make a decision on the chosen candidate by Monday 12th August