Motion Design Director

New York, United States · Graphic Design expand job description ↓


Local Projects is seeking a Motion Design Director with significant professional experience in executing cutting edge motion design projects. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of leading teams and the creative vision for a variety of interactive media experiences, across differing platforms.

As the head of the Motion Design Department, this creative leader will be responsible for mentoring talent and growing a strong design discipline that works effectively and collaboratively with other creative disciplines within Local Projects.


  • A minimum of 7+ years of experience in the creative field, including a minimum of 2+ years in a creative leadership role.
  • Superior motion design and art direction skills exhibited in an outstanding portfolio.
  • A proven track record of both project direction and team management.
  • Proficiency in motion design software including the Adobe CC suite and Cinema 4D as well as plug-ins and ideally scripting.
  • A strong creative point of view and the ability to be strategic about project direction and creative decisions.


  • Sharing project ownership with Project Managers to efficiently manage client expectations. and ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Working directly with clients, articulating and presenting ideas and solutions.
  • Defining the conceptual and production approach on motion-centric projects for linear media, interactive media, and physical environments.
  • Directing all projects phases from concept through to completion, including executing content across multiple platforms.
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams on content driven assignments.
  • Leading the design vision and art direction within a project team throughout the full cycle of a long term project and remaining agile through design pivots.
  • Being hands-on with motion design and animation projects from start to finish, including storyboarding, designing styleframes, creating proof-of-concept motion graphics, producing final media files, supervising installation etc.
  • Driving experiments, producing fast low-fidelity prototypes for responsive iterations and production planning for later refinement.
  • Steering teams towards aspirational solutions, thriving for creative innovation and aesthetic excellence.
  • Collaborating with team members from all disciplines, may they be strategists, content developers, UI/UX designers, visual experience designers, architects, creative technologists, or producers.
  • Juggling multiple projects, establishing expectations for designers and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Structuring workflows based on advanced technical knowledge on formats, compressions and general file structure organization.
  • Assisting in designing and maintaining motion tools & infrastructure.
  • Guiding resourcing decisions on motion projects.
  • Leading and growing the motion design department.
  • Mentoring and and fostering talent through clear direction, constructive and actionable feedback, and passing on knowledge and expertise.
  • Driving growth and professional development for motion designers within the department.
  • Inspiring with an awareness of contemporary and emerging trends in technology, art and design.
  • Thrive within a fast paced creative environment.


  • Experience designing digital interfaces (UI) is a huge plus.
  • Experience designing motion pieces for physical installations is a plus.
  • Basic Coding skills would be helpful (processing, javascript or any programming language).
  • After Effects scripting or experience with expressions is a huge plus.


7+ Years of Professional Experience--please share portfolio link with motion graphics design elements that show expertise.

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