Associate Creative Director

New York, United States | Creative | Full-time | Partially remote


About RSR

We’re Ready Set Rocket, a fully integrated digital agency driving business transformation. A consultancy at heart, we help our clients navigate the fast-paced world of technology disruption and changing consumer behaviors. We blend data, design, and media with conceptual and emotional storytelling to drive our client’s initiatives.

Forget what you’ve heard about agency culture—we do things a little differently. When life comes first, stellar work follows. We’re a “people-first” culture. Working here, you’re not just joining a crew of people passionate about creating incredible work; you’re also joining a team that understands prioritizing flexibility, and holistic health goes way beyond just words.

We’re huge on collaboratively overcoming challenges by supporting each other every step of the way. We’re all about pushing boundaries, learning from mistakes, and using every project as a chance to evolve and find fulfillment in the work.

At Ready Set Rocket, we take our numerous “Best Places to Work” awards super seriously. Big ideas, big talent, big impact.

What RSR Offers

Everyone deserves an environment where they can thrive. Ready Set Rocket offers a competitive package of benefits & perks including:

  • Hybrid Workplace
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) 
  • Paid Family Leave Policy
  • Health Benefits: Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Work from Home Reimbursement
  • Professional Development Subsidy
  • Pet Insurance
  • Dog Friendly Office 
  • 401k Retirement Plan & Matching
  • Kindbody Membership
  • Health Advocate 
  • One Medical Membership 
  • Talkspace Membership 
  • Fitness or Mental Wellness Reimbursement
  • Discounted Citibike Memberships
  • Volunteer Stewardship Days

At Ready Set Rocket, we don’t really like to brag, but we’ve earned a bunch of company culture awards including...

  • Built In NYC, NYC Best Small Companies "Best Places to Work" 2022 
  • Ad Age Small Agency Awards, "Best Agency Culture" 2018
  • Crain’s "Best Places to Work" in NYC 2016 & 2017
  • Ad Age, "Best Places to Work" 2016


Your Impact

At Ready Set Rocket, we are looking for a highly creative and diligent Associate Creative Director who can inspire and be hands-on across a variety of projects. While supporting the broader creative goals set by the Creative Director, you will play a crucial role in driving the creative direction of our smaller or lower-tier projects. You will work closely with art directors and designers to refine their skills and push the creative envelope, ensuring high-quality outputs and consistent innovation.

What Success Looks Like

  • Supportive Creative Leadership: Support the Creative Director with conceiving and guiding projects that align with the strategic goals of the agency, contributing to impactful work that resonates on a global scale.

  • Execution of Diverse Projects: Direct and deliver high-quality creative outputs across a spectrum of projects, including digital campaigns, social media content, and branding, ensuring they meet client and agency standards.

  • Development of Design Concepts: Generate and execute compelling design concepts that elevate the brand presence of our clients while adhering to their strategic objectives.

  • Client Satisfaction and Team Growth: Produce results that not only meet client expectations but also foster an environment of growth and learning for junior creative staff, enhancing their skills and career trajectories.

  • Proactive Project Involvement: Engage actively in project planning and conceptual phases to ensure creative alignment and readiness for upcoming challenges, maintaining a steady flow of innovative ideas.

What You Bring to the Table

  • 5+ years of experience in the creative industry (3+ years in an agency setting with leadership responsibilities)

  • Prior roles such as Senior Art Director or Junior Creative Director, with a proven track record of guiding smaller scale projects

  • Strong portfolio showcasing expertise in digital media, brand campaigns, and a keen eye for aesthetic and functional design

  • Commitment to mentoring junior creatives, helping them develop their design skills and conceptual thinking

  • Excellent communication skills, capable of constructing compelling narratives around your ideas and presenting them convincingly to both the team and clients

  • Organizational prowess, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic, deadline-driven environment

  • Technical proficiency in Figma, Adobe Creative Suite, and familiarity with motion design tools and principles

  • Collaborative spirit, eager to work closely with cross-disciplinary teams to craft innovative solutions

  • Curiosity and eagerness to innovate, continuously exploring new tools and techniques to advance your craft

  • Experience coordinating smaller scale photo and video shoots, ensuring they align with the creative vision

At the discretion of RSR leadership, this job description is subject to change based on the evolving needs expected of the role and the changing demands of the business over time.

Workplace Culture

Hybrid: We believe in the best of both worlds! As part of our hybrid work culture, you'll have the chance to collaborate with our team in our vibrant SOHO NYC office a few times a week. 

Flexible: This role is most rewarding for those who master their own time. We're not your typical 9-5 punch-in, punch-out job. We thrive in the ebb and flow to accommodate the evolving dynamics of our work. If you can embrace the freedom to work autonomously while adapting to the changing demands of our project life cycles, this is the right place for you.


Compensation is determined by years of experience and proven previous success in this role, level of expertise in the skills needed to perform this role at the highest level and cost of living in your area of residency. Salary Range: $140,000-150,000

EEO Statement

At RSR we are conspiring to design a better world and we believe this goal can only be advanced by a team that is committed to diversity, represents different cultures, perspectives and backgrounds and prioritizes inclusivity as a pilar of our company culture.

RSR is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.