Creative Director at Known (New York City, NY)

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Known is a modern marketing company engineered for the unprecedented opportunities and challenges facing marketers today. We are about 500 people strong, pairing award-winning creatives with PhD data scientists, strategists, engineers and expert research teams to produce some of the most innovative and cutting-edge creative work in culture. We believe that when creative truly collaborates with science, strategy, and technology, incredible things can happen. 

Our clients span the leading brands in media, entertainment, finance, technology, CPG, real estate, and many other categories. These partnerships have earned us multiple awards and recognition: Emmys, Clios, Effies, Cannes Lions Awards, ProMax Agency of the Year, and most recently, Digiday’s Most Innovative Media Agency.

We couldn’t create this award-winning work without seeking out and hiring the best talent. What does it mean to be a Knowner? We are inquisitive innovators, knowledge-hunters who are constantly challenging ourselves to do better and be better for our clients, for our team and for our world at large. Our offices around the U.S. are open and while most of our people work in a hybrid setting, we are a distributed workforce with a number of Knowners working remotely.

When we gush about our badass creative team we don't start with the Lions, Clio, or Emmy awards; or our long legacy of working with celebrity talent; or even being the force behind some of the most recognizable campaigns in the game. We start with the data science and analytics, because what we value most is the real impact we make for our clients and their audiences. That’s how we know our creatives are the best.  Our end-to-end creative and production services have the ability to concept, create, shoot, edit and optimize across traditional advertising, digital, social, and experiential all in-house. That’s how we produce the breadth of assets modern marketing campaigns require more efficiently, without sacrificing quality.


The Creative Director will act as a key player in ideating and overseeing the execution of creative marketing campaigns and deliverables (primarily A/V) for Known’s Entertainment Marketing brand clients. Reporting to the VP, Group Creative Director, the ideal candidate will be a seasoned writer, world builder and overall creative who motivates, inspires, and drives original and progressive campaign concepts for our Entertainment Marketing clients. This position knows how to tell stories, on any platform, to drive engagement. You have a pulse on creative trends in entertainment marketing and culture and a creative sensibility that extends across content genres. You excel at building strong cross-functional relationships in fast paced organization, and can lead teams of all sizes to success. 

  • Develop strategic, cut-through ideas, stories and creative concepts that connect our client’s brands with target audiences in order to drive business growth
  • Write strong creative briefs that inspire great creative output; lead cross-functional business development/pitch teams to execute across those creative briefs to develop innovative and high performing concepts to clients
  • Creative power-house and true out of the box thinker with an extensive track record of ideating and delivering world-class and award-winning creative to clients 
  • An excellent copywriter and writer’s “writer” who can develop original scripts across multiple lengths and mediums
  • Strong ability to write in a range of different content genres and tones of voice, including comedy
  • Dynamic and engaging presenter of creative ideas and concepts, able to articulate and pitch creative concepts and scripts to clients, internal teammates and senior leadership 
  • Detail and deadline-oriented to ensure projects are on time and budget. Able to work efficiently and react quickly to change
  • Ensure consistency and efficacy of creative, working within the client’s established brand guidelines
  • Entrepreneurial mindset: curious, fast, adaptive and agile
  • Ensures budgets and timelines appropriately balance creative requirements and client needs
  • Lead new business efforts and knows who to engage to ensure a winning effort


This role is right for you if: 

  • You have a diverse portfolio featuring a wide range of creative campaigns, with a breadth of conceptual ideas and approaches to solving marketing problems
  • You are a strong written storyteller, regardless of medium
  • You have deep experience writing creative briefs and leading editorial/copy direction 
  • You have a portfolio of work including original shoot and clip based projects/campaigns
  • You possess a solid understanding of how creativity can achieve business objectives while still meeting and encouraging brand standards for aesthetic and communication quality
  • You demonstrate the optimism to think bigger, the curiosity to dig deeper, and the passion to do better
  • You are able to adapt to new ideas, processes, and business problems with ease and enthusiasm
  • You have strong verbal, presentation and writing skills
  • You are able to create sincere, authentic bonds with colleagues and clients
  • You have fluency with Google product suite/Microsoft 365 applications, and an aptitude for learning technology tools quickly

Your background includes:

  • Ideally 7-10+ years of creative experience in advertising, working in a full-service entertainment agency and/or studio within a Creative Services/Creative Marketing department
  • 2-3 years experience leading teams across various marketing verticals


  • Unlimited paid time off
  • 401k with company matching and no vesting period
  • Annual bonuses
  • Vacation bonus
  • Generous medical plan
  • Paid parental leave
  • Charity perk
  • Company-wide events and retreats


All this might sound great, but you’re probably still wondering, “Would I be a good fit for Known?” or “Would Known be a good fit for me?” Our culture is propped up by four values that we aspire to every day: We are one team. We see the good. We never stop learning. There’s always a better way. At Known we are setting out to build something more than just a company. We are building a legacy filled with exceptionally talented people with a kaleidoscope of backgrounds, experiences, and origin stories who feel encouraged and empowered to bring their whole selves to work, and to partner with us in molding and shaping our culture through our values.

Known is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or locally protected class.


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An Insider's view of Known

What’s the vibe like in the office?

People don't rest on their laurels. Everyone strives to help get the job done regardless of seniority. It's a big, collaborative effort and everyone's happy to help.


Director, Data Science

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We hire generalists that are capable of working in a distributed architecture, establishing data pipelines, writing command-line utilities, and working on user interfaces. We use these tools to solve big problems specific to the client's domain across several verticals; TV, Non-profit, e-commerce, programmatic advertising, etc.


Director, Engineering

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

While working at Known, I have been given the opportunity to grow my career from execution of analytics to contributing directly to the direction and development of my team.


Director, Data Science

What is your vision for the company?

Many of the most exciting businesses in the world count on us to know their consumers better than anyone and make their brands known in the most compelling ways imaginable. Known is setting a new standard for modern marketing through the marriage of art, science, and technology, working together to drive unparalleled business and cultural impact.



How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Creativity is the lifeblood of Known, and always has been, in every area of our business – from our award-winning studio to our breakthrough research innovations to our groundbreaking new approaches to media science. We cultivate creativity through time and space for inspiration and imagination in all we do.



What are Known Perks + Benefits

Known Benefits Overview

At Known we recognize the company’s ultimate success depends on our talented and dedicated teams. Our goal is to provide top notch benefits for our employees, their families, and their best furry friends. We want to create an environment where our employees can bring the best versions of themselves in and out of the office -- whether virtual or IRL.

Our perks are ingrained in our DNA and values. We offer unlimited PTO and truly encourage employees to disconnect and reset by taking time off. Don’t believe us? We give each employee a $1,000 vacation bonus to spend on PTO each year. Plus, for annual work anniversaries, we’ll honor employee contributions to Known with a $500 Amex gift card. We know employees have many causes and organizations they care about, so we provide a yearly $500 charity donation to one of your choice.

We firmly stand by collaboration and creating an inclusive, equitable environment. One way in which we do so is through Knownfest, a company-wide retreat offering a fun shared experience for dialogue, team-bonding, learning, and more.

Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
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