Design Director

The Design Director (DD) is charged with executing the overall design vision for an Advent project.


Through a balance of imagination and acumen, the DD is responsible for leading a "pod" of artists to facilitate this vision from the original ideation through final artistic production. Additionally, the DD will serve alongside the Project Manager or Senior Project Manager to maintain the core design vision through the fabrication and implementation in an effort to achieve a high level of quality, customer satisfaction and budget appropriate deliverables. At times, the DD will be required to develop visual designs directly; however, the primary focus will be leading the direction of the project while reporting to the VP of Experience.


  • Direct design pod with multiple projects from concept through completion

  • Lead brainstorm sessions and design kick-off meetings

  • Establish creative direction for each project within pod

  • Supervise and inspire creative team associated with each pod

  • Delegate conceptual design tasks to design pod members

  • Work with VP of Experience to ensure efficiency and design margins for projects within pod

  • Work hand-in-glove with the Project Manager or Senior Project Manager to ensure project delivery and client satisfaction

  • Travel, as required, for client presentations and design meetings (roughly 2-4 times per month)

  • Provide quality control over the level of design aesthetic for all projects 

  • Master Planning

  • Walk-path Planning

  • Spatial Modeling

  • Spatial Designing

  • Materials Recommendations

  • Marker Rendering / Conceptual Output

  • Management of Designers

  • Charette (live brainstorming event) leadership

  • Influence Vision of UX/UI design in conjunction with Digital Experience rep assigned to project

  • Pricing Markups / Materials Callouts

  • Ideation

  • Architectural Markups

  • Presenting in-person and via digital conference


Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in art related field or equivalent visual design experience required

  • Background in dimensional design work (Industrial, Architecture, Exhibit, Scenic Design, etc.)

  • A portfolio that demonstrates that you have a comprehensive "design eye"

  • At least 5+ years of professional experience

  • Understanding of architectural documents

  • Ability to perform architectural markups (Power, data, blocking, paint, etc.)

  • Understanding of architectural requirements for integration

  • Architectural management skill set

  • Advanced conceptual sketching and marker rendering skills are necessary (analog or digital).  

  • Ability to realize, direct, and lead the artistic vision for high-stakes projects from start to finish

  • Advanced Adobe Suite proficiency

  • Advanced Keynote proficiency

  • Advanced Sketchup expertise

  • Intermediate graphic design skills; Advanced leadership graphic design skills

  • Advanced Strategic thinking/consulting

  • Advanced budgeting and feasibility assessment

  • Basic understanding of UI/UX

  • Self-Starter/driver



  • Ability to evaluate, critique and make judgement calls on design

  • Advanced communication skills, both verbally and in writing, are a priority

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently towards goals in a complex, diverse environment with changing demands

  • Ability to demonstrate the embodiment of Advent Mantras and Core Values


Working Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Reaching, standing, walking, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motion.

  • Primarily office-based work – Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, sits or stands

  • Close visual acuity to perform activities at distances close to the eye

  • Subject to activities that occur inside and outside, heat and noise

  • When working in the office, not substantially exposed to adverse environment conditions


By nature, this job description cannot be exhaustive: additional responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements and working conditions may be associated with this job.



Advent, LLC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.