Wednesday, February 04, 2009

6406: PR Firm Should Work On Its Hype.

When did Edelman start believing it could do more than type press releases? The job listing below seeks a Presentation Director/PowerPoint Design Guru! First of all, PowerPoint Design Guru is an oxymoron. And only a PR wonk would see the need for a dedicated staffer to produce meeting decks. A quick peek at the Edelman website clearly shows the problem is not with design, but rather, with content. There’s too much of it—and none of it is even remotely interesting. Hell, the job listing continues the tendency towards loads of noise sans style or substance.

Presentation Director/PowerPoint Design Guru!

Communications leader, Edelman, is looking for a high impact presentation expert to round out our award-winning design team in the US! We are looking for a talented presentation director to join our Creative team to revolutionize high end presentations, intertwine our corporate strategy in this medium, and lead a team of innovative specialists across the US.

We are seeking someone who excels at brand development and possesses the innate ability to take creative concepts from conception to reality. This person must thrive on the challenge of developing a continuous stream of fresh design ideas for some of the world’s largest brands. If you’re creative, organized, and can flourish in an energetic, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, this could be the position for you!

Qualifications and Responsibilities of the Presentation Director
This person will be responsible for managing a team of presentation specialists focused primarily on design of top tier clients and new business presentations – continually striving to take the medium to the next level. The ideal candidate will have experience working closely with art directors, agency creative planners and account teams to create high-end presentations. Ideal candidate should have experience with traditional print such as designing ads, print collateral, web site design and video production. The candidate responsibilities and qualifications should include:

•First and foremost an expert, power user and creative designer in PowerPoint
•Second, the ability to translate the established design into other formats including Microsoft Word
•Experience with establishing brand identity for new or emerging brands
•An energetic and compelling presentation style – comfortable in group settings with top notch presentation skills
•Experience using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
•7 to 10 years’ design experience
•Show consistent initiative and takes ownership of projects – showing excellent judgment when working with team member, client contact, and vendors
•Experience managing/art directing a dynamic staff
•Ability to prioritize and manage work, adhering to critical project timelines in a fast-paced environment
•Able to create templates and automate system processes, as well as lead presentation trainings, as required
•Knowledge of Adobe flash and with animation/motion graphics (Adobe After Effects) a bonus
•Experience creating web design, interactive, HTML programming, animation and 3d modeling and any other high-end presentation programs an added bonus
•The ideal candidate will have a BFA in Graphic Design or related creative medium and have strong typographic design

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