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Facebook Managing Art Director, Messenger Avatars in Menlo Park, California

Intro:

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.

Summary:

Messenger is looking for a Managing Art Director to join the AR Team to lead our Avatars effort.The Messenger AR Team is a team of multidisciplinary creatives and technical artists focused on bringing art and tech together to create innovative experiences that help people feel together when they’re not physically together.As Managing Art Director you will be asked to work closely with our team of technical artists, cross-functional Messenger stakeholder, and cross-app partners.The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, strategic-minded, leader with high standards for craft and execution. This person is an expert in their craft and is highly skilled in working with cross functional teams to solve problems, improve processes, unblock artists, and drive consensus.This person should be comfortable in a fast-paced, quickly-shifting environment, and able to synthesize points of view from various stakeholders to offer solutions.This role will be approximately a 50/50 split of hands-on making and direction.

Required Skills:

  1. Work in collaboration with Product Design, Product Management, Engineering, Data Science, and User Research to absorb knowledge, define opportunities, and develop concepts and treatments to bring ideas to life.

  2. Distill complex strategic goals into easily accessible creative concepts and clear next steps.

  3. Work closely with the Creative Director and cross-functional stakeholders to improve, expand.

  4. Lead visually by delivering compelling, polished mockups.

  5. Work with vendors to communicate vision, guide execution, and ensure on-brand delivery of assets at a high level of quality.

  6. Discover new opportunities for product impact through quantitative and qualitative analysis, to turn ideas into a strategic roadmap and oversee their execution through delivery.

  7. Seek out creative opportunities to expand the impact and cultural relevance of AR in Messenger.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 4+ years experience as Art Director, Technical Director, Design Director or similar at a creative studio, a production company, or tech company.

  2. A link to an online portfolio showcasing relevant work (Include link on your resume).

  3. Presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills, with the experience communicating complex, sometimes abstract, concepts clearly and persuasively.

  4. Expert in character design.

  5. Proficient in character animation.

  6. Solid illustration and/or sketching skills.

  7. Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite software.

  8. Expert in Cinema 4D or Maya.

  9. Track record of delivering highly engaging animated characters.

  10. Experience coordinating, directing, and guiding the work of other artists and animators.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Hands-on experience in UX/UI design (e.g., through Figma or similar).

  2. Experience working in AR/VR/XR or gaming industry with an understanding of technology requirements and work flows.

  3. Experience designing gen-z focused brands or products.

  4. Creative coding knowledge (Spark, Unity, OpenFrameworks, etc.).

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations-ext@fb.com.

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