OMNI Human Resource Management

Art Director

US-MO-Kansas City
Children International



OMNI is honored to be retained by Children International to assist with the search for an Art Director / Lead Designer to join their organization.


Children International is a $145 million international humanitarian organization that addresses global poverty at the root cause level by working directly with children and youth around the world. This progressive organization develops and delivers programs based on four pillars: health, education, empowerment and employment. Their core belief is investing in children and youth for the first two decades of their lives is the single best answer to breaking the cycle of poverty, especially generational poverty.


As a key member of the Global Content & Brand team the Art Director / Lead Designer will bring Children International to life by serving as a "master storyteller", driving the gathering, design, creation and application of key visual elements that enhance the visual impact and story effectiveness CI content.  


With the guidance of the Director, Brand & Content and in partnership with the Editorial Director / Lead Journalist this role works to concept, research and develop the look and feel of our CI content strategy and the development of the storylines that are on brand, on strategy and drive audience team results. This person has a strong understanding of brand and branding and develops strong partnerships with CI’s field personnel to ensure the delivery of fresh, relevant content. An excellent design thinker and agency partner and is responsible for the guidance and skill development of designers in the Marketing organization, and for leading the community of practice for the design resources across the organization. 


This position is critical to the future of Children International. It promises to be challenging – but you’ll see the reward of the job in the eyes of the youth who graduate from our programs, and in the gratitude of the employees who have grown and developed to make it happen. If you believe art can change the way we see the world and you want work that aligns with a cause you can support, join us!


  • Supports the Director in the development of the global content strategy and visual “look and feel” and brand voice.
  • Use your unique eye to develop messaging that appeals to the visual side of creativity and helps others see child poverty in a whole new way.
  • Builds story ideas that bring field marketing highlights to life, take CI donors and potential givers “there” and bringing sights, sounds and faces to the issue of childhood poverty. Close collaborator with Marketing Manager Global Programs.
  • Partners with outside agencies in the development of content as required. Engages with freelance community as needed to supplement internal editorial resources.
  • Scans external environment for creative trends, storytelling approaches, technology for capture
  • Lead curator and steward of Design resources in Digital Asset Management System
  • Co-leads the community of practice for the creative community. Provides mentoring, coordinates technical training and gives performance feedback on design competency.
  • Partners with Digital team to build linkage processes for theme and content to align with overall strategy.
  • Manages the designer/editors in the Marketing Organization. Provides performance objectives, feedback and coaching to this group.


Leadership Qualifications:

  • 3-4 years creative staff management experience
  • Ability to serve as an inspiring and influential leader who can develop and empower diverse teams.
  • Exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity reflective of a leader within an outstanding organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relational and communication skills, with a history of inspiring collaboration across various functions.
  • Possess a passion for children and youth and be committed to making a difference in the world.
  • Ability to role model, coach, and inspire collaboration across functions
  • Dedicated to diversity with compassion for other cultures and respect for a wide range of faiths, beliefs, experiences, and ethnically diverse populations.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's in Graphic Design, Visual Communications, PR or related discipline.  (Design portfolio required)
  • 7-10 years' experience in Graphic Design, Illustration, or commercial design.
  • Advertising or design agency experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated excellent design and branding skills, including visual layout, font, color skills.
  • Ability to translate storylines from international field sources into compelling content.
  • Story and mood board development to ensure a coherent look across content
  • Ability to “pitch” storylines and ideas to leaders and other content stakeholders
  • Strong Creative Judgment
  • Understand design for a digital audience
  • Understanding of Brand beyond visual branding
  • Ability to project and maintain a calm work atmosphere while concurrently operating in a time and deadline intensive, customer-driven environment.

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Inquiries about the position may be directed to Michelle Anderson at 913. 653. 8067


OMNI and our clients are Equal Opportunity Employers and seek diversity in candidates for employment. EEO Employer W/M/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.



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