Art Director
The Giving Keys
Job Overview
836 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Job Description

The Giving Keys is a Pay It Forward company changing lives with inspirational jewelry through their social impact business model. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Giving Keys employs people transitioning out of homelessness to make and assemble their products. Every product is stamped with an inspirational word like DREAM, CREATE or INSPIRE, and the wearer is encouraged to embrace their word, then Pay It Forward by giving their product to a person who needs the message. Since their incorporation in 2012, The Giving Keys has provided over 150,000 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness.

Position Overview:

As the Art Director, you are ready to develop your existing design skills by working with senior creative staff on a range of ambitious and innovative projects. Responsible for helping to drive the creative direction of campaigns, you will be designing brand elements ranging from emails to web content, social media, posters, print, and more.

You possess an understanding of branding, typography, layout, and art direction. Additionally, you are familiar with how design fuels purchasing decisions and translates in the fashion/retail space.

This position interacts with many departments throughout TGK, so you should be comfortable communicating ideas and concepts with senior team members to receive feedback throughout the design process. You report directly to the VP of Marketing & eCommerce, who will provide creative direction and help manage your workflow and priorities. This is an in-house position with some flexibility around which days of the week you will be working.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Manage quarterly photoshoots for product and lifestyle, including timeline creation, thematic direction, model identification and wardrobing
  • Source competitive bids for photography
  • Act as liaison between TGK and website vendor on creative direction
  • Oversee creative for new site development project
  • Oversee video content creation/production as needed on larger campaigns
  • Design graphic elements for emails, web content, social media, posters, etc.
  • Complete edits to existing brand assets and executing original concepts
  • Participate in creative meetings and contribute design concepts for campaigns
  • Interface with peers and managers in a dynamic, deadline-driven environment
  • Proofread copy for spelling, grammar, and layout, making appropriate change

Minimum Requirements

  • Expert in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • 2-5 Years Design Experience
  • Experience in developing branded assets (i.e. emails, web banners, fliers)
  • Photo editing experience a plus
  • Fashion/retail or agency experience a plus

Core Values

DREAM: Who we’ll be tomorrow is not defined by who we were yesterday

CREATE: The space between intention and greatness is filled with hard work

INSPIRE: Paying it forward is the ripple effect that will change the world

Core Competencies

PROBLEM SOLVING: Shows curiosity and resourcefulness to solve issues and gain understanding. Asks questions to clarify issues and resolve confusion. Takes action within sphere of role.

ORGANIZING AND PLANNING: Exhibits strong organizational and planning skills. Manages times and tasks well. Plans, prepares and participates in meetings as necessary. Self-directed, where appropriate.

LEARNING AGILITY: Continuously seeks new knowledge, exhibits curiosity and desire to learn. Learns quickly and uses new information effectively. Applies new learning to existing challenges. Remains current in area of expertise.

TEAM PLAYER: Consistently keeps commitments and fulfills the expectations of the role. Responsibly and productively asks questions and shares POV. Supports the larger team initiative/work.

POSITIVE IMPACT: Makes a positive impact on those around them. Exhibits self-confidence and is approachable, optimistic, and enthusiastic about what they do. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in a functional specialty. Adds organizational value through unique expertise.

Work Requirements

  • Able to work and thrive in a high-stress environment that has a moderate noise level
  • Able to communicate the mission of TGK with both visual and written content
  • Able to work in an office environment and perform work at a desk for extended periods of time
  • Able to withstand exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity, and exposure to dust and noise levels present in a typical warehouse environment


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

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About The Giving Keys
We’re a Pay It Forward Company. At The Giving Keys, we want to inspire the world to pay it forward, so we’ve built it into how we do business. Through our social impact employment model, every product you purchase supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness.
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