Senior Director, Design and Art Direction at Rent the Runway

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About Rent the Runway:

At Rent the Runway, our mission is to make women feel empowered and self-confident every single day by combining best in class technology, logistics, and customer service. Since our launch in 2009, we’ve developed proprietary technology, a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation, stores of the future, a viral brand, relationships with hundreds of fashion designers - and we are passionate about continuing to innovate our customer experience. We have pioneered the closet in the cloud and believe that every person globally will soon have a subscription to fashion. We are proud to be both a profitable and fast-growing business, with 11 million members of our community who believe that rental is the future.

Position Overview:

Rent the Runway is seeking a Senior Director of Design and Art Direction to join our growing Creative team. This role will be responsible for overseeing and developing various design deliverables across marketing channels, creative concepts, presenting ideas and art direction, and managing execution in support of predetermined business goals and the marketing campaigns that support them. Additionally, this role will manage the creation and delivery of cross-platform assets for web, native app, email, social and paid experiences. The ideal candidate has a strong attention to art direction, styling, branding and typography, with a strong understanding and passion for marketing.


  • Work closely with cross-functional partners in Content Marketing, PR, Fashion and Growth to define and understand seasonal messaging strategy and campaigns in order to develop concepts, designs and art direction to support the strategy
  • Execute innovative creative ideas and design solutions to advance Rent the Runway’s brand vision
  • Collaborate and help manage external creative partners to support various Marketing, PR and Growth projects
  • Daily collaboration with the Production, Marketing, Content, Fashion and Merchandising teams to execute world class designs, photography and video projects
  • Manage a growing team of Designers and Art Directors while working closely to drive solutions around creative productions as it pertains to editorial shoots and video content
  • Provide strategic design solutions for marketing materials such as paid, email, social, marketing landing pages, site/app refreshes, print and OOH
  • Apply conceptual thinking and creativity to complex business problems and briefs from conception to production
  • Be a proactive problem solver and thought leader by seeking out opportunities to better our visual communication or design
  • Collaborate with other Creative team members to unite the visual brand guidelines and consistency across design and any assets (stills or video)
  • Manage, produce and share multiple design and art solutions to a brief or project and provide strong recommendations based upon trends, data and best practices


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 12+ years of experience in an art direction or design role with experience in-house or advertising within ecommerce and apparel
  • Strong conceptual skills and ability to formulate innovative ideas and provide clear direction and recommendations
  • Strong understanding of creative production timelines, budgets and needs to ensure a productive on-set experience and output while maximizing video and still assets across the ecosystem
  • Ability to manage, grow and develop a team of individuals that have various creative backgrounds and responsibilities
  • Strong communication skills to drive alignment, direction and collaboration within the Creative/Marketing organization
  • Ability to provide direction on-set to multiple people producing video or photo assets
  • Well organized, detail and solutions oriented
  • Strong conceptual thinker with design sensibilities
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Collaborative team player with an interest in learning and listening to others
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, hardworking with a positive attitude
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have an interest in art, design, photography, video content and styling
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and Sketch
  • Past experience working in luxury or fashion a plus
  • Packaging Design experience a plus


At Rent the Runway, we’re committed to the happiness and wellbeing of our employees, and aim to create a workplace that fosters both personal and professional growth. Our benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generous Paid Time Off including vacation, paid bereavement, and family sick leave - every employee needs time to take care of themselves and their family
  • Universal Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program - because we know your newest family member(s) deserve your undivided attention
  • Paid Sabbatical after 5 years of continuous service - Unplug, recharge, and have some fun!
  • Comprehensive health, vision, dental, FSA and dependent care from day 1 of employment - Your health comes first and we’ve got you covered
  • Industry leading 401k match - an investment in your future
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345 Hudson Street , New York , NY 10014

What are Rent the Runway Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
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