Art Director- Argyle, NY

Adirondack Studios (ADKS) is hiring an experienced Art Director with a track record of taking ownership and delivering!

Our company designs, builds, and installs the scenic and themed environments you experience in venues that range from theme parks to casinos, museums, live shows, retail, and public art. We have been in business since 1975 and our work is seen around the world. This is rewarding work with a company that is a substantial force in the Themed Entertainment industry.

The ideal candidate will support the projects and goals of Adirondack Studios’ projects domestically and globally by providing Art Direction support to an extremely talented team who are known for designing and implementing exceptional productions. We are looking for someone who will bring clear artistic vision and brand focus on behalf of ADKS, its clients and in support of an existing team of talented designers. We want an experienced individual, who can inspire and be inspired by others and will take our creative efforts to the next level. The perfect candidate will have a natural eye for storytelling and design as well as a passion for delivering dynamic ideas that connect with audiences and clients.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Work with a world class, international entertainment design and fabrication company
  • Have the opportunity to lead a growing team of designers and see your work being produced and implemented across the globe.
  • Guide a well establish company looking to expand our horizons in an ever growing and evolving market
  • Work in a fun, fast-paced, creative environment with an energetic team


  • Build ADKS design capacities in early design phases to allow for longer and more potent client trust and relationships.
  • Primary role in art direction of early-phase design projects to deliver innovative and inspiring work on behalf of ADKS’ client and company goals.
  • Focus on early phase design work including BlueSky and concept design phases overseeing work to assure design goals are met as it transitions through latter phase design, production and installation.
  • Represent and deliver art direction of ADKS projects in collaboration with our client partners as well as ADKS internal design, production, and business development teams. Ensure appropriate and responsible choices in support of overall art direction goals and creative quality control.
  • Develop creative briefs and planning based on ideas established in brainstorming sessions.
  • Implementation of art direction intent within design group including collaboration on how those goals are to be achieved within existing project budgets and schedules.
  • Role includes interface with other ADKS departments in the successful implementing of art direction goals for assigned projects including ongoing client interface, review and quality control, and problem solving.
  • Role includes working in support of ADKS business development goals including assisting in the acquisition of new clients and markets, development of appropriate design approach, planning, and scope of service objectives with potential clients.
  • Creation of design documents and artwork directly as well as mentoring, review and planning of work done by other designers and subcontractors.
  • Primary role in quality control in conjunction with ADKS project teams and design management to assure that art direction goals, design and project deliverables are being achieved and that appropriate project standards established by ADKS and its clients are maintained.
  • Work with design management and staff including review, training and mentoring in support of company and client Art Direction goals and standards.
  • Support and develop presentation approaches, styles, and techniques following the ADKS brand for the team to implement. Ensure team adheres to current processes, identifying opportunities for continuous improvement, proposing and creating processes and tools to support design operations.
  • Role is client-facing and has direct responsibility in the building and maintaining of positive client relationships. Individual will be responsible for ideation, pitch, and presentation of new creative concepts on behalf of client as well as direct responsibility in the ownership, improvement, and successful design implementation of client-provided design ideas.
  • Coordination and collaboration with ADKS USA and other divisions as needed
  • Foster a sense of unity, collaboration, and positivity within the ADKS design departments
  • Role will require travel including support of design-sales, brainstorming and charrette sessions, and project art direction needs.
  • Role will report to the Vice President of Design


  • Bachelor’s degree in fine art, Theater arts, Architecture, experience design, exhibit design or similar design field or commensurate work experience
  • 4+ years working experience as a designer. With prior art direction experience, a plus
  • Concept and early phase design experience that has been realized in projects, productions and installations.
  • Experience with relevant design software including Adobe creative suite and/or AutoCAD as well as familiarity utilizing digital 3d modelling programs (rhino, skp, and/or Revit preferred). Familiarity in MS office suite including word and excel is necessary. Ability to communicate visually via hand sketching is preferred
  • Strong organizational, planning and interpersonal skills
  • Strong creative vision with abilities to implement
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner with clients as well as ADKS management and staff

Benefits include:

  • Paid Vacation
  • Participation in company medical, dental, and vision insurance plan, following 90 Days of employment
  • Participation in the company’s Long-Term Disability Insurance. This is at no cost to the employee
  • Participation in ADKS 401K plan following 90 days of continuous employment and then at open enrollment
  • Participation in the ADKS Profit Sharing Plan following 3 years of employment and then at open enrollment

Please submit: Resume, Portfolio (or website), Cover Letter, and three references when applying.

This position will be stationed out of ADKS domestic office in New York. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Adirondack Studios is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for this full time, salaried position without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.

We are sure you will find Adirondack Studios an amazing place to work and look forward to hearing from you.

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