Creatives, times are tough and jobs are scarce... but DON’T put work in your portfolio you DIDN’T concept, create, execute on. Going through the “Avail List” site looking for candidates and have seen a few ACD’s claiming work that isn’t theirs or campaigns where they they produced the social platform pieces yet they have the TV spots as work they produced. - The Ad world is pretty close knit and it’s fairly easy to verify who had a role/part in the work. Honesty goes a long way.

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CCOs and ECDs: I love the ACD position and I don’t want to be a CD. I am a great executer, love concepting and producing work. But I’m still want to get raises and bonuses. Do you see a problem? Would you have someone like me in your team?

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Does anyone really think the role of CCO, GCD, CD and even ACD is necessary anymore? How about just people that do actual work collaborating and doing great work? Take those inflated positions and hire more creatives that do work or pay the ones who do it more money. In my experience, eliminating those positions never made the work suffer. In fact it’s a more streamlined process.

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I feel maybe this is the last thing people wanna hear rn but I just landed an ACD role at an amazing tech company after getting laid off from an awful AD agency role last fall and i’m just...😭🙏🏻

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I’m an ACD in NYC making 160k. 10 yr of experience. Another agency reached out to me about the same role. How much more can I ask for? There’s no reason for me to jump if the money isn’t much better.

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I’m 38 and an ACD. Maybe its because of the lack of representation (i dont know any other women at my age/position) but feeling insecure about my title at this age and waffling on what my next move should be. I’ve never push for higher titles along the way. Definitely have the experience to be a CD but have yet to go for those roles. Any advice or assurance?🙏

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How much of a pay cut would u take for a CD role on a big account at a small award winning agency if it was super close to home and allowed remote working? My alternative is VP ACD in NY 2 hours away

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My team has no ACD/CD and no plans on hiring one. I feel like I’m not going to be able to grow without that level of creative leadership and my bosses don’t understand the need. What should I do?

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I’m anticipating 2 offers and need some opinions. A) ACD role @ not exciting agency doing potentially great work, significant commute. B) AD role in house at a great company. Minimal commute. Both SF.

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I’ve been a senior writer at my agency for a couple of years. I’ve been starting to take on new initiatives that have made it pretty clear I’m working toward being promoted to an ACD role that was open before Covid. One of the other Senior writers picked up on it, and is now making things awkwardly competitive. I don’t really think there’s any competition, from a talent or managerial skills perspective. I just worry that things are going to become awkward for the rest of the team. Any advice?

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If you don’t think you’re ready for an ACD role... should you take it if you have the opportunity? Don’t have much “leadership” experience but aren’t we all faking it til we make it?

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Hiring ACD with 5 years experience. What kind of BS is this?

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I’m an ACD in NY making $160k. I’m now considering a role at a big Chicago agency. What’s an appropriate salary? I assume it’ll be less, since it’s a lower cost of living. Thanks.

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Was offered an ACD position at a good company but wanted the CD role. Have been a CD for 3 years historically. Need a job so I don’t feel super comfy holding out for something else. Should I negotiate a review in 6 months to re-evaluate? Any advice for navigating this?

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I'm a former senior designer who decided to apply for an ACD role cause fuck it. Potential offer of 130k. Is that reasonable given that I have no exp as an ACD?

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Is hiring in NYC getting any better? ACD/Art here looking for a new opportunity in Consumer/CPG or anything but Pharma.

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When is it time to ask about or even start thinking about a promotion? I have been at my current agency for 15mo and it’s my first real job. Since Covid, I feel like I have a lot more responsibilities and have been doing what I think is AD and even senior AD stuff (especially the last two months since my agency laid off a bunch of people. Our team lost an ACD and AD). The AD role is open on our team. I’m wondering if I should ask about it or not. What can I do to show them I’m ready?

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How much of a pay cut would u take for a CD role on a big account at a small award winning agency if it was super close to home and allowed remote working? My alternative is VP ACD in NY 2 hours away

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What’s the best way to cold email an ACD at a small studio for an open role?

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What’s the current salary range for an ACD role in San Francisco? (I found some answers in a previous thread, but it might have changed with COVID...)

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Anyone make the jump from agencies to tech? Any advice on what salary you’d request for an ACD (or CD) role at a Bay Area tech firm? They tracked me down and have been pretty aggressive about moving things along, so I may have some leverage.

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Been an art director for 12 months but grown in my role significantly & my boss told me my next promo was “political”. I’m managing well over 1.5M a year, 9 brands. Functioning with little to no oversight on a day-to-day basis, w/ only strategy checkins with my CD. 100% client facing. I’m managing 1 direct report and from 2-8 copy and art freelancers at any time. I feel like all my stretch goals are ACD focused. Yet still need SAD before ACD. Does this sound like an art director? Pharma agency.

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Anyone experience this during the interview process.. I’ve met with the ACD and CD, so far so good, got the impression that they thought I’d fit right into the role (which would be a title bump). Now I’ve been asked to have a follow up call with the ACD. Any thoughts on what they would want to discuss? Not sure what I should be prepped for.

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Sr. Copywriter/ACD vs ACD, Copywriter The former means we are going to pay you at a Sr copywriter rate. The latter says we are going to pay you at an ACD rate. Former says you will grow into this role. Latter says you are this role. Agree?

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ACD, taking Sr. AD role, coming from out of state. What is the average salary in Austin. I feel like I'm getting screwed over. Its a Tech company. Thanks!

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So, my boss wants to try to promote me to ACD this year. Yay! I’ve been put on an account with an art ACD, and the expectation is for me to essentially step into the ACD copy role...

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I accepted a job at a big agency as a Sr. CW and signed my contract. The next day someone from that same office reached out about an ACD position (obviously didn’t know I was already joining)...

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Did you come to your current position wanting to be that or just doing a good job? Especially asking ACD / CD / GCD / CCO / VPs / etc

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Know that many members of the adv community are looking for work, I have a great role in Chicago. Ideal candidate is a CD/ACD/senior writer who loves gaming & has experience w/branded content.

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Interviewing at MediaMonks LA for an ACD position. Thoughts? Gossip?

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I need help framing my story. I freelanced for several years before taking an in-house role 6 months ago as an AD (but effectively ACD) managing a team of 10. I just got laid off and...

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How many years does an art director need to be considered for a senior art director role or ACD role? And how much should they ask for in NYC? Also should they accept a lower pay during covid?

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Is applying for an ACD or AD role as a CD a viable option to widen the job hunt?

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Anyone hiring ACD/Writers in NYC? Open to full-time or freelance Any info helps Thank you -me

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I’ve outgrown my title/position in my current company. How does one convince the next place that this true? Anything above ACD is log jammed at the current place.

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Know it’s a long shot, but looking to transition to an ACD role and don’t see the opportunity at my current agency any tome soon. Anyone looking for ACD art in NYC?

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trying to switch from ACD/UX lead role at an agency to product design and it has not been smooth even though i'm already doing UX.

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Looking to connect with a recruiter at HBO/Warner Media about an ACD and Sr Writer/Producer role listed. Anyone have any contacts or help they’d be willing to send my way?

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What’s a salary range for an ACD in a large agency in NYC? This position is in their health division

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Associate Creative Director vs Associate Design Director. What are the differences in terms of responsibility, role within the ad agency, and how each role fit within the career path?

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