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Manager, Brand/marketing - Visual Design

About Us

The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.

About the Role

The Lead Designer is responsible for strategically important projects and helping drive the brand vision and execution. You will bring The Athletic brand to life and will work in partnership with marketing to ensure the brand is communicated thoughtfully and memorably across all mediums. You will be a key point of contact for high-level stakeholders, external agencies, and designers on the team. You will drive design projects from concept to execution with little oversight.

To succeed, you should be a creative multitasker with the ability to lead by example and consistently inspire the team to create captivating and compelling design solutions. You are collaborative and flexible, willing to dive into any stage of a project and help the entire team level up their work. You should be inspirational, perceptive, and detail-oriented with a great mind for conceptual thinking and realizing the vision of the project at hand.


  • Drive the design strategy and concept, and then execute the solution for high-visibility projects such as continuing to refine and build out The Athletic brand across marketing materials, internal and external company initiatives, and our brand campaigns.
  • Troubleshoot project or process problems as they arise and initiate improvements to design, collaboration, and efficiency processes as needed.
  • Collaborate and ideate with designers and cross-functional partners to maintain and build upon visual brand standards for a wide range of design needs.
  • Manage and mentor designers on the team, creating a strong sense of purpose and community, and promoting a culture of design excellence.
  • Set goals, provide updates and solicit feedback on your projects from your team and your stakeholders.
  • Present to cross-functional partners both inside and outside of marketing, including to all levels of leadership through to C level.
  • Stay on top of the competitive design landscape to better understand brand objectives, target markets, and industry trends and share these insights with the team.
  • Thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.


  • 5-7 years of experience working as a designer or art director with previous mentorship/leadership experience.
  • An outstanding portfolio, showcasing strong typography, visual design and brand system implementation. Illustration and animation skills are a bonus.
  • Strong conceptual and executional skills, with a knack for visual story-telling.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, time and project management, presentation, leadership, and communication skills.
  • Ability to delegate and collaborate with team members, contractors, agencies, or other external vendors.
  • Prioritization of business needs and an understanding of how to manage internal priorities/constraints.
  • Adaptability and quick thinking for times when projects change, timelines shift, or scopes vary. Knowledge around how to navigate these situations and ability to mitigate issues as they arise.
  • Maintain a high-bar for creative quality for yourself and others while pushing to find the best solution to meet company goals.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Athletic focuses on Digital Media, Sports, Publishing, News, and Journalism. Their company has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, and Boston. They have a large team that's between 201-500 employees. To date, Athletic has raised $68.1M of funding; their latest round was closed on January 2022.

You can view their website at https://theathletic.com/ [1] or find them on Twitter [2], Facebook [3], and LinkedIn [4].

  1. https://theathletic.com/
  2. https://twitter.com/theathletichq
  3. https://www.facebook.com/theathletic/
  4. https://www.linkedin.com/company/10643112?trk=prof-0-ovw-curr_pos

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