Why Work With Us?

At The Gottman Institute, we inspire, support, and challenge each other every day as we find new ways to bring greater love and health to relationships all over the world. We are clinicians, scientists, thinkers, writers, marketers, and designers who are smart, fun, and truly dedicated to making a difference.

Our office is located in the Fourth and Blanchard Building in the heart of downtown Seattle with seventeenth floor views looking out over the Olympic Mountains and the waters of the Puget Sound.

Benefits of Working at The Gottman Institute

  • Competitive compensation and benefits package, including paid time off, health insurance, and 401k
  • ORCA card
  • Bring your dog to work
  • Online learning and workshops to help you gain relationship skills
  • Motorized standing desks
  • Your choice of Mac or PC laptop
  • Stocked fridge, coffee, soda, and lots of treats and healthy snacks
  • Free monthly catered lunches
  • Regular team activities such as annual baseball games, monthly team building events, and more

Creative Director

Whether your last company sells lawn mowers, software, or the latest social networking app, you’ve witnessed customers becoming customers because your product or service made a difference in their lives. That’s pretty special. Now imagine, that sense of purpose multiplied by 100 — it’s pretty close to the feeling of pride and accomplishment you’ll get from working with us.

Founded by John and Julie Gottman, The Gottman Institute is a recognized global leader in couples therapy to repair troubled relationships and strengthen happy ones. And as part of this mission, we also train and empower mental health professionals to encourage even more relationships, because we know can’t help everyone alone.

In a time where 50% of marriages start out with a chance of failure, you could say that what we do isn’t simply important — it’s everything.

The Role We’re Looking For

We’re seeking someone a bit unique, a bit quirky, and as they say in the movies, “a particular set of skills.” If you’ve been called creative, and/or strategic, or both in the same sentence — we’re getting warm, real warm.

The Gottman Institute has delivered over four decades of research, training, workshops, and thought leadership, and now we’re ready to take all of this knowledge and momentum to the next level. We’re on the hunt for an in-house creative lead.

Our Ideal Candidate

As a creative director, or associate creative director, you’ve worked either for an agency or in-house, or for a marketing department of a company — leading the launch of a new brand, or a successful relaunch of an established brand. This would have included the establishment of a brand voice, identity, and the creative output for the organization. And, that’s where the strategy part comes in, because you’ve had to sell big ideas and concepts to other directors, executives, or demanding agency clients.

And while you’ve probably worked on advertising or branding campaigns across a variety of mediums (film, digital, animation, or apps), you’ve sometimes worked on product, packaging, event design, and content for social media.

You’ve inspired and led an internal creative team, and know how to win over future customers and partners — you’ll be part of actively seeking collaborations with other brands and products in the relationship space.

Our Creative Director is Likely to:

  • Develop concepts for product promotions
  • Collaborate with the product team in the development of new products
  • Negotiate with internal clients to amend ideas in-line with their wishes and explain what is and is not possible
  • Storyboard or translate ideas to the creative team of writers and designers
  • Lead multiple projects from conception to completion in accordance with deadlines
  • Evaluate and, if necessary alter, the content of projects before completion
  • Hire, develop, and manage the creative team
  • Ensure all the organization’s visuals and messages are consistent with the overall brand
  • Oversee photo or film shoots
  • Select external suppliers when necessary

Key Skills

  • Creativity skills: first and foremost, you must be good at creating concepts for others to work on. You have a keen awareness of current trends in marketing and design.
  • Communication and presentation skills: you’ll need excellent communication (written and verbal) and confident presentation skills.
  • Interpersonal skills: excellent interpersonal skills are a must. You’ll need a clear creative vision while remaining open to others’ ideas.
  • Leadership skills: you’ll need leadership skills in order to hire, develop, and oversee your creative team.
  • Digital and graphic design skills: extensive knowledge of graphic design and relevant software is vital. Familiarity with film-making techniques is very useful.
  • Technical video editing, copywriting, or HTML skills aren’t needed, but you know how to direct people with them.

Relevant experience

Between four and seven years experience working in the advertising, marketing, or design sectors. Especially in smaller firms, where you’ve worn multiple hats and worked with other department directors intimately.

To apply for this role, please send your resume or LinkedIn profile link with a brief introduction email to Michael Fulwiler, Chief Product Officer, at mike@gottman.com. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.