NBC Universal Vice President, Executive Creative Director in Orlando, Florida

Vice President, Executive Creative Director

Job ID: 243372

Universal Creative – Design/Studio


Universal Creative is the planning and development division of Universal Parks and Resorts™, which is one of the many businesses within NBCUniversal™. We are ideally situated in Orlando, Florida, which has become widely known as the theme park and resort capital of the world. We are responsible for the design, development, and delivery of all resort and theme park concepts for all of Universal vacation destinations worldwide – Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, as well as a new destination coming in Beijing, China. Join us if you want to collaborate, innovate, develop, and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable that drive growth for the Universal brand around the world.

What sets Universal Creative apart?

We rarely wear suits. We think pop culture is fascinating and newsworthy. We are aware that possibilities are not limited by today’s realities. We know that everyone has good ideas (and the occasional bad one as well). We know that the world is large and varied, and that we touch all of it. We know that most high school guidance counselors don’t know our jobs exist. We know that if this were easy, everyone would be doing it. We know that there is an eclectic assortment of talented people from various professional backgrounds at the heart of Universal Creative. In addition, we embrace the power of cultural diversity and inclusion and continuously strive to maintain a team that is a reflection of our global audience. We are a diverse group, but united by a common goal: to dream and deliver the best possible out-of-home entertainment for people from every walk of life. In order to make that happen, Universal Creative relies on collaboration, hard work, synchronicity, a bit of luck, and a bunch of talented, experienced people who do not let ego and turf stand in the way of brilliance. We depend on a team of people who understand the task, the business implications, and refuse to be defeated by the challenge to fuse fantasy with physics. Universal Creative embraces ‘The Universal Way’ by not just meeting guest expectations, but exceeding them, every time.

JOB SUMMARY : Responsible for overseeing all aspects of design from creative development through implementation of assigned Universal Parks and Resorts projects. Define and develop the project’s creative vision and maintain that intent throughout the project lifecycle. Actively communicates that vision to others (i.e. Studio Leadership, Creative Executive Leadership, Park business units, Intellectual Property owners and other key stakeholders as necessary).


  • Oversees and manages a team of Creative Directors, Art Directors, Designers, Writers, Artisans and show teams through the development and delivery of the project’s creative design intent for all guest-experience-related aspects. Through all phases of a project lifecycle, assures that creative design intent is properly defined and documented by both internal and external resources. Represents Creative in senior management updates.

  • Responsible to partner with the Executive Producer to lead the Design Team, as well as partner with the Project Team, to develop, review and manage creative scope, and help define strategies to achieve the Project’s creative intent.

  • Represents Universal Creative in presentations to internal and external groups to communicate project content and status. Acts as liaison with internal and external partners, licensors, and intellectual property holders.


  • Strong design, production and management portfolio.

  • Experience in design management, work planning, budgeting, scheduling, bid package preparation and variety of vendors.

  • Knowledge of theme park technologies including ride, A/V, robotics, engineering, and various show systems.

  • Knowledge of theme park related architectural, project management, organizational, and production/construction practices.

  • Demonstrates ability to lead creative and technical teams on multiple complex attraction projects.

  • Instills a spirit of teamwork and promote staff development.

  • Makes independent choices free from immediate supervision.

  • Possesses solid aesthetic sensibilities and storytelling skills to support the creative process and to facilitate positive and productive communication between all disciplines.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Theater, Architecture, or similar Arts Management degree required.


  • Experience as a senior level producer or creative lead with demonstrated success in theme park, theatrical, media production required.

  • 20+ Years: Experience as a senior level producer or creative lead with demonstrated success in theme park, theatrical, media production preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Must possess good aesthetic and creative judgment.

  • Must be a clear communicator able to collaborate with senior management.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

Universal is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Universal Parks & Resorts via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from Universal Parks & Resorts HR/Recruitment will be deemed the sole property of Universal Parks & Resorts. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Universal Parks & Resorts as a result of the referral or through other means.


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