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2D Animation Lead

Brand New School Full-Time  Los Angeles, California, United States 13 Dec 2022
2D Animation Lead

Job Description

Leading design and creative studio, Brand New School is seeking a 2D Animation Lead for a full-time hybrid role at our LA studio. We are looking for someone who has mastered 2D animation, has a passion for storytelling, and knows how to teach others. This means you’ve developed a strong personal style but are still capable of working outside of your wheelhouse. You’re a clear and easy communicator who manages projects and people well, has a clearly defined creative process tuned to your working environment, and is willing to take a leadership role in the department.

Our team is creative, energetic, widely respected and full of talented, intelligent artists. With ~60 employees across the United States, we are a tight community with one common goal – making great work.

2D Animation Lead Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage, and work closely with 2D animation teams.
  • Mentor and coach younger animators while also cultivating a sense of community across departments.
  • Establish best practices and ensure quality output.
  • Work with design teams to create elegant, approachable, and compelling animation that is contextual to the creative goal of a project.
  • Balance the demands of producing exceptional work while also satisfying the needs of our clients.
  • Manage multiple projects in a collaborative, creative, and fast-paced environment—but speak up when overloaded, and lend a hand to others in need.
  • Collaborate with producers and creative directors to help resource jobs, plan production pipelines, manage workflow and manage deadlines.
  • Be an active participant and contribute to the creative culture of the studio.

2D Animation Lead Qualifications

  • Mastery of Adobe Suite software, especially After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Adobe Animate, Toon Boom, TVPaint, and 3D animation skills are a plus but not a mandate.
  • Must know how to 2D character animate—via cel animation, character rigging, shape layers.
  • Must be familiar with motion-graphics style animation effects.
  • Animation, Design, or related degree, along with relevant work experience.
  • Minimum 8 years experience, with at least 3 years as a senior animator.
  • Deep familiarity with workflow, saving and rendering best practices.
  • Familiar working on projects for all major content platforms.
  • A portfolio/reel of work that conveys an ability to direct high-level animation work for a variety of content types.
  • Know how to take creative direction, respond to feedback in a timely manner and be respectful of project deadlines.
  • Is nice and friendly.


  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
  • One Medical account
  • Company sponsored continued education
  • Peer bonus system
  • Generous PTO / sick leave
  • Company administered 401(k) plan
  • Peloton digital membership (12 month)
  • Dog friendly work environment 🐶

2D Animation Lead Salary Range

$125,000 – $145,000

Brand New School attracts a team with unique skillsets and varying levels of experience. Therefore, the salary range provided is broad and will be refined during the interview process.

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