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Senior Designer

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-06-19

As a Mistress Senior Designer you will work closely the creative, design and brand teams on multiple projects. Projects will be in various stages of completion: some projects you will own completely from conception to execution, while other projects you will have to pick-up and support teams somewhere in the middle. Our design team is nimble, dedicated, organized, and accountable for final delivery for most creative assets.

As Mistress Senior Designer, you should be comfortable with conception and execution of design direction across multiple visual styles. You will possess strong composition skills, an almost O.C.D. eye for detail in typography, be comfortable working with photography, and well versed in both print and digital assets. You must also have the experience leading a project, using that experience to take projects to the next level by pushing what design can be and have the ability to present work both internally and to externally clients. Mistress will offer a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills across a variety of clients from tech, entertainment and quick serve restaurants.

Responsibilities

  • Follow concept and execute creative/design direction to produce multiple options for compelling results in both print and digital deliverables, on time and within budget
  • Follow, concept and execute creative/design direction to create multiple size and venue formats for single creative applications quickly and in a highly organized fashion.
  • Collaborate fluidly with creative team on ideation, exploration, concept development, and final execution in both print and digital deliverables
  • Maintain consistent communication with Project Managers to ensure that all milestones and expectations are being met within scope boundaries
  • Self-track time to ensure scope boundaries and timely delivery to client
  • Support design team in general, including brand research, strategy assessment, stock photo searches, oversight of internal and external presentation decks, general design support,  etc.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5  years’ design experience in a creative/ad agency with demonstrated results in a variety of formats (POS, OOH, social, branding and brand redesign)
  • Proven expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects and Google Presentation Products
  • Demonstrated high degree of proficiency in typography and visual composition is essential
  • Strong organizational skills and hold a strong overview of the project and take responsibility for key elements
  • Approach work with an open, flexible outlook and a focus on best results
  • Calmness and coolness in the face of tight situations
  • Able to discuss and present design work with clients and peers, both in face-to-face meetings and within email (or project management software)
  • Familiarity with project management software (Wrike, Trello, or Slack)
  • Flexibility to work with ever-changing timelines within strict global deadlines and scope/budget
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Designer / Animator

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-05-25

Mistress is looking for a freelance to full-time graphic designer/animator (AKA: DESIGN-A-MATOR) to work in our various array of clients that range from sports, tech, fast casual restaurants, distilled spirits, packaged food goods, retail, and entertainment.

Our ideal candidate is not only excels in the craft and execution of making great graphic design/animation but is also a thinker, a doer, and a self-starter. Someone who has the ability to manage their own workload, understand internal and external deadlines, can adapt in a fast-paced working environment, all while remaining accountable and wanting to use their talent to have a voice in the world of design and advertising.

The best candidates will have the ability to crank out work efficiently meeting deadlines, great attention to detail, have ability to address feedback in a timely manner, and be highly organized, proactive and possess a deadline-driven personality.

Please make sure to submit portfolio link along with CV/resume for consideration.

Responsibilities

  • Follow creative direction to create multiple size and formats for multiple creative applications quickly and in a highly organized fashion.
  • Collaborate fluidly with creative team on ideation, exploration, concept development, and final execution and deliverables.
  • Maintain consistent communication with Project Manager to ensure that all milestones and expectations are being met within scope boundaries.
  • Self-track time to ensure scope boundaries and timely delivery to client.
  • Support design team in general, including brand research, strategy assessment, stock photo searches, etc.
  • Additional responsibilities to be assigned as needed

Qualifications

  • Minimum two to three years’ design experience in a creative/ad agency with demonstrated results in a graphic design and animation.
  • Proven expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, working knowledge of Cinema 4D and Google Presentation Products.
  • Exceptional level of animation and some 3D expertise
  • Demonstrated high degree of proficiency in typography and visual composition is essential
  • Strong organizational skills and hold a strong overview of the project and take responsibility for key elements
  • Approach work with an open, flexible outlook and a focus on best results
  • Calmness and coolness in the face of tight situations
  • Able to discuss design work with clients and peers, both in face-to-face meetings and within email (or project management software)
  • Familiarity with project management software (Wrike, Trello, or Slack)
  • Flexibility to work with ever-changing timelines within strict global deadlines and scope/budget
  • Must love dogs
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Media Supervisor

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-05-02

Do you enjoy making processes work better, solving problems, and keeping your sleeves rolled up? Do you think critically, analyze everything and look for unconventional solutions to problems? If so, you may be  the Media Supervisor we are looking for.

As a Media Supervisor at Mistress, you are the day to day leader of the Integrated Media team for your clients, bringing great advertising and communications campaigns to life. The Media Supervisor drives the creation, management, and stewardship of client media plans and investments. The Media Supervisor role is a step toward more senior leadership within the Media Department and the agency overall.

Responsibilities

We are a small agency.  From Day 1, our supervisors have hands on ownership of the day-to-day integrated media planning and execution activities for their clients and opportunities to get involved in larger areas of agency development.

Below are some of the key activities/expectations of our Media Supervisors:

  • Become the expert in your client’s business, including the industry, competitors and all client research, business and performance results.
  • Produce strategically sound media plan recommendations across digital, traditional, influencer and paid social media that coincide with client objectives
  • Develop creative, innovative approaches to strategically reaching the target consumer
  • Flawlessly execute media plans
  • Oversee budget allocations for all media based on client initiatives and direction; accurately project costs and anticipate the financial results of plan revisions
  • Work closely with Digital Media Analyst to monitor performance, recommend optimizations and new / different strategies and tactics, and raise and resolve any issues/discrepancies.
  • Establish and grow client relationships by demonstrating media expertise, a deep understanding of client business issues and a high degree of responsiveness.
  • Work with Associate Director and/or Director to create and present the strategic media vision for assigned client brands.
  • Integrate and work cross functionally with teams including creative, social, account, production, etc., playing the ‘connector’ on media related projects
  • Serve as first level coach and supervisor to associates, which includes delegating work, checking work, making sure deadlines are met, providing performance feedback, completing performance reviews and mentoring
  • Participate in larger areas of agency development: New Business pitches, internal committees, and task forces.
  • Lead by example, stepping in as needed to ensure team success
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Qualifications

  • You have demonstrated success in building client trust
  • You write and speak well and have a knack for sharing complicated ideas in a simple, understandable way.
  • You have demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills, but you’ll embrace a role that requires a mix of art and science.
  • You have planning, execution and technical experience with multiple of types of digital media: Programmatic, Display, Mobile, Video, Search, Social, etc. Experience with offline media including TV, Radio, Print, OOH, etc. is also preferred
  • You enjoy developing relationships within the vendor community to further the mutual interests of the agency and its clients.
  • You can independently and effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment, while maintaining accuracy and precision.
  • You are digitally savvy.  Not only do you have online media planning experience, but you have a personal passion about emerging media.
  • You deal well with ambiguity and changes in direction
  • You are highly resourceful – creatively using a wide range of sources and tools to proactively solve problems and get the job done
  • You display a positive energy level that brings new and exciting ideas to the planning function.
  • You are an advanced user of media tools, including Simmons, Pathmatics, etc.
  • High Excel proficiency, including the use of functions, filters and Pivot Tables.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4+ years experience planning media across a variety of digital/traditional channels with 1+ years in a supervisory capacity.
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Media Associate

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-05-02

Are you curious and always looking to discover new things? Do you like the idea of working with a group of creative, smart, and passionate people? Do you love media and advertising? If so, you may be the Media Associate we are looking for.

As a Media Associate at Mistress, you would be an important member of the day to day Integrated Media team, helping bring great advertising and communications campaigns come to life.

Responsibilities

We are a small agency.  From Day 1, our associates have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of assignments across our diverse client portfolio.

Below are some of the key activities/expectations of our Media Associates:

  • Help plan and activate media activity across digital, traditional, influencer and paid social media.
  • Embrace a client’s business, including understanding the target, category, and client’s competitors
  • Gather and analyze relevant data and calculate basic media math to support sound recommendations for when, where, and how a client’s advertising dollars should be spent
  • Monitor and maintain budgets, reporting, flowcharts and buys to ensure campaigns run as ordered and are optimized for future plan improvement
  • Research and evaluate competitors advertising efforts to identify opportunities and threats
  • Build productive relationships internally, with external agency partners and with clients
  • Support effective communication with internal cross-agency teams (creative, social, account, production, etc.) to ensure they have all information needed in a timely fashion
  • Show a keen interest in and growing knowledge of emerging trends across the media landscape.
  • Provide timely responses to adhoc requests
  • Conduct varied data analyses using Excel, Pathmatics, Crimson Hexagon, Simmons, etc.
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Qualifications

  • You recognize the importance of details and accuracy and are committed to getting it right the first time.
  • You communicate effectively, both in person and in writing.
  • You are resourceful and organized and can get things done, even when the road may be a little difficult to navigate.
  • You are a team player who is excited to support in various aspects that span from administrative and research duties to brainstorming and presentation writing.
  • You have the ability to take direction, ask questions, think critically and problem-solve.
  • Even under pressure, you can deliver high quality work within tight deadlines.
  • You are a self-starter; you work with a high level of initiative and flexibility
  • You possess a basic awareness of media landscape, trends, and challenges
  • You like to speak up with new ideas and challenge the status quo
  • You enjoy learning and are willing to lean into new opportunities
  • You demonstrate high Excel proficiency, including the use of functions, filters and Pivot Tables.
  • You have hands-on experience with a variety of media tools including Simmons, Pathmatics, Google AdWords/Analytics, Facebook Business.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree and ideally 1.5+ years  experience planning media across a variety of digital/traditional channels.
  • You can backup all of the above with detailed examples and stories!
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Project Manager

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-05-02

The Project Manager (PM) leads the day-to-day execution of projects such as: print, digital, POS, social, pitch presentations etc., as well as assist with broadcast and experiential projects. The PM is responsible for the communication and delivery of creative projects to the client and creation of project schedules based on information provided by client/brand team. The PM partners closely with the Brand Director, who directly manages the client’s higher-level relationship, while both Brand Directors and Project Managers share the day-to-day communications and relationship with the client. Therefore, our PMs must possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable taking the lead with clients from a Project Management perspective.

The PM owns the creative process from initial briefing, through concept approval, client presentations and revisions, and until final creative delivery. The PM must have a strong attention to detail to ensure deliverables are correct and appropriate for client presentation/delivery.

Along with department Directors and our Creative Resource Coordinator, the PM will also assist with managing design and creatives’ time, raising any red flags or needs for resources as issues arise, while also ensuring the client feedback/approval process is running smoothly and to the client’s expectations.

Project Managers at Mistress have the ability to produce great work results through relentless organization, uncompromising integrity, effective communication, and proactive problem solving all while taking full ownership of a project and showcasing passion for great creative work!

Responsibilities

  • Develop, maintain and execute full-cycle project plans and leads the creative through the process, including define project schedules, objectives, and deliverables to meet the needs of the client
  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of multiple projects, leading cross-functional teams to ensure deliverables are completed on time and to client expectations
  • Oversee traffic management of projects from concept to completion, which includes developing, managing and moving along project schedules with the client and creative resources
  • React quickly to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently, while assisting creative teams in prioritization of work.
  • Coordinate project expectations with brand team, creative team and third party vendors (photographer/printers/illustrators)
  • Develop and maintain proper vendor relationships to accomplish goals.
  • Mitigate team conflict and communication problems; resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely fashion.
  • Manage stock photography purchases
  • Manage design team’s daily schedules/workload using Wrike
  • Additional duties to be assigned

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years of project management experience at an advertising/creative agency
  • Fully integrated experience a plus- including digital, print, social media, TV, direct marketing and experiential
  • Solid understanding of project management principles, methods, techniques and web-based tools
  • Proven ability to lead cross-functional teams in a collaborative agency environment
  • Process driven, highly-organized and methodical with excellent time management skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize, execute tasks, and handle multiple projects simultaneously within a fast-paced environment and with multiple resources.
  • Must be self-motivated, with the ability to think independently, proactively and work autonomously when necessary
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and communications skills, especially from a client perspective
  • An enthusiastic, positive and committed attitude, flexible problem-solver, open to participate and grow with the company
  • Ability to produce great work results through relentless organization, uncompromising integrity, effective communication, and proactive problem solving
  • Have passion for great creative work
  • Experience working in a creative team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Capacity to interact well with outside clients as well as internal employees who range in personality types
  • Ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines in a high-pressure environment
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Brand Strategist

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-03-26

We’re looking for a driven and properly trained strategist with proven experience delivering big brand ideas to come in and contribute across a multitude of our accounts. What might that look like at the moment? Well, we’re currently helping eharmony relaunch themselves to a new generation of customers, Sambazon own world biodiversity day, QDOBA Mexican Eats unite the world over flavor, Spindrift sparkling waters as they launch their first ATL campaign, and Walmart get cool on social.

You are data-oriented, have a playbook or two on how to tackle strategic problems, know how to craft a narrative and, ultimately, can stand before a group of people and convince them only you have the power to make their dreams come true.  You must be able to collaborate with others, find the great opportunity in any assignment tossed your way and, if mistakenly thrown to the wolves, be the type of person with the quick smarts and quiver of experience to come out victorious.

Responsibilities

  • Get deep on businesses and audiences to create breakthrough brand positioning strategies and creative propositions
  • Collaborate with creative teams in the development and sharpening of creative
  • Lead the research. From establishing the methodologies to conducting the appropriate research to garner transformative insights
  • Help develop persuasive recommendations and rationale so clients understand and fully embrace strategic recommendations
  • Create and edit compelling, succinct and high-quality written content including core messages, value propositions, positioning statements, mission/vision/values and corporate narratives
  • Lead brand workshops with internal teams and clients
  • Work closely with senior leaders to play an integral role in business development and marketing efforts by proactively recommending prospective clients to pursue and ways to grow client relationships
  • Help invent, test and evaluate new branding tools and techniques on agency and client initiatives
  • Work with project managers to forecast, plan and manage workflow and team financials

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 + years of branding/strategy experience within a creative/advertising agency
  • Proven ability to synthesize and simplify complex information to spot patterns and opportunities others overlook
  • Superior writing skills, with a talent for crafting stories and telling them simply and persuasively
  • Energetic creative spirit with a self-starter attitude
  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills with a knack for guiding teams to decisions
  • A talent for forming strong point of views and motivating others to adopt them
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively across all teams: creative, design, brand
  • A natural curiosity about innovation, organizational psychology and human behavior
  • Must love dogs
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Associate Media Director

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-01-19

The Associate Media Director will drive media strategy for online and offline channel initiatives including TV, Radio, OOH, direct partnerships, programmatic media buying, paid social and paid search while managing a team to consistently and successfully deliver the execution of complex programs. This position requires that the candidate be a self-starter, extremely organized, detail oriented and highly motivated. The successful candidate will also possess the ability to effectively juggle multiple priorities while managing client expectations, timelines and coordination between various resources.

Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage the day-to-day strategic integrated media planning and execution activities for assigned account(s)
  • Help develop planning objectives and strategies that coincide with the client’s marketing direction
  • Establish and grow client relationships by demonstrating both media expertise and an understanding of client business issues
  • Achieve the financial goals of the account by managing costs, revenue, and scope of work in accordance with client contract
  • Oversee budget allocation process for all media based on client initiatives and direction; accurately project costs and anticipate the financial results of plan revisions
  • Monitor and optimize against media performance KPIs to deliver client objectives
  • Develop POVs on various media in the marketplace
  • Participate in strategy and plan development for new business pitches
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

People Responsibilities

  • Work in a team environment that promotes collaboration and transparency
  • Possess the willingness to work with and teach others within the group
  • Lead by example assisting in all levels of the planning process
  • Effectively communicate across all levels
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships within and outside the immediate team

Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Detailed awareness of media landscape, trends, and challenges
  • Strong knowledge of all aspects of offline media: TV, Radio, Print, OOH, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of all aspects of digital media: Programmatic, Display, Mobile, Video, Search, Social, etc.
  • Ability to translate data into well-articulated ideas looking outside the box
  • Creative ability to partner with vendors to innovate and develop first to market opportunities
  • Strong understanding of and familiarity with media tools and data sources
  • Success in managing prior client accounts
  • Strong written, presentation, analytic, quantitative/qualitative and verbal skills
  • Superior organizational, interpersonal and managerial skills with attention to detail

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 6+ years experience in Media Strategy or Planning, with both online and offline experience
  • Strong client-facing presentation skills.
  • Experience leading and managing a team
  • Proven project management skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to develop strong professional relationships
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