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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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Creative Internships (Spring & Summer)

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-02-27

Mistress is looking to start a spring and summer affair with 2 interns: a writer and an art director.

Suitable candidates must have an insatiable urge to create and produce great ideas for any medium. You must be ready to learn by getting your hands very, very dirty on projects of all shapes and sizes. We move at a fast pace so your stamina will be put to the test, but we always keep it fun. You’ll have real responsibilities and your work will be measured at the same level as the rest of the team. We promise you will work hard, learn a lot, laugh uncontrollably and maybe cry a little while hugging a dog. But you will leave very satisfied, a bit more experienced and have something to brag about.

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Designer

Location: Santa Monica CA

Date Posted: 2018-02-06

As a Mistress Designer you will work closely with both the creative and brand teams on multiple projects. Projects will be in various stages of completion for our clients: some projects you will own completely, 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 of creative assets. A Mistress Designer is comfortable with composition, typography, conception, photography, video editing and animation. You will have opportunities to showcase your design skills while working on these projects.

Responsibilities

  • Follow creative direction to produce multiple options for compelling results in both print and digital deliverables, on time and within budget
  • Follow creative 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 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.

Qualifications

  • Minimum three years’ design experience in a creative/ad agency with demonstrated results in a variety of formats (POS, OOH, social, branding and brand re-design)
  • Proven expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects and Google Presentation Products
  • Ability to animate
  • 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

And other things we look for:

  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams
  • Passion and hunger to learn and get your hands dirty
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, and able to prioritize tasks
  • Personable, outgoing, and approachable
  • 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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