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ON HOLD: Senior Strategist, Experiential; $90-120+K, NYC

This buzz-worthy experiential shop leverages human connection to impact people in smart, meaningful ways. To do that well, they need both bright brains and big brawn. You’ll be part of a network of production experts delivering the best in experiential, retail, digital environments, live media and social disciplines. This shop is a fast moving, forward-looking organization that is always looking for fresh, relevant ideas while exploring new solutions for engaging audiences through experiences that generate shareable content.

A strategic ally, the agency is a sought after partner, crafting real world experiences that resonate over shared, earned, and owned media for the world’s best brands and agencies. You can approach every challenge from a holistic perspective; combining activation, content generation, digital experiences (on and offline), environmental and traditional elements, you’ll collaborate in crafting magical concepts and campaigns that are at once bold and deeply effective. A strong grasp of channel and communications strategy will be helpful in showing clients how your ideas can come to life.

As Senior Strategist, you can straddle the line between data guru, idea generator, problem solver and brand interpreter. You have the skills to gain a full understanding of each brand—conducting assessments of competitive landscape, social media implication, cultural relevancy and target consumers, while extracting key insights that inspire and bring original ideas to our clients. This person will be a critical part of creative ideation, brief building, and ongoing strategy process, supporting production and client service to ensure that execution stays on-track and on-strategy. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a strong understanding and insight into experiential marketing, and be passionate about culture and the lifestyles embedded in it, in order to inspire new ideas and engender industry innovation leadership.

Collaborating across departments, this Strategist understands that a great idea is nothing if the client doesn’t understand and get behind it; you craft presentations that are as good as the ideas themselves. What’s more, you can effectively bring these presentations to life in a room full of clients. In addition to elevating the creative output for existing clients, you love the thrill of the pitch and are driven to lead teams of designers, writers, producers and account folks toward victory. You can think in large scale, overarching ideas, but can also focus on the nuances that turn a good solution into a great one.

Ideally, you are so immersed in culture that it is part of your daily life–not just your job. And it wouldn’t hurt to be a super duper writer with a creative soul and 4+ years of Account/Brand Planning experience.

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ON HOLD: Senior Strategist, $90+K; Brand Strategist, $75K; NYC

Join an agency helping ambitious brands thrive in contemporary culture, creating whatever it takes to make that happen. This proudly diverse independent agency values resourcefulness and tenacity just as much as creativity and intelligence. They’re unapologetically ambitious, but also a tight-knit crew. Here you will be a part of a team of people who aspire to do nothing less than transform what this industry can become. Here you will have the opportunity to put your fingerprints on culture at large.

Founded by strategists, which means that strategy was and always will be at the core of everything they do, Strategy and Creative at is an extremely close partnership across every aspect of everything they make. Strategists regularly take on everything from big brand campaigns to strategic consultancy projects to music strategies to growth strategies for start-ups to treatments for documentary films. They’re a motley crew that hails from backgrounds in brand strategy to product design to digital start-ups to the music industry. They live and breathe the culture in which we live, and aspire to have every iota of the work do the same.

YOU are smart, clever, passionate, nice, friendly, open, unassuming, and modest yet confident. You are someone creatives want to hang out with, account people can rely on, and clients will engage with and take advice from. You are a close-knit partner with your teammates and clients alike in the creation of breathtakingly original and incisive solutions to a massive array of huge brand challenges. You are able to identify big ideas, develop them with creatives, and nurture them through collaboration with potential agency partners and clients. You are not only the specialist at gathering vital information, but you share that information with varied audiences within the agency.
You are proactive and have a hands-on mentality, handling your own projects and taking responsibility from beginning to end. One of your greatest strengths is your pen game; you are a skilled writer with a knack for selling a good story, whether written or verbal.

The Strategist is responsible for helping drive client strategy for current and new clients, and is focused on helping brands resonate in culture. A deep thinker and seasoned research veteran, (s)he ultimately assures the outstanding quality of the strategic and creative products the team produces. You will need at least 3-6 years of experience in strategy and, more importantly, you don’t just want to be a part of creating amazing work: you want to be a part of continuing to build an amazing agency. You know how to identify and understand the wants, needs, and motivations of key audiences for your brand(s), and you can effectively tell stories that enroll teammates into that understanding. Your approach to research and insight mining is not just gathering information, it’s also being able to draw something surprising from it. You enjoy the distillation process – relying on a mix of resourcefulness, intuition, and natural curiosity to decode cultural experiences. You can be both big-picture oriented and detail-oriented in the same day, and have the ability and desire to make daily tactics as interesting and strategic as the next big idea. You’ll be expected to demonstrate, evangelize, and live the core values of the agency daily.

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PLACED: Associate Director, Strategy; $120K+, NYC

This funky, award-winning digital agency brings together product design, brand communications and social content to help businesses thrive. These guys are also a little weird, extremely collaborative, and sometimes communicate entirely in gifs with the account, design and technology teams.  We’re now looking for a curious, down-to-earth strategy lead with 8+ years experience to round out this special team. You’ll be able to show examples of how you’ve wrestled to understand business problems, to find provocative insights, and to create strategies that have ideas. You know the fundamentals of brand planning and how they can be applied to shape (or be shaped by) digital and social.

Why this shop? The strategically hungry come to this agency to break free from thinking-by-department, to get closer to making, and to work with clients striving to recalibrate their business around digital. You will be involved in everything from unearthing and articulating the leading insight, partnering with Analytics to define a data vision, through to a shared accountability for the creative product.

What we need from YOU:

You like brands – you get excited and inspired to do good work for ambitious brands.

You grew up digital – this isn’t about spending every waking hour on Twitter. It’s about showing that you’ve played with a lot of the digital world, that you’ve experimented and learned – sometimes for work, sometimes for the sake of it.

You can tell a story – you understand narrative structure and can shape and reshape content and work to ensure that is impactful and human. You can also package and present a compelling story.

You can manage a team – you can inspire and manage a group of strategists and strategic thinkers from multiple disciplines.

You can work with fellow digital grown-ups – an eclectic mix of designers,technologists, strategists, producers and analysts.

You love this stuff – stories of innovation, trends and topics that inspires you both online and offline. We want a person who keeps the team inspired, curious and open-minded.

Sounds great? Shoot your resume/portfolio to hunter@thehuntinglodgenyc.com.

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PLACED: Group Strategy Director, B2B, $175-225K, NYC

Award-winning business communications agency is seeking a Group Strategy Director for their mid-sized B2B branding shop. This role will manage US and global projects for clients in finance, consulting, technology and healthcare, etc. This person will help guide other junior Strategists in crafting engaging client deliverables. Qualified candidates will be part of an established team with a track record of strong client relationships and streamlined, proven methods and processes in brand strategy disciplines. Candidates should be well versed in areas such as the following, in order of importance:

-Corporate brand architecture analysis and recommendation development

-Brand strategy development including positioning, archetypes, brand essence, etc.

-Messaging strategy, including voice

-Nomenclature strategy

-Naming development

-Brand launch and rollout plans

-Marketing strategy and campaign strategy development

-Content strategy

-Developing creative briefs for advertising and visual identity

-Qualitative research including discussion guide development, conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups

-Quantitative research including questionnaire development, survey programming and analysis

-Ability to lead, train other mid-level and junior strategists

From day one, qualified candidates will be able to lead these types of projects, providing guidance to both team members and clients, using expertise and anecdotes from past experiences on brand strategy projects. For example, regarding brand architecture, you should be able to explain what it means at a corporate and product level, why it’s important, what basic portfolio strategies entail, and know how to go about developing a solution for a corporate client.  In addition, ideal candidates will posses:

-Ability to interface with and be the primary point of contact for C-Suite executives

-Strong writing prowess, including the ability to write articles and thought leadership pieces for publication

-Confidence and poise in speaking and delivering compelling presentations

-Comfort and experience managing various priorities and solving problems proactively

-Collaborative; you are joining a team oriented organization

-A willingness to build a positive, “employer of choice” culture

This role reports to the Managing Director. Prior branding agency experience and business to business experience required.

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PLACED: Group Strategy Director, $200K, NYC

Are you a creative problem-solver who can think big, is a student of culture and is passionate about ideas? Come join the agency that creates buzz-worthy cultural conversation for exceptional brands.

You are a strategic, curious and creative leader who can drive business from strategy development through final execution. You have a proactive, accountability-first, leadership sensibility with a hands-on work style and ability to guide day-to-day activity as necessary. The Strategy team uses their business acumen and experience in conducting interesting research, identifying solid insights (across consumer, culture, category and company), writing concise briefs, inspiring great creative work that is strategically sound, and presenting the same convincingly. You’ll develop brand essence and other strategic deliverables, and in collaboration with Media colleagues, own creation of campaign architecture and communications planning that will guide campaign development. You will have day-to-day responsibilities on marquee clients and should be equally comfortable leading C-Suite relationships as well as rolling up your sleeves and getting scrappy. You can find the human insight to solve a business problem and further develop that idea into actionable and superior creative executions.

We need someone who’s a nerd about strategic craft. Authorship is central to all the agency does –storytelling is their art – especially in service of smart business and brand building opportunity. We need someone with a strong toolbox for creating and directing strategic efforts – experience across categories and clients – and some seasoning in leading teams and businesses. We need someone with a cultural nose – an inner passion to know the code behind the passions people subscribe to – and a range of work that shows experience translating insight across problems, businesses and brands. We need someone who likes to get into the brain of the businesses.  Strategic power can be most valuable in story-selling – so it’s important to see evidence that insights and ideas are leveraged to elevate the brand IQ of clients and their creative work.

Please… be collaborative and welcoming; people need to feel they can ask for your help and actively involve you in discussions with clients and amongst the team. You are quick thinking and smart, able to debate complex issues with clients at length and under pressure. To that end, you likely have a natural authority and can clearly and brilliantly express complex ideas simply. However, you need to act in an ‘open’ way, responding openly to client questions, seeking information from other parties and sharing the knowledge you have. Your ‘can do’ spirit is infectious and attractive to both colleagues and clients. Category diversity is a plus; 12-15+ years strategic planning experience a must.

Sounds great? Please shoot your resume/portfolio to hunter@thehuntinglodgenyc.com. Not for you? Share with your network and get someone working!