PLACED: Planning Director, $170-190K, NYC

Small Agency of the Year winner! (Yup, this is where you need to work.)

Fun-spirited, indie ad shop is seeking a sharp-as-a-tack Planning Director to join their team. This agency works in an integrated way, and that means being able to fully appreciate any and all solutions to clients’ challenges. They don’t have pre-conceived solutions, and believe each idea/solution/opportunity should be carefully considered and thought through; you’ll lead the process of doing just that.  This is a creative-led agency that gets hired by direct-model clients who need every dollar to produce a result for them, not just to create awareness.

The Brand Planning team taps into the cultural, consumer, categorical, and company insights that inspire consumers. As such, you’re part brand storyteller and part comms planner.  You’re inspired by strategic challenges.  You’re a natural, charismatic leader. You’ve built and led teams in the past, and you are passionate about raising a community of insightful, curious, and culturally savvy Planners. Guiding your planning staff, your multidisciplinary colleagues, and your clients, you are a natural collaborator who lives to uncover insights into cultural trends and human behavior that clients simply cannot find on their own. You love to apply your learning and insights to strategies that make the creative team jump for joy. These strategies shape creative output and lead to work people can’t help but talk about – work that gets measurable results for clients. From print to social to design to media, your strategic brain and creative soul will inspire you to think innovatively and integrate all channels for increased consumer engagement.

If you have the ambition to help shape the planning approach for a mission-oriented agency, while working in tough-to-crack categories where true insight can lead to differentiating and inspiring work, then this could be your next work home. Please have at least 10 years of brand planning experience, with demonstrable skill in communications planning from a creative or media agency. You’ll need solid understanding of direct model principles, research methodologies, and experience across a wide range of businesses and categories. And please, be nice to be around.

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PLACED: Associate Strategy Director, Integrated/Digital, $125K; 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 sensational talent in the Brand Strategy space to round out this unique team, working on global tech and mobile brands.

There are three reasons why 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 the VP of Analytics to define a data vision, through to a shared accountability for the creative product.


-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.

-Can grow business for the right reasons: You thrive in a pitch, but you can also patiently help clients achieve their goals and create opportunity for your team.

-Stay hands-on: It’s an open-space office and most teams sit together. Your role may stretch across teams, but we need you in the work, not just around it.

-Have a range of experiences: Across different categories executing traditional campaign work, brand building, social media and involvement in web/ product builds.  For this role, a technology or telecom background is a major plus.

-Can work with fellow grown-ups: This is an eclectic mix of designers, technologists, strategists and producers. You must be an adept facilitator of ideas and insights sessions and be able to bring the best out of collaborators.

-Are well versed in research techniques: An ability to get to the nub of the problem through thorough desk-bound, primary research or the latest tools and cultural trends.

-Can lead and manage a team: You’ll be guiding Sr Strategists and Jr Strategists to solve business problems requiring both high-level thinking/theory and tactical planning methods.

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PLACED: Concept Strategist, Experiential, NYC

This buzz-worthy experiential boutique 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 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. As such, you should expect to deliver at the highest quality with passion and accuracy; you should have a strong level of strategic and creative thinking chops. 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.

We’re on the hunt for a proven Concept Strategist who is focused on the details and eager to develop experiential strategy and social communities for our clients. With the ability to translate strategy into smart and sound experiential and digital tactics, you’ll help develop myriad brand activations – Cannes, SXSW, CES, marquee events, product launches, tv promotions, vertical partnerships, political speakers, pop-ups, etc. This person should have the ability to understand the “big picture” and offer macro-level solutions. You’re a client engager who builds upon existing and cultivates new relationships.  Knowing the right questions to ask, you can guide a team in opportunity identification, strategic thinking and the subsequent development and deployment of marketing programs. A savvy integrated thinker, please have 2-5 years of experience with the ability to develop and deliver compelling client presentations, the confidence to think on your feet, and a hunger for quality, fun, and innovation. Please be incessantly curious about the world, culture, and trends that affect the business, have the ability to think creatively about a variety of challenges and enliven the way the agency thinks. A great sense of humor and a positive attitude always helps.

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PLACED: Associate Research Director, Qual, $90-110K, NYC

Boutique strategy and research shop is seeking to add a magical thinker and leader to their nimble team. This is a fast growing shop who thinks research should be fun! The firm specializes in utilizing digital technology and creative qualitative methodology to help clients solve their biggest challenges. Work tends to focus on new product development, communications development, and consumer empathy building. You’ll connect with consumers to understand what they want/need and how they live, to better create products, services or marketing and then turn this insight into powerful strategy.

We are looking for real people who share a passion for problem-solving, interest in understanding people’s motivations and behaviors, and talent for storytelling; creative, interesting and talented people who want to do great and innovative work. The major offering of the agency is the creation, engagement, and mining of bespoke, closed online consumer communities; offline work generally takes the form of 1-on-1 interviews. Your role will involve managing on/offline qualitative research, connecting with clients, overseeing junior talent, pitching new business, and working within an entrepreneurial team to create business-changing insights, crafting beautiful reports and writing like the wind. Current clients include General Mills, Pepsico, UBS, Delta, Coca-Cola, Reebok, Vans, Gap, Kipling, ABInBev, AXA, etc.

Please be human, imaginative, and energized; resourcefulness, flexibility, individual passions, and confidence mixed with quirkiness are highly valued. Previous qualitative research, brand consultancy or ad agency planning work required. Anywhere between 5-7+ years relevant experience; intelligence and cultural awareness a must.

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