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creative director

Are you naturally a conceptual thinker? Do you focus on the big ideas first but are then able to translate concepts and abstract ideas into visual strategies? Can you take a complex communication problem or strategy and give it the cutting edge visuals it needs to truly resonate? Can you inspire, engage and lead a team of creatives to deliver award-winning design? Do you have a track record of delivering impactful, disruptive and innovative campaigns? Are you curious and hungry with a passion for creative expression? We’re ready to take the conceptual and visual execution for our clients’ projects to the next level and we’re looking for someone who can do that with us. If you think this is you, read on!

Here at thinkPARALLAX, we’re a highly-experienced team of creative problem solvers focusing on developing and implementing purpose-driven brands. We work at the intersection of business strategy, sustainability, and communication. Our values stem from the belief that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive – good business means doing the right thing. We have an open and flexible studio environment where creativity, opinions and passions are strongly encouraged. We value life outside work deeply but expect 110% dedication and an excellent work ethic.

About the position:

The Creative Director takes the lead in generating ideas and guiding execution – connecting the dots between business and audience insights, and translating those into creative concepts and strategic visual communication solutions in a clear and compelling way to both clients and teammates. The Creative Director is responsible for translating client/communication objectives into creative strategies, designs, and plans.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the creative team in executing impactful, inspiring and award-winning visual communication solutions
  • Develop concepts for campaigns, reports, websites, communications plan implementations, etc. and act as a bridge between the client and the Account Manager, Strategists, and the creative team
  • Help the team define underlying rationale for creative approaches as well as contribute to creative execution and decisions
  • Own and contribute to key deliverables, including project and creative briefs, creative presentations and rationale, messaging and brand development.
  • Be a genuine, inspiring, and motivating leader who leads by example, is a great listener and guide, but can make decisions quickly and effectively when needed
  • Be a leader who ‘connects the dots’ and thinks critically and strategically
  • Identify ways in which thinkPARALLAX can support clients in the achievement of their business and communications goals
  • Keep a pulse on new trends in the corporate responsibility, sustainability & marketing/communications space
  • Maintain current design skill sets and professional knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
  • Review and approve materials developed by creative team
  • Understand our clients’ businesses deeply; what opportunities and challenges our clients face, why and what should we do about them; become an expert in our clients’ culture, competition and industry
  • Improve quality results by studying, evaluating, and re-designing processes if needed; recommending process changes to the creative department.

Skills and experience:

An effective Creative Director has:

At a creative level:

  • 7-10 years of experience or at least 4+ years experience leading, managing and mentoring visual communication teams to create cutting edge visual, digital and social communication solutions
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Advertising, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Art Direction, etc
  • Hands-on design experience working as a Senior Designer, Creative Strategist, Assistant CD, Senior Art director or Creative Director
  • Very strong conceptual skills (big ideas!) and the ability to execute conceptual visual ideas to create innovative visual, social and digital solutions in a highly collaborative environment
  • Ability to understand and translate complex business challenges and insight into strategic visual communications solutions (ability to think in systems and patterns)
  • Demonstrated ability to guide team in seeing conceptual solutions through to execution
  • Less is More is your go-to design style. You live and breath design.
  • Demonstrated expertise in brand development, integrated campaign development, interactive/UI/UX design, and digital marketing.
  • You’re a multifaceted individual who is both a doer and a leader, who’s passionate about great work and nourishing creativity in all aspects of your life.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Good writing skills is a plus

At a communication/leadership level:

  • You possess excellent communication and presentation skills that enable you to evangelize, articulate, and pitch great work to client stakeholders at all levels, and to inspire and rally internal collaborators across disciplines.
  • Actively involved in hiring and training creative staff

Let’s not forget a CD has:

  • Natural creative problem solving skills
  • Get the job done attitude in an efficient and effective manner
  • An insatiable curiosity and eagerness to learn (and listen)
  • A big drive to create the best design out there
  • A natural ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • A genuine interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability; especially how companies are embedding purpose into their brand’s value proposition
  • A willingness to work long hours when needed
  • A love to travel, some for business and for PARALLAXploration!

 

Full-time position in Encinitas, California.
Benefits: health/dental insurance, 401K, weekly yoga, public transportation reimbursement, profit sharing plan, PARALLAXploration

 

If you’re convinced this is you, please submit the following to work@thinkparallax.com:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter (Tell us why you’re the one, be real. Show us why you fit with us, what your passions and beliefs are)
  3. Link to your online portfolio
  4. Salary requirements

account strategist

thinkPARALLAX is a full-service, purpose-driven creative agency located in Encinitas, California. We work at the intersection of business strategy, sustainability, and communication. Our values stem from the belief that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive – good business means doing the right thing.

We are a highly experienced team of creative problem solvers focused on developing and implementing purpose-driven brands. We have an open and flexible studio environment where creativity, opinions and passion are encouraged. thinkPARALLAX values life outside work deeply but expects 110% dedication and an excellent work ethic.

About you:

  • You effortlessly build and and maintain rapport with clients and co-workers, you enjoy connecting with people on a personal level but also know when it’s time to “get down to business”
  • You are a careful listener, you view every client interaction as an opportunity to gain insight into the challenges and pressures they face, and the deeper opportunities that can be uncovered
  • You aren’t afraid to speak your mind, or push back when it’s in the best interest of the client, but you don’t bulldoze your way through conversations or beat dead horses
  • You’re a natural persuader capable of adjusting your approach based on the communication style of those around you
  • You are confident and concise, capable of presenting ideas both written and verbally.
  • You’re highly organized, take great notes, and can quickly bring other team members up to speed and into a conversation when the need or opportunity arises
  • You take pride in your work and recognize that, as an ambassador of the thinkPARALLAX brand, you have a responsibility to deliver the highest quality work with honesty and integrity
  • You are a highly energetic, creative and communicative individual who can lead our team towards successful projects that result in happy clients and inspired creative team
  • You have a natural (or trained) interest in communications, an entrepreneurial spirit, and you’re ready to roll-up your sleeves in a fast and ever-changing environment

Sound like you? Then read on!

About the position:

The Account Strategist works at the intersection of ideas and execution as a key point of contact between our clients and our talented team of strategists, copywriters, designers, and project managers.

As Account Strategist, you will act as a primary point of contact for multiple client relationships, and work as an active member of our team to determine how to best achieve clients’ goals through a combination of strategic recommendations and creative execution.

A successful account manager will thrive in a fast-paced environment; a natural leader who connects the dots and thinks critically and strategically; and will keep a team-first attitude.

Responsibilities:

Account/project management


  • Serve as primary point of contact for multiple clients, responsible for scheduling and leading calls, drafting agendas, recapping meetings, and managing project budgets/timelines
  • Understand and translate complex business challenges and insight into strategic communications solutions, and see those solutions through to their completion (with the help of the project team) via project planning and hands-on management
  • Negotiate and manage client expectations and satisfaction
 Drive strategic communication planning processes
  • Keep team members up to speed with concise notes and client briefs
  • Understand our clients’ businesses deeply; what opportunities and challenges our clients face, why and what should we do about it; become an expert in our clients’ culture, competition and industry

Organic growth


  • Identify ways in which thinkPARALLAX can more effectively support the client in the achievement of its business and communications goals
  • Identify opportunities to grow accounts organically by identifying incremental projects and cross-selling the agency’s full range of capabilities
  • Play a supporting role in organic business development, preparing proposals and supporting in pitch presentations as needed

Strategy

  • Keep a pulse on new trends in the corporate responsibility, sustainability & marketing/communications space
  • Maintain a genuine interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability; especially how companies are embedding purpose into their brand value proposition
  • Provide strategic and tactical recommendations and anticipate needs; proactively engage on issues and work with the team to offer solutions

Skills and Experience:

  • 5-years experience managing clients and working as part of a creative team within a communications, PR, marketing, or creative agency
  • Bachelors or Masters degree or other formal training in communications, marketing, or a related field
  • Solid understanding of a broad range of communications disciplines
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
  • An insatiable curiosity and eagerness to learn (and listen)
  • Powerful organizational skills and ability to multi-task, work in a team environment, and meet deadlines
  • Experience in managing project budgets and resources and delivering projects/tasks on time and on budget

 

Full-time position in Encinitas, California.

Benefits: health/dental insurance, 401K, weekly yoga, public transportation reimbursement, profit sharing plan, PARALLAXploration.

 

 

If you think you’re the one, please send the following information to work@thinkparallax.com:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Salary requirements

creative strategist

thinkPARALLAX is a full-service, purpose-driven creative agency located in Encinitas, California. We work at the intersection of business strategy, sustainability, and communication. Our values stem from the belief that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive – good business means doing the right thing.

We are a highly experienced team of creative problem solvers focused on developing and implementing purpose-driven brands. We have an open and flexible studio environment where creativity, opinions and passion are encouraged. thinkPARALLAX values life outside work deeply but expects 110% dedication and an excellent work ethic.

About You:

Storytelling, strategy, design video – if it is an artistic expression and inspires creativity, you love it. You’re always curious and constantly question the status quo. You have an integral understanding of marketing and communication fundamentals, technologies, and cultural trends. You are a strong communicator and while you come from a writing background, your interests are very diverse. You have managed teams of writers and creatives and are skilled at giving feedback and guidance to motivate your team, while never scared to receive and implement feedback yourself.

You’re a thinker, maker and mentor. You have the ability to make decisions and collaborate with their team to deliver stunning work. You are adept at developing original creative concepts and approaches.

The Role:

Our Creative Strategist works closely with the internal team to develop creative strategy, drive the collaborative efforts of the projects’ creative, and developing outstanding copy/content, while embodying thinkPARALLAX culture and standards both internally and with our clients.

The Creative Strategist is someone who thrives in a continuously changing, fast-paced environment. The average day for a Creative Strategist varies greatly from day-to-day. One day might consist of developing a communication strategy and key messages for a client’s sustainability campaign, brainstorming creative ideas for a pitch presentation, creating tagline options for a campaign, and providing feedback to creatives on website concepts. Another day might be spent writing a script for a client video, briefing the creative team on the strategy for a newly acquired project, and meeting with clients to present communication strategy recommendations. The kind of person who will enjoy—and excel—in this position is excited by the challenge of doing a variety of communication- and strategy-related tasks, and can easily switch from one type of task to the next throughout the day without getting easily overwhelmed.

The Creative Strategist will be responsible for developing the communications strategy and implementing all content-driven initiatives across multiple platforms and formats to build client engagement and drive new and current business.

Responsibilities:

Client Pitching and Kick-offs

  • Participate in new business pitches and strategy recommendations
  • Initial ideas brainstorm
  • Create and present pitch decks (language, flow, what to include)
  • Interview clients and their stakeholders

Concepts

  • Understand the overall business strategy of projects and consumer goals
  • Participate in brainstorm sessions internally and client facing (campaign concepts, names for brands and campaigns, report themes, etc.)
  • Create and present presentation decks (language, flow, what to include)
  • Work with the Chief Creative Officer to ensure creative recommendations and strategy align with account objectives while maximizing effectiveness
  • Conceptualizing complex data into infographics
  • Develop concepts, scripts, and storyboards for video projects
  • Assist Chief Creative Officer in pitches and presentations but also leading creative presentations and meetings yourself

Communication Services

  • Research (audiences, industries, competitors)
  • Create Brand Research Reports
  • Communication audits
  • Develop and present communication strategies and plans
  • Write, edit, and produce content across different channels and formats – concept pitches, social media, reports, video script, ads, web copy, etc.
  • Create key messages/messaging matrixes
  • Develop editorial calendars
  • Set social media strategy & create content calendars for clients, incorporating best practices across social media channels

Copywriting

  • Copy for various projects in different styles and tones, lengths, purposes and channels
  • Press releases, outreach, thinkPARALLAX comms

Leadership

  • Lead large-scale creative strategy for key clients
  • Manage a small team of creative communicators
  • Manage staff and freelancers and provide feedback, sign-offs, and creative direction on a day-to-day basis

General

  • Work effectively and efficiently with project timelines; ensure on-time completion of deliverables
  • Be an active part of the larger thinkPARALLAX team and proactively drive the agency’s exposure to creative ideas and recommendations

Skills & Experience:

7+ years direct experience with the following:

  • Bachelor/master degree in Journalism, Marketing, Mass Communications/PR, Advertising or related fields
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a creative writer, with at least 2 years in a management role
  • 3+ years of experience in a creative environment
  • A good understanding of CSR/Sustainability and/or Social Good space
  • Experience writing and concepting either on the client or agency side
  • Knowledge and experience with communication, PR, media, and social media
  • Understanding of social media specific best practices and language nuances
  • Ability to write effectively within the specific platform limitations
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, and experience presenting creative vision and recommendations to clients
  • Commercial and editorial writing experience
  • Proven ability to hit aggressive deadlines and adapt to quick direction changes
  • Strong attention to organization, detail, and excellent follow-through skills
  • Natural interest in the projects and willingness to steer the client in strategy, content organization and copy writing
  • Have a natural (or trained) interest in marketing
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to maintain composure in a fast-paced environment
  • Welcomes and implements feedback; always strives to push themselves and to create the very best work
  • Thrives on back and forth creative feedback/brainstorm sessions
  • Creative and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workflow
  • Graceful under pressure, conscientious, quick learner
  • Instinctive problem solving and teamwork skills
  • Experience with Mac, project management software, and Microsoft Office
  • Some experience with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop a plus
  • Agency, print, and web knowledge is a plus
  • Previous work in an editor role is a bonus
  • Experience within the CSR space a bonus
  • Knowledge or experience with GRI a bonus

Full-time position in Encinitas, California:
Benefits: health/dental insurance, 401K, weekly yoga, public transportation reimbursement, profit sharing plan, PARALLAXploration

If you think you’re the one, please send the following information to work@thinkparallax.com:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter (Tell us why you’re the one, be real. Show us why you fit with us, what your passions and beliefs are)
  3. Anything else to you’d like to share to showcase your creative abilities
  4. Salary Requirements

office manager

thinkPARALLAX is a full-service, purpose-driven creative agency located in Encinitas, California. We work at the intersection of business strategy, sustainability, and communication. Our values stem from the belief that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive — good business means doing the right thing.

We are a highly experienced team of creative problem solvers focused on developing and implementing purpose-driven brands. We have an open and flexible studio environment where creativity, opinions, and passion are encouraged. thinkPARALLAX values life outside work deeply but expects 110% dedication and an excellent work ethic.

About You:

You are an organizational master who thrives on structure and follow-through. You have an eye for seeing potential areas of improvement and aren’t afraid to take matters into your own hands to get the job done. You’re a natural go-getter, skilled multi-tasker, and detail-oriented planner who excels at developing and running a well-oiled machine – better known as thinkPARALLAX. If this description is music to your ears, keep reading!

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and improve office procedures by organizing office operations, establishing standards and procedures; measuring results against standards; making necessary adjustments.
  • Communicate and organize various accounting & HR activities
  • Download all employees on the Employee Handbook and ensure all employees are always up-to-date on any changes
  • Develop and maintain onboarding and departure lists, and all relevant paperwork
  • Maintain the thinkPARALLAX email accounts
  • Develop and maintain inventory log of computers, desks, and chairs
  • Set up work environments for new employees (phone, computers, desks)
  • Answer phones and transfer calls when in the office, and greet guests at the front
  • Act as main point of contact for vendor services, including: building manager, IT, phone, and internet to ensure 100% uptime
  • Coordinate purchase and supply of all office needs, including: office supplies, equipment, furniture, and other office systems
  • Ensure the office is presentable and maintained at all times, including daily office checks for out-of-place or broken items or ways to make the office more organized
  • Coordinate & schedule travel arrangements, including: flights, hotels, and cars
  • Plan & coordinate company events (yearly retreats, office lunches/meetings, and quarterly team-bonding events)
  • Participate, as needed, in special department projects
  • Other related office duties as required

 

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of previous office management experience
  • Associates or Bachelors degree preferred
  • Relevant experience in a professional setting – not necessarily the creative industry
  • Experience with Apple, Google products (Google Drive primarily), Microsoft Office
  • IT and VOIP experience would be a plus

We are flexible with schedules but want a dependable person that fits with our culture and has relevant experience.

Part to Full-time position in Encinitas, California
Benefits: health/dental insurance, 401K, weekly yoga, public transportation reimbursement, profit sharing plan, PARALLAXploration

If you think you’re the one, please send the following information to work@thinkparallax.com:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter (Tell us why you’re the one, and be real. Form letters need not apply.)
  3. List of software knowledge
  4. Anything else to you’d like to share to showcase your abilities
  5. Salary Requirements

copywriter

thinkPARALLAX is a full-service, purpose-driven creative agency located in Encinitas, California. We work at the intersection of business strategy, sustainability, and communication. Our values stem from the belief that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive — good business means doing the right thing.

We are a highly experienced team of creative problem solvers focused on developing and implementing purpose-driven brands. We have an open and flexible studio environment where creativity, opinions, and passion are encouraged. thinkPARALLAX values life outside work deeply but expects 110% dedication and an excellent work ethic.

About You:

Are you a skilled communicator when it comes to the written word? Are you adept at writing in different tones tailored to different audiences? Can you take someone else’s ideas, words, and thoughts and articulate them in a way that surprises and delights? If you think that sounds like you, read on!

About the position:

The Copywriter is in charge of developing outstanding copy and content that aligns with brand standards, audience needs, and project objectives. A person in this position will use creative briefs, writing style guides, and/or sample copy to generate high-caliber copy that commands the attention of target audiences. Deliverables are always written but may take on a variety of forms: website content, long-form report copy, headlines/straplines, blog posts, video scripts, etc.

Responsibilities:

  • Create copy for various projects in different styles and tones to address different audiences and purposes
  • Write, edit, and produce content across different channels and formats – website copy, report content, infrographic copy, video script, etc.
  • Participate in crafting external thinkPARALLAX communications (newsletters, press releases, outreach, etc.)

General:

  • Work effectively and efficiently with project timelines; ensure on-time completion of deliverables
  • Be an active part of the larger thinkPARALLAX team and proactively drive the agency’s exposure to creative ideas and recommendations

Skills & Experience:

  • 5+ years of creative copywriting and editing experience in an advertising agency or in-house corporate creative team setting
  • Bachelor/master degree in Journalism, Marketing, Mass Communications/PR, Advertising or related fields
  • Exceptional ability to write powerful and inspiring copy across multiple channels
  • Ability to edit and proofread copy
  • Strong interpersonal skills with preference to work collaboratively as a team and develop good working relationships, but can successfully work independently to achieve results
  • Ability to work within brand guidelines and assist in developing and fine-tuning messaging standards
  • Understanding of social media specific best practices and language nuances
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, and with the ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects
  • Proven ability to hit aggressive deadlines and adapt to quick direction changes
  • Strong attention to organization, detail, and excellent follow-through skills
  • Experience with Mac, project management software, and Microsoft Office
  • Previous work in an editor role is a bonus
  • Experience within the CSR space a bonus
  • Knowledge or experience with GRI a bonus

Full-time position in Encinitas, California:
Benefits: health/dental insurance, 401K, weekly yoga, public transportation reimbursement, profit sharing plan, PARALLAXploration

If you think you’re the one, please send the following information to work@thinkparallax.com:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter (Tell us why you’re the one, and be real. Form letters need not apply.)
  3. Portfolio & writing samples (PDF or online link)
  4. Anything else to you’d like to share to showcase your abilities
  5. Salary Requirements

graphic designer — freelance

Description

thinkPARALLAX is always looking for strong freelance graphic designers who can help support our team to implement a brand look and feel into countless communication pieces, who make no mistakes, thrive under challenging deadlines and are super fast.

thinkPARALLAX is an award-winning creative communications agency in Encinitas, California. We are a highly experienced team of creative problem solvers focusing on developing and implementing brands with purpose. We have an open and flexible studio environment where creativity, opinions and passion are encouraged. thinkPARALLAX values life outside work deeply but expects 110% dedication and an excellent work ethic.

Skills required:

  • Very strong design and layout skills
  • A ‘Less is More’ design style
  • Excellent production skills: prepping files for print or programming
  • Natural eye for details, works systematic and has an extremely high level of accuracy
  • Fluency in industry standard software suites in a Mac environment (especially Adobe Illustrator, Indesign and Microsoft PPT)
  • Experience with working in agency
  • Professional manner and excellent work ethic
  • Motivation and eagerness to go the extra mile
  • Ability to work with a team in a fast-paced environment

 

If you think you’re the one, please send the following information to work@thinkparallax.com:

  • cover letter
  • resume (PDF)
  • portfolio (PDF or online link)
  • list of software knowledge
  • hourly rate

 

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