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creative strategist — freelance

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

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. Hourly rate

copywriter — freelance

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. Hourly rate

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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