Connecticut Art Directors Club

June 2016


Communications Specialist/Graphic Designer

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SEIU 1199 New England (Hartford & Stamford) is the largest health care union in New England. We are committed to raising standards for workers and leading the way on important social justice issues.

We are looking for a full-time, mid-level web and graphic designer to join our team. Our ideal candidate thrives in a creative setting using design software such as Adobe’s Creative Suite, but has skills in another area such as web development, multimedia production, communications, social media, etc. This position requires flexible hours and eagerness to assist on any task.

Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Design print literature for mailers, door hangers, newsletters, etc.
  • Generate web graphics for web pages, social media, online campaigns, etc.
  • Compile news roundups and news clips in the morning.
  • Write and post content to 1199 NE’s digital channels, including the website and social media.
  • Write emails to subscribers to deepen their engagement with the organization and enlist their help in achieving advocacy goals.
  • Take and edit photographs for print and Web.
  • Shoot and edit basic video for digital channels.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Communications Director. 

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • 3 + years of related experience.
  • Strong technical skills in professional graphic design software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Muse.  Video editing desirable. 
  • Demonstrated ability with HTML/CSS, Content Management Systems, and/or web development.
  • A strong portfolio that displays creativity and technical ability.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience with online communications, research tools and database management.
  • Experience in WordPress.
  • Familiarity with labor issues related to the 1199 NE’s core mission and its legislative agenda is highly desirable.

Apply

To apply send cover letter and resume to jschneider@seiu1199ne.org with “Communications Specialist” in the subject line.

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Account Manager

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016

BRIGADE of Hadley MA, New England’s brand-building design firm, is seeking a talented, collaborative Account Manager to add to our award-winning team. This position is tasked with maintaining the lines of communication between the client and internal teams. The AM will be responsible for managing client budgets as well as developing and preserving strong client relationships by ensuring creative work is delivered on-strategy, on-time, and on-budget. The AM will be expected to utilize their in-depth knowledge of a client’s business to translate strategic goals into project objectives for the creative team and ensure client satisfaction. The successful candidate will be an excellent, confident communicator with a background in client services.

Responsibilities

  • Develop a clear understanding of client’s goals and/or business objectives for each project.
  • Keep current with industry trends and client competition.
  • Ability to step into the client’s shoes and advocate for their point of view during creative development through concept delivery.
  • Ability to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Timely communication with clients regarding top-level program details, agency creative recommendations and strategic feedback.
  • Write, review, and/or approve creative briefs to ensure the client’s strategy is executed at every touch point.
  • Lead weekly check in calls and actively participate in briefing and kick off meetings.
  • Effectively utilize Agency systems and communications tools to work through projects with internal team.
  • Identify red flags for project and creative teams by staying on top of significant client milestones such as launch dates, key sales presentations and executive meetings.
  • Provide outside vendor expenses for client approval and coordinate billing.
  • Monthly budget maintenance and client billing.
  • Assist in the development and/or refinement of new processes and standard operating procedures that suit the evolving needs of BRIGADE’s business.
  • Participate in new business presentations.
  • Share knowledge and best practices across teams.

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication abilities: both written and verbal.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of personalities to achieve a superior end product.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Adept conflict resolution skills.
  • Comfort level with having conversations about budget, strategic program and/or project goals.
  • Ability to prioritize and maintain flexibility in the face of changing project, client, and internal demands.
  • Enthusiasm and eagerness to go the extra mile for clients and internal team.
  • Sense of humor and willingness to grow, change and adapt with the role and BRIGADE’s needs.

Our ideal candidate will have 1-3 years account management experience, preferably in an agency setting. Basic knowledge of creative process or prior positions held in marketing, communications, or PR would be helpful. Candidates without agency experience are still encouraged to apply and demonstrate how their unique background and skills suit the needs of the position in their cover letter. Proven track record with clients in adult beverage category would be a major plus but is not required. Cultural fit is critical: we’re seeking applicants with a positive attitude, high degree of common sense, good sense of humor and desire to contribute to a powerhouse team working with great brands! BRIGADE provides a competitive salary and full benefits package for the area, with opportunities for professional growth and development.

Apply

Contact kirsten@wearebrigade.com for specific application instructions.

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Digital Marketing Specialist

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016

Award-winning branding firm BRIGADE of Hadley MA, seeks full-time Digital Marketing Specialist to strategize, write and build BRIGADE’s brand online. This position is a new position that will leverage BRIGADE’s 10-year history, our successful and traditional new business wins, our onslaught of awards, and our roster of nationally recognized clients and brands to build an online presence that generates new business leads and further cements BRIGADE's stellar reputation.

If you want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, rewarding and fun environment where employees work as a team to create impactful and stunning work, we encourage you to apply for this position. The right candidate is a self-starter with a passion for writing and a desire to work in a creative environment where marketing and communication plans are created purposefully to create impact and growth. 

We are looking for extraordinary written skills that can capture our voice online and that can also zig-and-zag onto marketing/branding assignments as needed.

Responsibilities 

  • Build the BRIGADE brand online to generate new business leads, online presence and to position BRIGADE as a leader in the branding industry
  • Work closely with in-house marketing, pr and leadership teams to generate an online strategy and publishing calendar that’s on-brand and has goals and objectives that are both trackable and effective and that may include search optimization, search marketing, and paid and organic social media
  • Strategize and manage content to communicate through multiple social and digital channels including blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and generate articles on content for third party sites
  • Create copy, posts, marketing materials and work on campaign generation, conceptual work and other client work as needed
  • Work with in-house photographers and designers to then generate visual content while you are generating all written content
  • Work seamlessly with all project managers, strategy partners and designers to educate and deliver copy within sound marketing standards and best practices
  • Keep up to date with best practices in writing for online and social media, as well as business/industry trends
  • Monitor, publish and review analytics to help build brand and goals
  • Present creative strategies, qualitative and quantitative reports, and recommendations to internal stakeholders and clients in a clear, cohesive manner

Required Skills

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or demonstrated past success in a comparable digital marketing position

  • Minimum 2-year of social media experience (candidates with previous PR or Social Media internships will be considered)
  • Experience with social media strategy
  • Strong attention to detail and proofreading skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to successfully organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment
  • Knowledgeable about current technology and reporting options and leading edge options, stays abreast of latest developments
  • Capacity to multi-task while prioritizing projects and managing deadlines
  • Very strong creative and professional writing, editing and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, strong work ethic and organizational skills are imperative to this role
  • Experience in reporting and analyzing data for Google Analytics, SEO and social platforms
  • Problem solving skills related to PPC account management and technical troubleshooting
  • Positive, flexible, and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Self-starter, obsessive, driven

Apply

Contact kirsten@wearebrigade.com for specific application instructions.

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Project Coordinator

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016

BRIGADE of Hadley MA, New England’s brand-building design firm, is seeking a talented, collaborative Project Coordinator to add to our award-winning team. Our client-facing project team is in the unique position of maintaining the lines of communication between clients and the creative team. BRIGADE’s project team plays a key role in developing and preserving strong client relationships by ensuring creative work is delivered on-time, on-budget, and on-quality. PM’s are also responsible for maintaining solid working relationships with all producers of the work (internal or freelance) and are expected to utilize their in-depth knowledge of BRIGADE’s capabilities and resources to see projects through from inception to completion. The project coordinator should be a thoroughly-organized team member whose skills enable the project and creative teams to focus on producing high-quality work by strengthening and formalizing the project management discipline at BRIGADE.

Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative and project planning support to Project Managers
  • Maintain a limited roster of client accounts
  • Develop a clear understanding of client’s goals and/or business objectives for each project.
  • Develop a clear understanding of Project Manager’s support needs
  • Work with Project Managers, Executive Creative Director, Creative Services Director, and Account Lead to understand specific requirements of client projects.
  • Effectively utilize Agency systems and communications tools to work through projects.
  • Develop project timelines, assign roles, track deliverables, and identify red flags.
  • Clearly communicate project deliverables to the team and assign roles in consultation with Executive Creative Director, Project Managers, and Senior Creative Staff.
  • Assist in the development and/or refinement of project management processes that suit the evolving needs of BRIGADE’s business.
  • Share knowledge and best practices with Project Management Team

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication abilities: both written and verbal.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Detail-oriented and motivated by accuracy
  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities to achieve a superior end product.
  • Adept conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and maintain flexibility in the face of changing project, client, and internal demands.
  • Sense of humor and willingness to grow, change and adapt with the role and business needs.

Our ideal candidate will have up to 1 year of project management experience, preferably in an agency setting. Candidates without this experience are still encouraged to apply and demonstrate how their unique background and skills suit the needs of the position in their cover letter. Entry-level applicants with agency internship experience would also be suitable for the coordinator position. Cultural fit is critical: we’re seeking applicants with a positive attitude, high degree of common sense, good sense of humor and desire to contribute to a powerhouse team working with great brands! BRIGADE provides a competitive salary and full benefits package for the area, with opportunities for professional growth and development.

Apply

Contact kirsten@wearebrigade.com for application instructions.

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