Overview

We’re looking for an Associate Creative Director to join one of the best firms in the do-gooder business in our Advertising Practice Area.

To apply for this position, click HERE.

 

When you come work with us, here’s what you’ll find:

Work that is meaningful. We only work with clients who are changing the world. And, we say no to clients if we don’t believe in their cause or if we can’t help them.

Colleagues you can count on. Kind, dedicated, passionate people who bring the smarts, get things done, and help you to do your best, too.

 

So that’s us. Now about the work:

  • We run advertising campaigns that create change for our clients. Great big ones you read about in the news and tiny ones you’ve never heard of that are saving lives. Lots of politically progressive groups -- Planned Parenthood, League of Conservation Voters, PETA. Environmental groups such as NRDC and Oceana, and many causes that are working in the most dire situations in the world such as the International Rescue Committee.

  • Day-to-day, we’re raising revenue, acquiring new donors and supporters, winning campaigns and elections, and improving brand and issue recognition.

 

Here’s what you’ll be doing in this role:

  • Work on several client teams - owning the development and execution of advertising creative.

  • Drive campaign concept development and participate in the creative management process - weighing in on or writing copy and providing art direction on design.

  • Inform creative briefs through channel performance, consumer insights, and A/B testing.

  • Regularly present creative to clients.

  • Elevate the standard of ad creative at M+R by disseminating learnings across teams and identifying areas for improvement. 

  • Devise strategies to close knowledge gaps whether it be through staff training, new service development, testing, etc. 

  • Build on and iterate standards for ethical creative - both within the Advertising Practice Area as well as firmwide. 

  • Contribute to M+R’s firmwide creative work - collaborate on work outside the Advertising Practice Area, help market our services, and/or lead internal creative projects.

  • Drive conversations and processes that help build inclusive spaces within your teams and across M+R. 

  • Do your part to help us run smoothly, including carefully tracking all of your hours.

Skills and experiences required for this role:

  • 7-9 years of creative development experience with a focus on digital ad creative. Some of that experience has been in an agency setting. 

  • Experience developing creative concepts across paid social, display, audio, and video.

  • Ability to write compelling ad copy and provide art direction to designers.

  • Experience leading brainstorms, setting a creative vision, and getting buy-in for the final creative product from account team staff and clients.

  • Demonstrated ability to use data to inform creative learning and disseminating those learnings to staff. 

  • Ability to communicate persuasively in a way that articulates your ideas and conveys your expertise, whether on the phone, in-person, or in writing.

  • Experience supporting the professional development of more junior staff or interns.

Skills and experiences we expect of all M+R employees:

  • Acute attention to detail.

  • Comfort admitting what you don’t know and recognizing that seeking and receiving feedback is part of the learning process.

  • Ability to prioritize your time to meet deadlines for multiple projects.

  • Strong ability to write clearly and concisely.

  • Proven track record to successfully pick up new skills on the job, including learning new technologies.

  • Successful experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

  • Capability to tackle big projects by breaking them down into smaller pieces.

  • Ability to see a problem and propose a solution.

  • Drive to seek what can be improved and offer ways to fix any potential roadblocks.

  • Understanding of how your words and actions affect others.

  • Kindness and consideration for others.

  • Experience bringing a lens of inclusivity to all of your interactions with colleagues.

  • Passion for the role that your work plays in creating change in the world.

  • Drive to work collaboratively - soliciting ideas, seeing each other's perspectives, and always doing what you say you will do.


Skills and experiences that are preferred, but not required:
  • Experience working with or at non-profits or political/issue campaigns.

  • Experience with tools such as Smartly, Google Creative Studio, and Creatopy.

  • Experience developing art direction for rich media and HTML5 ads.

  • Experience with Asana or similar project management software.

Salary, benefits, and some perks:

This is an exempt, unionized position, represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. The salary for this position is $113,120. As part of M+R’s commitment to compensation equity and transparency, we have a no negotiation policy. Salary negotiations can introduce bias and perpetuate wage inequality. Successful staff at M+R have regular opportunities for promotion with accompanying increases in compensation.

We also offer a generous benefits package:
 

  • Three weeks vacation as well as 15 paid sick days and three personal days;

  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits with premiums fully paid for by M+R for individual employees;

  • 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match and quarterly 1.5% employer profit-sharing contributions;

  • Flexible work schedules and the option to work remotely anywhere within the United States with broadband internet;

  • Annual $1,000 professional development stipend;

  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, dependent care, and transit.

The fine print:

M+R staff have the option to be fully remote within the United States, or work from one of the following M+R office locations:

  • 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

  • 11 Park Place, New York, NY

  • 262 Washington St, Boston, MA

  • 1611 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Staff working from an M+R office are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and all staff will be asked to provide information regarding their vaccine status.

To apply, use the link on this page. No calls please. 

 

Of course...
M+R is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be considered. As a firm we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn and work together to change the world. M+R is strengthened by our staff’s diversity, including race and ethnicity, social class, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, and so much more. We strongly encourage folks from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.


About M+R
We are communicators, marketers, fundraisers, and campaigners who unleash the power of people to do good. We work exclusively with nonprofits fighting for a just and sustainable world.

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