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Social Media Coordinator
Our client, a fortune 500 organization, with offices in Chicago, is seeking a social media manager to maintain and support the social media presence for one channel while assisting with other social media-related projects as needed. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: • Create, Curate, and publish relevant original, high-quality content. • Create and maintain a social media content calendar and strategic plan. • Perform Social community management (monitoring/responding to guests) • Execute Paid social execution and management. • Provide support to the Influencer program. • Provide key metrics analysis. • Assist with social brand strategy work as needed. • Collaborate with other departments and teams to coordinate and amplify marketing campaigns. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: • Three years of experience working in a social media management role • Knowledge and experience in the tenets of traditional marketing. • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business, Advertising, Communications, English or technology-related • Creativity and immersion in social media, with in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms • Strong familiarity with Sprinklr • Ability to work with a variety of partners and team members across different projects • Highly self-motivated • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities Does this sound like you apply today!
Grpahic and Signage Designer
Our client is a Fortune 500 organization with offices in the northern suburbs. They are seeking a Digital Signage Design & Deployment Specialist who will be tasked with designing, integrating, scheduling, and deploying new signage templates utilizing the enterprise digital signage platform. Should be focused continuously on self-produced fresh content, new template designs will include live data integration in the form of CSV files, and RSS feeds, requiring knowledge of those workstreams and proper testing protocols. Additionally, the role will provide the first-line customer support and troubleshooting necessary to keep this growing platform operational, working directly with end-users across the globe. Specific responsibilities for this assignment: Support daily operations of the enterprise digital signage network of signs using a robust vendor software platform, which includes: Designing, deploying, and managing visual communication applications across the digital signage network. Preparing media players for deployment Troubleshooting of media players and content playlists Developing job aids and documentation Training business, unit content managers to manage local content Advanced graphic design skills to facilitate the development of new digital signage content Requirements: Experience with digital sign content management system(s) Advanced level of knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software applications (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects) Secure to the excellent technical aptitude to quickly learn new applications Familiarity with XML and XSL style sheets Intermediate understanding of new media visual technologies and presentation best practices using all display types and resolutions Ability to develop technical documentation/job aids and to train others on the use of an application Excellent project management skills with the ability to plan, organize, monitor and control projects to achieve objectives Ability to collaborate and work successfully on cross-functional teams Strong oral and written communication skills Experience with Office 365 Does this sound like you? Apply today!
Onward Search is currently seeking an experienced Copywriter for a 12-month contract to hire position working with one of our top clients in Chicago, IL. This person works directly and collaboratively with members of the creative team and business partners to develop and produce effective communications. Apply today to speak with one of our associates to learn more! Day to Day Overview: Demonstrates expert knowledge of advertising and marketing trends and translates business intent into creative strategies and executions that market products effectively. Demonstrates understanding of intended audience; interprets market research and test results and can use findings to focus targeted marketing messages. Facilitates brainstorm sessions; recognizes ideas that should go forward. Writes, concise, informative, and engaging copy and persuasively communicates creative ideas and rationale. Monitors projects to ensure creative intent is not diluted. Web, mobile, and social experience a plus. Experience: 4-year degree in communications, creative writing, journalism, or similar discipline. 6+ years of writing experience (Financial Services experience, preferred). Portfolio demonstrates a variety of experience with national advertising or marketing campaigns: annual reports, broadcast, print, and web. Industry Knowledge: Direct Mail and/or web experience required within any industry Brings processes, technology, or people solutions to the table concerning the design or print process. Proven ability to coach and challenge design team to improve the effectiveness of creative Considered a bonus if you have: Working knowledge of MS Word, InDesign and Acrobat preferred Apply today to learn more about this job!
Data Visualization Specialist
Our client, a research firm focused on big data and predictive analytics, is seeking a Data Visualization specialist to join their team on a contract basis. In this role, the ideal candidate will work closely with the UX and Product teams to create compelling visual stories for both internal and client use. You will be charged with creating innovative ways to identify and communicate clearly and suscinctly key points of data to be shared with customers. Requirements: Understands how to represent large sets of data and information in clean and concise visualizations Creates wireframes and visual examples to help define visualization needs Understands how to manipulate and extract data from many different sources to be able to consolidate and synthesize information into imagery to: tell a story, let the information help drive understanding and actions that need to be taken to improve key business performance indicators Has a strong graphic sense and compelling use of relationships with colors and iconography to simplify visualizations into meaningful representations of past performance, future research and operational reporting 5+ years of experience in UX, design, and data Someone who knows how to identify key points in data and then is able to express those points thru visual communications Someone who can establish the look/feel/philosophy of data points Must demonstrate ability to explore graphic solutions
Our client, a research firm focused on big data and predictive analytics, is seeking a UI Designer to join their team on a contract basis. In this role, you will be charged with adding visual clarity, simplicity, and excitement to the products. You will: Transform manual services into modern digital products Design better ways to collect and visualize information. Help product teams, development teams & stakeholders make better choices by creating low and hi-fidelity prototypes. Create a unified, scalable, design language. Ideal skill set and experience: 5+ years of experience working with a cutting edge UX practice, focused specifically on visual communication, patterns, and brand guidelines. Included in your portfolio is work detailing your involvement in designing software and/or building out a suite of products. You demonstrate empathy and understand how to unravel complex technical, business, and people problems and translate them into digital, experiential journeys. You’re passionate about interactivity, interface design, standards, and have an insatiable thirst for learning about your passion. You have an appreciation for coding and understand how applications are built for multiple devices. You enjoy partnering with developers and product owners; listening, challenging, crafting, iterating, and ultimately arriving at a solution that works for everyone. You are confident in at least one of the UX wireframing/prototyping tools, e.g., Axure, Sketch, Illustrator, InvisionApp, etc. If this sounds like you, don't hesitate to apply today!
Our client, a multi-national research firm, is seeking a Senior Level UX Architect to join their team on a contract basis. In this role, you will: Create high-level user flows to innovative wireframes across responsive sites and applications. Improve product performance by designing better ways to collect information. Work hand in hand with product teams, development teams & stakeholders to make better choices by creating low and hi-fidelity prototypes. Create a unified, scalable, design language. Requirements: 5 years minimum experience in UX architecture, specifically within the confines of data and how it is used Experience solving complex UX challenges, creating user journey, task flows, and annotated wireframes. Experience in creating interactive prototypes to support A/B testing or usability testings. Collaborative team spirit to work cross-functionally with UX researchers, product managers, engineers, writers, and other designers. Expert knowledge of Sketch, Adobe CS, Axure, or similar tools. Does this sound like you? Don't wait to apply today!
Our client, a Fortune 500 organization with offices in the northern suburbs, is seeking an Email Designer to join their in-house agency. In this role, you will work directly with the creative manager, concept designers, and copywriters to create promotional email and web ads that effectively drive sales and support the brand. The ideal candidate will be passionate about design and inspired to make each creative piece they work on shine. You will be tasked with bringing the brand to life by following brand guidelines, executing creative solutions within their parameters. The ability to translate creative strategies into compelling design treatments is paramount. While collaboration with other designers is always encouraged, the designer in this role will need to manage their workload and understand business priorities. Basic Requirements: • Associates Degree from a creative/design or a related area. Bachelors Degree strongly preferred. • 2-4 years of experience in advertising/marketing focused interactive design experience. • Extensive experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, and HTML. • Strong online portfolio with examples of digital projects demonstrating creative thinking and flawless execution. • Experience designing across multiple platforms and/or devices, including responsive and adaptive design. • Have strong project management skills and be able to move quickly and comfortably between various projects. • Must be motivated, highly organized, flexible during peak workload, detail oriented, and can absorb and apply constructive criticism from peers and business partners. Does this sound like you, apply today!
Our client, an award winning agency in Chicago, is seeking a skilled Account Director to join their team. In this role, the ideal candidate will be a memorable presenter with experience in new business pitches. You will have worked on multi-cultural/urban business and will be a master of your craft. RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop comprehensive knowledge about the client’s business and point out opportunities and recommend solutions for marketing and advertising problems. Ascertaining the client’s marketing communications needs, and effectively communicate them to creative, planning, broadcast production, and print production services. Be certain client objectives are clearly understood by all. Effectively and persuasively present the agency’s recommendations and point-of-view to clients. Communicate effectively verbally, and in writing. QUALIFICATIONS Demonstrated success in presenting to the client in a new business pitch Must have multi-cultural experience Bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, or a related field; Five to seven years of agency-based account management experience on account(s) with TV, print and digital production. Does this sound like you? Apply today!
Creative Project Manager
Our client, a social media content company, is on the hunt for a Creative Strategy Project Manager to join their team. You will be working closely with the Creative Strategy and Business Solutions teams, you will be responsible for: Be the main point of contact (post-sale) for multiple projects at a given time across set client base Build creative timelines for qualifying ad campaigns and Creative Strategy requests Collaborate with and manage external creative services partners on projects associated with a set client base Manage client communication and client questions throughout development process Proactively manage any potential challenges during asset development and provide creative solutions Manage 3rd party creative production partners and agreed upon scope of work Responsible for securing final asset approval from client and agency partners Manage distribution of final assets to the account team and funnel the creative into the Ads Manager creative library Recommend improvements to project management process to increase efficiency and quality Act as creative ambassador of company guidelines and best practices Musts: 3-6 years in project management, strategy or creative experience, preferably in a creative agency or advertising agency Strong communications skills – clear and direct written and verbal Experience managing a pipeline and heavy workload Experience working with advertising clients in a support function Proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, projects and ever-changing priorities in potentially stressful situations Candidate should possess strong organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail is crucial. Proficient in Keynote Strong collaboration skills working closely across multiple cross-functional teams Excellent communication skills in client management, and a strategic thinking in proactively problem solving against creative challenges and logistical hurdles during each project. Does this sound like you? Apply today!
Our client, a local community education district with multiple campuses known for its academic innovations and commitment to the community, is seeking an Interim Marketing Director to join their team. In this role, you will serve as a strategic thinker and project leader on an interim basis for marketing and communications department activities. The job includes defining strategy and project managing execution for events and key publications. Events – project management and prepare for marketing needs related to the organization events; including event script, printed and projected materials, and supervision of event staff in delivering set up, catering, décor, and other logistics. Publications – collaborate with Chief Advancement Officer, academic and enrollment management leadership to complete an editorial plan, production timeline, and project manage writing, photography and design deliverables while ensuring timely delivery to meet publication deadlines. In addition, oversee and project manage the ongoing materials needs, taking an integrated direct mail, web, social media, and email marketing approach. Collect data and report outcomes to assess the effectiveness of implementation. This role serves as primary contact to direct advertising agency in placements ensuring alignment with promotional needs and other outsourced resources to supplement writing and digital media support. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, public relations, or related field is required. 5 + years of supervisory experience in marketing, digital marketing, content strategy, direct marketing, brand development, public relations, advertising or related fields. A demonstrated cultural competency and proven experience working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels within an organization is desired. Experienced with the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google Suites (calendaring, email, Docs, and drive). Experience with Google analytics, email, and web content management systems and social media preferred. Does this sound like you? Apply today!