Category: Jobs@theMortar
September 1st, 2015

Seeking Senior Copywriter with Mind Like a Machete.

We’re Mortar, a San Francisco advertising and branding agency dedicated to shaping smarter conversations between people and brands. And we say there’s no way in hell the pen is mightier than the sword. Could a ballpoint Bic chisel a block of ice into a life-sized replica of Michael Keaton’s face? Such a staggering feat isn’t unlike what you’ll be doing here. As senior copywriter, you can sculpt, mold, and whittle words until they glisten like Cartier diamonds. And your creative ideas are razor-sharp enough to cut through those inescapable piles of clutter labeled “been there done that,” “expected,” and “tried and true.” If your mind resembles a machete, come join Mortar in unearthing provocative, head-tilting ideas and putting obsolete adages out to pasture. (Who uses pens in the digital age, anyway?) 

Core responsibilities:

  • Concept campaigns across all media: print, digital, outdoor, broadcast, experiential, radio, and B2B
  • Write and edit compelling copy in all forms, from a detailed, long-form brochure to an eye-catching headline or tagline
  • Work with art directors and/or designers to brainstorm ideas and execute a polished product
  • Develop ideas that are out-of-the-box as well as strategically sound
  • Follow creative briefs, and take direction from creative directors
  • Prioritize workload, and deliver exceptional creative on time
  • Collaborate regularly with account managers, strategists, and new business teams—we’re no fans of department walls here
  • Create captivating presentation decks
  • Present and defend work in front of clients, in person and by phone
  • Proofread work for grammatical clarity and brand consistency
  • Begin to take an interest in nurturing junior talent

Required skills and experience:

  • Portfolio that demonstrates original creative thinking and exceptional writing in a wide range of media
  • 5+ years of copywriting experience in an ad agency
  • Proven ability to understand complex information and translate it into effective copy
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects—and maybe a sword on occasion
  • Willing to collaborate with others, and take constructive criticism
  • Excellent verbal communication (written communication is a given)
  • Versed in speaking to both consumer and business audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude—no egos, please
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and Keynote; you should be Mac-friendly

To apply for this position, please send your portfolio and resume to tanya@mortaragency.com.

August 27th, 2015

Seeking Associate Creative Director/Copywriter Without Puns of Steel.

Hi. We’re Mortar, a San Francisco advertising and branding agency.

We’re on the hunt for an Associate Creative Director with a passion for transforming eye-opening insights into awe-inspiring concepts and messaging (we’re not kidding, one pun and you’re done).

We do things differently at Mortar. For one, we are dead against the Big Reveal: instead we believe in the cleansing power of full, energetic collaboration with our clients. We believe in sharing ideas early and often, which means we frequently call clients right after coming up with a cool idea just to, you know, see what they think.

And we really do believe good ideas can come from anyone (although it’ll still be your job to decide if they are good enough to be great).

Look, if this scares you, stop right here.

We know who we want, and we know we need to search high and low for the right person.

To thrive at Mortar you will need to share a belief in brainstorming and whiteboarding (you have never seen whiteboarding this intensive); curating giant hairy ideas; the wonder of rapid-fire momentum and prototyping; and an unyielding necessity for utter honesty and plenty of cocktails. (You can’t say that – HR).

Our best candidate is probably a writer. But they might be a designer. Either way they will enjoy concepting on-the-spot and are just as comfortable dreaming up social ideas as broadcast and digital.

Still with us? Good. Onto the obligatory bulleted list of responsibilities:

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop awesome concepts for high-level, integrated initiatives
  • Contribute meaningfully
  • Nail the brief
  • Manage multiple ongoing projects
  • Work happily in B2B and B2C
  • Embrace failure (success is so over-rated)
  • Clients will want you to have their children
  • Actively manage and mentor junior and mid-level creatives
  • Kick ass in meetings

Required Skills and Experience:

  • A portfolio that demonstrates exceptional creative thinking and copy in a variety of work that spans digital, broadcast, social story telling and print
  • We strongly doubt you will have less than eight years of experience
  • Excellent presentation and deck-writing skills; you will often be the voice for presenting concepts and selling them through to clients
  • Meticulous with details, quality and grammar

This position is based in San Francisco. Relocation may be available to the right candidate (yes, you read that right—YOU CAN MOVE TO SAN FRANCISCO).

Salary: Competitive

To apply for this position, please send your resume and portfolio link to: tanya@mortaragency.com.

April 21st, 2015

Intern Submission Deadline Extended!

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Good news, procrastinators. We’ve extended the submission deadline for our design and account intern programs to 9 a.m., Friday April 24th. Creative submissions have been rolling in, and so far we’re loving what we see. So put down that Playstation and throw your hat in the ring!

Account Intern Job Posting 

Design Intern Job Posting 

 

April 13th, 2015

We’re on the Lookout for an Account Management Intern.

Hi. We’re Mortar, a San Francisco advertising and branding agency dedicated to shaping smarter conversations between people and brands. In this internship, you’ll do a lot more than make coffee. You’ll work on real projects that matter for our clients and internal initiatives. You’ll support our account management staff, and collaborate with our creative, strategy and new business teams. You’ll sit in on meetings, see how an agency works, and learn the process of producing a campaign, from strategy to concept to execution. You’ll even get to give back to the community by working with the Mortar Foundation, our nonprofit arm that empowers underprivileged youth through better education, health, and safety.

Our current client roster runs the gamut from museums, to universities, to robot vacuum cleaners, and no two projects are alike—whether we’re shooting video, dreaming up outdoor ads, or naming the next big startup. This is a full-time, paid opportunity that runs from June through August.

 

Responsibilities:

Your tasks will vary depending on what our clients and internal teams need, but will likely include the following:

  • Communicate with vendors and partners
  • Conduct and catalog research
  • Build and present Keynote decks
  • Participate in meetings/brainstorms
  • Take detailed and accurate meeting notes
  • Coordinate meetings and create agendas
  • We’re a small agency, so you’ll get to wear multiple hats (literally and figuratively—our founder Mark is obsessed with distinctive headgear)

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (must have graduated by May 2015) in marketing, advertising, or other relevant field
  • Positive attitude—we don’t believe in egos here
  • Strong critical thinker and problem solver
  • Excellent communicator, both verbal and written
  • Stellar organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Mac Keynote
  • A passion for advertising, and an eagerness to learn

 

Assignment:

In addition to sending us your baller résumé and personalized cover letter, we want to see you get creative. At Mortar, we have a few intrinsic brand values that guide everything we do (listed below). Your task is to pick one and show us what it means to you.

 

Collaboration: We take it to the extreme, inside Mortar and with clients and friends.

Honesty: We keep it real, every step of the way.

Ideas: We believe they can come from anyone and anywhere (we mean it).

Momentum: We move forward together to keep the ideas going and flowing.

People: Enjoying all of it with—and as—happy and passionate people.

San Francisco: Is at our center. It’s different here, and we embrace it.

 

There are only two rules for this assignment: Be original, and be yourself. Execution style is totally open—but please keep videos under 2 minutes, essays under 500 words, or do something completely different. (Just know that we have the attention span of a monkey.)

To apply for this position, send your resume, cover letter, and creative submission to iwanttowork@mortaragency.com by April 19, 2015 at midnight PST. And write “Account Intern” in your email subject line. Future Mortarons, we can’t wait to meet you!

April 13th, 2015

Mortar Seeks Hungry Design Intern.

Hi. We’re Mortar, a San Francisco advertising and branding agency dedicated to transforming eye-opening insights into head-tilting ideas. We don’t just think outside the box; we throw the box out the window. In this internship, you’ll do a lot more than make coffee—you’ll make designs and layouts for real projects, client-facing and internal. You’ll support our creative team daily. You’ll collaborate with our account management and new business teams. You’ll sit in on meetings, see how an agency works, and learn the process of producing a campaign, from strategy to concept to execution. You’ll even get to give back to the community by working with the Mortar Foundation, our nonprofit arm that empowers underprivileged youth through better education, health, and safety.

Our current client roster runs the gamut from museums, to universities, to robot vacuum cleaners, and no two projects are alike—whether we’re shooting video, dreaming up outdoor ads, or designing a logo for a new startup. This is a full-time, paid opportunity that runs from June through August.

 

Responsibilities:

Your tasks will vary depending on what our clients and internal teams need, but will likely include the following:

  • Create original layouts and artwork for print and digital media
  • Execute on creative direction from senior designers
  • Conduct image searches
  • Crop, resize, and retouch images
  • Create design mockups for presentations
  • Set up documents, and prepare files for production
  • Participate in meetings/brainstorms
  • Communicate with vendors

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, advertising, or related field (must have graduated by May 2015)
  • Portfolio that demonstrates graphic design and ad concepting skills
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat)
  • Familiar with user interface design
  • Strong critical thinker and problem solver
  • Excellent communicator, both verbal and written
  • Positive attitude—we don’t believe in egos here
  • Experience with HTML, Flash, 3D software, or AfterEffects is a plus
  • If you can illustrate, that’s a bonus, too

 

Assignment:

In addition to sending us your baller résumé and personalized cover letter, we want to see you get creative. At Mortar, we have a few intrinsic brand values that guide everything we do (listed below). Your task is to pick one and show us what it means to you.

 

Collaboration: We take it to the extreme, inside Mortar and with clients and friends.

Honesty: We keep it real, every step of the way.

Ideas: We believe they can come from anyone and anywhere (we mean it).

Momentum: We move forward together to keep the ideas going and flowing.

People: We enjoy all of it with—and as—happy and passionate people.

San Francisco: Is at our center. It’s different here, and we embrace it.

 

There are only two rules for this assignment: Be original, and be yourself. Execution style is totally open—but please keep videos under 2 minutes, essays under 500 words, or do something completely different. (Just know that we have the attention span of a monkey.)

To apply for this position, send your resume, cover letter, and creative submission to iwanttowork@mortaragency.com by April 19, 2015 at midnight PST. And write “Design Intern” in your email subject line. Future Mortarons, we can’t wait to meet you!