Category: Jobs@theMortar
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.



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



  • 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



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 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!


November 21st, 2014

Mortar’s On the Hunt for a Media Strategist.

Hey, kids. We’re hiring. Here’s the deets:

Mortar is looking for a natural self-starter to play a critical role with some of our largest and most interesting accounts. Unlike many media positions, where your job is limited to bringing a client’s message to market, at Mortar you’ll be involved much earlier in the process, using your experience and background to shape creative and strategic direction as well as the resulting communications plan. You’ll be part of tight-knit, powerful teams that allow you to take part in creative brainstorms one day, and manage budgets for targeted campaigns the next. Our clients range from world-famous museums to educational institutions to supermodels (and the occasional robot vacuum). We work with a variety of digital partners and vendors, and are looking for someone with a background in both digital and traditional media platforms.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Bring your media experience and insights to the table as part of high-level strategic planning involving clients and inter-departmental teams
  • Develop strategic media plans based on client and creative concept direction and the use of media research
  • Clearly and persuasively present media plans in written presentations and in face- to-face meetings with peers and clients
  • Partner with clients and internal teams, and synthesize information accurately and efficiently to guide campaign development and execution
  • Absorb many details, while keeping focus of the big picture; prioritize and re- prioritize many tasks at once
  • Activate client needs for digital, print, OOH, TV and radio
  • Manage the flow of client media-related issues based on changes in direction, goals, and budgets
  • Maintain good rapport with sales representatives and vendors; push vendors to work collaboratively and deliver original solutions that fulfill client needs
  • Explore media alternatives thoroughly, and think creatively when recommending media solutions
  • Be an intuitive problem solver and quick thinker
  • Handle all budget- and billing-related tasks
  • Tell jokes on command (just kidding…or are we?)


Experience & Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1-3 years of media planning/buying experience
  • Superior analytical skills with the ability to review data/campaign performance and recommend optimization strategies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superb time management skills
  • Must work extremely well in a self-directed environment and be comfortable handling multiple tasks concurrently


We think an agency’s health can be measured by just how much laughter can be heard during the day. Enthusiastic candidates should send their resume to Tell us a funny story as part of your response and you’re practically hired.

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August 26th, 2014

We’re Beefing Up Our Account and Creative Teams.

Thanks to some recent new business wins, we’re growing like Zach Galifianakis’ beard on Miracle Gro. We’re on the hunt for an Account Executive, Account Director, Senior Art Director, and  Account Management InternRead on the for the details.

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June 12th, 2014

Seeking Outbound Sales Jedi, We Are.

The Challenge

Source, develop, and arrange meetings with national marketing and brand executives for an ambitious, fast-moving, SF-based brand and advertising agency.

About You

Your background is most likely in media sales or an industry that markets to professional marketers. You have probably been in contact and worked closely with leading advertisers and marketers in the Bay Area and beyond. Your success has been founded on developing and maintaining trusted relationships.

You thrive on the thrill of the hunt, and are very comfortable in full-court-press outreach mode.

You have no qualms picking up the phone and calling leads, both warm and cold.

As this will be a salary plus commission role, you’re confident in your ability to use your well-honed Jedi mind tricks to unlock the value of your rolodex and nurture new prospects.

Do you feel at your best in presentations, and excel in solving business challenges in new and unexpected ways? Are you familiar with Keynote, or at least a quick-study?

Are you fluent in any or all of the following?
– Sales
– Business development
– Salesforce management
– Cold calling
– LinkedIn lead-building
– Proposal writing
– Marketing and business strategy

If so. . .

We’ve got a seat on the Millennium Falcon waiting for you.

Please send along your resume, a link to your LinkedIn profile, and your best haiku about bears to (put JEDI in the subject line).



March 11th, 2014

In Search Of Calculating Assistant Media Planner/Media Strategist.

You know us. Mortar, growing integrated branding and marketing communications agency. We’re looking for an assistant media planner or media planner with at least 1-3 years experience to support our Director of Media Strategy.

To apply, please send a resume and cover note of no more than 300 words, describing your:


– Approach to working under pressure and deadlines (and no, studying for finals does not count)

– Success chasing down details

– Ability to whip up spreadsheets and ROI numbers in a flash

– Keynote or Powerpoint skills

– Understanding of basic digital media (you know what a banner, CPM, and CPL are)

– RFP initiation and review skills

– Skills coordinating with media partners and being the best go-between ever

– Skills negotiating with vendors to pay the least and get the most

– And finally: How do you maintain a positive attitude in high-pressure situations?


Candidates with agency experience will be reviewed first.

Send your note, subject matter: “Calculating” to No calls, please (we’re on the phone enough as it is). Cheers.