WE’RE HIRING: DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC SERVICES

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Who we are:

At The King Agency, we’re redefining what a local creative advertising agency can accomplish. The work we do runs the gamut from TV spots and print ads to websites and social media content. We aim to deliver effective and award-winning work with unbeatable client service. And we do it all while having fun and respecting your work/life balance.

Position summary:

The King Agency is seeking a Director of Strategic Services. This position will be responsible for the development and leadership of the agency’s strategic practice. The Director of Strategic Services reports to the agency President in a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment with the aim of winning new business as well as managing the strategic marketing development for some of the most recognized brands in the region. In addition, you’ll be responsible for helping to build and grow awareness of the agency brand by acting as an outward-facing thought leader.

The Director of Strategic Services (DSS) maintains and grows our agency’s business and client base on an ongoing and project basis. S/he will create and maintain relationships with existing and potential clients, while also developing strategic solutions and plans that best fit the agency and clients’ needs. S/he is responsible for creating brand identities through research and applying experience to uncover an in-depth knowledge of the organizational process, competitive threats, and opportunities of a client’s business. The DSS will also manage the campaign measurement process to ensure that clients and the agency are aligned on key performance metrics, establishing realistic business goals, and providing accountability through reporting and analytics, and providing optimized strategies moving forward. In this role, the DSS ensures that the agency provides:

  • Sound and responsible marketing counseling and planning.
  • Innovator and influencer level communications.
  • Deliver a consistently superior creative product.
  • Work that is strategic and above all creative.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, MBA preferred, or Masters in Business or Marketing, commensurate experience in building agency client portfolios.
  • Interest in and aptitude for creative business and marketing solutions.
  • Minimum of ten years experience brand/marketing/communications strategy experience in integrated, brand, and digital communications.
  • Highly motivated, with a proven track record of building clients and expansion of client accounts.
  • Ability to identify strategic needs, lead all aspects of planning with sound business recommendations, and generate alignment with key business partners.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills that encompass clear, compelling communications.
  • Track record of experience managing and mentoring with high integrity and the ability to inspire others.
  • Experience navigating large and complex organizations, including gaining access to key executives and stakeholders and successfully managing relationship building dynamics and processes.
  • Ability to manage multiple business initiatives in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Expert knowledge of all functional agency departments, capabilities, and service areas.
  • Deep understanding of a wide range of industries, markets, and brands, and what it takes to stand out and service them.
  • Flexibility with schedule to meet client commitments, traveling as required to pursue business development.
  • Great project management abilities.
  • Self-motivated and willing to expand knowledge.

The Director of Strategic Services position requires ongoing and in-depth interactions with the following: Within the agency, the DSS is a co-leader for our new business and client integration efforts. As assigned, the DSS has overall responsibility for leading assigned client strategic services effort. Within the agency, the DSS works closely with all agency personnel in developing plans, recommendations, and deliverables. The DSS will have direct client contact with new and existing assigned agency clients, PR and consultants, media partners, and potential agency partners.

Responsibilities:

The Director of Strategic Services has three areas of responsibility:

Planning, Analyzing, Evaluating

  • Develop workable budgets, work plans and realistic timetables.
  • Collaborates with the Account Supervisor or Manager, Client Services, on the preparation of marketing recommendations, strategies and actions for the client.
  • Reviews, analyzes and evaluates the following relative to the client’s needs and objectives: media output, creative output, research reports and client data.
  • Defining project scope, estimate and writing proposals, works with the Producer in the creation of project specifications and time plans.
  • Identify and develop a target list of clients and partners.
  • Understand business objectives, challenges and opportunities of target and industry.
  • Responsible for departmental vision, structure, and management while providing leadership, accountability, and mentorship to brand strategy.
  • Develop in collaboration with the agency team, innovative and/or differentiating products and services.

Team Leading, Coordinating, Managing

  • Be the agency’s lead brand evangelist, embodying core values and differentiating perspectives.
  • Identify the right opportunities across industry sectors and media that align with the agency’s ongoing strategy.
  • Maintain and develop prospective client and key strategic partners network.
  • Develop integrated marketing strategies and tactical plans to meet and exceed the client’s marketing and business goals and objectives.
  • Generate and drive insight for internal and client audiences around media, brands, consumers, and experiences.
  • Represent the agency at conferences, events and symposiums.
  • Provide market research, analyses and insights into the latest industry trends.
  • Position the agency with key industry influencers and thought leaders.
  • Lead and manage new business presentations as assigned.
  • Grow and develop existing client accounts.

Strategic Project Management

  • Manage agency strategy efforts and projects, involved with projects from start to finish, ensuring successful project completion against deadlines.
  • Manage long-term projects including positioning development, marketing plans, manufacturing or development needs, timeline and roadmap planning, stats analysis and reporting.
  • Develop integrated marketing strategies and tactical plans to meet and exceed the client’s marketing and business goals and objectives.
  • Generate and drive insight for internal and client audiences around media, brands, consumers, and experiences.
  • Design, execute and manage research.
  • Manage measurement, analytics, data gathering, and reporting for clients and agency.
  • Provide strategic branding thought leadership and expertise to expand business relationships.
  • Oversee the development of marketing plans and creative briefs.
  • Training and developing staff (direct reports), and influencing cross-functional internal partners to create and execute effective research, analysis, and strategy.
  • Developing and implementing new processes to increase efficiencies and effectiveness of research, measurement, and strategy work for teams.
  • Work with all departments to develop integrated solutions and expand the services TKA provides to clients.
  • Actively participates in client presentations.
  • Help lead research initiatives and manage outside consultants.
  • Seeking new opportunities to add value to existing clients.
  • Helps with identifying and nurturing new business opportunities.

Benefits

  • 15 days of PTO for the calendar year.
  • Full health and dental insurance benefits offered, the agency pays 50% of the total employee cost.
  • 401k retirement savings plan.
  • Professional development opportunities.

The King Agency is an equal opportunity employer. We are built around our differences and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

If this sounds like a challenge you’d like to take on, please email your resume and cover letter to careers@thekingagency.com

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