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Digital Strategist

“Working at Mission Minded, you can expect to be utterly astounded. First, by the seen and unseen challenges faced by the communities our nonprofit clients serve. Second, by the compassionate commitment of those same folks who dedicate their livelihoods to meeting these challenges head-on. And third, by the elegant talent of your Mission Minded colleagues in guiding these organizations towards a clearer, brighter, and more powerful presence.”

-3 year Mission Minded employee

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Overview

Mission Minded, a branding firm that works exclusively with nonprofits, foundations and independent schools, seeks a Digital Strategist to work with us on a project-by-project basis with some outstanding nonprofits. This is not a full-time position, and is ideal for someone with an existing or newly created consulting practice.

We’re committed to creating an inclusive environment where diverse voices are active in all aspects of our organization. This requires a culture of inclusion, in which all individuals feel respected and are treated fairly, and different viewpoints, opinions, thoughts, and ideas are encouraged and embraced. We consider diversity comprehensively, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.

Our vision is that no good cause should suffer from bad communication. The way we work toward that goal is to craft some of the most magnetic nonprofit brands around. We teach clients why brand matters and how it can amplify the work they do.. Because these are organizations with limited resources, we make sure that our work is clear, cogent, and actionable. It has to ring true without the benefit of big marketing budgets. So our digital strategists have to be, in a word, great.

As a digital strategist at Mission Minded, your responsibilities will be quite varied: planning and conducting research among clients and their constituents, facilitating day-long digital marketing sessions with clients, developing website recommendations documents and digital briefs, creating and managing digital campaigns, writing reports and marketing materials, creating and overseeing key deliverables for client use, and overall project management. From project to project, you may interact and lead contractor writers, designers, and other digital strategists to ensure all client recommendations are fully, and successfully, implemented and evaluated.

Digital Strategy: You know that the secret to success is to deeply understand the needs of your audiences and then to build an online presence that meets those needs. You will lead qualitative and quantitative research that yields deep insights, and you will stand behind your recommendations. With this strategic mindset, you will guide thinking around digital marketing goals, strategies, and tactics that result in specific recommendations–including social media campaigns, email content, website design, and more–that will help nonprofits achieve their missions.

Web Project Management: You will work with clients, creatives, and technical experts to bring great things to life. But you’re not just the go-between. You will do your homework, see the big picture, and can help everyone get there. Web project management may be a natural extension of the client projects in which you serve as the digital strategist, or you may be asked to serve as a web project manager for work already underway or that solely involves website creation and design.

You will often work in teams with one of the Mission Minded founding partners, our web development team, brand strategists, and our design team.

We’re a small company, and we genuinely value and respect one another. We don’t mind being stuck in an airport together on a business trip. In fact, because all of us are based in home offices, we welcome the chance to see each other non-digitally.

Because we’ve been around for nearly 20 years, we’ve developed a very strong reputation in the nonprofit community. Much of our business comes through referrals from previous clients. We’re proud of that. So we set high standards for our work. And we’re very, very committed to the idea of excellent customer service. This means all recommendations are based on sound strategy. Well written. Delivered with clarity. On time. Typo free.

 

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“At Mission Minded everyone brings something to the table. Working here you can expect we’ll be proactive, eager, and fun. We really do enjoy one another, and the work that we do.”

– 1 year Mission Minded employee

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Although Mission Minded is a for-profit company, our clients are working with limited budgets and often within constrained resources; Mission Minded project compensation reflects that reality. And there is qualitative compensation in supporting the work our clients are doing to make the world a better place.

You should contact us about this opportunity if you are strategic, a self-starter, someone who enjoys working very independently, a great communicator, a terrific writer, possess nearly maniacal attention to detail, and have experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to the nonprofit sector.

This is a contract-based position. You will be expected to work from your own office, and occasional travel to client locations will be required. You use your own office technology including an Apple computer, software, and phone.

 

Responsibilities

  • Act as client lead, while collaborating with all team members in the creation and design of client projects
  • Develop research appropriate for client needs and budgets
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research
  • Co-lead client brainstorming meetings and working sessions
  • Develop digital marketing and website recommendations and plans
  • Write digital and creative briefs
  • Participate in group creative and strategy sessions
  • Coordinate with Mission Minded’s Manager of Web Development and Design to define technical parameters for websites and email
  • Conduct reviews for quality assurance
  • Develop and write digital campaigns
  • Present client deliverables that are error-free
  • Lead digital team members in implementation of clients’ digital plans
  • Manage project schedules and facilitate work flow as needed

Requirements

  • 5+ years of progressive responsibility in digital marketing
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing effective digital campaigns
  • Stellar client relations and project management skills
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector
  • Impeccable attention to detail and deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and effectively represent the company culture
  • Highly organized with a strong sense of urgency and an ability to effectively prioritize
  • Adept user of Microsoft Office

If this sounds like you, we’d welcome your cover letter and resume. Please include a description of how you combine great strategic thinking with excellent customer service, and send it to Zach Hochstadt, Founding Partner, at zach@mission-minded.com. No phone calls, please.

Job Location

Mission Minded is a national, virtual company. Based on the majority of our client locations, we prefer candidates that live west of Chicago.

About Mission Minded

Mission Minded hires people who are adept at unearthing a great idea and then working diligently to make it even better. We’re looking for people who are as passionate about making a positive difference in our world as they are about strategic communications, flawless work, and excellent customer service. We are a group of diverse perspectives and voices who bring our heads and hearts to work every day.