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Senior Strategist – Freelance

“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 Senior Strategist to work with us on a project-by-project basis on behalf of our outstanding clients. This is not a full-time position and is ideal for someone with an existing or newly created consulting practice.

We’re deeply committed to creating an inclusive environment where diverse voices partake in all aspects of our company and have been actively working on overall DEI internal practices for several years. This demands that 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. We work toward that goal by crafting 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 brand work is clear, cogent, and actionable. It has to ring true without the benefit of big marketing budgets. So, our strategists have to be, in a word, great.

As a Senior Strategist with Mission Minded, you’ll create and clarify brands, messages, and other written deliverables on behalf of our clients. You will work with your colleagues to conduct and analyze qualitative and quantitative research, artfully facilitate brand strategy meetings, write inspired brand strategy documents, act as a client liaison, write clear and captivating messaging, and provide counsel as needed. This position will also include work in strategic planning, website content strategy, digital marketing strategy, and communications planning.

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 committed to excellent customer service. This means all recommendations are based on sound strategy. Well written. Delivered with clarity. On time. 

We’re a small company, and we genuinely value and respect one another. Mission Minded has been work-from-home based since our founding, so we successfully create opportunities for connections with colleagues in many ways.

Logistics

You will work in teams with Director-level colleagues, and other Strategists as projects dictate. You’ll often act as project lead for a nonprofit or independent school (with plenty of coaching from us first). At times, you’ll partner with a more junior Strategist and will be encouraged to help develop their strategic acumen.

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. For many of our Strategists, 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 design of client projects
  • Develop and conduct research appropriate for client needs and budgets, experience in quantitative research a plus
  • Co-lead and facilitate client sessions and meetings
  • Write compelling brand briefs, strategic plans, website recommendations, digital marketing recommendations, and communications plans and present them confidently to clients 
  • Collaborate on creative briefs to inspire compelling communications
  • Collaborate with design team in development of design deliverables
  • Write key messages, taglines, and names for client use
  • Collaborate with web developers on site architecture and web content strategy
  • Manage project schedules and facilitate workflow as needed
  • Serve as an outstanding client liaison
  • Co-lead projects as one of two key client liaisons
  • Travel as needed 

Our Ideal Candidate Has

  • Minimum seven to ten years paid experience working in a nonprofit organization marketing department, advertising agency, PR firm, or marketing agency
  • Demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector through employment and/or significant volunteer responsibility
  • A strong commitment to, and lived experience with, racial justice, equity, and inclusion work 
  • High-level understanding of brand strategy, website content strategy, and organization
  • A dynamic presenter and facilitator
  • Excellent strategic thinking, written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with or within a creative organization
  • Strong team player/highly organized with an ability to effectively prioritize; experience working independently
  • Extreme enthusiasm for customer service
  • Fluent user of Microsoft Office, Keynote, Basecamp 3, Slack, Trello, Google Suite

How To Apply

Please contact us about this opportunity if you are strategic, a self-starter, someone who enjoys working from home, 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 and social justice.

We welcome your cover letter/email and resume. Please include how you personally define brand strategy and send it to Frida Silva at frida.silva@mission-minded.com with the subject line PROJECT BASED SENIOR STRATEGIST.

Cover letters present a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know you better. Therefore, please be sure to send BOTH your resume and cover letter (as requested above). Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls, please—we promise to respond via email.

Job Location

Mission Minded is a national, virtual company.

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.