Strategy Director, HPS Creative

Washington, DC /
Hamilton Place Strategies /
Full-time
Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS) is an analytical public affairs consulting firm. HPS uses substantive analysis to understand complex topics, and creative public affairs tools to explain issues to audiences and reach critical stakeholders. We achieve our clients' goals by enhancing understanding of issues, products, and companies, and ultimately, improving outcomes.

HPS is engaged at the highest levels on debates such as the role of finance in the global economy, U.S. trade policy, the future of work, health outcomes, energy innovation, technology's role in society, and other issues across a broad range of sectors. Our clients include corporations, trade associations, non-profits, and charitable foundations.

This full-time position is remote.

HPS Creative is the firm's in-house creative agency. HPS Creative blends the firm's hallmark analytical and communications expertise with storytelling, design, and technology to help clients increase the accessibility, reach, and emotional resonance of their ideas. We work across the firm's client portfolio, developing creative solutions and campaign concepts that help meet our audiences where they are with research, data, and storytelling that have the power to shape perspectives and inspire action on the issues that matter most.

Summary of Position: HPS is seeking a Strategy Director to join our Creative team. Strategy Directors at HPS Creative lead multiple client engagements and internal projects within an engaging, fast-paced, and collaborative environment. Strategy Directors are responsible for leading all components of client and internal project management: strategy development, daily client management, organizing teamwork internally, and guiding and mentoring associates and interns in their work. 

The successful candidate has 4-7 years of relevant experience managing accounts at a creative agency or in advertising/marketing, is intellectually curious, eager to learn and contribute, and has an interest in developing creative solutions that help shape public policy.

Duties & Responsibilities:
+ Day to day, a Strategy Director's work consists of engaging with clients to understand their needs and conceptualize potential creative solutions, campaigns, or products, and working with creative team associates, designers, and other production team members to bring those deliverables to life. The role involves creative strategy, client management, project and team management, and some business development support.
+ An ideal candidate will have a good understanding of brand strategy and digital storytelling and will bring deep experience formulating creative, emotionally compelling, substantively engaging concepts for campaigns, digital products, and creative content.
+ While the strategist needs to understand the fundamentals of branding and design in order to factor in feasibility and practicality constraints, their role will be higher-level— more focused on the macro strategic choices within the realms of brand strategy, campaign development, advertising, and digital strategy, rather than on details of design or production. However, they would need to be able to speak to those more concrete production elements as part of a broader strategic conversation.
+ The strategist interacts with clients, everyone on the HPS Creative team, vendors/contractors, and others within the main HPS function (i.e., the broader HPS communications team).

Qualifications:
+  4-7 years of professional experience in creative services, marketing, advertising, or a related field
+ Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, and motivate talented, high-achieving teams, empowering different types of personalities with a team-first mentality 
+ Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
+ Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple, competing priorities
+ Willingness to learn new skills and participate in new projects, leading by example and embracing new challenges

Benefits:
+ Competitive salary and compensation structure
+ Remote work
+ Excellent health care benefits with 100% of individual employee and 50% of dependent health care premiums covered; coverage includes dental and vision
+ Competitive retirement benefits with 401(k) matching
+ Twelve weeks paid parental leave
+ Monthly stipend for cell phone
+ Generous paid time off and holiday schedule
+ Frequent firm-wide social events and activities
+ Excellent environment for learning and growth

Hamilton Place Strategies values diversity and inclusion, is committed to equal employment opportunity, and to compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws. We also comply with District of Columbia law, which prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, applicants for employment and interns based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, reproductive health decisions and breastfeeding), national origin, disability, age (18 and over), personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation (e.g., being enrolled in a college or university or in a business, nursing, professional, secretarial, technical or vocational school), political affiliation, genetic information (including family medical history), lawful use of tobacco products, unemployment status and status as a victim or the family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense or stalking.