Note: This is a big one, and we are going to hire slowly. We're looking for the absolute right person for the job, and the interview process is guaranteed to be rigorous. We're down for the ride if you are.
Update: Thank you for your interest in this position. Due to the large volume of resumes, we would like to clarify that qualified applicants must have a strong design background and at least 3 years experience managing a creative team. Art Directors looking to move up, Marketing Directors with design degrees looking to move up, etc, we are talking to you! Must have extremely strong Adobe Creative Cloud skills.
We are on the hunt for an Associate Creative Director.
FULL-TIME, IN HOUSE, IN WHITEFISH, MONTANA.
This is no small task. This person is a creative genius. This person is as empathetic as they are witty. This person is a badass with all things Adobe. This person is so in tune with the outdoor industry, they can accurately predict upcoming trends. Best of all, this person loves everything they just read in this post. Is this person a mythical being-- a cross between John Muir, Da Vinci, and Beyonce? Maybe. But we won't stop looking until we find what we're looking for.
Associate Creative Directors are half support workers and half managers. They're not afraid to roll up their sleeves, grab a mouse, and throw down some legendary work, however, most of the time, they spend their time researching and identifying target markets, writing headline copy, and running creative direction and campaigns. They are able to assist Creative Directors with creative direction and campaigns, as well as supervise teams and staff on multiple design projects and create and manage budgets. The Associate Creative Director is a leader, a creative mind and a project manager all in one. This person talks to clients and loves delivering big presentations and answering client questions, often alongside someone on our Accounts Team.
This position reports to the CEO, Creative Director, and Operations Director, and supervises the entire Creative Team.
An Associate Creative Director has many duties and responsibilities. This person likely has an affinity for hats because in a small agency like ours, this position wears a lot of them. One day may involve organizing commercial shoots with lots of backcountry skiing while another day involves writing campaign copy for a for a surf company on the east coast. Another day may involve art direction for a corporate campaign followed by tracking results of a 360 campaign for a client who makes beer for a living. Every day is different. Every project is different. Every client deserves our best efforts, no matter what.
Associate Creative Directors work alongside the Creative Director to explore and develop design concepts and directions for marketing campaigns, print and digital materials, and multiple projects. This requires them to make conceptual and stylistic decisions and be able to back them up. Creating layouts, mockups and prototypes may be required to illustrate their design idea to other members of the team or management. This often involves coming up with slogans and copy for campaigns. This also involves a plan for tracking effectiveness of work.
Our Associate Creative Director will oversee multiple projects at all times. This includes creating teams, creating timelines, overseeing design direction, ensuring all deadlines are met, confirming clients are satisfied with the results and troubleshooting any issues that may arise during the duration of the project. This person must be able to give engaging presentations to our internal team as well as clients. This person absolutely must be able to hold a room and set the tone, delivering presentations that are intelligent as they are entertaining to match the Wheelie brand. This person also acts as quality control for their projects by reviewing and editing their team’s final products before distribution of any materials occur. This person will be client-facing, which involves deeply understanding and matching the Wheelie brand, which delivers work as excellent as its customer service.
Staying ahead of design trends, creative trends, industry trends, and socioeconomic trends is crucial to the success of the Associate Creative Director position. To best serve our clients, this person views research as a lifestyle choice, and this person continually researches marketing trends and strategies and the technologies used in advertisement practices. They must be able to recognize their intended audience and the best strategies for reaching said population. They must also be aware of what competitors are doing in order to create innovative and new designs and concepts. They must be bold.
The Associate Creative Director should be a creative individual with fantastic interpersonal skills. They must be a reliable employee and enjoy challenging and fast-paced work. Being extremely motivated and having strong leadership skills is also important.
If you view this position as a stepping stone to starting your own agency, do not apply. We are looking for someone who is in this for the long haul and who is stoked on living in one of the most beautiful ski towns in the country.
Hours: FULL-TIME, 40 hours per week, in our office. (Currently, we work 4x10's M-Th and have Fridays off.)
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Starting Date: Flexible for the right person.
How to apply: Send cover letter, resume, and portfolio to email@example.com
A small-but-mighty creative agency seeks another member for our Creative Team. We are nimble. We are fun. We are often outdoors. And because every project we do is custom, we require our Creative Team members to be versatile, smart, and on top of trends and effective communication. Usually this position involves heavy graphic design. Sometimes it means is picking up a DSLR or writing copy for a campaign. Sometimes it means creating a website and setting up hosting accounts. And sometimes this means filming and editing video. The more of a ninja with all things Adobe you are, the more likely this position could be a good fit for you.
We’re looking for someone who can take direction from written or spoken ideas and convert them seamlessly into images, layouts and other designs. The successful candidate should have an intimate understanding of how marketing campaigns work, especially in the retail sector, to support our clients. We work in a fast-paced environment, so the ideal Creative Team Member will be able to hit the ground running as soon as we bring on a new client or project.
Creative Team Member Skills:
32-40 hours per week Monday- Thursday
Must work in our Whitefish office
Salary TBD based on experience
Start date: September 2018
How to Apply:
Must submit resume, cover letter, and project portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application window closes: September 16, 2018
This is a fun one.
POSITION: ACCOUNT MANAGER
COULD WORK IN EITHER OUR DENVER OFFICE OR WHITEFISH OFFICE,
but you gotta work in one of our offices.
We are looking for a creative diplomat. This person is articulate in all forms from words to designs to conversation. This person is also passionate, curious, and energetic, and can lead meetings that don't suck. Funny presentations that communicate a point are one of your specialties. This person is creatively unhinged, but knows how to unhinge within a budget. This person is able to have tough conversations, help guide creative conversations, lead a team, and report to upper management. This person is also analytical and constantly deconstructs trends in the outdoor industry as a big business. This person is nimble, fun, and effective. This person meshes with our crew like the glove we've been missing.
How to Apply:
Must submit resume, cover letter, and project portfolio to email@example.com
Application window closes: January 31, 2018
by Amanda Guy -- Our Designer
If you’re like me, you’re enjoying the changes in the weather and gearing up for winter. Ski passes have been purchased, the smoke has cleared, and the streets are covered in snow instead of yellow leaves. We’re deep in the the fourth quarter of our 2017 work year at Wheelie.
Things have been bustling around here as of late. It’s been a while since I wrote one of what Lisa likes to call, an overly-honest blog post about the day-to-day at Wheelie. So here it goes:
By Josh Middleton -- Operations Manager -- Denver
We are nearing the end of one the most exciting times of the year. Yes, pumpkin-flavored stuff is awesome, but I'm talking about photography. If you are in search of a colorful variety of landscapes and scenes, it's hard to beat fall in Colorado.
By Iris Matulevich -- Our Marketing Intern
My name is Iris Matulevich, and I’ve been interning at Wheelie Creative this summer! I wanted to share with you all who I am and what I’ve been doing here at Wheelie HQ these past three months.
I’m a Business Administration major at Gonzaga University with a concentration in Marketing and minors in English and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Fit that on a diploma! I’m 2 semesters, 40-some credits, and one 50 page thesis from graduating with my BBA and heading off into big, scary place that I’m told is called the “real” world.
By Amanda Guy--Our Designer
Last Thursday, Wheelie was extremely proud to host the first ever Montana Camber Exchange through Camber Outdoors, an organization dedicated to encouraging women's leadership from the backcountry to the boardroom. After several weeks of planning and preparations, the event finally arrived, and we packed the lawn with some badass ladies and a few supporting fellas for an evening of networking, eating, drinking, and speeches. These like-minded individuals were able to gather, meet new people, and discuss their passion for business in the outdoor industry.
Formerly knows as the Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC), Camber Outdoors was founded 1996 to empower and encourage women in the active-outdoors industry.
By Amanda Guy --- Our Designer
Recently Lisa and I had the opportunity to participate in an extremely fun event out at Whitefish's very own, Whitefish Bike Retreat. Cricket Butler hosted Zander Ault and Heidi Rentz of The Cyclist's Menu out at the bike retreat on July 6th for a group ride followed by a delicious cycling menu chalk full of freshly grown, local farm foods from the Flathead Valley.
These pop up events not only bring together locals and friends within the community for a fun trail ride together, but also bring support to the trail systems and non-profits they visit. They also support local farmers and bring awareness to the importance of local foods. Zander and Heidi recently hit the road for this season's pop up events and their first stop was Whitefish, MT where all proceeds were donated to Flathead Area Mountain Bikers.
FULL TIME Business Development Account Executive
HQ in Whitefish, looking for candidates in Denver area to work out of our upcoming Denver office.
Wheelie Creative specializes in making high-end creative, strategy, and content for outdoor and action sports brands.
Headquartered in Whitefish, Montana, we work with clients all over the country, and we are expanding our Colorado reach and putting an additional office in Denver.
We are seeking an experienced digital agency sales consultant to help expand and grow our fun-loving agency while connecting us with our dream clients.
This position is responsible for identifying, driving and closing new deals and educating clients on key trends and services in the digital marketing and creative world. This individual needs to be very self-regulated, as this position requires autonomy of scheduling, organizing, and managing their own business development pipeline. This position also requires elements of customer service to be a positive link between the client and the agency from a sales perspective.
We are specifically looking for a person in the Denver area with the ability to connect us specifically with snow, and outdoor brands.
Job Requirements // Key Responsibilities:
• Develop extensive knowledge of Wheelie’s services and brand promise
• Develop extensive knowledge of the outdoor industry and the ebb and flow of its trends
• Establish, develop, and maintain strong, value-based business relationships with current and prospective clients and professional partners to generate new business
• Research and qualify clients within our target criteria
• Create clear, goal-driven proposals for prospective clients
• Organize and lead capability presentations to potential clients
• Expert hunter skills, generate and identify qualified sales leads in focused marquee clients, verticals, and target markets
• Responsible for annual quota in new business revenues
• Ability to identify and discover potential clients advertising and marketing needs
• Follow up and reach out to current and potential clients to drive new sales each month
• Schedule and lead discovery meetings with clients to help scope projects
• Track and manage client’s profiles and activities with sales CRM tools to maximize efficiency and visibility.
• Work cross-functionally and deliver customer feedback on services with leadership team to ensure great customer satisfaction.
• Plan and organize sales strategies for the company
• Communicate sales trajectories and targets with leadership team on a weekly basis
• Communicate upcoming projects with Project Manager to schedule and assign projects to Wheelie talent based on availability and fit.
• Participate in local networking events as needed
• Some travel is required (we hope you like Outdoor Retailer…)
• Must have a genuine mindset to help our clients, not just sell to sell
• Must be team-oriented, creative, self-motivated, driven, and highly accountable
• Consistently be up to date on competitive trends in digital marketing and the outdoor industry
• Must be outgoing, calm, and able to create professional relationships with clients in a genuine way
• Professional oral and written communication skills.
• Organized and detailed oriented, excellent time management skills
• Efficient in strategic thinking and problem-solving
• Able to communicate our services in simple terms to clients
• Eager to work in a fun, positive, and enthusiastic small team environment.
• 1 to 3 years of proven experience and track record of working as an independent sales rep
• Strong understanding of digital marketing and creative services
(Candidates that cannot demonstrate selling these solutions through proven work experience will not be considered)
• All of the above criteria must be proven and will be validated
• Proficient in using Sales software (CRM)
2+ Years Agency Experience would be a huge bonus.
• Experience in selling consulting-based projects that are a minimum of $25,000 in revenues
• Active in networking events
Location: This position is based out of our office in Denver
Job Type: 100% commission-based employee of Wheelie
Send cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Perks: Fridays off, great crew to work with, selling an excellent service with a fun crew.
By: Dan Hansen, Gear Destroyer Extraordinaire
Like merit badges on a scout’s uniform, duct tape patches have graced down jackets since the beginning of time. Yes, the true worth of any mountain town dirtbag is often expressed through creative duct tape repairs. And with new possibilities with colored and patterned duct tape, it’s a whole new world.
Amanda Guy - Our Designer
Hi Everyone! I know it has been a long time since my last Wheelie HQ update, but I’m back, and I have a lot to share with all of you.
It’s bananas how fast this year feels. It’s already June, and I feel like we just celebrated Christmas and New Year’s. Now that summer is here, we have a lot on our plates and are really looking forward to the next six months ahead.
By Amanda Guy -- Our Designer
If the image above stresses you out or gives you anxiety, you're not the only one! Chances are you are not a designer and you've started working with a creative agency to bring your visions to life.
You've decided to put your business plan into action. Congrats! Then your creative agency asks you the one question you really haven't thought about. They ask, "What colors do you have in mind, and what are you hoping your logo will convey?" You immediately think, "Um...I have no idea where to even begin."
There are so many colors out there, but it's nothing to panic about.
At Wheelie, most of our clients want some kind of input on the colors they want, but then again, some do not. Sometimes it's just easier to leave it up to the designers. In the end, you have to be in love with your brand and your brand's colors, so here is are a few ways that Wheelie can help you consider when it comes to color and the psychology of color.
by Amanda Guy --Our Design Unicorn
Hey there WheelHeads! It’s been a while since my last blog post and I know you’ve all really been missing my pithy comments and updates, so in an attempt to be artsy and poetic, with a touch of refined, I tried to write a poem and I tried to write some rhymes—See what I did there?—anyway, please enjoy this hilarious attempt at poetry. I wanted to do something festive that relates to graphic design and all that we do here at the WheelHouse, which is pretty impossible to cover in a short poem, but here it goes anyway!
I hope you’ve all had an amazing Holiday season and here’s to the end of 2016…we’re over you 2016…go away.
Twas the end of 2016 and all through the WheelHouse
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse
The skateboards and bikes were hung in the conference room with care
in hopes that several clients soon would be there
Several meetings were planned for the first week of the year
Amanda and Dan planned to stock the fridge with delicious beer
Creativity flowed through office and out the door
several of our clients hollered, “more designs…MORE!”
The advent had finished with a snowball to the face
here’s hoping we sent some giggles to the whole human race
We reflected on the year and the projects completed
the videos we shot and the logo processes repeated
Jessica is managing the office and two adorable little boys
a new addition to our team she brings us lots of joy
Lisa and Travis built a new standing desk for the crew
we officially got rid of those old principle desks, just ugly, so ew.
Dan is in deep competition for collecting the most vertical this year
But Jessica, Lisa and myself aren’t giving up yet, we will shred with no fear
My two year work-a-versary is coming in quick
Lisa says, "No way in 2017 can I top that Star Wars bit"
This poem is getting ridiculous, I’m terrible at this stuff
I hope you at least enjoyed it a little? Okay Amanda, enough.
Here’s to another rocking year at the WheelHouse! I’m sorry 2016, it’s not us, it’s you, you just need to be done and we are more than ready to crush 2017!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Last week we talked about the importance of a good story in developing your brand. This week we’re going to put our money where our mouth is and show you a startup client that grew to success thanks to maintaining a clear vision, a great story and the right way to tell it. So sit back, relax and join us as we explore an adventure in branding.
When Lauren Oscilowski approached Wheelie Creative for her new project, a distillery in the heart of downtown Whitefish, she had an idea, but needed help turning that into reality. With a deep background and knowledge for high-quality handcrafted spirits and cocktails, she wanted to bring her passion to life with a warm, inviting spot where locals and tourist alike could sit and enjoy a cocktail after a long day of adventuring in the surrounding wilderness that we all love. Spotted Bear Spirits was still in its infancy but the clock was ticking. She needed a logo, branding, label design, merchandise, and much, much more to get this project off the ground and get drinks in customers’ hands.
At the heart of the challenge lies the hyper-competitive local market that Lauren was looking to call home for the new distillery and tasting room in downtown Whitefish, Montana. In addition to bars, breweries and general entertainment, there are a number of other distilleries within a short drive. With this in mind, we had to craft something fresh that would differentiate SBS from the numerous other offerings in the area while appealing to both locals and tourists alike.
Just as the Spotted Bear Wilderness (upon which Spotted Bear Spirits draws its name) is the launching point for countless adventures, this project was an adventure in design. Since we were starting with a blank slate, it presented an amazing opportunity to customize exactly to our client’s needs and desires. By listening to initial ideas and concepts, we were able to craft fun, refreshing, hand-drawn artwork that brought the logo to life.
How did it go? Outstanding, to put it mildly. This was the largest project we had ever undertaken and we couldn’t be happier with the results! In addition to an overall logo and branding package, we developed a ton of other fun elements to help Lauren create a fun, welcoming environment.
Multiple bottle label designs, apparel items and wallpaper patterns were designed to carry on the look and feel of the overall experience Lauren was trying to create in her distillery. And yes, you read that correctly. The tasting room needed to have just the right look so, rather than just picking a wallpaper design off a shelf at a box store, two custom wallpapers were designed and printed that now adorn her walls. And for the perfect finishing touch, a 5-foot-tall logo was drawn into the (wet) concrete floor of her production space. Yes, Lisa can now add “concrete artist” to her diverse set of skills.
Once the space was up and running, we had the opportunity to conduct multiple photo shoots, both of the tasting room and distillery space as well as lifestyle shoots reflecting both winter and summer “lookbook-style” photos. These turned out fantastic and help showcase how much heart and soul has gone into bringing this project to life. And finally, to help her showcase her space to the virtual world, a website was created utilizing numerous hand-drawn designs to continue the overall look and feel of her space.
With so many elements taking place and overlapping, this project required heaps of project management to keep everything running smoothly. Luckily, this was an area where we were able to keep a clear head and keep pumping out quality work. Lauren is by far one of our favorite clients and we’re happy to report that her business is thriving in the heart of downtown Whitefish.
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