We are on the hunt for a Storyteller to add to our Creative Team.
FULL-TIME, IN-HOUSE TEMPORARY POSITION IN WHITEFISH, MONTANA. (thru ski season, 2020)
Storyteller. You may be thinking, “That’s a job?” Yes. At Wheelie it is. Our approach to branding, marketing, and creative work in general is that we connect brands to their ideal consumers through the use of story, not sleeze. Human brains are literally wired to receive stories, and every brand has a story to tell. So we are on the hunt for a person to help us tell these tales in a cohesive, humble, intelligent, often witty way. 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 Norman Maclean, Yvon Chouinard, and Beyonce? Maybe. But we won't stop looking until we find what we're looking for.
Storytellers 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, especially as a video editor, however, most of the time, they spend their time researching and identifying target markets, writing copy, and editing video. 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. This person is a leader, a creative mind and a third eye raven all in one. This person talks to clients and loves helping them hone in on what resonates. This person is a connector of thought and product, using the mediums of written word, video, and visionary thinking followed by taking action. This person helps our leadership team deliver big presentations and answer client questions, often alongside someone on our Accounts Team. This person is a designer’s soulmate.
This position reports to the CEO, Creative Director, and Operations Director, and works alongside the Creative Team.
A Storyteller 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 filming video on the side of a mountain and spending the next week huddled up indoors at the editing bay. This person is responsible for workflow on video projects and helping the company create systems to manage massive amounts of footage. Every project is different. Every client deserves our best efforts, no matter what, and improving systems help us get there.
This position involves a lot of weight in video production. This includes filming, editing, color correcting, and exporting video for client projects. This includes all aspects of pre-production from writing to storyboarding to helping get permits to assisting with logistics. This includes all aspects of production from helping direct shoots to filming to carrying gear to helping talent feel safe and comfortable. This position includes all aspects of post-production from editing to perfection to file management to delivering final files. The Storyteller writes a lot, too, in the tone and diction appropriate to each client for various mediums. Storytellers also 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 big picture idea to other members of the team or management. This also involves a plan for tracking effectiveness of work. This role involves a lot of direction and production, so it is balanced and dynamic.
Our Storyteller will work on multiple projects at all times. This includes 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 Storyteller 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 Storyteller should be a creative individual with a growth mindset and fantastic interpersonal skills. They must be a reliable employee and enjoy challenging and fast-paced work. Being extremely motivated and having strong vision and execution are also important.
• Deep thinking is your thing, and you don't mind having a supportive boss or two to help nudge you when you need it. You must be able to create great work, unhinged, and on-budget. You must be a great writer.
• You must like fun. We do not like not-fun, but we work really hard. Is that a skill? Maybe not, but it is mandatory.
• Mastery of all phases of video: pre-production, production, and post-production.
• Mastery of computer skills, especially the Adobe Creative Suite. We use a lot of real art supplies, too.
• Knowledge of marketing practices, particularly in the outdoor industry.
• The ability to take educated chances and make them pay off. Ability to give and receive feedback. This goes for all positions at Wheelie.
• The ability to infuse projects with whimsy and craft. We have a special style. Sometimes it is irreverent. This person cannot be afraid to create wild work with clients ranging from camp stoves to festivals to beer.
• Ability to work in a loud environment full of bikes, dogs, and sometimes kids.
• Ability to show up with a smile, care about the work we create, and care about the clients and our crew as human beings.
If you do not want to work in our office, FULL-TIME IN WHITEFISH MONTANA, do not apply.
If you view this position as a stepping stone to starting your own agency, do not apply. We are looking for someone who is interested in joining our work family 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, temporary employment ends April 16, 2020
How to apply: Send cover letter, resume, and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
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