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Designer

A BRINK Designer produces commercial art, user interfaces, brand elements, and animations for our web, content, advertising, and brand experience projects. We’re looking for a designer with a specialty in user interface design and graphics for the web, but would like someone well rounded enough to move between print, digital, and video title work with relative ease. If you can illustrate work in 3D environments or any other additional skills, that’s an appreciated plus.

We foster a team-driven environment. You will be closely collaborating with a Copywriter, a User Experience lead, or a Video Producer often and will receive tasks and oversight from a Strategist. You will also be mentored by the more senior members of the design team.

We require our team members to be located in one of our studios, but are willing to hire this position out of either our Tucson, AZ or Washington, DC offices.

A Typical Day:

  • Executing advertising concepts based on a creative brief.
  • Contributing to creative brainstorms.
  • Turning wireframes into high fidelity prototypes in Adobe XD.
  • Developing graphics such as icons, infographics, etc.
  • Creating a wide range of logo concepts.
  • Planning wireframes with a User Experience lead or Strategists, based on an established content plan.
  • Supporting post-production of videos with title work and possible motion graphics (assuming you possess the skills).
  • Assembling mood boards and visual concepts to present to a client.
  • Defending your ideas and building thoughtful narratives around your design choices and how they were informed.
  • Communicating frequently with your teammates.
  • Receiving feedback and taking it in stride, leaving ego at the door.

Career Growth:

We are seeking an early to late early career Designer for this position. Your next promotion would be to Senior Designer where you will be expected to take on more conceptual work and design at a high level with minimal supervision. This would eventually lead to Art Director role where you are mentoring more junior designers and more involved in the strategic level of our projects.

Employment Details:

This is a full-time and salaried position. It includes 2-weeks of annual vacation time, a company contributed healthcare plan, and a company matching 401(k) program after 1 year. We take all federal holidays off and have a flexible culture around work from home when needed, though prefer to be together in our studio to do our best work. We additionally give away a significant portion of the profit as bonuses and have a number of workplace perks that are constantly evolving.

We strive for “billable hours” to be no more than 40 hours a week as we respect and encourage a life outside of BRINK, including passion projects and side gigs that help you do the things you want to do whenever it doesn’t align with what we have to do. Deadlines govern everything, so sometimes we have to work longer hours. That will always be the exception, not the rule.

We believe the concept of work-life balance is a misnomer. Work is such a significant part of one’s life that creating a wall should never be the goal. We want the people you work with, the spaces you work within, and the clients you serve to be meaningful and fulfilling to you. This is an ongoing dialogue we have as a team in the choices of projects we take on and the direction we move as an organization.

Good BRINK Designers:

  • Base their art on the strategies they are presented, not sacrificing a goals-focused approach to chase trends or make something “cool for the sake of cool.”
  • Have crazy attention to detail, not a pixel out of place without intent.
  • Know a little CSS and how graphics perform on the web, from loading impact to usability and accessibility.
  • Use Adobe products and know all the neat hotkeys that help them work faster.
  • Have a purpose behind their design decisions and when asked “why did you make that red?” have a logical response.
  • Challenge themselves to master their craft. Each design they make is better than the previous; their talent and knowledge is nothing but an upward trajectory.
  • Are organized and manage their time wisely.
  • Are insanely creative, of course.

Qualifications

You will likely have at least 1 year of experience in a fast-paced professional environment and typically have a Design or Art degree. We don't care as much about college or resume as we do your portfolio. Your portfolio is what gets you an interview. You should include a link or a PDF in your application.

We are opening this process up to a range of very junior to relatively more experienced designers to explore our options, so salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

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Strategist (Tucson)

A BRINK Strategist collaborates closely with our clients to assess their needs and organizational objectives, reframe those objectives as human-centered challenges, lead research to gain insights about the audience, then guide a cross-disciplinary team to design thoughtful, creative solutions to those challenges.

They are one part relationship manager, one part project manager, one part researcher, and one part big picture creative. They drive our projects forward by laying down the runway for our ideas to take flight while ensuring everyone is on the same (and correct) course.

BRINK does not have a stand-alone account management role. We believe the people working with the client should be the ones doing the actual work to encourage co-creation and avoid the “clueless middle person” effect an accounts team can cause. Thus we spread account management responsibilities out across what we call “core teams” consisting of a Strategist, User Experience Lead, Producer, and Art Lead. In all instances, the Strategist is the team leader, making them the primary point of contact with the client.

A Typical Day:

  • Taking meetings with prospective clients to understand their needs and share BRINK’s capabilities, values, and approaches – including developing robust pitches as opportunities present.
  • Checking in with current clients to provide updates on where projects stand and presenting and defending our ideas.
  • Running client workshops to co-create various aspects of brand strategy, under the direction of Partners and using established BRINK processes.
  • Organizing research tasks such as focus groups, surveys, and online searches, either directly or through delegating to other team members, with the goal of identifying key insights to inform our strategy work.
  • Developing thoughtful creative briefs that set the team up for success in producing digital products, content, and campaigns.
  • Building polished strategic narratives that serve as the foundation of our big ideas and sharing those narratives with both client and internal stakeholders with enthusiasm and clarity.
  • Leading the ideation process for developing big ideas such as campaign concepts, brand purpose statements, and taglines. 
  • Working with User Experience designers to build plans for websites and apps.
  • Working with Media planners to build media plans to support campaigns.
  • Working with Producers to build content plans.
  • Writing “scope of work” documents that serve as the foundation of our contracts.

On some projects, they may be in this role alone. Others may have a Director or Partner more closely overseeing them. Some may have an Associate alongside them to spread the workload. It all depends on the size of the project, which inevitably varies for a growing agency like us.

The Strategist receives coaching, direction, and occasional task assignments from the Partners, but is otherwise in a role where they are expected to manage their own day-to-day, in addition to managing the projects. BRINK has an intense team culture and thus a relatively flat management structure. Our leaders are there to provide direction and impart wisdom, not to supervise anyone’s daily task list.

Career Growth:

There are three core levels of Strategist:

  • Associate Strategist – a junior supporting role that takes on more of the project management and research tasks as they build up the skills to do the rest
  • Strategist – leads smaller client projects and provides support to Directors and Partners on larger projects
  • Strategy Director – leads big picture on larger client projects, always with a supporting Strategist or Associate to manage the day-to-day

As part of the progression for the role, a Strategist attains Senior Strategist first, then Associate Director next, before becoming a full Director. As BRINK grows, these distinctions have more impact on how work is distributed and who leads what projects.

Employment Details:

This is a full-time and salaried position. It includes 2-weeks of annual vacation time, a company contributed healthcare plan, and a company matching 401(k) program after 1 year. We take all federal holidays off and have a flexible culture around work from home when needed, though prefer to be together in our studio to do our best work. We additionally give away a significant portion of the profit as bonuses and have a number of workplace perks that are constantly evolving.

We strive for “billable hours” to be no more than 40 hours a week as we respect and encourage a life outside of BRINK, including passion projects and side gigs that help you do the things you want to do whenever it doesn’t align with what we have to do. Deadlines govern everything, so sometimes we have to work longer hours. That will always be the exception, not the rule.

We believe the concept of work-life balance is a misnomer. Work is such a significant part of one’s life that creating a wall should never be the goal. We want the people you work with, the spaces you work within, and the clients you serve to be meaningful and fulfilling to you. This is an ongoing dialogue we have as a team in the choices of projects we take on and the direction we move as an organization.

Good Strategists:

  • See the big picture and how systems fit together. They always go deeper than the surface to understand the root causes and motivations.
  • Are amazing storytellers and writers that can build narratives that not only make sense but captivate.
  • Have a foundation of modern marketing and communications knowledge, especially at the intersection of design, technology, and media.
  • Are empathetic and their curiosity in the human condition makes them almost part psychologist and part anthropologist.
  • Are organized and manage their time wisely.
  • Are effective at motivating a team.
  • Have superb interpersonal skills.

Qualifications:

We need someone confident for the role, with minimal onboarding required, to be able to support our Arizona-based clients as we face rapid growth. You will likely have at least 5 years of experience and typically have a degree in Marketing or a related major. As part of the hiring process, we are going to be giving you assignments that test your ability to write and solve problems and will assess your grasp of industry trends.

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Culture. We promote a culture of creativity, growth, and the illustrious pursuit of “meaningful” work. Our team cohesion is a point of pride — we care about each other and what we make together.

Work-Life Balance. We do everything in our power to maintain a 40-hour week. While occasional long hours are unavoidable in this industry, we pride ourselves on ensuring we are never understaffed or overworked by design.

Pride in Work. We may be based in Tucson, but our portfolio is international in scope. The projects you work on will be receiving attention from many people, as well as industry recognition. You will be proud of what you do for us and will be challenged to be great.

Opportunity. As BRINK grows in size and notoriety, the opportunities for bonuses, raises, and promotions grow. We are always looking for natural leaders to take on more senior responsibility; perhaps you’re that person? We take care of our employees: when times are good for the company, they are also good for you.

Flexibility. Have an errand to run? No problem, just let us know and you can come in later. Feeling a little sick? Work from home and keep those germs out of the office. Your friend is in town and you want to take a 2-hour lunch? Go for it, you can stay later or make up the time somewhere else. While we do expect a degree of stability and consistency to accommodate our clients and maintain our workflow, we have a far more flexible work environment than your standard gig.

What Makes Me a Good Candidate?

We are looking for an entrepreneurial person who can help us make up the rules as we go along and contribute on all sides of the business. This is not a good fit if you prefer giant employee handbooks and being told exactly what to do and how to do it. We want big thinkers who are excited by the opportunity to help mold a company.

You are passionate about the web and excited about all its possibilities. You are looking to constantly redefine the playing field, extend it beyond anything anyone has ever imagined. You always strive for perfection and are let down when you know your true potential has not been reached; however, you also know when you cut your losses and don’t stress over sunk costs.

You are meticulous. You care about the details and want to create something that is polished.

You don’t mind working in a loosely structured environment. You are self-motivated and entrepreneurial. You only have to be told something once.

You value communication and team work and don’t work in a bubble. You believe there is more than one way to skin a cat, but also want to find the best way to do it.

You love the fact that you aren’t a random person in a cubicle, but rather an integral part of the business that everyone else heavily relies on.

You can handle the pressure of working in an advertising agency and making fast deadlines. You can be flexible and jump between many projects at one time.

Cool. Are You Hiring?

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