When choosing our team, we choose wisely. Individually, we’ve spent decades in agencies managing accounts upward of 20 million dollars. We have vast experience in media, production, copywriting, design and social media, with for-profit and not-for-profit clients alike. Together, we have decades of depth in all marketing and communications disciplines, which is one reason we have been described as a Swiss Army Knife® of talent. Specific job openings are listed below but we are always on the hunt for creative go-getters. If you are looking to join a dynamic, growing team send us an email at jobs@sparksi.com.
 


 

JOB DESCRIPTION: Account Coordinator


SPARK Strategic Ideas is seeking an Account Coordinator to join our growing agency. For this entry-level role, one to two years of professional experience or strong internship experience is preferred. This role will assist our account service and public relations teams and support in day-to-day operations of the agency.

Please submit cover letter, resume and recent writing samples to jobs@sparksi.com.


Duties / Responsibilities  

  • Build media lists using Cision database.
  • Draft press releases, media alerts, media kits, etc.
  • Track and clip media placements and compile client recap reports.
  • Assist with the implementation of year-long marketing plans, including the coordination of details with vendors and media partners.
  • Interact with a variety of other agency team members including account service, public relations, social media, strategy, media planning/buying, creative, etc.
  • Support production needs (estimating, budgeting, etc.)
  • Maintain weekly internal status sheets and bi-weekly client reports.
  • Aid in the planning and execution of off-site events, as needed.
  • Manage agency interns and development of internship program.
  • Conduct research for new business pitches as needed.
  • General administrative duties.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or related field required
  • Familiarity with Cision media database system preferred
  • Expert understanding of Microsoft Excel. Organized chaos is a must.
  • Thorough knowledge of AP Style. No googling allowed; you know this stuff.
  • Extreme attention to detail, strong organization and multi-tasking abilities for a fast-paced environment. OCD can be a good thing.
  • Self-motivated individual able to work independently as well as collaborate with a larger team. Giddy up and round up the posse.
  • Perform tasks with a sense of urgency and dedication to doing things right. There’s no time to watch the paint dry; we have work to do!
  • Willingness to do what it takes and make it work. We understand the importance of a work/life balance, but we’re not your typical 9 to 5. Welcome to agency life!
  • Love to eat – we love to eat. Be back in a minute – got to get a snack.
  • Must focus on building relationships, have a passion for exceeding expectations and love learning… we work hard and love what we do. It shows in our work and in the results. Our success is built on our clients’ successes. Debbie Downers and hermit crabs need not apply!
  • If people constantly stop you to tell you how brilliant and awesome you are, this could be the right role for you.

 

SPARK is a full-service strategic branding firm offering an integrated approach to marketing, advertising, social media and public relations to help businesses grow. When you have the luxury of rising to do what you love, you get up first. When it comes to adding members to our team, we choose carefully. We choose superheroes. We wake up early for this stuff…and put a cape on. Think you’re our next superhero? Send us your materials, and we’ll let you know.



JOB DESCRIPTION: Social Media Specialist

 

The Social Media Specialist will work across multiple social platforms, implement various applications and report results on an array of social campaigns. This role requires vast knowledge of all social media development and usage and a minimum of 2-3 years of professional experience. Your role will be an integral part of a larger strategic marketing plan.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and any social media samples to: jobs@sparksi.com.


Duties / Responsibilities  

  • Develop and assist with the implementation of actionable strategies on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Yelp and TripAdvisor and other channels.
  • Act as a community manager across all client platforms, consistently monitoring and concisely communicating with target audiences.
  • Draft monthly content calendars.
  • Work closely with graphic designer to execute social media creative needs.
  • Plan and implement compelling social media campaigns for multiple clients, including, but not limited to: Facebook App development, Facebook Advertising/Ad Management and contests.
  • Track and monitor the success of social media initiatives and provide monthly reports for clients.
  • Develop and implement Facebook ad campaigns including targeting methods, copy and images and budget/timeline recommendations.
  • Serve as an agency resource, educating clients and staff on effective social media campaigns, social analytics, new reporting or listening tools and industry trends.
  • Monitor client competitors and trends.
  • Update social media playbook regularly.
  • Liaise with agency partners and digital influencers as needed.
  • Establish social media strategy and brand voice for new clients.
  • Participate in new business proposals and pitches when necessary.
  • Regularly update project management software including time entry.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications or related field.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience and deep understanding of creating and executing impactful and engaging social media campaigns. Agency experience preferred.
  • Vast knowledge of ins and outs of all relevant platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Yelp and TripAdvisor. And whatever new platform came out yesterday.
  • Experience in photo and/or video editing within a social context. A picture is worth a thousand words!
  • Knowledge of social insights and social advertising insights. Do you know what makes people tick…and click?
  • Background in crafting and managing paid social media campaigns. #sponsoredpost
  • Familiar with social connectivity (i.e. linkage between proper social platforms).
  • Strong copywriter with the ability to understand, adapt and execute use of brand voice and an exceptional attention to detail. This is the one time in life having multiple personalities is a good thing.
  • Comfortable working in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment. Seriously, rocket fast. It’s crazy and we love it.
  • Hardworking, flexible individual with integrity and a positive attitude. We don’t think that’s not too much to ask for.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as collaborate as an effective team member. Giddy up and round up the posse.
  • Flexible hours – nights, weekends and holidays. Because social media never sleeps.
  • Comfortable presenting recommendations and results in face-to-face client meetings. When the heat is on, do you shine or boil over?
  • Above all, must be focused on building relationships and have a passion for exceeding expectations and a love for learning. Boring people and Debbie Downers need not apply!


Spark is a strategic branding firm offering an integrated approach to advertising, marketing, public relations and social media to help businesses grow. For each client, we assemble a customized team of strategic planners, designers, web developers, media planners/buyers, PR professionals and social media specialists based on their needs. We do our best work by partnering with clients who are looking for a long-term relationship so we can immerse ourselves in their business, but we do project work as well. Our passion is helping businesses succeed!

 



Account Executive


SPARK Strategic Ideas is seeking an account executive to join our growing agency. This is a mid-level role (four to six years of professional experience) with agency experience preferred. Expect to manage multiple accounts and projects as well as serve as the day-to-day client contact.

Please submit resume and recent writing samples to jobs@sparksi.com.


Duties / Responsibilities  

  • Assist Account Supervisor on accounts and serve as account lead on smaller accounts.
  • Act as day-to-day contact and liaison between client and agency.
  • Manage client expectations and multiple evolving projects simultaneously.
  • Collaborate with public relations, social media, media planning/buying and creative teams to execute projects on time, on budget and on strategy.
  • Implement various components of year-long marketing plans, including the coordination of details with the SPARK team, partners, vendors, etc.
  • Anticipate client needs, identify solutions and increase the value of service.
  • Plan, execute and lead off-site events when needed.
  • Participate in new business research, proposals and pitches as needed.

Requirements:

  • Extreme attention to detail, strong organization and multi-tasking abilities for a fast-paced environment. OCD can be a good thing.
  • Self-motivated worker able to work independently as well as collaborate with a larger team. Giddy-up and round up the posse.
  • Function well under pressure. No time for volcanic eruptions or spontaneous combustion.
  • Innovative and creative thinker. We color outside the lines.
  • Perform tasks with a sense of urgency and dedication to doing things right. There’s no time to eat bonbons and watch the paint dry; we have work to do.
  • Willingness to do what it takes. Which may involve jumping into the deep end without your life vest to help your colleagues if they’re drowning. 
  • Must focus on building relationships, have a passion for exceeding expectations and love learning…we work hard and love what we do. It shows in our work and in the results. Debbie-Downers and hermit crabs need not apply.
  • And lastly: love to eat. We live to eat!

SPARK is a full-service strategic branding firm offering an integrated approach to marketing, advertising, social media and public relations to help businesses grow. When you have the luxury of rising to do what you love, you get up first. When it comes to adding members to our team, we choose carefully. We choose superheroes. We wake up early for this stuff…and put a cape on. Think you’re our next superhero? Send us your résumé, and we’ll let you know.
 


 

INTERNSHIPS

 

One of our passions as an agency is to foster young talent and help them learn about the industry. We offer year-round internship programs that are intended to provide real life exposure across a variety of disciplines within the agency. Our internships offer a wealth of knowledge and exposure to young professionals who are looking to break into the field. We typically accept two to three interns per semester for our SPARK Internship Program which runs January – May, May – August and August – December. If interested, submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Molly Leff at mleff@sparksi.com.
 

Fall 2017 Communications Internship


Summary: SPARK Strategic Ideas is a strategic branding firm that focuses on integrating advertising, marketing, public relations and social media to maximize results for their clients. Based in Charlotte, NC, SPARK puts together a customized team of strategic planners, designers, web developers, media planners/buyers, PR professionals and social media experts for each client based on their needs and has a proven record of building programs that result in increased brand awareness and sales.


An unpaid internship with SPARK is designed to provide an immersive educational experience through participation and assistance in all facets of a full-service agency. Interns should be able to work approximately 15 hours/week.


Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Molly Leff at mleff@sparksi.com by July 7.


Primary Functions:

  • Research projects
  • Creative brainstorming
  • Writing and editing including but not limited to social media, news releases & website copy
  • Assist with media relations efforts, including searching for and maintaining media contact lists, writing news releases and potentially working with members of the media
  • Compiling “clips” of media placements and social media postings for clients
  • Assist with file management system for current, past projects and archival materials
  • Working with vendors to obtain estimates
  • Deliveries to clients and for the agency
  • Some data entry, clerical and office assistant responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned (No day or assignment is the same)
     

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Majoring in the Communications/PR/Marketing field and/or comparable industry
  • Strong written skills across a variety of formats (able to adapt voice and content)
  • Experience: writing, editing, market research, design, AP style writing
  • Competent with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to work individually and as a team member