Optimist Inc. Jobs 2022 in New York, United States – Account Director

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Account Director – NY

Optimist is a creative experience agency that bridges the gap between brand culture and human emotion. Our north star and mantra—”making cool shit” and “getting shit done”—powers our team to conceive and build unexpected experiences that move people. We blend creative, strategy, design, digital, content, innovation and production to deliver first-ever solutions that are both momentous and real.

As an Account Director, you ensure that all our work reflects that approach. The Account Director oversees team members who serve as the day-to-day contacts for client and agency partners. You have a clear understanding of cross-functional agency resources, as well as in-depth knowledge of associated client businesses. ADs accept the role of manager, liaison, thinker, and problem-solver.

Essential Functions:


  • Maintain direct, day-to-day, senior-level client contact and supervise one or more key accounts
  • Coordinate resources across the agency to ensure proper support
  • Offer guidance and expertise during projects to all agency functions
  • Check all working documents throughout the course of each project
  • Review and approve all briefs prior to project kick-offs
  • Review and approve all creative materials, such as proofs, staging sites, pages, and review emails prior to final client delivery
  • Analyze client input along with background knowledge and communicate appropriate information to the Optimist team
  • Track and manage weekly submission of timesheets across team
  • Manage client budgets and communicate regular updates to the team
  • Develop SOWs, staffing plans, and track finances internally to communicate with clients
  • Provide senior management team with updates and the most current financial information on projects
  • Maintain knowledge of event production including (but not limited to) FOH, A/V, scenic, and build
  • Build and manage relationships with key internal/external partners and vendors
  • Understand and have knowledge of budget, labor, and contract negotiation skills
  • Source new business opportunities from existing and potential client contacts
  • Drive the development of pitch decks for new business opportunities
  • Mentor junior team members by fostering an environment of mutual respect and partnership, open lines of communication, and professional development


  • Contribute to the development of creative, strategic, comprehensive, and integrated marketing plans that align with stated objectives and success metrics
  • Lead strategic initiatives and proactively provide the client with thoughtful leadership and guidance
  • Manage short-term planning for the clients, aligning both strategy and tactics with the overall vision in mind
  • Maintain knowledge in all aspects of relationship marketing, including expertise in engagement vehicles and data analytics


  • Manage client relationships and instill confidence that their business is being handled at an executive level
  • Discuss, recommend, and provide direction on issues ranging from strategy, reconciliation, staffing, timelines, and POV’s
  • Communicate the shared opinion of all agency team members to the client, while being able to articulate client near-term vision to the agency

Job Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in lifestyle brand marketing, retail marketing, sports marketing and/or events; agency experience is preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree or MBA in marketing or related fields
  • Experience managing, leading, training, and mentoring multi-faceted teams
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Proactive problem-solving skills with ability to lead projects without
  • Experience in public speaking and digital or collaborative presentations
  • Willing to travel and act as the agency business lead
  • Command of Microsoft Office and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suites
  • Proficient in the use of Dropbox, Google Docs, and Keynote


Optimist is a collective of thinkers, makers, and doers who architect next level brand experiences. Our independent agency believes in making the impossible possible; and we’re positive that optimism is the lifeblood of possibility. At our core, we celebrate diversity by allowing our distinct viewpoints to shape a shared vision. We’re looking for people to join our team who share our commitment to challenging convention and making an impact. Interested candidates may submit a resume, portfolio and cover letter to [email protected].

Company: Optimist Inc.

Vacancy Type: Full-time

Job Location: New York, United States

Application Deadline: N/A

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