G/O Media is the publisher of the web’s most original media brands, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Jezebel, Jalopnik, The Root, The Onion and The A.V. Club, and reaches over 100 million unique visitors a month—more than one-third of all Americans. We connect with the young, diverse audiences that are shaping our future. Through fearless journalism, provoking comedy, and high-impact storytelling, we elevate the stories and issues our readers and viewers are passionate about

About The Role:
Working in both a pre-sale and post-sale capacity for G/O Media’s award-winning branded content team, the Associate Creative Director (Copy) is charged with brainstorming, organizing, presenting, facilitating, and managing best-in-class branded content ideas and experiences across G/O Media’s properties.

This role requires a strong background in branded content conception and execution with a deep understanding of the production process, excellent writing and presentation skills, and a strong comfort level in client-facing arenas such as pitch meetings and kick-off calls. Passion for our G/O portfolio of sports, tech, lifestyle, entertainment, auto, gaming, and multicultural and women’s issues is a must, and category expertise in one or more of these passion points is ideal.

This role reports to, and shares certain responsibilities with the Creative Director.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
● Collaborates with creatives, writers, and strategists to set new standards in creative work
● Leads break-through brand expressions, campaign creative, and digital forward design
● Creates world-class creative for G/O Media’s publications and marketing campaigns
● Ensures quality elevation in all aspects of creative execution
● Partners with cross-functional teams to plan, concept and design compelling content
● Mentor designers in best practice, design process and conceptualizing
Primary Focus:
● Be the eyes and ears of our Studio throughout the pre-sale/RFP answer process
● Work with members of the Strategy team and Creative Director to align on content strategy for incoming RFPs
● Join agency qualification calls with Strategy and Sales team members as needed
● Review, and give feedback on, creative briefs as provided by the Strategy team -- ensuring they are clear, useful, and actionable for our team
● Serve as a senior voice in the brainstorm room, ensuring idea output is on tone for both the brand and our sites, and that ideas answer the creative brief
● Work to produce, delegate, and function as the creative lead on assigned projects once they’ve sold.
● Guide the video production process from a narrative POV, weighing in on beat sheets, scripts, and paper edits as crafted by the project Writer.
● Organize and prioritize ideas coming out of brainstorms in regards to content type, budget level, client KPI, and other criteria pertinent to the RFP ahead of CD review.
● Revise ideas according to the Creative Director’s review.
● Participate in client-facing calls and meetings such as pitches, kickoffs, etc.
● Collaborate with members of The Onion branded content team on a case-by-case basis.
● Review and approve pre-sale and post-sale work in Creative Director’s absence.
● Working in tandem with the ACD of art, approve video cuts before routing to Creative Director for final sign-off.
● Stay abreast of current industry trends and competitor work.
● Additional responsibilities as directed.

● 7+ years experience branded/editorial content experience with a publisher or agency
● Ability to clearly articulate why specific creative decisions were made to stakeholders
● Excellent conceptual and writing skills
● Ability to work on multiple projects, manage time efficiently, and effectively implement creative feedback from leadership
● A thorough understanding of digital platforms
● Portfolio features world-class copy-writing, editorial, and/or campaign work


G/O Media is deeply committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment and people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are very strongly encouraged to apply. Our company-wide mission is to reach very diverse audiences and so, we are deeply committed to having teams and leaders that reflect this mission.

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