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Our mission is clear: Make opening the mail a rewarding experience. And a career at Gunderson Direct can be a rewarding experience, too.

Gunderson Direct is one of the fastest growing direct marketing agencies in the U.S. We’re a Bay Area top 10 fastest growing agency according to the SF Business Times, #2,783 on the latest Inc.5000 list and #351 on the Financial Times’ fastest growing American companies. Direct mail is hot and we are proud of our channel leadership.

If you’ve got the expertise we need, the right attitude, and look forward to working with a quickly growing team of industry leaders, let us know. You could soon be enjoying benefits like these:

  • Unlimited paid time off (yep, unlimited!)
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage through Kaiser, Delta Dental and Guardian/VSP (100% for employees and 20% for dependents)
  • Employer-paid life insurance coverage
  • Safe Harbor non-elective 401k plan with a 3% employer contribution and a profit-sharing plan
  • Annual bonus if we meet goals we discuss at the beginning of each year
  • Holidays including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day
  • Generous work-from-home privileges (special support for Covid19 and beyond)
  • Cell phone and internet reimbursement for employees who use their personal phones for business

Current openings:

Project Manager

Gunderson Direct is one of the fastest growing direct marketing agencies in the U.S. We’re a Bay Area top 10 fastest growing agency according to the SF Business Times, #2,783 on the latest Inc.5000 list and #351 on the Financial Times’ fastest growing American companies. Direct mail is hot and we are proud of our channel leadership.

Help us keep up the growth pace by helping us to get things done. We seek a motivated Project Manager to join our account team as part of our plan to get to the next level. You don’t need to know direct mail; you do need to enjoy managing complex projects, know how to keep things moving and want to be a part of a growing and dynamic team.

Our project managers are in the middle of it all. The role of Project Manager at Gunderson Direct breaks down into the following key functions:

  • Account team liaison — You are the grease in the wheels between the account team and agency creative, data and production departments to coordinate resources to ensure timely delivery of agency deliverables. 
  • Project timetable creation and management — Deadlines are fun! You’ll work with teams to create project schedules and you’ll play a pivotal role making sure we meet them.  
  • Internal scheduling — Who’s doing what, and when. Who reviews what, and when. (And even why.) You’ll be setting up meetings to kick off and review projects.
  • Team meetings — Facilitate  daily and weekly meetings between the account team and agency departments — briefly discuss current jobs and new client activity.
  • Support your account team — Beyond a scheduler, you’ll help by providing  background research on projects, overseeing creative revisions and assisting with PowerPoint content.
  • Project forecasting — Work with the new business team to forecast upcoming projects and coordinate internal resources to jump on great new opportunities.
  • Level 10 meetings — Take part in weekly account team meetings that actively identify and work towards solutions to the agency’s operational and growth challenges. On a scale of 1-10 we aim for a Level 10 every time.

Our work is mostly direct mail, both B2C and B2B. Recently, the agency’s client base has grown dramatically taking us into a variety of categories. Overall, clients cluster in broadly defined financial, technology and healthcare categories — from promising startups to household names. Digital integration with direct mail is taking on greater importance and you’ll be part of the team integrating cross-channel programs.

Strong communication skills are a must — formal and informal. Email, slack, calls, zooms and, who knows, even in person. 

Our ideal candidate recognizes the value of collaboration and enjoys being at the center of things. We are proud of our supportive environment and place a high value on our culture of learning and improvement. This position reports directly to the VP of Account Management, but it is largely an independent role for someone who likes running things on their own.

The project manager enjoys unique insights into every department and aspect of direct mail. Our agency is growing and the right project manager will have plenty of opportunity for advancement. 

You’ll be joining a well-oiled machine. Gunderson Direct has been around for 18 years. We are an agency of 20 people and value teamwork across disciplines. Our team is top-notch and we processes are already in place to keep complex projects on track. 

Clients rate our current account service as excellent (all clients are polled) so all the pieces are in place for success and future growth.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 2+ years’ business experience running programs, projects, etc.
  • Comfortable with a range of business software, including Office and Google suites
  • Project, budget and timeline management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Enjoys a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable in meetings and interacting with all levels of management
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset with ability to work independently
  • Agency and/or marketing  experience preferred, but not required
  • Bay Area presence preferred, but not required. This is likely to be a hybrid office/WFH position
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PLEASE READ:
To be considered for this position, your resume must include print design experience, and preferably direct mail experience. Thank you!

Help us keep up the pace! We’re looking for a Junior Designer to assist our agency in creating and finalizing a variety of print and digital projects. 

Our work is mostly direct mail, both B2C and B2B. Since COVID, the agency’s client base has grown dramatically, taking us into a variety of categories. Overall, clients cluster in broadly defined financial, technology and healthcare categories — from promising startups to household names. Digital integration with direct mail is taking on greater importance, and you’ll be part of the team building, designing, and delivering direct mail and DM-first cross channel programs.

The right candidate will have 1-3 years of design experience (print/digital), an eye for detail, technical know-how, and creativity. This role will report to our Creative Director and will work in collaboration with our creative team on a variety of direct marketing campaigns. The right candidate will have above average attention to detail and should enjoy creative problem solving.

This person should also have a willingness to work within the company’s established procedures in order to ensure the successful execution of client requests.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate closely with our small but mighty art team and freelance copywriters
  • Co-concept and design direct mail campaigns and digital marketing assets
  • Maintain brand consistency across designs and stay on-message to represent the client’s interests
  • Take on production overflow work from our design studio
  • Research design trends to create timely designs that look fresh and current
  • Prepare press-ready and digital files based on supplied specifications for several types of printing or online projects
  • Make various formats of supplied artwork production-ready and resolve any artwork issues that arise during production
  • Image retouching 
  • Package and preflight files for release to printers 
  • Create PDFs for print and client review

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 1-3 years of agency or in-house print/digital design/production experience
  • Detail-oriented, creative and critical thinker, energetic
  • Great time management and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated/self-starter mindset with ability to work independently
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Adept with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiarity with Google Suite, Mac OS, Dropbox (Slack is a plus, too)
  • And—most importantly—a passion for contributing to the success of our company, and above all, our clients
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Help us keep up the pace. As part of our future growth plans, we seek a motivated direct marketing account executive to help us get to the next level.

The role of Account Executive at Gunderson Direct breaks down into the following key functions:

  • Managing multi-cell, sophisticated direct marketing programs — mostly direct mail and often with a digital component. Project management skills are key.
  • Account and strategic leadership — recommending testing programs, campaign analysis, program optimization, mail plans and the like to serve and grow existing clients
  • Establishing strong client relationships — a mix of value-add service and personal relationship building
  • Motivating internal teams — you’ll provide them direction and insights so our agency delivers the highest quality work across direct marketing disciplines
  • Our work is mostly direct mail, both B2C and B2B. Since COVID, the agency’s client base has grown dramatically taking us into a variety of categories. Overall, clients cluster in broadly defined financial, technology and healthcare categories — from promising startups to household names. Digital integration with direct mail is taking on greater importance and you’ll be part of the team integrating cross-channel programs.
  • Strong communication skills are a must — general writing skills, creating briefs, developing presentations and the ability to deliver in live/online client meeting situations.
  • You’ll be joining a well-oiled machine. Gunderson Direct has been around for 17 years. We are an agency of 20 people and value teamwork across disciplines. Our account staff is top-notch and we have processes in place plus the expertise it takes to keep complex projects on track.
  • Our ideal candidate recognizes the value of collaboration and values the insights other agency departments provide. We are proud of our supportive environment and place a high value on our culture of learning and improvement. This position reports directly to the VP of Account Management, but will have informal interaction across all departments and all levels. Clients rate our current account service as excellent (all clients are polled) so all the pieces are in place for success and future growth.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 2+ years’ direct mail project or account management, or relevant experience
  • Working knowledge of traditional and digital marketing as well as the print production process
  • Project, budget and timeline management skills
  • Comfortable reviewing and commenting on internal creative and data targeting recommendations
  • Familiarization with direct marketing metrics and analytics
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset with ability to work independently
  • Enjoy managing and relating to clients of various levels in a wide range of industries
  • Agency experience preferred, but not required
  • A Bay Area presence. While currently a remote position, we will eventually want a presence in our Hayward, CA office 2-3 days a week to collaborate most effectively with agency teams.
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100% of employees at Gunderson Direct say it is a great place to work compared to 59% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.

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