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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.

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:

IMPORTANT: READ BEFORE APPLYING!
You must have print design experience, preferably direct mail experience, or you will not be considered for this position. Please don’t waste our time.

Help us keep up the pace! We’re looking for an Art Director/Production Artist 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 these cross-channel programs.

The right candidate will have experience with print production, digital production, an eye for detail, and a balanced mix of 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
  • Concept and design direct mail campaigns, emails, landing pages, and social media campaigns
  • Maintain brand consistency across designs and stay on-message to represent the client’s interests
  • 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
  • Catalog and reference art for future projects
  • Verify and complete project checklists
  • Troubleshoot problems as they arise with both the creative team and the production team

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 3+ years of agency or in-house print/digital design/production experience
  • Detail-oriented, creative and critical thinker, energetic
  • Understanding all elements of marketing: production, website design, corporate identity, product packaging, advertisements, and multimedia design
  • Understanding of the Direct Mail channel: the process, mechanics, and terminology
  • Ability to coordinate a variety of tasks across multiple teams
  • 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)
  • Savvy working knowledge of both the print production process and the digital space
  • And—most importantly—a passion for contributing to the success of our company, and above all, our clients
  • 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.

 

Contact us if you are interested!

Help us keep up the pace. As part of our future growth plans, we seek a VP or Director of Account Services to take our AE team to the next level.

Key responsibilities include:

  1.  Leading, managing and growing an account team (currently 5 FTEs).
  2. Internal account leadership — the ability to critically review work from all departments to improve it and move it forward on behalf of clients.
  3. Assessing accounts for growth potential and playing an active role in taking clients to the next level of service and success.

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.

The ideal candidate has expertise in all facets of DM — data, creative and production — and the vision to assess client marketing needs to guide strategies for ongoing testing and planning. Digital integration with direct mail is taking on greater importance and you’ll be helping the team to integrate those programs with direct mail across clients.

Strong communication skills are a must — written, developing presentations and the ability to deliver in live (or online) client meeting situations. You will be expected to lead the account team in presenting major agency initiatives and in building trusting relationships with clients.

We are an agency of 20 people and value teamwork across disciplines. Our ideal candidate recognizes the value of collaboration and values the insights other agency departments provide. This position reports directly to the COO, but will have informal interaction across all departments and all levels, including with the CEO.

You’ll be joining a well-oiled machine. Gunderson Direct has been around for 17 years. Our account staff is top-notch and we have processes in place plus the expertise it takes 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. A key criteria for success in this position will be growing existing clients.

If you meet the following criteria, we want to hear from you ASAP:

  • Proven record developing and launching successful direct marketing campaigns: mail and digital.
  • 7+ years of experience leading DM development and marketing teams
  • Agency experience preferred, but not required
  • Excellent persuasive and presentation skills 
  • Living in the Bay Area or western US.  While currently a remote position, we will eventually want a presence in our Hayward office on a weekly or monthly basis to collaborate most effectively with agency teams.

 

Contact us if you are interested!
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