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5801-F Ammendale Road
Beltsville, Maryland 20705

TEL: 301.974.6000

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  • Art Director

    What’s in an image or a color or a font? A few million possibilities for communication. And you see them all.

    An artist? Yeah, you’re a helluva’n artist. Your mind swirls with category five creativity. But you’re also an archer, cool-headed and steady-handed, able to strike a target market with sharp visuals and killer concepts. And you’re an acrobat, too, making the difficult look easy, performing that deadline-defying high-wire act of designing campaigns that work across all media while still creating something innovative, something exceptional—something you.

    Your trick is: you don’t go it alone. You partner with copywriters and creative directors to push good ideas toward great ideas; and you work with account services and engagement specialists to make sure those great ideas get astounding results.

    Responsive design websites. Logos. Brochures. Billboards. You know how to do all of that and do it amazingly well. But, far more importantly, you know they’re just a delivery system. It’s the idea and strategy behind them that matter most.

    Form is function and function is form. If that makes sense to you, then you have the sensibility we want. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we’d like to talk to you about being a part of our team.

  • Copywriter

    Writer. Wordsmith. Scribe. Whatever you prefer to call yourself, your calling is the written word.

    Many think language is just a tool, but you know they’re wrong. Language shapes reality. And you use it to shape entire brands, from crafting a crafty tagline to providing the vision behind eye-catching campaigns to taking a deep dive into the boundless seas of social media. You go everywhere because words are everywhere.

    But the right words? Ah. Well. You’ll check your commas and drown your darlings and follow the rules and break the rules and fumble toward the light just to assemble the right words. The ones that will make the product sing and the target market swoon—all while inspiring your art director and exciting your account team and meeting the needs of the client.

    It’s not magic. It’s language. And you wield words better than anyone. If this fits you, you have a great chance of fitting here. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we’d like to talk to you about being a part of our team.

  • Digital Manager

    How can I make this possible? That’s not just a question, it’s your mantra. It’s the way you approach every project and it’s what puts you on the leading edge of digital marketing.

    Hardware. Software. Sure, the ware matters, but the what matters more. What does the art director hope to create? What are the resources available? What’s the timeframe to get it done? What’s the best way to reach the market? What does the client want to achieve?

    You know the right solution begins with the right technology. But you also know the right tech today might be left behind tomorrow. So you make sure if it’s new tech, you knew about it last year. Social media platforms. Browser capabilities. Server demands. Mobile devices. Analytical programs. If it works on 0s and 1s, you work with it. And you make sure your team can work with it, too.

    Digital technology isn’t just your job. It’s your passion. If that sounds a lot like you, you sound great to us. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we’d like to talk to you about being a part of our team.

  • Internet Ranking Specialist

    Words are not words. To you, they are data. They are opportunity. They are the building blocks of SEO and the pathway to marketing success.

    You understand the intricacies of search engines and know how on-page optimization and linking and AdWords and social media all play a role. But you’re not lost in the digital world. You understand people too and like figuring out how individuals search and what that tells us about the habits and patterns of target markets.

    And you can express all of this in the kinds of reports that illuminate long-term opportunities for success while measuring short-term progress.

    In short, you stay a step ahead of the search engines so your clients can stay a step ahead of the competition. If this fits you, there’s a good chance that you’ll fit here. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we want to talk to you about being a part of what we do.

  • Media Planner/Buyer

    Someone hands you a big ad budget and you respond with the big questions. What’s the product? Who’s the market? What’s the sales goal? Because you know a lot more than money goes into media planning. And, these days, there’s a LOT of media out there.

    Social sites. PPC. Outdoor. Indoor. Transit. Mobile. Print. Radio. TV. You consider every conceivable way to reach an audience and then you consider several more. You’re innovating. You’re integrating. You’re enticing the right market with the right media at the right time.

    But none of this is guesswork. You have a mastery of analytics and can use them to make campaigns soar and clients swoon.

    In short, you’re a modern media maven and you’re fantastic at what you do. If this sounds like you, you sound great to us. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we want to talk to you about being a part of what we do.

  • Project Manager

    Detail-oriented should be your middle name. As a child, you loved alphabetizing the blocks and color-sorting the Legos. As an adult, you’re at home keeping integrated marketing campaigns on-track and a diverse team of managers and creatives on-task.

    A juggler. A marathoner. A symphony conductor. You’re all of this, keeping multiple balls in the air while going the distance and making sure every member of your team is on the same page. This isn’t just a matter of inputting tasks into a project management system (although, yes, there’s that). This is a matter of planning and managing the process of each aspect of each job of each project to ensure everything stays on deadline, on budget and on its way to being great.

    Basically, you’re the type of person who gets things done. Personable. Level-headed. Determined. Nimble. You can meet the needs of clients while working well with coworkers. And you have the professional experience to prove it.

    If this sounds like you, then you sound great to us. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we want to talk to you about being a part of what we do.

  • Senior AE

    Big ideas. Big picture. Big results. You think BIG. But you’re not living large on past success. You’re looking for new challenges and new ways to apply your years of advertising and marketing account experience.

    What you are is a builder. Building client relationships. Building effective campaigns. Building revenue. You put together the master plan, partnering with clients and your team’s project managers, strategists and creatives to develop marketing solutions that don’t just sound great but work great too.

    For you, doing your job well is about more than one project or one problem. It’s about the ongoing process of building (there’s that word again) the best possible client list backed by the best possible reputation, all while helping your agency succeed financially and creatively.

    Strategic development. Consultative selling. Client satisfaction. Campaign effectiveness. New business development These are your skills and your goals. If this describes you perfectly, you may be perfect for us. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we want to talk to you about being a part of what we do.

  • Senior Web Developer

    You know the Internet isn’t just one way to market products – it’s the way to market products, defining brands and driving sales. And you? You drive the Internet.

    Website trends. Social media evolutions. Mobile apps. The latest memes. You keep on top of it by staying in front of it. If it’s new, you knew about it yesterday. If it’s going out-of-date, it’s already out of your toolbox. If someone says it’ll never work, you’ll work on making it happen.

    These aren’t the days of two-screen movie theaters and three-station television. Attention must be won. And you approach every job with a full arsenal, partnering with art directors and copywriters and account supervisors and the rest of the digital team to create online campaigns that hit the target market right in the bullseye.

    You’re comfortable with the big development concepts: responsive design, JavaScript frameworks, CSS preprocessors, and content management systems. You know PHP like the back of your hand. You care deeply about the back-end and having proper data structures, but know that all the data in the world won’t save you if the front-end isn’t spotless.

    You’ve done this for years, and yet you’re just getting started.

    If this sounds like you, you sound great to us. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we’d like to talk to you about being a part of our team.

  • Social Media Strategist

    For you, there’s no such thing as being offline. You’re connected to the world and plugged-into what’s new. In fact, you understand social media so well, you’re making a living by making connections.

    Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. LinkedIn. YouTube. Vine. You don’t have a favorite. You have a strategy. Which to use, when to use it and how to maximize its effectiveness for any given target market.

    This isn’t some trick. This is a skill you’ve perfected and one you love working on every day. Exploring options. Brainstorming ideas. Compiling reports. Engaging clients. Assembling integrated campaigns that capture imaginations and build brands.

    To put it simply, social media is your passion and your profession. If this matches you, you could be the perfect match for us. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we want to talk to you about being a part of what we do.

  • Studio Designer

    The computer screen is your canvas. Your workshop. Your factory. And there’s no kind of graphic file you can’t produce.

    “Big picture or small picture” is the wrong kind of question. You work with all kinds of pictures. And fonts. And colors. And you know how to make them pop, while meeting every vendor spec.

    But you handle a lot more than the handing-off of files. You work with the traffic department and studio manager and art directors and account team, giving meticulous care to miraculous ideas and crossing the finish line well within deadline.

    You’re no cog. No robot. No automated graphic-creation program. You’re a designer. And you’re the difference between a campaign seeming great and a campaign being great. From quality assurance to creative assistance, from file management to skill development, you’re always on top of it. If that sounds like you, you sound like someone we need. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we’d like to talk to you about being a part of our team.

  • Studio Manager

    You’re not just a people person, you’re a people mover. A people motivator. A people maestro, managing a team of designers and production artists like you’re conducting an orchestra.

    Deadlines? Others can set their watches to how accurately you meet deadlines. But you know nothing is complete until everything’s done right. That’s why you do everything you can to ensure complete quality from your team.

    But you’re no dictator. Not at all. You empower your team. Their needs are your needs. Equipment. Materials. IT. Training. You grease the wheels, go to bat, square the circle, all for your team. And all while meeting the goals of account supervisors, the schedules of production managers and the vision of art directors.

    And you make it look easy. Even when it’s not.

    Without you, the work of an agency would come to a halt. Good thing you go nonstop. If you have what it takes, we’d like to have you at our firm. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we’d love the chance to talk to you.

  • Web Developer

    The web. The Internet. Cyberspace. Online. No matter what they call it, you call it your passion. Your life. Your work.

    You make the websites that make the Internet what it is. Product sites. Corporate sites. Social media integration and ain’t-that-cool? animation. Whatever the task, you have the skills. Whatever the problem, you have the answer. Or two. Or twenty.

    Above all else, you make it work. Whether it’s turning a rough idea into a smooth site or using responsive design to get the response the client wants, you partner with art directors, copywriters, the account team and your digital team to ensure that when a site goes live, everything goes well.

    You work on the front lines of online marketing. And you wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re looking for someone with both front- and back-end experience, familiar with PHP, SCSS (or other CSS preprocessors), JavaScript frameworks like Angular, and comfortable working with content management systems like WordPress. If this sounds like you, you sound like someone we would like to meet. We’re one of the largest independent advertising agencies in the DC area, and we’d like to talk to you about being a part of our team.