Careers

Sr. Copywriter

We’re looking for a copywriter to join our growing creative team. In this role, you would work closely with designers, writers, creative directors, researchers, strategists, and account executives to develop the creative concepts and on-brand messages that help our clients tell powerful stories.

One day that might mean drafting up some punchy tweets. Another, it might mean writing long-form content for an admissions book or a campaign website. At any moment, depending on the project or task, you could also be enlisted to write a TV commercial, a print ad, a digital experience, a newsletter article, or a brand narrative for one of our major college and university clients.

Most important, you’ll be a key voice on our team during brainstorms and concept meetings, helping us elevate the overall quality of our work every day.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (majors related in some way to marketing, advertising, or communications preferred)

Must Have:

  • 2-3 writing samples
  • Previous experience collaborating with designers and writers
  • Desire to work at the intersection of marketing, branding, and higher education
  • Advanced knowledge of digital and social media platforms
  • Strong communication and social skills
  • Ability to handle projects independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Passion both for coming up with big ideas and attending to the details

Nice to Have:

  • 3–5 years of experience at an ad or branding agency
  • Digital experience
  • Basic coding knowledge
  • Knowledge of higher education industry

Salary commensurate with experience. Full benefits package.

Please submit cover letters and resumes to Wanda Hoath at wh@simpsonscarborough.com. Please include “Sr. Copywriter” in subject line.


Senior Account Executive 

We’re SimpsonScarborough, the first and last name in higher education research, strategy, and creative. In other words, we’re higher education marketers. We’re researchers who answer questions, strategists who question answers, and creatives who connect the dots, transforming questions into exclamation points, and building living, breathing higher education brands that inspire and endure.

SimpsonScarborough seeks a full-time Senior Account Executive for its Old Town Alexandria, VA headquarters office. We are a dynamic team looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic new member. We expect a lot from our team members and champion their successes. The Senior Account Executive will have the opportunity to play a significant role in managing client relationships and work directly with company leadership in a fun, fast-paced environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure day-to-day communication with clients is timely, accurate, friendly, and professional
  • Establish and enforce project timelines
  • Ensure processes are followed to maintain high-quality deliverables
  • Support both qualitative and quantitative primary market research studies, including, but not limited to: drafting survey instruments and moderator guides, working with external vendors, conducting focus groups, and writing qualitative research reports
  • Support the development of brand strategies, marketing plans, and creative executions
  • Guide and manage a wide variety of projects that may include market research, brand strategy, and/or creative development
  • Provide substantive feedback to the team on deliverables (research reports, brand and communications audits, creative concepts, brand positioning, etc.)
  • Present deliverables directly to clients and key stakeholders, both in person and via webinars

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3+ years experience in marketing, market research, or branding at a higher education institution, non-profit, social cause, or creative agency
  • Strong project management and organization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and people skills
  • Comfort working independently and with multiple remote clients and partners
  • Ability to problem-solve in a fast-paced work environment
  • Experience managing multiple projects at a time and effectively assessing and prioritizing workload regularly
  • Proficiency in MS Office with emphasis in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of/experience with media production (digital and/or print) is preferred but not required
  • Bachelors in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Market Research or the like; or Bachelors in a Social Sciences discipline with research experience

The position requires approximately 10-30% travel, visiting some of the nation’s finest college campuses. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letters and resumes to Wanda Hoath at wh@simpsonscarborough.com.


Account Executive

We’re SimpsonScarborough, the first and last name in higher education research, strategy, and creative. In other words, we’re higher education marketers. We’re researchers who answer questions, strategists who question answers, and creatives who connect the dots, transforming questions into exclamation points, and building living, breathing higher education brands that inspire and endure.

SimpsonScarborough seeks a full-time Account Executive for its Old Town Alexandria, VA headquarters office. We are a small, dynamic team looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic new member. We expect a lot from our team members and champion their successes. The Account Executive will have the opportunity to play a significant role in managing client relationships and work directly with company leadership in a fun, fast-paced environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with Account Executives and Strategist to manage a wide variety of projects that may include market research, brand strategy, and/or creative development
  • Support both qualitative and quantitative primary market research studies, including, but not limited to: drafting survey instruments and moderator guides, writing qualitative research reports, programming surveys, and recruiting for focus groups
  • Support brand strategy deliverable, including, but not limited to: conducting background/secondary research and collecting and synthesizing high-level competitor messaging
  • Ensure processes are followed to maintain high-quality deliverables
  • Engage with clients through calls and presentations
  • Build industry knowledge and expertise in company processes to grow into an Account Executive role

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-2 years experience in marketing, market research, or branding at a higher education institution, non-profit, social cause, or creative agency
  • Strong project management and organization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and people skills
  • Comfort working independently and with multiple remote clients and partners
  • Ability to problem-solve in a fast-paced work environment
  • Experience managing multiple projects at a time and effectively assessing and prioritizing workload regularly
  • Proficiency in MS Office with emphasis in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Bachelors in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Market Research or the like; or Bachelors in a Social Sciences discipline with research experience

The position requires occasional travel, visiting some of the nation’s finest college campuses. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letters and resumes to Wanda Hoath at wh@simpsonscarborough.com.


Proposal Writer

As SimpsonScarborough’s Proposal Writer, you’ll be an essential part of the Sales and Marketing team, supporting our ability to secure new business and grow our agency in an efficient manner. At SimpsonScarborough, a successful Proposal Writer will develop, submit and track high-quality winning proposals and pitches. This position will report directly to CMO and be located in our headquarters office in Alexandria, VA with flexibility for partial teleworking. Responsibilities will include but likely not be limited to:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Track all sales leads and prospects using HubSpot CRM (e.g. submissions, wins, losses, sources of opportunities, etc.)
  • Write proposals and develop pitch drafts following formatting requirements specified
  • Create and manage proposal and pitch schedule, tracking questions/answer deadlines and internal review deadlines
  • Refine and update existing proposal and pitch materials required for boilerplate sections of proposals
  • Participate in new business inquiry calls, summarize notes
  • Work with CMO/partners/leads to develop RFP response strategies (scope, pricing, references, qualifications, etc.)
  • Submit RFP questions and distribute answers received
  • Coordinate proposal and pitch contributions from necessary SimpsonScarborough staff

The experience and skills you should bring to the position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 3 years of work experience, preferably in proposal preparation or within marketing firm
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite (Excel and PowerPoint specifically), project management software, and other technology tools
  • Knowledge of Hubspot or similar CRM and InDesign preferred but not required
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to multitask
  • Strong writing and editorial skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented with strong follow-up skills
  • Strong initiative & personal responsibility for work
  • Willingness and desire to work very independently
  • Positive, enthusiastic team-player attitude

The position requires occasional travel. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letters and resumes to Wanda Hoath at wh@simpsonscarborough.com.


Creative/Digital Traffic Manager

We’re SimpsonScarborough, the first and last name in higher education research, strategy, and creative. In other words, we’re higher education marketers. We’re researchers who answer questions, strategists who question answers, and creatives who connect the dots, transforming questions into exclamation points, and building living, breathing higher education brands that inspire and endure.

We are a growing team looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic new member. We expect a lot from our team members and champion their successes. This position will report to the Director of Operations and work in one of our headquarters offices in Alexandria, VA or Columbus, OH. We are open to considering candidates who would work remotely. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage and communicate weekly deadlines, time resourcing and to-do’s for creative/digital projects
  • Support and communicate with key team staff members on progress towards tasks and flag any issue areas
  • Set up schedule templates in project management tool at project start and handoff to account teams for review
  • Vet and review schedules to ensure the team has capacity to hit timelines
  • Traffic creative/digital tasks and ensure changes to project scope/schedule are communicated and documented
  • Manage and monitor team workload, capacity, assignments
  • Review creative briefs to ensure they are complete and creative/digital teams can start work
  • Support account team as needed on client calls related to creative/digital
  • Establish, communicate and gather needed assets, specs, questions required to complete tasks

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years experience in a traffic or project manager role, preferably within a branding, creative, digital or design department
  • Direct experience managing creative design and print production projects
  • Proficiency in project management software (Mavenlink experience is a plus)
  • Proficiency in MS Office with emphasis in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of Adobe CC is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and people skills
  • Comfortable working with multiple remote creative, digital, account teams and clients located across the country
  • Ability to problem-solve in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to effectively manage conflicts and work under pressure
  • Experience managing multiple projects at a time and effectively assessing and reprioritizing workload regularly

The position requires occasional travel. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letters and resumes to Wanda Hoath at wh@simpsonscarborough.com.