mkg is not looking for extraordinary people

In a way, it kind of sounds like you’re extra good at being ordinary. Think about it.
It’s almost another version of “very normal.”

For us at MKG, we’re looking for people who are, well, extra-non-ordinary. You stand out. You’re driven. You like to be challenged, to grow, and you do it all with a little something—shall we say—extra!

Aside from all the great work, cool clients, and a fully-immersed “Grey” culture, MKG comes down to people that excel at what they do, because they love what they do, and they have fun doing it, and it shows. So the question is, before you continue, is how extra-non-ordinary are you?

The Benefits

AMAZING WORK SPACE
Fully stocked with snackage.

VOLUNTEERING
Paid time off to help your fav cause.

HEALTHCARE WITH BENEFITS
With the benefit of being healthy.

401(k) SAVINGS PLAN
Because we all retire sometime!

ANNUAL COMPANY RETREAT
Oh the stories we could tell…

ACTIVITIES & OUTINGS
That your friends are envious of.

Openings

Freelance Event Producer

The Freelance Producer will oversee individual agency projects as contracted, and manage client relationships on production related issues. Project management and oversight are central to this position. This person must be organized, self-motivated, able to think creatively and quickly, and must be able to approach unique problems in new ways. The ability to work as part of a team is also critical for this position.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing client relationships on production related issues, as well as managing client needs and expectations.
  • Managing production staff, including assigning individual responsibilities and setting deadlines and deliverables.
  • Developing and managing event budgets and project profit margins. • Managing production schedules and logistics.
  • Sourcing venues and vendors and negotiating contracts with venues and vendors.
  • Liaising with in-house Design and Operations divisions to reach client goals for each project.
  • Obtaining City permits.
  • Preparing documents for events, including run-of-show, production schedules and scripts.
  • Wrapping events.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience managing client expectations.
  • Have experience preparing detailed event budgets.
  • Be able to think creatively about a variety of challenges and apply their organizational and managerial skills accordingly.
  • Have a broad network of contacts in the field of event production to help attract and keep business.

Requirements:          

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant event production experience.
  • A proven track-record of executing successful productions.
  • Experience managing staff.
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Freelance Event Designer

This is a unique position for a talented two-and three-dimensional designer requiring design work in various capacities. The designer will primarily be responsible for executing event installations with supervision from the Design Director, from participating in initial brainstorming sessions, creating floor plans and rendering ideas for presentations to creating technical drawings, graphic design work, and directing fabricators and overseeing the final staging of all design components. It is imperative that the designer is able to work creatively within a budget. We are looking for candidates for short and long term freelance with a possibility to transition into a full time position.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a proven track record of creative execution with 2+ years experience 
  • Have a background in scenic/interior design or other spatial design
  • Have strong graphic design skills
  • Have diligent follow-through on every task assigned
  • Be a self-starter
  • Have stellar people skills
  • Thrive in a small, intimate work environment

Requirements:

  • Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong CAD skills – Vector Works a major plus
  • Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design, Scenic Design, Architecture, Interiors or related field
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IT Technician

New York

The in-house IT Technician will oversee all IT systems for this fast growing agency.  The IT Technician will troubleshoot and maintain the company's servers, workstations, software applications and networking hardware, while also assisting with technical elements related to agency projects as needed.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Acting as main point of contact for all IT related issues.
  • Maintaining Mac OS X Server and managing their backup systems.
  • Managing ISCSI SAN and its backups.
  • Creating and maintaining email accounts in our Gmail interface.
  • Administering web and e-mail services onto phones (both iPhones and Android).
  • Network setup and troubleshooting; routers, switches, wireless base stations; must be comfortable with advanced configuration options such as port forwarding.
  • Installing, configuring, maintaining, upgrading, and troubleshooting both hardware and software throughout the company.
  • Managing Asterisk PBX phone system.
  • Managing FTP site.
  • Assisting with technical elements of agency projects.                                              

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have cross-platform knowledge: we are a Mac based shop, but occasionally PC use is required.
  • Have Linux experience and/or the willingness to research and learn Linux.
  • Be able to quickly identify IT issues and have the ability to know where to look when you don’t know the answer.
  • Be very organized and proactive and able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have experience with the following:
    • MacOSx Server, Sharing with users and roles.
    • TCP/IP Network and Cabling
    • Gmail Admin Portal
    • Sonicwall Firewalls
    • Linksys SPA VoIP phones
    • Asterisk PBX / FreePBX
    • Open Directory

Requirements:     

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Knowledge of all versions of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server.
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Production Manager

New York

The Production department consists of a 12-person fulltime team (in addition to freelance Producers) that supports all agency business (project-based and retained), all MKG offices (NYC, LA, CHI) and works with each agency's departments to develop, plan, lead and produce/implement a wide variety of events and projects. Production is at the heart of MKG’s offerings, working closely with Accounts, Creative, Design, Operations, Finance and Client Development teams to support new business initiatives as well as active projects.

The Production Department Manager will report directly to the Director of Production. This is an ideal position for an experienced event production professional looking to apply his/her skills assisting with the creation, development, refinement and maintenance of departmental and agency operations, process and efficiencies. The ability to work as part of a team is also critical for this position. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Report directly to, and take all direction from, Director of Production
  • Update and maintain all appropriate Production focused employee onboarding/training documents 
  • Onboard new freelance and full-time producers (with support from HR and other agency departments/teams as needed)
  • Communicate all upcoming personnel additions/changes/needs to the MKG onboarding team
  • Review/file/maintain resumes for potential fulltime and freelance positions across NYC, LA and CHI offices
  • Maintain and update freelance and fulltime candidate database(s)
  • Assist Director of Production with the interviewing and hiring of freelance positions for current and future agency projects 
  • Work with and support Director of Production to communicate overall operational process/improvements/updates
  • Ensure all Producers follow established protocol for submitting and tracking all vendor invoices payment submissions
  • Support Director of Production to assign production support for the team(s) working on new business proposals, estimates and pitches
  • Work with MKG departments and support current event needs/projects as needed /directed
  • Work with various team members by offering production-based insights and recommendations
  • Research and meet with potential vendors and partners to ensure MKG is working with the best possible partners
  • Ensuring vendor databases are current and maintained by the whole Department

 The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of relevant event production and operational experience in the lifestyle, media, experiential marketing, sponsorship and branded entertainment fields
  • Thrive in a fast paced, highly creative environment
  • Be extremely organized, proactive, independent, a self starter and team oriented
  • Understand the bigger picture and be able to get granular
  • Be vocal, share best practices and propose new ones
  • Be able to think creatively about a variety of challenges and apply his/her organizational and managerial skills accordingly
  • Be proficient in the development, creation, management and maintenance of timelines, databases, production platforms/resources
  • Have an in-depth understanding of event production budget planning, management and tracking (including 6 and 7 figure budgets)
  • Have experience hiring and managing a variety of staff roles
  • Have a broad network of contacts and vendors in the field of event production
  • A proven track-record of executing successful productions

 

All applicants must include salary requirements with application. 

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Account Executive

New York

MKG is searching for a smart, creative and ambitious Account Executive to support the Account Manager on one of the agency’s key accounts. This role calls for candidates to work directly with the client, partners, and internal resources on conceptualizing and executing top-notch brand experiences, and will play a critical part on delivering growth and innovation on this business. The position will be a critical part of creating all deliverables to the client.  This role keeps the account team organized and maintains status for deliverables of multiple projects at once. Experience in sports marketing, sponsorship activation, account support, client relations and brand marketing are desired. Candidates must demonstrate proven leadership and be passionate about delivering and executing innovative ideas and experiences.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Day to day partner and property management and coordination.
  • Serving as internal brand custodian, effectively communicating brand guidelines, goals and expectations to resources within and outside the agency.
  • Collaborating with clients’ agencies-of-record in cross-platform projects.
  • Actively contributing to creative strategy for brand platforms.
  • Assisting Account Manager in overseeing activation planning, budgeting and implementation.
  • Liaising with other agency departments and outside vendors to ensure projects are running smoothly.
  • Creating and maintaining organizational systems to provide oversight, consultation, and guidance to digital, production, design, and operations teams across multiple projects.
  • Working with Account Manager to author strategic decks for Client presentations
  • Establishing and coordinating internal and external deadlines and deliverables.
  • Assisting in the initial development of budgets and managing margins and revenue goals.
  • Managing all internal meetings and regular status meetings with client.     

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience in account management or sports marketing/sponsorship.
  • Have an understanding of the sponsorship, digital and experiential landscape.
  • Demonstrate an ability to illustrate ideas in presentations to clients and colleagues.
  • Be able to think creatively about a variety of challenges and apply their organizational and managerial skills accordingly.

Requirements:     

  • 1-2 years relevant experience through agency internships or full time role.
  • Experience working in a collaborative team environment staff.
  • Must be proficient in Google Docs, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and Keynote.
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Experiential Account Supervisor

Chicago

MKG has a need for an Experiential Account Supervisor in our Chicago office. In this role, the Experiential Account Supervisor will work closely with the various stakeholders to develop, manage and execute national client programs. This role is responsible for managing internal and external resources to ensure client’s expectations are exceeded for multiple experiential-based campaigns. This position will report to the Managing Director of Chicago and will manage various activation aspects of client campaigns including sampling, national tours, guerilla, large scale events, sponsorship activation, pop-up and multi-layered experiential based campaigns. 

Job Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to): 

  • Responsible for the successful delivery and timeliness multiple experiential campaigns; managing client’s directives, goals and objectives on the account
  • Lead and monitor day-to-day activities related to the activation / implementation of all aspects of experiences, campaigns and events in multiple markets
  • Coordinate and oversee national brand executions and staff, ensuring smooth, flawless execution that exceed all client expectations
  • Daily contact with multiple clients; responding to and managing client requests and maintaining open and frequent communication
  • Proactively approach and anticipate internal and external concerns and maintain level of flexibility to quickly respond to client needs
  • Look beyond the day-to-day activation / account needs and develop ways to build client’s business
  • Source and manage multiple vendor/supplier relationships required for campaigns and one-off executions
  • Create, manage and track budgets; monitor all expenditures to stay within budget parameters; communicate necessary changes to senior management
  • Create and track metrics for measuring success of programs
  • Train, work with, and manage field teams to activate multiple market campaigns
  • Work with HR to ensure policies, practices, initiatives, etc. are developed, communicated effectively and adhered
  • Mobile / tour marketing management, including staff management, permitting and logistics
  • External staffing management, including producers, tour managers, vendors and brand ambassadors
  • Production / activation timeline schedule management
  • Manage, motivate and mentor full-time and/or part-time team
  • Maintain, manage and coordinate program inventory
  • Ensure execution excellence through on-site attendance and/or quality control methods (including pre-site checks as needed)
  • Analyze results throughout program to make necessary adjustments; provide clients with timely post-event reports
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate data reporting, including campaign wrap reports
  • Provide insightful feedback, recaps and business reporting based on program deliverables and data capture
  • Assist senior management in Business Development proposal work to provide expert ideation and execution information 


Experience, Qualifications, and Skills Required:

  • 5 - 8 years of relevant experiential / event marketing experience
  • Agency experience required
  • Proven track-record of executing successful milt-layered experienctial marketing campaigns (including staffing, sampling, touring, event, sponsorship and activation experience)
  • Proven leadership abilities; experience managing others required (both internal and external field staff)
  • Additional skills sets in support to business development, including proposal planning, writing and presentations
  • Excellent communicator and relationship builder
  • Strategic problem solver and decision maker
  • Keen attention to detail and extremely organized
  • Must be available for travel
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Bachelor’s degree required 
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