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

3D Designer

New York

This is a unique position for a talented 3D Designer (with some 2D skills), requiring creative executional work across a variety of responsibilities. This designer would need to feel comfortable taking ownership of the full breadth of an experience design project with guidance and support from the Design Director. Their wide range of responsibilities would include; participating in initial brainstorming sessions, conducting site visits and surveys, creating floor and flow plans, developing interior and scenic concepts, building 3D models and rendering ideas for presentations, creating technical drawings for fabrication, laying out simple graphic treatments, prepping files for print and overseeing installations of all design components at the load-in. It is imperative that the designer is strong communicator and collaborator. They must have basic material/fabrication knowledge and be able to work creatively and effectively within a budget.

 

Duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • 3D modeling of environments, displays, installations, etc.
  • Ideation and design of custom interior and scenic elements
  • Building floor plans in Vectorworks/CAD — assessing guest flow and estimating capacities
  • Development of conceptual design theme — creating cohesive mood boards and mock-ups to communicate ideas to the client
  • Design timeline management — strictly adhering to deadlines, updating deliverable dates as necessary
  • Managing vendor relationships for both printing and fabrication
  • Managing the Design budget — obtaining quotes and tracking/estimating costs actively to keep designs within the allotted buckets provided by the Production lead
  • Development of presentation decks
  • Delivering and presenting designs directly to clients
  • Basic Graphic Design — spatial treatments for environment designs, signage and wayfinding, invitations, etc. (Our staff Graphic Designer will own or collaborate on some, but not all, graphic needs)
  • Creation of build drawings for the fabrication of any custom scenic pieces — detailing and specifying dimensions, materials and finishes
  • Prepping graphics for print and creating print mechanicals
  • Sourcing props, furniture, and decor
  • Mentoring and managing an intern, or freelance support as needed
  • Attending site visits to conduct surveys/obtain necessary measurements
  • Joining brainstorms and helping to creatively solve for client’s objectives
  • Oversight and direction of scenic installations on-site
  • Oversight and direction of graphic installations/print vendor management on-site
  • On-site styling, as needed
  • Developing shot lists for event photographers

 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a background in scenic/interior design or other spatial design
  • Have, at minimum, a basic understanding of graphic design and related programs
  • Demonstrate excellent time management and the ability to work fast and efficiently under tight timelines — manages stress well
  • Be a self-starter
  • Be highly organized
  • Loves problem-solving always looking for a good challenge!

 

Requirements: 

  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Exceptional collaboration with internal and external teams
  • 2+ years professional experience in a related field
  • Strong SketchUp skills, Vectorworks/CAD a plus
  • Mastery of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design, Environmental/Exhibition Design, Architecture, Interior Design or related field
  • Must have a great sense of humor and thrive in a creative and social environment
  • Must be dog friendly!
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Agency Assistant

Los Angeles

MKG’s Los Angeles office is growing, fast! We need an agency assistant to come in and own the crap outta our offices operation. This individual will help out with all aspects of the business, helping our producers, supporting our creative team, working with our Managing Director to keep this ship sailing straight and true. Sound like a big job? It is! Its not for the faint of heart, but if you’re super-organized, driven, personable, and fun, you can kick ass in this position, and get to learn how the marketing and experiential industry works from the top down. Can you think creatively and quickly? Can you organize processes to make it work more efficiently and effectively? Can you throw down in an epic dance battle? If so, we want you!

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Work across all our departments to support them by taking some rad notes, putting together a cool schedule, or developing an awesome action plan. Could be for our producers, creatives or designers—ya never know in this office.
  • Own the office’s operations like its your job, bc it is: Develop communications, manage schedules, keep things flowing smoothly.
  • Be smart on computers and the internets: Use Keynote, Google Drive, Excel, Word, and the facebook machine to make MKG’s LA office awesome.
  • Get everyone to where they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be there, and without any spinach in their teeth—help manage the schedule of Managing Director and the office.
  • Keep folks talkin—Make conference calls happen smoothly, book meetings with awesome snacks, and handle all the lil details that let us get the right folks in the room and out quick.
  • Find other awesome people to help us: recruit interns, locate vendors to help with necessary office related stuff, and have friends come in to visit you to say hi.
  • Make the culture here even cooler—help our “people team” plan everything from happy hours to hikes for staff.
  • Keep all the fancy HR paperwork running smoothly...
  • Don’t let the printer run out of paper, man, that’s not cool! Keep the office stocked and running smoothly…
  • Give the UPS guy a high five and take the packages he’s brought, which in office speak is called “receiving”.
  • Answer phone calls. Sometimes people still use phones. I know, weird, right.                   

The ideal candidate will: 

  • Love fixing broken things, organizing drawers, and making a document look AMAZING before it gets PDF’ed.
  • Be that person who’s weirdly over-organized and motivated for every eventuality.
  • Set your eyes on finishing a task and go crazy trying to finish it at all costs.
  • Be nice and fun and make people like talking to you.
  • Be comfortable with moving targets and be able to re-load and re-aim quickly.
  • Not be obsessed with the 9-5 workday and be comfortable with a life that doesn’t have a strict line between work and play.
  • Be able to think creatively about a variety of challenges and apply their organizational and managerial skills accordingly.
  • Have a bachelors degree or something like it.
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Business Development Manager

New York
You know that feeling when all the stars align and you have a fun, passionate, ego-less, super talented group of people who you consider equal parts colleagues and friends? That’s how we feel at MKG. And we’re we’re searching for a smart, organized, relationship-driven individual to manage the development and execution of new business proposals for new and recurring clients. This person will report into the Director of Business Development and be an essential part of the team responsible for driving the growth of MKG and our clients. We don’t want this to be a “next stop” in your career timeline, but a destination for you to really thrive and help us continue to build something really special.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead multiple proposals at any given time, responsible for meeting all internal and external deadlines
  • Provide client business insights to strategist to aid in development of creative briefs
  • Partner with strategy and creative team to develop innovative solutions based on knowledge of client’s business
  • Act as a client’s main point of contact to understand proposal needs, objectives, obtain business updates and set overall project expectations and deliverables
  • Reinforce roles, timelines, and accountabilities internally and with clients
  • Manage internal resources (finance, production, design, etc.) to develop comprehensive proposals that deliver against client needs
  • Address all client questions related to the project throughout proposal process
  • Attend new business presentations and pitches
  • On-going nurturing of client relationships, ensuring MKG always remains top of mind
  • Research market conditions and trends to identify how MKG can most effectively grow existing client relationships and expand our current list of clients
  • Work with Director of Business Dev to develop and maintain a database of existing and prospective clients to inform our new business strategy
  • A constant advocate for the agency with clients and existing networks

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience working in the experiential marketing space
  • Have strong client management and presentation skills
  • Have a strong understanding of experiential production and budget assessments
  • Be able to sort through complex information and decide best approach to take
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, a bias for action, and a dedication to results
  • Be determined, tenacious and project optimism in the face of challenges
  • Be passionate about ideas, brands, the agency, and our clients’ business

Requirements:  

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • Strong understanding of brand marketing & sponsorship
  • Ability to nurture and grow long lasting client relationships
  • Adept in multitasking and working under pressure
  • Dedicated, enthusiastic and always willing to go the extra mile
  • Must have an awesome sense of humor, a collaborative spirit and a love of dogs!
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Fall Interactive Production Intern

New York

MKG is looking for some rockstar interns to work with our Senior Interactive Producer-- interns will work on a variety of tasks and assist in the execution of internal and external projects that relate to digital, creative technology, and creative engineering.

These positions are ideal for current students seeking college credit and recent graduates looking for experience in our industry.

Wondering if this is the right fit for you? Here's a checklist!
  • Are you a strong communicator?
  • Are you resourceful with your own point of view?
  • Are you a rabid consumer of art and design?
  • Do you possess crazy strong research skills and knowledge?
  • Do you get excited about current and emerging tech?
  • Are you a fan of dogs? Especially those that roam an office looking for cuddles or a snack? 
Great! Here's some more info-- 

Some responsibilities include:
  • Compiling market, trend, and competitor research.
  • Composing vendor, collaborator, and product research.
  • Participating in ideation sessions for new business pitches.
  • Assisting in top-level budgeting.
  • Helping out on the pitch process.
  • Any task a project may require.

A few things to know about us:

  • We are in love with giving back. We volunteer when we can, both individually and together as an agency.
  • We’re a little kooky, but lots of fun! Check out this video for proof! http://vimeo.com/82134690
  • We love a good dance-off. 
To apply, send us a resume and cover letter. Include your favorite guilty pleasure show or movie in there too.
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Freelance Creative- Copywriter

New York

MKG is searching for a highly imaginative inspiring freelance Copywriter to generate big ideas.  Reporting to the Creative Director, this role will be responsible for supporting the creative process from ideation to development.  This person should have the ability to understand the “big picture” and offer macro-level creative solutions to current and prospective clients. Strong experience in brand marketing, sponsorship activation, and client relations is desired. Candidates must demonstrate proven leadership and be passionate about delivering and executing innovative ideas and experiences.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Creative Director on various client projects and agency creative initiatives.
  • Working with strategist to develop creative ideas and programs for MKG’s clients.
  • Developing ideas and programs that meet client objectives using a wide arsenal of tools from live events, sponsorships, partnerships, traditional media, social media, technology, and more.
  • Driving brainstorm sessions and creating supporting presentation materials
  • Working with new business teams to respond to RFPs and new opportunities.
  • Working with account teams to develop fresh ideas and plans for existing clients.
  • Partnering with a cross-disciplinary team (including designers, strategists, producers, social and digital experts) to help define and execute concept direction and experience strategy
  • Working in conjunction with agency design team to bring ideas to life.  (NOTE – this is NOT a design position)
  • Ensuring creative output is results driven.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have direct experience in brand marketing.
  • Have a solid understanding of the experiential marketing and sponsorship landscape.
  • Be incessantly curious about the world, culture, and trends that affect our business.
  • Have the ability to think creatively about a variety of challenges and challenge the way we think.
  • Have a great sense of humor and a positive attitude about stuff that is sometimes not that sweet.

Requirements:

  • 5 years of creative experience in an agency environment.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to take an idea from a thought to a full-blown proposal.
  • Ability to deliver strong concepts for both physical and digital experiences.
  • A proven track-record of taking big picture ideas and concepts and creating campaigns that flow through all marketing channels.
  • Experience working on digital marketing, social media, mobile or other digital media.
  • Experience working in a collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent time management and problem-solving abilities
  • Must Love Dogs!
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Freelance Event Designer

New York

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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Freelance Event Producer

New York

The Freelance Producer will oversee individual agency projects as contracted, and manage client relationships on production related issues in our Los Angeles Office. 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 Producer

Los Angeles

The Freelance Producer will oversee individual agency projects as contracted, and manage client relationships on production related issues in our New York Office. 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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