AIGA Idaho Student Portfolio Review

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In the spirit of competition, college Senior Graphic Design students are invited to show their portfolios to industry professionals. There is no cost, no need to rsvp, all you need to do is show up with your portfolio. Junior, Sophomore, and Freshman Graphic Design students may attend and observe. Companies will be present, some with internship and job opportunities. The event will be held from 10am–2pm, Saturday, March 17th at the US Bank Building If you are in the design industry and would like to judge and critique work, there are 2-hour morning and afternoon slots available. Free lunch provided. If you are interested, check out the link in our bio. . . . . . #Idaho #GraphicDesign #AIGA #student #portfolio #design #instagood #picoftheday #Boise #PNW #Art #Professional #designfirm #jobs #internships

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Job opening: Junior Art Director

Foerstel Design is looking for a Junior Art Director to join their team. From the job listing on their website:

At Foerstel Design, being a kick-ass designer ranks number one, but caring about the environment and sustainability is also at the top of our list. We are a design and strategic marketing group located in beautiful Boise, Idaho, and we sleep better at night because we spend our days working for thoughtful clients whose products and services make the world a better place to live. We are looking to add a full-time Junior Art Director to our tribe who has bushels of positive energy and a minimum 2 years of design/production experience. A perfect candidate thinks that creativity isn’t limited to the office, embraces problem solving, and plays well with others. Packaging design experience is a plus, and fitting in with our fun, creative bunch is a must.

THE DEETS

What you’ll do

  • Package design for retail and foodservice, from early concepting to production
  • Brand architecture, including but not limited to, establishing foundational elements, logo design, and collateral development
  • Digital/web and interactive design
  • Digital illustration
  • Digital renderings
  • Work with team to develop new creative and technical skills
  • Report directly to Creative Director to achieve desired project goals and quality creative projects
  • Assist Creative and Art Directors in new business development efforts

What you’ll need

  • Minimum 2 years design experience in an agency or design studio
  • Package design experience is highly preferred but not mandatory
  • A strong portfolio demonstrating a variety of design skills
  • Adequate knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    An optimistic, can-do attitude
  • Willingness to embrace design as a discipline of co-creation
  • Flexibility with work schedule to accommodate client deadlines

Full details and how to apply can be found on their website.

Reunited

A few months ago we got word that Carew Co. was on the hunt for a Relationship Manager to join their team, and recently we discovered that they found the person they were looking for in Pat Brubaker.

In their words:

He’s a whiz at client and customer management. He’s a master at agency flow and schedules. He’s able to see the big picture and develop processes that work. He figures out people’s best qualities and plays to them. And he’s a smart strategy guy.

In other words: He’s a catch.

This also reunites Brubaker and Carew Co. founder Paul Carew, who worked together at Oliver Russell in the mid-2000s.

You can read more about Carew Co’s new hire here.

Client-side job opening: Manager, Communications and Community Relations

SUEZ currently has an opening for a Manager, Communications and Community Relations in Boise. From their job description:

The Manager, Communications and Community Relations is responsible for the consistent articulation of the SUEZ mission through comprehensive internal and external communication and stakeholder programs for local operations in Idaho. Works closely with local vice president/general manager to deliver communications that align with and support both company and local operational goals. He/she is intimately familiar with water and/or wastewater operations and the industry, customer communications, employee engagement, media relations, community relations and stakeholder management.

The primary mission of the position is to support and celebrate the SUEZ brand, and promote a better understanding of SUEZ — its water-related services, objectives, programs, and commitment to excellence — to the company’s internal and external stakeholders. The holder of the position serves as the local communications leader for all business activities and as the communications subject matter expert.

The Manager, Communications and Community Relations develops strategic, comprehensive and professional communications programs that educate clients, customers, employees and other stakeholders about company objectives.

  • Develops and implements communications, community relations and external stakeholder plans with strong emphasis on local projects and initiatives that align with national and global key themes.
  • Acts as chief writer and/or editor for all local communications, including articles, press releases, editorials, technical papers, speeches/presentations and customer communications.
  • Accountable for communications performance targets, KPIs and goals established by Corporate Communications and the local business unit.
  • Manages local website, social media and digital networks, providing consistently fresh and relevant content.
  • Provides communications counsel and direction to local management. Assists professionals across the local business with writing and presentation preparation.
  • Direct the activities of the local Communications and Community Education Specialist.
  • Develops and manages the Communications budget at the local company.
  • Other activities as deemed appropriate by Corporate Communications and the local VP/General Manager.

Full details about the position and how to apply can be found on their site.

Oliver Russell joins The Purpose Collaborative

Last month, Oliver Russell announced that they’ve joined Carol Cone’s The Purpose Collaborative, a growing collective of the foremost purpose-oriented agencies and consultants created by one of the world’s purpose pioneers, Carol Cone.

Oliver Russell is the first Idaho-based company to join The Purpose Collaborative, and is among more than 37 agencies and subject matter experts with significant experience in–and an authentic commitment to–purpose. The Purpose Collaborative’s services include the discovery and definition of an organization/brand’s purpose, culture development, employee and customer engagement, sustainable product sourcing and innovation, social issue identification and partnerships, storytelling and marketing communications, multimedia and digital activation, and program effectiveness analytics.

Read Oliver Russell’s full announcement about the news here.

Job opening: Operations Assistant/Office Manager + HR + Culture

DaviesMoore in Boise has an opening for an Operations Assistant/Office Manager + HR + Culture. From the job description on their website:

The OPERATIONS ASSISTANT/ OFFICE MANAGER will assist the COO in the agency’s day-to-day operating activities and will need to be versed in a variety of industry concepts, practices, and procedures, relying on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

With involvement in Human Resources and Culture, the operations assistant will manage the administration of all HR activities and policies, and direct implementation of policies, programs, and procedures.

This person will work closely with members of the DaviesMoore management team to support goals and culture that ensure the success of DaviesMoore.

Reports to the COO

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure maintenance of a clean, healthy office environment for all personnel, and maintain an attractive office appearance for visitors and clients.
  • Answer all phone calls and email inquiries in a friendly but professional manner, and forward all inquiries to the appropriate staff members promptly and smoothly.
  • Inventories office supplies and purchases what is necessary upon approval from COO and director of finance.
  • Restock kitchens each Monday with new groceries and supplies.
  • Communicate regularly with management team to ensure that office needs are met.
  • Interview, screen, and, on approval of COO, assist in the hiring of agency support personnel. Manage employee onboarding process once applicant has been hired.
  • Advise management and employees on HR questions and concerns.
  • Establish and oversee agency records and maintenance procedures to ensure all business operations information is correct and readily available.
  • Oversee OSHA regulations as they apply to the agency, ensuring requirements are met and employees are aware of such requirements.
  • Assist the director of finance with operational duties including file management, building management and various tasks as assigned.
  • Monitor programs and provide feedback on the organization’s culture and work with partners to determine actionable steps toward desired culture.
  • Work with partners to design and develop and implement programs, communications, events, workshops, etc. for leaders, managers and team members that creatively and authentically reinforce our unique values and culture.

Full details about the position and how to apply can be found in the original job listing.

Big boulder in a little pond

You’ve seen it. And probably done it more than once. You’ve picked up that big, heavy rock and heaved it into a pond.

First there’s the big splash.

Then the ripples spread. And spread.

Ripples in water

As we rolled into 2018, the boulder dropped with the seemingly abrupt departure of Ward Duft and Jill Watterson from Stoltz Marketing Group.

Shortly thereafter, a new player emerged in the Boise agency game, and at least two other shops have been pulled into the fray.

The first ripple: Stoltz Marketing Group

The departure of Duft and Watterson left an obvious hole at the top of the agency, as they represented two-thirds of the new leadership announced in the summer of 2017.

The vacancy was short-lived, however, as SMG recently announced that Jaime Ekman has taken the helm of the company as president and COO. This marks Ekman’s second go-around with the company originally founded by her father, Ken Stoltz. She most recently spent the past eight years with Castor & Pollux, now a Nestle Purina brand.

Shortly after taking the reins, Ekman appointed Kate Holgate creative director, and announced that Crissie McDowell will be rejoining the agency as associate creative director. Holgate has been with SMG for 16 years, progressing from art director to associate creative director and now to her current role. McDowell rejoins the agency, having been an art director from 2006 to 2015.

The second ripple: Duft Watterson

Shortly after their departure from Stoltz Marketing Group, Duft Watterson emerged as a new addition to the agency lineup in the Treasure Valley.

According to their website, Duft Watterson is led by Ward Duft as co-founder, CEO and creative director, and Jill Watterson as co-founder, COO and head of client service. Joining them are two other former SMG colleagues, Marc Cowlin as director of content and digital, and Tony Hart as associate creative director.

Rounding out the Duft Watterson team is designer Madeleine Godwin, Kesey Badgett handling branding and digital, accounting specialist Talia Spencer, and Lisa Cloyd as account manager.

Duft Watterson is based in Boise, and also has a presence in the San Francisco bay area.

The Oliver Russell connection

How does Oliver Russell factor into all of this, you ask? The answer, of course, lies in the moves outlined above. At the end of her first stint with Stoltz Marketing Group in 2015, Crissie McDowell departed to join Oliver Russell, where she’s spent the past three years as a senior art director.

The DaviesMoore association

Similarly, DaviesMoore factors into the drama, as Lisa Cloyd spent a short stint with them as director of client services, before joining Duft Watterson in January.

The rest

Time will tell what — if any — other fallout there will be as a result this shakeup in the Boise-area agency scene. Is there more to the story? Most definitely. But those are details that are best left to the parties involved to share (or not share) as they see fit.


On a personal note:
As some may know, I spent several years at Stoltz Marketing Group, and have worked with many of the people mentioned here. That being said, I’ve done my best to be as impartial an unbiased as it relates to these changes. Hopefully it came across that way.