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.

 

Quick spin around the new hire news

A number of new faces have been showing up in various shops, so it seemed fitting to do a quick run-through of new hire news we’ve come across over the past few months or so. In no particular order:

Jenni Kimball has joined Rizen Creative as an account manager. Before joining Rizen, Kimball was director of marketing for 43rd State Holdings in Boise.

Over at Oliver RussellCaitlin Copple Masingill recently joined their team as public relations director. Masingill is a former Missoula, Montana city councilwoman, a longtime communications consultant and a former journalist. Most recently, she worked in the Boise office of a public affairs firm. Masingill holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho.

Also at Oliver Russell, Holly Conti joined the team in March of this year as an account coordinator (and we were remiss in noting it).
Update: Shortly after publishing, we discovered that Holly has since been promoted from account coordinator to producer. Congratulations Holly. 

At Stoltz Marketing Group they’ve added two new folks to their staff recently. Katherine Johnson has joined the agency as a senior account manager, while Stephanie Clements is an account coordinator.

DaviesMoore is in on the trend, too, adding Becca Owens as their newest senior web developer, and Lisa Cloyd as director of client services.

Meanwhile, over at Mitchell+Palmer, they’ve added Jenni McConnell as an account / project manager, and Kymm Cornelison as social media strategist

There you have it. Have we missed anyone? Most likely. If so, drop us a line and let us know, so we can do it again.

The interns are coming! The interns are coming!

Well, as long as they apply in time, that is.

Both Drake Cooper and DaviesMoore are currently accepting applications for their internship programs.

Drake Cooper’s Backstage Pass program is described like this:

The Backstage Pass is one of the largest advertising internships in the Northwest. Hundreds of resumes are submitted each and every year for the most competitive advertising internship in the Northwest, with only four interns being selected to become Drake Cooper-ites for an entire summer. We can teach you art, copy & code. You bring the ambition.

As a Backstage Pass Intern, you will be working with a team to create strategic and creative work for real clients. You’ll get a taste of every aspect of advertising from some of the most talented folks around. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in a short amount of time. You’ll probably go away knowing whether advertising is your thing or if it’s time to join a Father John Misty cover band (it’s certainly the more profitable career choice). You’re going to work your ass off, but we’re confident you’ll have a good time. One thing is certain; our Backstage Pass Internship program will provide you with a line item for your growing resume that will be way stronger than “Agency Barista.”

The application deadline for this program is Friday, April 8th.

DaviesMoore’s Experience 805 program is described as such:

The Experience 805 goal is to provide a few, select interns with marketable skills, constructive feedback, a better understanding of the structure of an agency and an appreciation for what makes working in this industry so rewarding … and a paycheck.

During the 6-week program, each intern will be immersed in daily work, shadowing DM employees and working collaboratively on projects. Choose either the suits or sandals track to learn about the Intern Experience you want.

The application deadline for this program is Sunday, April 16th.

New hire at Fahlgren Mortine

Fahlgren Mortine in recently made another addition to the team in their Boise office.

Beth Beechie is the latest to join the firm, as an account executive, and will support several Boise-based accounts, including the J.R. Simplot Company and Idaho State Dental Association.

Before joining Fahlgren Mortine, Beth was most recently with DaviesMoore, and prior to that served as marketing director at Hummel Architects. Beth is a graduate of the University of Montana.

Ernie Monroe calls it a career

Ernie Monroe, a fixture in the marketing and advertising industry for the past four decades, is now kicking his cowboy boots up in retirement.

Last week, Ernie officially retired from DaviesMoore, where he’s spent the last seven years, following the merger of Davies Rourke and MMG into DaviesMoore.

Before joining Davies Rourke in 1994, Ernie spent 15 years in advertising business in the Midwest, where he created and produced campaigns for national and regional consumer and business-to-business products, including food, beverage, financial services, and hospitality.

In his blog post about Ernie’s retirement, Edward Moore wrote:

…But, eight years ago, I got the opportunity to work with Ernie. I discovered something about what was inside the large artist in cowboy boots I’d met years earlier.  It turns out, Ernie is a sweetheart.

I’ve learned this through late night, heart-to-heart talks about the industry. I’ve learned this by watching his desire to do good work. I’ve learned this watching him take younger designers, illustrators, and creative directors (some who were technically his boss) under his wing to impart knowledge and advice that can only be gained through years of the hard knocks in this business. I’ve learned this by watching him dance with Mary and by listening to Mary talk about her husband. I’ve learned this by watching his eyes as he talks about his son, Ted.

Ernie is blunt, but speaks the truth. He is wickedly talented with a pencil in his hand, yet unafraid to learn the ways of the mouse. Ernie has cheated death and found true love.  He has driven fast, taken lots of chances and made a career out of what he loves. Ernie has made an impact on me and our business.

We’ll miss him around here. Congrats on your retirement.

Also, a few weeks earlier, the crew at DaviesMoore gathered to hear stories from Ernie and advice accumulated throughout his career:

Enjoy your retirement, Ernie. You’ve earned it.

Fresh faces in new places

We’ve heard of a few new hires and additions recently. Here are some we’ve come across:

Jodi Sali, Senior Copywriter & Director of Production, DaviesMoore

Jodi joins DaviesMoore after a 20+ year career in radio that included on-air, engineering and production roles. Most recently, he was Director of Production Awesomeness at Town Square Media.

Kristin Fitzpatrick, Digital Account Coordinator, DaviesMoore

Another recent DaviesMoore addition, Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University, and was previously with Conservation Voters For Idaho (CVI) as a Membership, Events, and Communication Coordinator.

Tyler Schnur, Engagement Specialist, Drake Cooper

As Engagement Specialist, Tyler interacts within the digital realm and creative spaces at Drake Cooper. He was previously a Communications intern in the United States Senate for Senator Mike Crapo, and graduated from Boise State University with a BA in Communications-Public Relations.

Nichole Santa Maria, Digital Sales Manager, KTVB News Group

Nichole was recently appointed digital sales manager with KTVB News Group. She was previously senior digital account executive and KTFT digital sales manager. Nichole is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a master’s in communication and leadership.

Nichole also replaces occasional IAA contributor Don Day, who announced that he was leaving KTVB after 17 years with the organization.

Who else have we missed?