PlainJoe Studios

Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.

Seth Godin
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We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.

Jonathan Gottschall
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PlainJoe Studios is always on the lookout for creative and progressive individuals that embrace teamwork and set their sights high.

We provide a work environment where employees are encouraged to tap into their individual passions and strengths to move beyond the basics and to deliver truly unique and creative work that tells a story for our clients.

Here at PlainJoe Studios passion, commitment, versatility, and teamwork are core components of our DNA. If you think you have what it takes, we’d like to hear from you! Please fill out the inquiry form below and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

Spatial Storytelling Graphics & Theming Contractors

Reports To: Spatial Storytelling Studio Director

Looking for freelance designers, illustrators, or 3D artists interested in assisting the Spatial Storytelling team on a per project/part-time basis. Depending on their skill set and experience, would work off loose design direction and/or established graphic assets to help develop project assets.

All work can be completed remotely and Contractor must have their own system and software licenses.

Potential Work Types

  • Create final print files for production.
  • Assemble Graphics & Theming packages.
  • Develop concept sketches/Photoshop overlays/3D renderings.
  • Build out print ready graphics from provided sketches and design comps.
  • Create Graphic & Theming comps based on design direction.
  • Plan design concepts and direction based upon provided client information.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Desired Design Skills: (one or more of the following)
    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration
    • 3D Modeling
    • Print Production
  • Desired Computer Skills: (multiple preferred)
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Corel Draw
    • SketchUp
    • Revit

Producer (Project Manager)

Reports To: Project Management Team Lead

From the point of contract conception, the Producer plays a critical role in every project they touch; they are the master of scope, schedule, budget and resource management. As an internal team leader, a Producer champions collaboration and internal processes. Collaboration is the secret sauce of the studio. The Producer will work closely with Principals, Executive Directors, Strategists and Creatives, pulling all of them in at the right time to promote collaborative thinking ensuring a successful project. The Producer is a project driver, partnering with Executive Directors to push the project forward within its respective parameter while keeping internal and external team members on track. The true mark of a great Producer is their ability to problem solve and make decisions. There may not always be a clear way or answer, but it’s the responsibility of the Producer to constantly be on the hunt to find one.

Qualifications for Digital Marketing Producer

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Experience/Education:
At least 2-3 years holding the position of Producer/Project Manager or in role performing project management-type duties within a digital/marketing agency.

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully an individual should have a working knowledge of the Office Suite, Design, and Project Management software. Proficient in Excel. Preferred experience with MavenLink, Slack, and Box.

Responsibilities

A Producer should be the champion of 4 major areas: clarity, collaboration, careful attention and closing well.

Clarity

  • Facilitates contract reviews with internal team through a robust kickoff when a contract is executed
  • Builds initial project plans for a clear path to project execution
  • Uses sound judgement in all project communication and ensures that Principals, Executive Directors, Strategists and Creatives are up to date on project activities

Collaboration

  • Sets up various project check-ins with internal team members
  • Works closely with the Associate Producer to complete all administrative tasks associated with a project
  • Meets with Executive Directors to review project status and discuss potential project roadblocks

Careful Attention

  • Follows internal processes and keeps quality assurance docs up to date
  • Ensures that a quality product/service is delivered by facilitating design reviews
  • Replies to client communication in a timely manner
  • Proactively looks for opportunities to offer additional services (selling, while solving)

Closing Well

  • Drives projects to final stages of completion by keeping the team on track
  • Keeps updated project budgets and timelines
  • Creates robust reports on the conclusion of a project for team review
  • Facilitates project reviews on project completion to help indicate wins and areas of improvement

Qualities we are looking for in a Producer

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical – Creatively problem solves both internal and external issues/situations.
  • Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
  • Customer Service – Responds promptly to customer needs; Manages client expectations; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.
  • Initiative – Volunteers readily; Seeks increased responsibilities; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.
  • Flexibility – Can adapt to changing studio and client priorities.

JR. Developer

Reports To: Digital Storytelling Team Lead

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Developing Story
As a Jr. Developer, you’ll work directly with our development team to modify and change websites & digital projects that amplify our client’s story. You’ll help us build new websites while
maintaining existing projects and platforms that aim to bring our clients users into their
unique/immersive story. You’re capable of performing the first line of interaction with clients.
Often times, development questions will go beyond your capabilities, however you will be able to answer the streamlined questions that come into our support queues.

Nurture Relationships
We treat all our clients as if they’re our friends. You’re job is to implement and help them along the development path. Once completed, you’ll need to clearly communicate changes to their website or digital property. You’ll communicate both directly through our ticketing system and in some cases email.

Build & Maintain Solutions
You’ll have the opportunity to build on what we’ve done and shape the future of our client support team. Exploring solutions and helping to find the “right” fix for our clients is an area of pride for our team. You’ll help to carry the mantel as you engage and communicate with clients.

Grow Forward
We’ll expect and support your growth. We’re hiring for someone who will roll up their
sleeves and add value on day one, but we’re also hiring for potential. Our organization is
in an exciting time of growth, and this position is a big priority. Help us grow, and grow with us.

WHAT SUCCESS WILL LOOK LIKE

For day-to-day success, you will…

  • Exhibit flexibility, kindness, and a willingness to learn. Yep, that’s the top of the list!
  • Be comfortable in ambiguity and shaping “something” into something extraordinary
    without paint-by-number instructions.
  • Answer and support web or digital related tasks via our online ticketing system.
  • Get cozy with the digital team and producers (project managers) to ensure web projects are
    on-brief, on-time, and smartly optimized to get results.
  • Use your agility and curious mind to respond to new challenges in a fast-paced and rapidly
    changing environment.
  • Work on a continuous delivery pipeline using our systems and run manual tests on software
    delivery packages.
  • Collaborate with other teams and help enforce & encourage processes that support getting
    projects done on time.
  • Be expected to actively participate in various stages of the software development lifecycle
    including design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance.

For success in your first six months, you will…

  • Take initiative in getting to know the folks you work with (welcome to a Zoom world).
  • Collaborate with directors, producers, developers, designers, and IT to find solutions for our
    clients that are better than what they expected.
  • Be able to make recommendations on the use of new and emerging technologies that fit
    within the QA wheelhouse.
  • Provide clear time/resource estimates on project commitments and effectively deliver
    update & change requests.

WHAT YOU’LL BRING TO THE PARTY

Skills and Qualifications

  • You are working on a university degree or actively trying to get into the field of
    development and have some equivalent work experience with a portfolio that showcases
    planning and results.
  • You like forests, but you looove trees (detail-orientation is a must).
  • You’re a quick student—especially of new software.
  • You have an EQ that matches or supersedes your IQ — we hire just as much, if not more,
    based on values than strictly intellect or ability. If you’re humble, hungry, and servanthearted—you’ve found your people!
  • You have 2+ years of customer relationship under your belt.
  • You see feedback as a means to growth, rather than criticism.
  • You have a growing interest in the themed entertainment and attraction industry (for
    Storyland Studios clients).
  • You’ll be comfortable working with cause- and Christian faith-based clientele (for PlainJoe Causes clients).
  • You’re fluent in English—equally able to write or present.
  • Some knowledge of Javascript, HTML, CSS, MYSQL, and the ability to edit within these types
    of languages.
  • Some knowledge of FTP and how to connect directly to servers in order to manipulate and
    edit files.
  • Basic understand of what a CMS is and how you could leverage these types of systems to
    provide custom solutions to client needs. (We work a lot in WordPress)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Create simple online forms using WordPress or other similar platforms. Cool!
  • Basic understanding of how to open and grab assets from Photoshop, XD, or Sketch.
    Excellent!
  • Some knowledge of how API’s work and basic premise of connecting to a 3rd party with
    some ability to integrate. Nice!
  • You have worked with and provided direction to designers and writers, and even have some
    working knowledge of HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, and email software. Excellent!