Senior Recruiter

New York, United States Full-time

Who We Are

We are Mekanism.

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, HBO, MillerCoors, Peloton, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling”: Communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline. Mekanism’s campaigns have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories.  Our patented blend of storytelling for emerging media takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off.  What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a strange, wonderful and talented person who enjoys coffee, Ping-Pong and impromptu rooftop jam and workout sessions.  We are smart, strange, wonderful folks that brave our contentious and often spirited brainstorming sessions to make advertising magic.

Key Responsibilities

We’re looking for not your average Senior Recruiter here at Mekanism. And what do we mean by that? Well, we don’t want someone to sound and act like a robot, someone who just pushes people through the interview process, someone who doesn’t care about connecting with people. Mekanism’s Talent Department prides itself on doing things differently; we see ourselves as connectors and matchmakers and understand the value of being the first impression candidates have of Mekanism.  

In a nutshell, you’d be purveyors of unicorns and Swiss army knives at Mekanism. More specifically, you’d be responsible for finding the best talent out there across the US, recruiting for roles in Brand Management, Brand Strategy, Social, Production, Operations, Media/Analytics, Project Management in San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Chicago.

Find the best talent in the biz

  • Full cycle recruiting including sourcing, screening, managing the interview process, and offer negotiation.
  • Be comfortable to hunt and gather in both traditional and at times, bizarre ways.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews and candidate assessments by phone and/or on site.
  • Grow our bi-coastal freelance bench, recruiting new talent and being the first person freelancers call when they finally become available. Negotiate contracts and work with the Talent Manger to onboard.
  • Build relationships with industry folks not on the market to help build a pipeline of talent and a great creative reputation for Mekanism.
  • Manages process of interviewing, and reviewing possible interns, as well as maintain relationships with top schools/programs. Partner with the Talent Director to create and manage a Creative Internship Program.
  • Build relationships with local schools by represnting Mekanism at NYC career fairs and portfolio reviews.
  • Work and form relationships with internal management teams to know the ins and outs of their departments and better understand their needs.
  • Manage and maintain our presence on social media, working closely with our PR/Marketing and Social Media team to promote openings.

Push the best candidates through the Mekanism machine

  • Ensure an awesome and consistent candidate experience.
  • Be relentless in pushing candidates through the interview process, gaining consensus when necessary and being able to wrangle the most challenging interviewees.
  • Works with Talent Manager to on-board new hires and freelancers.
  • Manage our ATS and determine how we leverage it to be a powerhouse for Mekanism’s recruiting needs

Push Mekanism forward in the advertising world

  • Gets Mek’s reputation going within the advertising circles & stays up to date on the best talent in the business by being the face of Mekanism at industry events and networking your butt off.  
  • Foster relationships with schools and host on site visits and discussions.

Represent the Talent Department in NYC

  • Be the go to point person for our Talent Department in NYC. This means having your ear to the ground, sometimes fielding questions from employees and facilitating within the department, etc.
  • When bandwidth permits, help out with company wide Talent initiatives. This could be Mek Masters (our Intern program), Training & Development, Culture, etc.


  •  5-8 years’ experience in a high volume recruiting department within a creative agency
  • Proven experience sourcing top talent for both fulltime and freelance engagements
  • A successful track record of identifying candidates through a variety of sourcing techniques such as portfolio reviews, social media, recruitment events, university partnerships, and networking
  • Fire in the belly. Relentless. Supreme multi-tasker. Ad nerd. Schmoozing junkie (but not in a slimy way). Everyone’s BFF.
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • No job too small attitude and willingness to roll up your sleeves. (a.k.a, you’re cool with scheduling interviews)
  • Genuine interest in people – their experiences, stories, and motivations. And being genuine in return.
  • Strong negotiation/closing skills and creative follow through skills.
  • Secret knowledge of who the next unfound talent might be.
  • Comfort with sourcing your own candidates (vs. from a headhunter pipeline)
  • Just like us, you are passionate and committed to bringing more diversity into the industry and Mekanism.
  • Get excited by the word “Mekanism” and the fact that this is not your typical Recruiter role.

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