Associate Project Director

San Francisco, California, United States | Mekanism | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Who We Are

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners to some of the world’s best brands, including Peloton, Alaska Airlines, Jose Cuervo, Ben & Jerry's, Amazon. 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.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories. Our patented blend of storytelling 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.


The Assoc Project Director

The Assoc Project Director of the SF office is a curious and inquisitive learner; someone with a project-management brain, a knowledge of integrated advertising tactics and a desire to facilitate great creative work. As a result, they wear many hats. 

They have 7-9 years of experience as a project manager in an advertising agency or similar industry. They are strong leaders and creative problem solvers whose project management expertise allows them to manage all aspects of the project life cycle from concept to delivery moving projects through creative teams and internal reviewers. They will identify the need or opportunity to involve other internal agency departments at the optimal time including finance, creative management, brand management/strategy, social and production.  

They are the internal hub of communication, the creatives’ rock and the brand manager’s best friend: ensure everyone is clear on assignments, workload is manageable, calendars make sense, hours are being billed to the correct job, a general solver-of-problems.

They maintain an understanding of a project’s ever-evolving needs, while keeping it on time and of the highest quality. They are a strong financial supporter who is committed to tracking projects, hours, running creative burn reports and raising red flags as needed. 

They should be interested in process, operations, tools and have a desire to continue finding and developing improvement and efficiencies in the system. 

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • West coast PM Leader: Mentors and trains West coast PMs 
  • The hub of information for all things related to creative development for the brand/project; they should be in the know on everything 
  • Partner with BM to liaise between depts, ensuring information, feedback, and documents are routed to the appropriate people
  •  Own PM system entry and maintenance
  • Own daily or weekly hotlist and internal status meetings (as needed)
  • Proactively identify potential efficiencies and/or issues i.e. efficient use of creative time, bandwidth issues, scheduling conflicts, brief clarity, oos deliverables, etc.
  • Secure and assign creative resources/allocation for all projects on their assigned brand(s)
  • Production supporter: ensure production is brought into creative dev at the right time, create/manage holistic project schedules that allow for proper production time, initiate and schedule production kickoff meeting, ensure creatives are able to meet prod. schedule requirements from a resource standpoint
  • Financial supporter: Proactively manages to creative development budgets / scopes
  • Coordinate freelance needs for creative development (i.e. creative freelancers / storyboard artists / presentation needs) 
  • Be the creatives’ rock: ensure they are clear on assignments, workload is manageable, calendars make sense, a general solver of creatives’ problems
  • Send a weekly reminder with a list of all job numbers to creatives to ensure they get their time in weekly 
  • Create project folder & maintain up-to-date server organization/ asset management during creative development 
  • Own creation of project timelines - work with all depts to get alignment and signoff prior to project start
  • Schedule and attend internal meetings related to creative development (creative briefing, creative reviews, full team reviews, etc.) 
  • Own notes and identify feedback and next steps for all internal team meetings in creative development 
  • Lends a hand with office management duties (shares responsibilities such as: order office supplies / groceries, help coordinate food/drink for guests/clients as needed, liaise with IT as needed)  


  • Minimum of 7 years of Project Management (or similar) experience
  • Embody Mekanism values (loyal, weird, realistic, fearless, optimistic, storyteller)
  • Be a team player, ability to effectively play nice with others 
  • Ability to lead multiple brands; solid communication and decision-making skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills; able to juggle multiple projects as well as disparate information
  • Comfort in working autonomously, while also keeping Head of Operations and PM team abreast of all project’s status
  • Agency experience mandatory; experience managing multiple brands highly preferred
  • Curious and inquisitive: someone that wants to roll up their sleeves and build something new
  • Able to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple tasks in parallel