jr. strategist /

planning coordinator


Portland, OR (currently WFH)

role description

Manifesto is seeking a driven, passionate and curious Jr. Strategist/Planning Coordinator who lives for uncovering human insights, trends and cultural phenomena to inform our creative approach. This role will support multiple teams across the agency with research, interviews, focus groups and client immersion sessions. 


The candidate will thrive working in a fast-paced environment, participating in complex problem solving and working to quickly “get under the hood” of our brand partners, helping to translate these insights into a messaging platform. The candidate will have the chance to affect the course of many of the agency’s projects, uncovering key insights, developing audience segmentation and persona work, creating brand messaging and framework development, as well as articulating creative briefs that will inform our creative approach.


As a curious consumer of emerging trends, technology and culture, the Jr. Strategist/Planning Coordinator will help bring clarity, brevity and simplification to complex business challenges.


This role will also help to support and drive new business through consulting and championing these services to existing and new agency accounts.

primary responsibilities

  • Research and discovery for both prospective and existing clients

  • Coordinating focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders 

  • Managing quantitative research and partners

  • Supporting whiteboard and brainstorming sessions with clients

  • Audience segmentation and persona development

  • Brand values development

  • Brand strategy, positioning, messaging and narrative development

  • Trend tracking and cultural insight development

  • Support on RFP responses

  • Agency thought leadership content development

key characteristics

  • Creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills

  • Innate curiosity for both the bigger picture and the micro-level detail

  • The ability to think on your feet and juggle multiple projects 

  • An entrepreneurial and ingenious attitude

  • An appetite for learning and embracing differing perspectives

  • Cultural relevance and knowledge of emerging trends and technology across key verticals

  • Hunger for what’s next and new; not just in culture, but new mediums, channels and design

  • You’re self reliant; as a nimble team, we’re all doers, and often work with quick turnaround times and tight deadlines

  • The ability to collaborate and use (sometimes limited) tools, resources and partners to accomplish project or organizational goals

  • Positivity and can-do attitude required, calm and collected in the face of pressures

  • Whip smart, yet humble

  • Obsessive attention to detail

  • Moderate to excellent ping pong skills

qualifications & background

  • Bachelor's Degree 

  • Outstanding written, presentation and verbal skills

  • Proficiency with Apple products, as well as Google Suite 

  • Experience with branding and campaign strategy

  • Experience using and deploying research tools and systems

compensation & benefits

  • Salary + annual profit sharing bonus potential

  • Health insurance


  • 401K


  • Generous PTO and vacation policies, half-day summer Fridays (June-August)


  • Paid holidays + additional week off between Christmas and New Years

  • Values-driven, laid-back culture focused on work-life balance, personal freedom and accountability

how to apply

For consideration, please send your résumé, cover letter, and salary expectations to: careers@manifestoagency.com


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