Join our team

At Mekanic, our philosophy of co-creation applies between team members as well as in our client partnerships. We all bring unique gifts to the table and enjoy an enviable degree of latitude – while also collaborating daily to unravel a branding project and uncover the right answers.

Working at Mekanic is like being a member of a special ops team. We thoroughly assess environments, observe and listen well, investigate tactfully, map possibilities, and humbly innovate our way to the best solutions. We unlock puzzles together, as a family, and with the best interest of our client partners in mind. And we are addicted to each new brand challenge that surfaces.

 

The work that we do is super important as we contribute to the livelihood of businesses, associations and their staff teams. Given this impact, we develop our own team with precision and care – engaging multi-faceted brand professionals who believe in a mission larger than themselves and their position. At Mekanic, we welcome crazy talent and bold voices – but we check our egos at the door to collaborate effectively, create efficiently and establish camaraderie. It’s not uncommon for our team members to begin with a tour-of-duty, participating part time on projects to feel out the fit and flow. Check below for positions we need to fill as we grow the Mekanic crew. If you are on board with our own brand’s purpose and promise, we can’t wait to hear from you.

Alexandria, Virginia

Designer

Do you dream about joining a designful environment where you are counted on to express your creative liberty? Join our design crew, Mekanic and work on multiple concurrent projects, from consumer brands to B2B to membership associations and everything in between. Our (un)agency leads with strategy, embraces open discussions, and runs on co-creation to deliver first-class design solutions for all our clients.

 

A Mekanic designer is responsible for understanding the needs of our clients and translating them into innovative concepts and unique design solutions that align with the overall brand strategy for a given project. The designer engages throughout the lifecycle of a project, from inception to final delivery. The designer supports the delivery of designs and concepts for Mekanic’s clients and may also support business development activities. A designer in Mekanic is expected to be task driven, and also a thought leader, regularly committing time and energy to keeping up to date with the evolving tools and techniques developed in the marketplace.

 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Understand client needs, goals, business strategy and how all relate to brand solutions
  • Conduct online research to identify potential for visual differentiation
  • Translate client business goals into smart concepts and highly original design recommendations
  • Collaborate with all relevant stakeholders within Mekanic to ensure that design solutions are driven by brand strategy and that each deliverable meets both the quality standards of Mekanic and the business objectives of the client
  • Develop engaging layouts and collaborating with the project team to provide print ready deliverables
  • Take a proactive approach to problem-solving and proposing solutions
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage multiple engagements and tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage scope, schedule and budget constraints within each engagement, proactively identify risks and collaborate in their resolution

 

Core Attributes:

  •  Listens carefully and takes direction well
  •  Experience working in a highly collaborative environment across disciplines
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, on multiple complex assignments
  • Passionate about the work and its execution
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail are essential to this position
  • Willingness to step in to support team members with their tasks
  • Strong communicator who believes in taking a consultative approach to determine the best approach for each task
  • Knowledge of printing technologies and methodologies
  • Strong interpersonal skills (open, friendly, and supportive attitude)

 

Job Knowledge and Skills:

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe CC Suite
  • Expert knowledge of all color space considerations
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Tools/Products (PowerPoint, Excel, Word)
  • Strong knowledge of traditional design trends and techniques
  • Knowledge of current interactive design trends and techniques
  • Proficiency in offset printing techniques
  • Basic understanding of print production setup and printing oversight
  • Knowledge of digital printing and variable data considerations
  • Proficiency in information architecture and user experience
  • Ability to work with technology and grasp new concepts quickly
  • Experience creating quality mockups and prototypes for the web
  • Experience assisting developers with coding and troubleshooting
  • In-depth understanding of the Web Development Lifecycle (design, development, and deployment)
  • Comfortable with web comp building tools such as Sketch and Adobe XD
  • The ability to design and implement word press themes
  • Knowledge of SEO principles and WordPress templates

 

Physical Requirements:

  •  Regularly required to sit, stand and walk around office.

 

Work Environment:

  •  Job requires office work
  • Job may require travel

 

Education and Experience:

  • BA, BFA, or higher
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience in design
  • Strong portfolio of work
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Like what you have learned about Mekanic? Please introduce yourself and attach your resume and link to your online portfolio. We’d love to hear from you even if we don’t display a position that exactly matches your experience.

hello@mekanicbrands.com