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Director, Media Strategy & Planning - MediaMonks

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Job Title
Director, Media Strategy & Planning
Job Location
San Diego, California, United States
Job Description

About the Role 

We are looking for an experienced Director, Media Strategy & Planning to lead, shape, manage, and execute first-party media engagement channel programs for a top-tier global client. You'll play a crucial role translating strategic vision into campaign execution, and lead a talented team of media specialists and program managers to ensure campaigns meet deadlines, budgets, and exceed client expectations.

You should have a proven track record in leading highly skilled media operations teams, providing strategic guidance, and managing high-quality campaigns efficiently. Your strong analytical skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment are essential, as you collaborate with interdisciplinary teams within the agency and on the client-side. Impeccable attention to detail and the ability to excel under pressure are key, as you anticipate and meet client needs.

If you are a results-driven, passionate go-getter in digital marketing who’s willing to go the extra mile, let’s connect!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of 4-5 media operations specialists in executing a high volume of first-party media channels effectively and within exacting client standards.
  • Ensure effective quality control to minimize human error across all campaigns. 
  • Assist clients in the quarterly planning process to properly scope work across the team. 
  • Act as the primary operational point of contact for clients and communicate regularly and clearly to ensure alignment between client and team. 
  • Quickly become an expert in client’s bespoke first party media platform and assist internal stakeholders in campaign planning best practices. 
  • Be flexible, nimble, accountable, and highly organized. 


About You:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience. 
  • 10+ years of digital media experience
  • Minimum 5 years in a management role, overseeing teams of 3-5, preferably within a media agency, collaborating closely with clients and cross-functional teams (e.g., account managers, art directors, developers)
  • Hands-on experience in campaign / ad operations (e.g. paid TrueView video ads, GDN, paid social, and email platform), with a solid understanding of performance metrics (e.g. CTR, CVR)
  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Experienced in reviewing and provide strategic analysis & insights that are actionable working with media analyst
  • Proficient in Google Suite: Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets or equivalent (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Ability to manage multiple complex campaigns simultaneously, multi-tasking as needed
  • Ability to identifying and prioritizing campaign priorities
  • Process driven with a knack for  identifying areas of improvement and making recommendations to enhance delivery efficiency and output quality
  • High energy and go-getter attitude, capable of working well within a team and independently
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to fast-paced and changing environments and business needs
  • Sense of humor and strong team orientation, comfortable collaborating with cross-border global, regional, and local distributed teams
  • High attention to detail and a keen desire  to learn


Not a must, but a plus:

  • Project management certifications or MBA
  • Experience in Agile and Waterfall project management methodologies a plus 
  • Advanced technical skills


What We Offer


  • Excellent, full coverage medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer-paid HRA
  • Generous PTO and 15 company-wide holidays
  • 401k with company contribution
  • Paid parental leave
  • Work-life balance with an emphasis on personal well-being
  • Career growth in a disruptor space & entrepreneurial opportunities within the Media.Monks network 
  • A globally diverse & inclusive culture with employee resource groups such as S4 Melanin, Pride.Monks, Cultura.Monks, and more!
  • Authentic commitment to DEI efforts and sustainable growth. (Why Sir Martin Sorrell signed The Climate Pledge here!)



Media.Monks has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what Media.Monks may pay for the position at the time of posting. Media.Monks may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on job-related factors, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


Salary Range
$120,000$140,000 USD

About Media.Monks:

Media.Monks is the purely digital operating brand of S4Capital plc that connects 8,600+ digital natives across one global team. We are united by a mission to shift industries forward and pave the path towards ambitious outcomes so our clients and our people can realize their full potential for growth. Our unified model combines solutions in media, data, social, platforms, studio, experience, brand and technology services to help our clients continuously reinvent themselves throughout increasingly rapid cycles of disruption. Our efforts to shape culture, build innovative technologies and unlock the future of growth have earned recognition from numerous esteemed panels: we maintain a constant presence on Adweek’s Fastest Growing lists (2019-22), regular recognition at Cannes Lions, inclusion in AdExchanger’s Programmatic Power Players (2020-23), the title of Webby Production Company of the Year (2021-23), a record number of FWAs, and have earned a spot on Newsweek’s Top 100 Global Most Loved Workplaces 2023. Together, these achievements solidify our experience in digital innovation, excellence in craft, and commitment to personal growth.

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