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Associate Strategist

Hart, one of the largest independent agencies in Ohio, with offices in both Toledo and Columbus, is looking to add an Associate Strategist to our growing Creative Team.

Supporting department-wide strategic initiatives through intelligence gathering, research design-analysis, strategic support materials. Works with other planning and data resources inside and outside of the agency to gather, analyze and manage intelligence.

Works directly with account leaders and planners from key service areas within the agency while working closely with and reporting to the Senior Strategist.


  • Work across all existing clients and new business efforts
  • Build a comprehensive understanding and successful application of secondary research tools
  • Help build, produce and manage all planning projects, materials, etc.
  • Partner with key strategic leads and conduct research to help understand category, brands, target, etc. and proactively share with the department and agency
  • Work to set-up research projects and help manage “intelligence”
  • Analyze data (either quantitative or qualitative) into agency POVs or stories
  • Story-telling ability and/or aptitude to ask good questions, explain things clearly and succinctly, boil down relevant insights
  • Good eye for detail and strong grammar skills, business writing skills
  • Coherent and clear written and verbal presentation skills
  • Able to and comfortable and professional interacting with and presenting to clients
  • Good at juggling many tasks
  • Excellent team player and consensus builder
  • Self-starter goes above and beyond on tasks and seeks out opportunity and challenge
  • Maintain accurate timesheets that are completed by required deadlines
  • Meets assigned deadlines


  • 1-3 years’ experience in advertising and marketing
  • Quantitative research experience and/or openness to learning (not afraid of numbers and rigor)
  • Qualitative research experience (focus groups, in-depth interviews, ethnographic research)
  • Innate curiosity and aptitude to learn about marketing, brands, advertising, communications, culture, people, etc. a burning desire to dig into what makes them tick
  • Creative and/or an appreciation for creativity, desire to be part of a creative environment and is excited about the creative process
  • A proven track record in developing strategic plans that benefit the client
  • A good knowledge of the media and how strategy planning influences it
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The drive to be successful and perform well in all aspects of your strategic work
  • The flexibility to work over a number of projects and balance your workload
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one, small group and client settings
  • The ability to make complex subjects understandable
  • Love challenges, rolling up your sleeves and solving problems
  • Positive, there’s-no-crying-in-advertising attitude


55+ years of delivering creative solutions for great clients

  • 65 team members working for one common goal
  • Strong salaries, benefits and perks
  • Midwestern values that honor great thinking, great design and hard work
  • Deliver projects that range from full branding with identities, names and ads to websites, apps and broadcast TV
  • Know that every well-delivered solution starts with great knowledge
  • Value empathy, integrity and involvement
  • Recognized with numerous industry awards locally, regionally and nationally
  • Believe good enough just isn’t good enough