Sep. 1st, 2015

Seeking Senior Copywriter with Mind Like a Machete.

We’re Mortar, a San Francisco advertising and branding agency dedicated to shaping smarter conversations between people and brands. And we say there’s no way in hell the pen is mightier than the sword. Could a ballpoint Bic chisel a block of ice into a life-sized replica of Michael Keaton’s face? Such a staggering feat isn’t unlike what you’ll be doing here. As senior copywriter, you can sculpt, mold, and whittle words until they glisten like Cartier diamonds. And your creative ideas are razor-sharp enough to cut through those inescapable piles of clutter labeled “been there done that,” “expected,” and “tried and true.” If your mind resembles a machete, come join Mortar in unearthing provocative, head-tilting ideas and putting obsolete adages out to pasture. (Who uses pens in the digital age, anyway?) 

Core responsibilities:

  • Concept campaigns across all media: print, digital, outdoor, broadcast, experiential, radio, and B2B
  • Write and edit compelling copy in all forms, from a detailed, long-form brochure to an eye-catching headline or tagline
  • Work with art directors and/or designers to brainstorm ideas and execute a polished product
  • Develop ideas that are out-of-the-box as well as strategically sound
  • Follow creative briefs, and take direction from creative directors
  • Prioritize workload, and deliver exceptional creative on time
  • Collaborate regularly with account managers, strategists, and new business teams—we’re no fans of department walls here
  • Create captivating presentation decks
  • Present and defend work in front of clients, in person and by phone
  • Proofread work for grammatical clarity and brand consistency
  • Begin to take an interest in nurturing junior talent

Required skills and experience:

  • Portfolio that demonstrates original creative thinking and exceptional writing in a wide range of media
  • 5+ years of copywriting experience in an ad agency
  • Proven ability to understand complex information and translate it into effective copy
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects—and maybe a sword on occasion
  • Willing to collaborate with others, and take constructive criticism
  • Excellent verbal communication (written communication is a given)
  • Versed in speaking to both consumer and business audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude—no egos, please
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and Keynote; you should be Mac-friendly

To apply for this position, please send your portfolio and resume to

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