Why Spark?

Be a part of our vision.

We are entrepreneurial, creative and passionate about what we do. As an integrated digital and communications agency, we are 21st century creationists who design authentic narratives that transcend the noise and chaos of our world.

Be a part of the family.

We are a driven, easy going, collaborative and fun bunch. We are proud to live, breathe and embody our core values: Accelerate, Be Real, Equality for All, Explore and Sparkle. That’s what makes us a real Spark family.

Love your benefits.

We cover 95%-100% of health, dental and vision. We have a 401K program, Flexible Spending Accounts, pre-tax commuter program, monthly cell phone subsidy, flexible work schedules and personalized career development and wellness funds. Not to mention dog-friendly offices, summer break Fridays and fully stocked office snacks/beverages. We also ensure that we are always offering competitive salaries with bonus opportunities.

Learn from our leaders.

Our practice group leaders have years of industry experience and have won awards to prove it. They embody our entrepreneurial spirit as they build practice groups and mentor account teams. Learn from them at monthly all-staff meetings, lunch and learn sessions, Spark-hosted tech salons, or just hang out at one of our regular happy hours.

Job Listings

Job Listings

Spark competes for the best talent. Please see our current open positions below. If you don’t see a position that interests you, click here to let us know how you can make a difference at Spark.

Contract Recruiter

San Francisco

Part Time (25 hrs/wk)

1 month ago

Description

Spark is looking for a Contract Recruiter to join our San Francisco Headquarters. Spark is a creative, innovative, and politics-free place to work - we are all about constant collaboration and the continuous growth and development of our staff.

Responsibilities

  • Drive the full cycle recruitment process, including:
    • Sourcing world class candidates for a variety of positions
    • Interviewing/scheduling
    • Extending offers/negotiating
    • Ultimately making hires.
  • Oversee the onboarding process for new hires and be an idea resource, helping us improve our processes. This position is approximately 25 hours per week and would start in August for 4-5 months.

Requirements

  • 2-5 years of recruiting experience and a Bachelor¹s degree
  • Knowledge and/or experience recruiting within the San Francisco and California market, preferably in the public relations/communication/marketing industries
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Tech savvy with proficiency using LinkedIn Recruiter, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Sense of humor and dog friendly!

Description

Spark is looking for a Senior Account Manager. You will assume a leadership role across multiple accounts and deliver solid media results. You should have a solid background working with ad tech, B2B tech and/or digital marketing tech. Spark is a creative, innovative, and politics-free place to work – we are all about constant collaboration and the continuous growth and development of our staff.

Responsibilities

  • Provide organizational leadership across accounts by managing resources, budgets, and running programs that deliver results
  • Perform insightful market assessments, develop communications and PR strategies, structure and grow budgets, and write thoughtful, organized PR plans
  • Interact with all levels of client contacts from day-to-day marketing representatives to the CEO
  • Manage junior staff on a project basis and provide day-to-day mentoring, as well as long-term professional development
  • Lead multiple new business pitches from start to finish: vet inbound leads, drive proposal creation and process, and help secure potential client
  • Provide strategic advice on top issues such as launch strategy, crisis communications, etc. to the highest level of any client
  • Oversee team resource allocation and budgeting for specific accounts
  • Devise ways to grow existing client budgets and make recommendations to client teams on how to grow budgets

Requirements

  • 6-7 years of professional experience in public relations or communications-related field
  • Relationships with business, digital and ad tech press, and a proven track record of great media results
  • Strong planning and project management skills – we need someone who can run accounts with little hand holding
  • Creative and a self-starter
  • Strong writing skills – able to develop great pitches, press releases, PR plans, etc., and be able to deliver client ready material

Description

Spark is looking for an Account Manager/Director to join the agency’s quickly-growing Consumer Technology Practice. You will assume a leadership role across multiple accounts and deliver solid media results. You should have a solid background working with consumer technology, hardware, internet of things, and consumer electronics. Spark is a creative, innovative, and politics-free place to work - we are all about constant collaboration and the continuous growth and development of our staff.

Responsibilities

  • Provide organizational leadership across accounts by managing resources, budgets, and running programs that deliver results
  • Perform insightful market assessments, develop communications and PR strategies, structure and grow budgets, and write thoughtful, organized PR plans
  • Interact with all levels of client contacts from day-to-day marketing contacts to the CEO
  • Manage junior staff on a project basis and provide day-to-day mentoring, as well as long-term professional development
  • Track team resources and budgeting for specific accounts
  • Help identify and lead new business opportunities and participate in developing proposals and leading pitches from start to finish

Requirements

  • 6-7 (Account Manager) or 7+ years (Director) of professional experience in public relations or communications-related field
  • Relationships with business and tech press, and a proven track record of great media results
  • Strong planning and project management skills – we need someone who can run accounts with little hand holding
  • Creative and a self-starter
  • Strong writing skills - able to develop great pitches, press releases, PR plans, etc., and be able to deliver client ready material
  • Experience with music and lifestyle brands, mobile apps, and consumer web portals is a plus

Senior Director

San Francisco

Full Time

2 weeks ago

Description

Spark is looking for a dynamic and energetic senior leader to join the San Francisco leadership team. In an entrepreneurial style, you will have the opportunity to build a high growth business unit within Spark by pursuing clients that align with your interests, leading teams to achieve agency objectives, and having ownership of up to $1.5 million/year in revenue.

Responsibilities

  • Serve on the senior management team of Spark, to contribute to the overall agency strategy and direction.
  • Develop, retain and grow practice group clientele representing a mix of marquis brands and sought-after start-ups.
  • Further grow practice group revenue by pursuing, pitching and winning an expanding list of new Spark clients. Rapidly assess inbound new business requests related to the practice group and pursue proactive new business targets for the group.
  • Cultivate a valued relationship with client executive teams, and be a respected counselor to CEOs at client companies.
  • Active, hands-on participation in success of accounts, including media relations.
  • Be a consistent go-to person for all clients in practice area. Develop leaders across accounts and expand clients’ connections to scale practice group business base.
  • Consistently forecast revenue, meet targets and work around unforeseen circumstances.
  • Grow, mentor, manage, and retain an exceptional team of talent. Coach and mentor junior staff who are interested in growing professionally and eventually developing his/her own practice group. Pass along key strategies and lessons learned.
  • Be an effective agency ambassador, both internally and externally. Continually highlight examples of the agency’s best work and educate employees about the high agency standards.

Requirements

  • Ability to transition effortlessly from visionary planner to hands-on executor as situations demand it
  • Broad client experience across technology, business and consumer brands
  • Extensive experience in identifying and pursuing new business opportunities
  • Ability to evaluate campaign results against objectives
  • A team-player with strong leadership qualities, as well as capacity to effectively manage a team
  • At least 10 years of progressive experience

Description

Spark is looking for an experienced Account Manager to join the agency’s newly established Private Equity practice group in New York. You will assume a leadership role across multiple accounts and deliver solid media results. You should have a strong background working in the B2B (expertise or experience in venture capital) and financial services space, and will have the opportunity to actively pursue new business, manage junior staff and contribute to the practice group’s growth.

Spark is full of creative, self-starters who like to move fast and aren’t afraid of the next challenge. You’ll have the opportunity to work with our San Francisco counterparts and enjoy a fun, collaborative work environment. Sound good to you? Read on!

Responsibilities

  • Provide organizational leadership across accounts by managing resources, budgets, and running programs that deliver results
  • Perform insightful market assessments, develop communications and PR strategies, structure and grow budgets, and write thoughtful, organized PR plans
  • Interact with all levels of client contacts from day-to-day marketing representatives to the CEO
  • Manage junior staff on a project basis and provide day-to-day mentoring, as well as long-term professional development
  • Lead multiple new business pitches from start to finish: vet inbound leads, drive proposal creation and process, and help secure potential client
  • Provide strategic advice on top issues such as launch strategy, crisis communications, etc. to the highest level of any client
  • Oversee team resource allocation and budgeting for specific accounts
  • Devise ways to grow existing client budgets and make recommendations to client teams on how to grow budgets

Requirements

  • 5+ years of professional experience in public relations or communications-related field, with specific B2B, venture capital, and/or financial experience. Previous experience at a financial agency is a plus!
  • Established relationships with major business/financial publications and financial tech trades, with a proven track record of great media results
  • Strong planning and project management skills – we need someone who can run accounts with little hand holding
  • Strong writing skills – able to develop great pitches, press releases, PR plans, etc., and be able to deliver client ready material
  • Great communication and presentation skills
Internships

Mikaela Knapp Memorial Internship Program

Mikaela Knapp was a strong contributor to our team with her enthusiasm and passion for public relations. She started with Spark as an intern in 2011 and was quickly promoted to a full-time position as Account Coordinator, working in both our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. A true Sparkster, Mikaela was energetic, ambitious, and would light up a room when she walked in. Her colleagues and clients loved her.

In October 2013, Mikaela was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer, and sadly lost her battle in April 2014. As a way to way to keep her spirit alive at Spark, we have named our Internship Program after Mikaela.

Our Internship Program is designed for candidates who have already received their bachelor’s degree and are looking to immerse themselves in the fast-paced world of technology public relations. We look for individuals that are driven, creative, hard-working and have excellent communication skills. We hire interns in January, May, and September.

Our four-month paid program allows motivated participants to roll their sleeves up and truly experience public relations across a multitude of industries within the technology space. Interns become full-fledged team members and get to participate on client calls, team meetings, and brainstorm sessions. For stellar candidates, there is also a possibility of full-time hire at the completion of the program.

What does a Spark Intern get to do?

  • Experience exposure to clients across all of our practice groups
  • Contribute to new business pitches and agency initiatives
  • Provide coverage monitoring and reporting
  • Client and industry research
  • Develop media lists, briefing sheets, meeting notation, etc.
  • Learn how to write pitches and press releases
  • Contribute ideas to PR plans and new business pitches

We typically accept intern applications in December, April and August of each year, with a start date in January, May and September, respectively. Think you have what it takes to be a Spark intern? Let us know why and submit your resume to careers@sparkpr.com.