Project Manager

Project Management · Cincinnati, Ohio
Department Project Management
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Curious Requirements:

The Project Manager must be curious. You must think big thoughts and have the courage to break new ground and reinvent the definition of creativity and integration. You must be a good person who supports your supervisors and coworkers with empathy and honesty. You must believe in collaboration and positive confrontation for the sake of team and individual accountability. You must celebrate being a teacher and a mentor. You must be able to laugh with others and at yourself. You must comport yourself in a manner that engenders respect and promotes lasting relationships. You must have a big heart and a burning fire in your belly for storytelling. You must be indispensable. Above all, you must be willing to fail rather than settle for conformity.

Our goal is to create a creative culture and a company that is like no other. If this speaks to who you are and where you would like to grow your career, then please read on.

Critical Skills/Traits:

To be a successful Project Manager at Curiosity, you must possess exceptional communication skills, both orally and in writing. You must also possess superior interpersonal skills and be able to create a rapport with people of all demographics. You must be polished, maintaining a professional, put-together demeanor. You have to be incredibly confident, ambitious and self-motivated. You should thrive when working independently.

You should be a keen listener. You should have strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and manage pressure situations. You need strong attention to detail and project documentation.

You must possess the ability to bring fresh thinking and curiosity to clients’ work to make them think about their brand in an entirely different way, and must have a passion for pushing the boundaries of knowledge gathering and testing new mediums to reach our targets. You must fit into a culture of self-motivation,  quest for learning and team collaboration, while expressing a curiosity that pushes the boundaries on traditional thinking.

You will need the ability to execute communications for development initiatives, inclusive of digital advertising and traditional advertising. The position will require implementation and time management expertise for all project components. In addition, you will be responsible for building knowledge on existing and emerging communications tools and tactics, industry practices and trends, as well as becoming immersed in the clients’ business and category.

Job Description:

The Project Manager position is considered a key position, involved in many agency processes and interacting at the highest levels of the client and agency organization. As a primary member of the Account team, the Project Manager is responsible for the planning and direction of projects to ensure that the goals and objectives of the projects are accomplished with quality and within the prescribed timeframe and funding parameters.

Projects include managing the entire project lifecycle for both traditional and digital advertising, as well as branding, packaging, POS, direct mail, email, out of home, print and other collateral, CRM, TV, radio, and digital.

In addition to the project responsibilities, the Project Manager may be asked to help develop the Project Management team’s best practices and processes. You must be strategic and collaborative, with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for creating insightful, intelligent work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the team to complete RFP’s project scope, size and price estimates
  • Highly responsive, acting as a client contact for assigned projects, developing relationships with clients and working closely with them to learn their business and communication needs
  • Consult with supervisor, internal teams and client (if applicable) to evaluate individual project needs and resources
  • Collaborate with digital team and other internal teams (Account, Traffic, Strategic Services, Editorial/Copy, and Creative) to develop appropriate solutions and deliverables across multiple disciplines
  • Present deliverables to applicable team members for review and approval
  • Develop applicable project documentation (eg, proposals, project plans, creative briefs, functional specs, use cases, user personas)
  • Responsible for ensuring that all needed assets and resources are identified to successfully meet client expectations
  • Develop and maintain all project deliverables, including project Charters, budgets, project plans, issues logs and change orders
  • Drive project delivery through effective use of internal and client status meetings
  • Manage and control project scope
  • Assure that projects are completed according to schedule and within budget
  • Conduct project team meetings and distribute meeting notes to the project team
  • Manage the project financials, including weekly resource hours and overall project budget
  • Ensure that all project documentation is produced in the standard format, follows internal documentation processes, and is reviewed and approved before delivery to the client
  • Conduct research to share current digital and traditional best practices technologies, design principles and recommend innovations
  • Identify tools, templates, and techniques that evolve existing approaches
  • Review and test all digital deliverables with keen attention to detail and quality

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Solid understanding of project management methodology, including the ability to identify and resolve issues, manage risk, develop detailed work plans and specifications, perform resource allocations, and run team meeting
  • Displays exceptional “soft skills” in managing work with internal and external teams
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet aggressive timelines
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven team-building skills and ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to creatively solve problems with keen instincts and organizational experience
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution
  • Strong, recent experience managing projects end-to-end (budgets, scheduling, etc.)
  • In addition, ideal candidates will have hands-on integrated marketing experience
  • Working knowledge of current digital technologies
  • Solid understanding of information architecture, user experience and design principles
  • Expert understanding of digital process and applicable digital deliverables (e.g., website, apps, HTML e-mails, ad banners)
  • Ability to develop and implement SOPs and process
  • Experience with mobile platforms and devices a plus (tablet/iPads and Smartphones)
  • Working knowledge of Internet-based solutions
  • Ability to package digital deliverables for reviews (e.g., screenshots)
  • Familiarity with software such as Microsoft Office--especially Excel
  • Familiarity with project management concepts such as scheduling, budget maintenance and resource leveling

Personal Characteristics

  • Curious
  • Resourceful
  • Adaptable
  • Conducts oneself in a responsible, professional manner
  • “Can-do” attitude and willingness to do what it takes to accomplish project objectives
  • Calm and focused under pressure
  • Relentless attention to detail 


  • A four-year degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • At least 3-6 years of project management experience
  • At least 3-6 years of experience managing digital projects, preferably in a consulting or agency environment
  • Interactive marketing experience desired, preferably in an agency
  • Knowledge of project management tools, best practices and processes
  • Good financial and business management understanding and aptitude
  • Willingness to fail or at least die trying
  • High level of curiosity
  • Must maintain an entrepreneurial mindset

This position reports to the VP, Account Management.

What Is Curiosity?

Curiosity is a fast-growing independent creative solutions agency with four superpowers: strategy, creative, media, and analytics, all driven by curiosity. We use our extreme curiosity to strategically solve business and marketing challenges for courageous clients such as Procter & Gamble, Native, Brooks Running, and Western & Southern Financial Group. Recognized by AdAge as a Small Agency of the Year, and Campaign US Agency of the Year, we ask the right questions to solve the right challenges because we believe curiosity is the key to unlocking the right solutions.


Curiosity is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the branding capital of the world and home to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than anywhere else in the country. We hire only the most creative and courageous people on the planet. Spanning from top agencies across the globe, our integrated team includes account, strategy, program management, creative, media, and analytics. 

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  • Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Department
    Project Management
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience