Studio Manager

Partner Services · Portland, Oregon
Department Partner Services
Employment Type FT Exempt
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Who are we?

Thesis is a digital agency in Portland, OR. We're hell-bent on humanizing the relationship between people and brands, which starts with our teams: real people making real work. 

Come as you are. Bring what you bring. The name is new to us, but we've been around for 17 years. In contrast to our former identity that reflected what we do, we chose the name Thesis as it better represents how we do it: a full-service agency believing our strength is in our approach—believing the work we make is only as strong as the thought—and data—we put behind it. That sounds intense. But make no mistake, we also play real hard. 

The Job

The Account Supervisor, Studio Manager is a dedicated role embedded with one of the agency’s largest clients, leading the account through studio and account management work. This work is focused on overseeing the health and statuses of creative work streams from brief through final delivery as well as developing and maintaining key client relationships. 

We are looking for a self-sufficient worker who embraces challenges and remains composed, assured and effective under pressure. This role will be multifaceted, and successful candidates are able to maintain client-facing prowess while balancing strategic thinking and creative problem-solving in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

In this partnership, Thesis works to provide customized partner solutions focusing on all things marketing: .com, apps, performance marketing, content creation, paid media, and email.

This role provides operational and studio support to the creative team and ensures that strategy, processes, and initiatives align with overarching client and team objectives. This role also focuses on supporting the production process for content within all creative platforms, inclusive of mainly digital platforms. You should care intensely about your work without conflating work ego with personal ego. While you’ll be working closely with clients, our agency’s integrated teams collaborate equally and share accountability, in failure and success alike.


Be prepared to let the best ideas rise to the top.


As a person, you are:

  • One who is self-sufficient, embraces challenges, and can remain composed, assured, and effective under pressure. 
  • A detail-oriented, organized, positive team player who is responsible for tracking and managing the logistics of creative work-streams in partnership with production across categories and channels. 
  • An expert in managing and tracking creative projects and account management, balancing the tactical needs of creative delivery with the communication skills required to handle brief desires and realities. 
  • Highly personable, able to develop, grow, and maintain relationships both within your agency and your client teams.
  • You are able to keep a level head under pressure and extend that through the team to prevent conflict and chaos. 
  • You are comfortable making judgment calls as necessary, knowing when to consult colleagues and management.
  • Highly organized, efficient and results driven. 
  • Roll up your sleeves: You’re willing to help out wherever needed. No task is too small or too big.
  • Plate-spinner: Someone who has the ability to juggle multiple levels of clients (from designers to senior leadership to producers) while overseeing top to bottom cross-functional creative campaigns with multiple stakeholders and digital outputs.
  • Multifaceted: A keen eye for detail as well as a mix of both technical skills and creative acumen a must.
  • Highly organized, efficient and results driven. 

As a worker, you will:

  • Act as Studio Manager overseeing the success of digital-focused work-streams from brief through go-live by way of stellar work and client relationships. 
  • Supervise a team dedicated to Studio Management and Production as part of the Account team and embedded team
  • Play a supporting role in the process from creative brief to digital authoring, working closely with all creative contributors within your studio, ensuring work is delivered on time, within scope and on brief.
  • Be a staff and client go-to for conflict resolution, process improvements, and political challenges to keep pushing the work and partnership forward.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable, reliable contact point for any information required by the client, including the expertise of tools and knowledge of various stakeholders to gather necessary assets or information.
  • Proactively manage strategic priorities, raise risks and offer productive solutions.
  • Motivate and course-correct work and teams as needed.
  • Identify key information to be unleveled to Thesis leadership as needed.
  • Build relationships and trust with clients.
  • Utilize your ability to collaborate with teams outside of the studio you support. 
  • Ensure the process is followed by all stakeholders throughout the project lifetime.
  • Regularly provide process and operational recommendations.
  • Closely monitor complex campaigns and work-streams with large budgets, external agency relationships, and critical business objectives. 
  • Sit in an office alongside your clients and peers - attending meetings, huddles, and collaborative work sessions. 
  • Support in seasonal and daily project resourcing of people and external/agency partners. 
  • Provide estimations of workload with the ability to shift project priorities in response to business needs. 
  • Forecast future project and team needs in partnership with with the studio management team. 
  • Contribute to and establish best production processes. 

As for experience, you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Advertising/Marketing, Communications, Design or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in a large/enterprise corporate setting, preferably digital or creative/design agency. 
  • 3 - 5 years of experience in fields directly related to creative work stream management (projects within creative concepts, design, writing, retail, event, digital, social, media, broadcast and communications).
  • 3 - 5 years experience of managing people
  • Experience working with project management software tools, preferably Asana, Basecamp, Airtable preferred.
  • Expertise in the real-world demands of delivering best-in-class creative in service to brand marketing
  • Proficiency in digital and creative operations and is fluent in design-speak.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of various scopes with differing and converging timelines.
  • Excellent communication skills that provide clear direction and enable collaboration between internal teams and stakeholders.
  • Ability to understand challenges and/or underlying concerns.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a diverse, perpetually changing environment, while maintaining a calm and positive spirit.
  • Willingness to manage and collaborate with remote workers and/or third-party creative agencies.
  • Strong understanding of digital, commerce, and internet concepts, including latest online community trends, user experience best practices, and technology jargon.
  • Experience building relationships, confidently interacting with all levels of leadership and understanding and valuing cultural differences.


Above all, be hungry to learn and grow beyond this job description. 

Still with us? 

Cool! Let's talk.

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It's a new way of thinking, of working, and of moving through the world. At Thesis, we prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. You'll see this in our hiring practices, growth plans, and workplace programs—because our agency, our work, and our society are better when diverse perspectives come together.

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Department
    Partner Services
  • Employment Type
    FT Exempt
  • Minimum Experience