Senior Copywriter

Writing · Portland, Oregon
Department Writing
Employment Type FT Exempt
Minimum Experience Experienced


Who are we?

Thesis, 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. We’ll all be better for it. 

The name is new-ish to us, but we've been around for 20 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 that believes our strength is in our approach—that the work we make is only as strong as the thought—and data—we put behind it. 

That sounds intense. But we also understand and respect boundaries you may have


The Job 

We need a well-seasoned copywriter to breathe narrative life into experiences, services, products, and branding—in this case, a locally-based global footwear giant. 

As a Senior Copywriter, you'll communicate directly with the client to ensure that messaging is precise and their voice is clear. You will craft compelling digital messaging that helps readers connect with our client and their products. And you will support fellow writers in doing the same, while collaborating with designers, developers, and account managers to create strong and effective projects. 

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 success and failure alike. 

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

As a person, you are 

  • Driven by creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving 
  • A strong and approachable communicator (including being an active, present listener)
  • A wiz at tailoring communications to specific audiences 
  • Well versed in writing short- and long-form copy with clarity, nuance, and substance
  • Able to find inspiration in—and bring enthusiasm to—both production work and conceptual projects 
  • Alert to the difference between opinion and research-informed solutions
  • Good at receiving and giving critical feedback in a constructive, open, and active way
  • A self-starting worker who can lead projects, mentor others, and edit work as needed
  • Highly skilled in English grammar, syntax, structure, etc. 
  • Allergic to lazy writing and jargon 
  • No bullshit; a lot of heart 

As a worker, you will

  • Write intelligent and thoughtful marketing copy in the service of specific campaigns, business goals, and great user experience 
  • Represent our department in briefings and client meetings to ensure our work meets client needs while exceeding their expectations 
  • Set the bar for consistency in style, supreme quality, and on-point tone of voice
  • Mentor other members of the Writing Team, imparting knowledge and best practices to grow their skillset 
  • Find opportunity in creative constraints (sometimes-mad deadlines, incomplete briefs, odd client requests, etc.) 
  • Research unfamiliar topics to write as if you're an expert on the subject
  • Apply the same level of care to production work as you do conceptual brand work
  • Absorb extra work in a pinch, maintaining the bar, no matter the pace of play
  • Collaborate with low ego 
  • Nail deadlines 
  • Ask—and answer—lots of questions 

As for experience, you need

  • Substantive writing portfolio demonstrating your written work for real-world clients (sport performance/sportswear brands are a bonus) 
  • 5+ years of professional and project-based copywriting experience 

(or equivalent experience) 

  • BA in English, journalism, advertising, marketing, or related field of study (or equivalent experience) 
  • Demonstrated experience with the design process, critiques, and design thinking
  • Knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style 

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

Still with us? 

Cool! Let's talk. 

Workplace equity is not a single checkbox. 

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
  • Employment Type
    FT Exempt
  • Minimum Experience