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’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 believing our strength is in our approach—believing how 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.
Resource Manager, Design
The Resource Manager role plays a pivotal part in our project process at Thesis through identifying contributors for each project, and ensuring that those contributors maintain a sustainable flow of work. Informed by an intimate understanding of our project lifecycle and the creative process of the department they support, this role organizes effective project teams through aligning strong executors with the right project content, indexing on project needs, individual preferences and growth plans. Through partnering with leaders, this role helps our contributors to reach their full
potential through thoughtful and effective resourcing. Collectively, the Resource Management team works collaboratively with their department leaders to increase the overall execution range of their respective teams.
The Resource Manager role sits within the Creative Operations function of the Operations Department, and reports to the Resource Management Lead role. This role is aligned with department leaders to inform resourcing trends and department capacity.
➔ Reports: This role reports to the Resource Management Lead role.
➔ Mentorship: This role provides mentorship [Mentor] to Junior Designers, Designers, and Senior Designers, and Design Leads, actively communicating with these individuals to support opportunities for development.
➔ Leadership: N/A
➔ Collaborates: This role collaborates [Collaborator] with Design Leadership, Design Directors and Design Leads, to ensure that individual designer preferences and strengths are considered when resourcing. This role also collaborates with Design Leadership and Project Management to inform resourcing needs during the planning process. Should resourcing needs shift at any point in the project, this role will orchestrate the adjustments.
Resource Managers are responsible for:
● Project Resourcing: Partners with a Resource Management Lead and respective department leadership to assign and allocate team contributors. Ensures that the team has access to the project details, led by the Project Manager. Coordinates resourcing conflicts as they occur. Monitors contributor utilization, and facilitates ongoing conversations with individual contributors to ensure
that the data reflects their experience in the work. Inform Project Management and Account Management teams when trends forecast an excess of budget.
● Contributor Growth & Experience: In partnership with respective department leadership, track individual skills, areas of interest and growth, to ensure that the team is resourced to projects according to their skill sets and interests, providing fulfillment to the individual while creating teams that will execute a quality product on the right timeline. Recognize opportunities to cross-train
within their respective department, and orchestrate those trainings in partnership with department leadership and People Operations.
● Capacity Planning & Forecasting: Inform respective department team hiring needs based on bandwidth reports and trends. Advise the best plan of action for the moment—whether that be a contracted or full time hire, and have the data to back it up.
● Time-tracking Collaboration: In partnership with the Resource Management Lead, continuously audit Harvest records to ensure that your department is tracking time accurately. Facilitate individual or team discussions when training is needed. Update team members to project teams in Harvest when resources are allocated/reallocated.
● Project Management Tool: Ensure that your teams have a thorough understanding of the tool’s process and components, and uplevel blockers to the Resource Management Lead to coordinate updates. Closely monitor the tool for correct information as it pertains to projects and resource allocation.
● Identify the Skills Gap: Time moves fast and we want to keep our teams’ skills aligned—and most importantly, ahead— of the industry’s pace. Your job is to proactively recognize and address the skills gap and work closely with department leadership to form a plan of action.
● PTO Tracking & Coverage: Partner with Resource Manager counterparts to co-own the PTO approval and tracking process, aligned to the teams you directly sujpport. Work closely with department leadership to inform and ensure that leave is aligned with coaching objectives. Assign and inform appropriate coverage and communicate those updates to affected teams and executors.
● Contractor Management: Track and confirm contractor hours and provide those reports to Project Managers. Be the main point of contact for behind-the-scenes schedule questions.
Resource Managers possess the following skills:
● 3-5+ years experience working with a creative agency as a designer, or as a project manager or producer supporting design teams [or comparable experience].
● An intimate knowledge of projects and deliverables specific to design. You understand what’s unique to the creative process for the design team.
● Experience leading creative teams, building relationships, and confidence interacting with all levels of leadership.
● Knowledge of industry-standard software (Adobe CC, Figma, etc).
● Deep experience in a variety of project management, time tracking, and communication management tools. Strong project management skills.
● Review motion design department capacity data to inform department planning. Stay ahead of the business through employing forecasting skills to anticipate critical hiring junctures.
● Exceptional attention to detail and organization skills.
● Assessment skills specific to skills gap or training needs for design teams.
● An ability to find inspiration in, and bring enthusiasm to, resource management department initiatives and mobilize teams to achieve those tasks and goals.
Critically, be hungry to learn and grow beyond this job description.
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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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