General information

Agency: Initiative

Function: Investment

Seniority Level: Jr Professional

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: New York, United States

Job Ref#: 15551

Description & Requirements

Position Summary

The Associate in Partnerships is an entry level position within Initiative requiring an eager, proactive and energetic person who is interested in beginning a career in media. The Associate is an important position within the integrated investment process and supports the team as they build a go to market approach for as well as alternative offerings such as in cinema video. This person should like working with numbers, have strong communication skills, work well in a team environment and have a level of curiosity that infects the entire team that works with you on campaigns.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain client’s schedules in accordance with their goals 
  • Responsiveness to client request 
  • Proactively seek out mentorship and learning from other Discipline leaders at Initiative (Strategy, Analytics, Communications Design, Client Advice) 
  • Attend company events and department wide meetings
  • Learn key programs and tools including (MediaOcean, Media Tools, IMS, ADviews, Dimensions, ComScore) and master media math 
  • Distribute, collect and organize RFPs 
  • Assist in reporting and tracking budgets, savings and value, ensuring accuracy for internal team
  • Assist in evaluating partner proposals
  • Responsible for smooth running of day-to-day activities 
  • Enter buys into MBOX and insure system reflects accurate buys 
  • Update buy summary documents 
  • Monitor network buys daily based on audience delivery data to ensure delivery in flight 
  • Secure necessary ADU weight 
  • Assist with traffic issues 
  • Integral in campaign set up and execution including order letters, specs, creative rotation and billing documentation 
  • Be responsible for billing discrepancies and produce resolutions
  • Assist in actualizations with partners and final billing numbers 
  • Participate in analysis and post campaign summary of integrated programs 
  • Coordination and scheduling of partner and team meetings
  • Compilation and distribution of conference reports from status meetings 
  • Participate in departmental projects as requested 
  • Integral in campaign set up and execution including insertion orders, specs and creative trackers 
  • Be responsible for billing discrepancies and produce resolutions 
  • Assist in actualizations with partners and final billing numbers 
  • Participate in analysis and post campaign summary of integrated programs 
  • Compilation and distribution of conference reports from status meetings 
  • Participate in departmental projects as requested 
  • Timely resolution of billing discrepancies 
  • Ensures and advocates for partner relationship

Desired Skills & Experience

  • 0 – 1 year media planning/buying experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft programs, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate concisely and clearly, both written and oral
  • Srong organizational and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of an integrated team
  • Detail-oriented, organized, conscientious, with the ability to multi-task and work well under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Wage and Benefits

We offer a Total Rewards package that includes medical and dental coverage, 401(k) plans, flex spending, life insurance, disability, employee discount program, employee stock purchase program and paid family benefits to support you and your family. To give you the ability to better meet your personal needs, and in support of your physical and emotional well-being, you will receive discretionary time off days and company-wide Appreciation Weeks and Wellness Days.

We also offer a competitive Total Compensation package, including a competitive salary and eligibility for an annual discretionary incentive award or a relevant incentive award.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $50,000.  Where an employee or prospective employee is paid within this range will depend on, among other factors, actual ranges for current/former employees in the subject position, market considerations, budgetary considerations, tenure and standing with the Company (applicable to current employees), as well as the employee’s/applicant’s skill set, level of experience, and qualifications.  

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Employment Transparency

It is the policy of Mediabrands, division of the Interpublic group, to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and other job functions are subject to modification. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

For applicants to jobs in the United States: In compliance with the current Americans with Disabilities Act and state and local laws, if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with Mediabrands, please email

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About Us

Initiative is different to other media agencies.
We are not trapped by a legacy structure primarily centered on paid advertising. Instead, we are liberated by a new world structure designed to deliver highly differentiated and highly effective communications strategies for our clients.
We are the world’s fastest growing media agency built upon the strongest strategic capability of any agency in the market. Core to this strategic proposition is the belief that the faster a brand can move through culture the more relevant it can become.
We call this Cultural Velocity ™.
Our process is designed to create ideas that move through culture through unique insight, market leading analytics and strategic media brilliance.
Our new world model is comprised of “craft centers” – Client Advice and Management, Strategy, Communications Design, Partnership and Culture, Insights & Analytics.