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RUNNER

Location: Chicago, IL

Re-Entry/Start Dates:

Optimus holds the health and safety of our staff and clients as a top priority. As we navigate re-entry and in-person sessions we take every precaution and will continue to monitor Covid-19 cases as well as review federal, state, and local guidelines. While dates have not been established, we plan to hire Runners for Spring/Summer of 2022 with a start date in the next month or so once we return to the office. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility in advance.

Objective:

Optimus is looking for sharp, motivated, friendly, and hard-working individuals to join our Client Service department as a Runner. The ideal candidate should have a passion for advertising/production/post-production/film/TV/media/art and a desire to actively engage and learn in a professional environment. You will work primarily as Client Service support with the opportunity to shadow the creative process and grow with hands-on Client Service work. This is a great opportunity for an aspiring entry-level candidate to progress with the possibility of advancing to departmental internships, assistant positions, and beyond. We offer ample opportunities to advance your path and jumpstart your career.

Candidates should apply with a cover letter and resume.

Responsibilities/Expectations:

As a Runner, you work directly with Client Service to ensure our clients receive the utmost attentiveness and the facilities reflect our attention to detail and care. Daily Client Service duties include aiding clients and employees and being generally available to take care of various requests throughout the day. In addition, you will be acting as a front-of-house receptionist to welcome guests. You will also be responsible for disinfecting frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.

Primary Duties:

  • Daily support of the Client Service department, employee needs, and client requests.
  • Act as a liaison between clients and employees and field general business inquiries.
  • Facilitating ordering and pick-up of all client and employee meal/drink requests.
  • Constantly disinfect common areas multiple times throughout the day.
  • Continuously discover and implement proactive projects throughout the day.


Qualities we are looking for:

Flexibility. With the current ever-evolving work model, we are looking for candidates that are able to adapt quickly and embrace new challenges.

Eager to Learn More. With ample opportunities for upward growth within the company, we value candidates that are hungry to learn. Receptiveness to new information and drive to listen and learn is essential in the role.

Team-oriented. Teamwork is essential to the success of the Client Service department. We are looking for candidates that are actively working for a higher purpose and value the collective efforts of others.

Minimum Requirements. Candidates should:

  • Have a degree (or similar professional experience), no longer in school, and available to work full-time, in-person.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and must have the confidence to learn in a fast-paced environment.
  • Integrity, honesty, openness, and a willingness to operate as a team player.


  • Employment Status/Benefits:

  • Location: Chicago.
  • Employment status is non-exempt (hourly) and pays $15/hr.
  • The position will start with a two (2) week trial period, to confirm that the fit is a good one for both parties.
  • The position will report to the Director of Client Service.
  • This position is fully in-person.
  • Your shift will be 8 hours per day with a 30-minute lunch.


  • Company Summary:

    Optimus is a leading commercial post-production company based in Chicago that represents a diverse team of award-winning editors, artists, designers, and engineers. We deliver top-notch commercial work and branded content. Together with production division One at Optimus, we offer all production services from shoot through post, under one roof - a singular, streamlined creative force.

    Instructions:

    Please send your cover letter & resume to .


    Optimus and One at Optimus are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. Employees must stay up to date with vaccines. The CDC states (CDC Covid-19 Vaccinations), "Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible."


    Today's creative community requires flexibility. Dependable freelance talent allows us to take on jobs when we are already busy, and take on jobs that demand extra help beyond what we have available. We love building relationships with talented creatives and we are happy to bring in people who help us deliver amazing work to our clients.
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    • We are always looking for talented Assistant Editors, to join our team on a freelance basis.

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      In sum, the position requires the ability to multi-task, deliver under pressure, communicate effectively and to work collaboratively within a team. A positive attitude and a sense of humor go a very long way too.

      Please submit cover letter, resume and reel to:

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    EDITORIAL POST PRODUCER

    Location: Chicago, IL

    Objective:

    Optimus is looking for an experienced, engaged, and driven individual to join our editorial/post team as a Producer. This is a mid-level position for someone who has 2-4 years of hands-on producing experience in the commercial post-production field, editorial focus is a bonus. Looking for immediate hire.

    Primary Duties:

    Duties include detailed project management–producing editorial/post projects from beginning to end. The Producer is the point person every step of the way, from internal collaboration to client communication. The depth and breadth of these responsibilities include managing and coordinating all of the following along the project cycle: bidding, scheduling, awarding, editorial project management, finish post project management (Color, Design, VFX, Finish and Audio Record/Mix), final delivery and actualization of job.

    Position involves working in close collaboration with our entire Producer team, as well as all internal creative (Editors, Artists, Designers, Mixers, Assistants) and support teams (Sales, Engineering, Accounting and Client Services).

    Client-facing communication is a crucial part of the role, and professionally representing Optimus and the interests of our staff is imperative.

    Qualities we are looking for:

    The position requires the ability to multi-task in an organized fashion, re-prioritize on the fly, and deliver under pressure. An attention to detail, excellent communication skills and the ability to troubleshoot while maintaining a great attitude and a cool-head are a must. Effectively collaborating with one’s peers and the entire internal team is key, as is exhibiting a positive client facing demeanor.

    Having the presence of mind to take the work seriously, but not yourself, and a solid sense of humor goes a long way too.

    Minimum Requirements. Candidates should:

    • Have producing experience of 2-4 years within the commercial post-production field.
    • Have a degree (or similar professional experience) in a relevant media field, i.e., Communications, Post Production, Film Production, Advertising, etc.
    • Be computer literate in Microsoft and Google software platforms. Familiarity with Enterprise/MediaPulse scheduling/bidding software is a plus.
    • Be engaged, eager to learn and have a passion for Post-Production and Advertising.
    • Be an excellent communicator.
    • Be detail-oriented, diligent, organized, responsive, reliable and quick to execute.
    • Be open to constructive criticism.
    • Have a "client comes first" attitude.
    • Be a team player.

    Employment Status:

    • Location: Chicago
    • Employment status is exempt (salary).  Competitive salary will be commensurate with the experience of the chosen candidate.
    • Full Benefits package includes:  Medical, Dental, Vision, fully funded life Insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability.
    • Matching 401k, Commuter Benefits, Paid Holidays, Vacation, Wellness Days, etc.
    • The position will report to the EP/Managing Director.
    • General hours are from 9am to 6pm with a 40-hour work week, Monday-Friday, but may vary based on workload and project demands.
    • Optimus has a hybrid working environment, with a flexible mix of remote (work from home) and in-office work.  This position would begin with in-office onboarding and then settle into the hybrid work model, with in-office expectations varying depending on client-facing needs, collaboration and mentoring factors.
    • At Optimus, the health and safety of our staff and guests is paramount and our Optimus Covid Safety Protocols are ongoing and responsive to the evolving health guidance of local, state and federal entities.

    Instructions:

    Candidates should be familiar with the work shown at www.optimus.com and apply with cover letter and resume to

    Company Summary:

    Optimus is a leading commercial post-production company based in Chicago that represents a diverse team of award-winning editors, artists, designers and engineers, and that delivers top-notch commercial work and branded content. Together with production division One at Optimus, we offer all production services from shoot through post, under one roof - a singular, streamlined creative force. 

    Optimus welcomes and encourages all applicants who bring along diverse life experiences, backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives to apply. Optimus and One at Optimus is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

    General Employment Info


    We are always on the lookout for creative talent who want to do the best work of their careers in the greatest city in America, Chicago.

    Experienced professionals looking to introduce themselves to us may do so by emailing .