The uncommon agency for the common good

Assistant Media Planner (San Diego Office)

Who You Are
A highly organized individual interested in expanding their knowledge of paid media channels, including social media, online video, paid search, television, radio, out of home, and more.

Who We Are
Civilian is a different kind of marketing communications agency. From our headquarters in San Diego to our offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and, now DC, we are dedicated to improving quality of life for our employees, clients, and the world. We are a purpose-driven certified B Corporation focused on tackling challenging issues, creating positive change, and strengthening communities. We do this by working with nonprofits, government agencies, and purpose-driven organizations to promote environmental sustainability, advance public health, and support economic development.

We are a dedicated group of innovators and problem solvers who come to work every day grateful for the opportunity to make a difference. We support our employees’ professional and personal development with a rich set of benefits, humane working hours, and a culture that rewards embracing challenges and having a great time doing it. The success of our approach shows in our average employee tenure of nearly five years (vs. the industry average of 2.5) and in the number of Civilians that return. We offer a truly unique balance of professionalism and heart—and an office full of free snacks, a dog or two, and the occasional afternoon happy hour.

The Job:
The Assistant Media Planner is responsible for the day-to-day monitoring, activation, implementation, and stewardship of multiple clients’ paid advertising campaigns.  The ideal candidate is highly organized, focuses on attention to detail, and can utilize data and research to inform media strategy and plan development.


Day-to-Day Activities:

Media Services:

  • With consideration to budget and client goals, assist with development of integrated media strategies that meet campaign objectives and reach desired target audiences
  • Support strong professional relationships internally (cross department) and externally (media vendors)
  • Become familiar with industry jargon, advertising technologies, and different media offerings
  • Assist in creation of strategic and engaging presentations
  • Support team in development of consumer behavior research including media consumption habits, and analysis of primary data and secondary research
  • Responsible for distribution of vendor RFPs and organization of proposals
  • Responsible for media plan stewardship including maintenance of flowchart budgets, flighting, and campaign deliveries
  • Negotiate media rates (traditional and digital), including development of added value opportunities
  • Facilitate campaign execution with media partners and keep organized records of all correspondence
  • Develop creative traffic sheets (i.e., creative grids), including delivery of ad specs, coordination of deadlines, and traffic instructions
  • Manage delivery of vendor reporting and communicate ongoing campaign optimization recommendations
  • Utilize strong analytical skills to assist in evaluation of key campaign metrics
  • Enter billing details on an as needed basis and actualize spend for insertion (IOs) and broadcast orders (BOs)
  • Responsible for collecting all vendor invoices, processing, and filing appropriately


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 0-1 years related experience (preferred)
  • Passion for social change
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Able to develop and tailor communications to effectively connect with diverse audiences
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and entrepreneurial; demonstrated ability to work independently; figure-it-out mentality
  • Agile problem-solver, ability to navigate complex situations and manage ambiguity; excellent attention to detail
  • Good listener who includes and engages others and inspires colleagues to their best performance
  • Fluent in Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

San Diego, CA


Full-time with flexible hybrid in-office/virtual schedule plus full benefits

Let’s Get to Know Each Other

Are you the one? Are we the one? If this sounds like a fit, let’s talk more. Please email to tell us why we absolutely, positively need you on our team. Don’t forget to attach your resume. And check out and our Glassdoor reviews for more information on how talented, smart, and delightful we are.

Salary Range: $45,000 – $52,000 DOE

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