The uncommon agency for the common good

Paid Media Manager (San Diego Office)

The Job

The Paid Media Manager (Senior Media Strategist) will serve as a senior member of the media team and oversee day-to-day media strategy, planning, and buying to support multiple clients and integrated campaigns. Oversees strategic vision of media plans and the interworking between other Civilian departments including strategy, creative, and digital departments to ensure a guided media strategy. Ultimately responsible for ensuring that media plans meet objectives and deliver results.

Who You Are

A talented and dynamic media expert with experience planning and buying media campaigns on digital, traditional, and emerging channels. You have a strong track record of developing smart and innovative media strategies that accomplish your clients’ goals. You have strong relationships both internally with your team members and externally with media vendors.

Who We Are

Civilian is a full-service marketing communications agency headquartered in San Diego. We are also a Certified B Corporation, which means that we use our business as a “force for good.” We use the tools of marketing and advertising to promote behavior change in the areas of public health, recycling and environmental conservation, transportation and infrastructure, education, workforce recruitment and economic development. Every day, we come to work hell-bent on making a difference by doing work that matters. We also genuinely enjoy working together. You’ll never work at another place like Civilian: we are inclusive, supportive, friendly, and downright fun. We work hard, but we prioritize work-life balance. We also wear flip flops and bring our dogs to work.


  • Lead development of integrated media strategies that meet campaign objectives, reach desired target audiences, and are supported with strong rationale
  • Establish and build strong professional relationships internally (cross department) and externally (media vendors)
  • Stay abreast of industry standards, trends and technologies, new media programs/opportunities; advise on new ways to reach audiences
  • Lead consumer behavior research including media consumption habits and analysis of primary and secondary data to inform media strategy
  • Review and approve vendor proposals and ensure RFPs effectively communicate campaign strategy and needs
  • Accountable for stewardship of media plans, including flowchart changes, budgets, execution, reporting, optimization, and invoice reconciliation
  • Utilize strong analytical skills to evaluate key metrics and develop insights
  • Involved with campaign fulfillment and billing reconciliation
  • Ensure projects and assignments meet stated timelines, benchmarks, and key milestones


  • 4-5+ years of experience in media planning, buying, and research
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Passion for social change, government, or nonprofit arenas
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and entrepreneurial; demonstrated ability to work independently; figure-it-out mentality

San Diego, CA

Full-time with 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.

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