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Join the Taoti Team!

Taoti Creative is a digital agency based in DC, we build cool projects for good people doing good in the world. We’re actively looking for several A-list players.

Why should you choose us? In short, growth. Taoti is a great place to grow your skills, your influence, and your career. We have almost doubled in size each year for the past couple of years. We’re a thriving shop making our way up through the digital agency food chain. And we’re looking to assemble the area’s best collection of talent there is, as we understand that we’re only as good as our people are. If you’re A-list material with the track record to prove it, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know of any raw talent that might be wasting away in some other shop, not realizing their full potential. We can cut through the red tape applications, and you can drop us a line directly: jobs@taoti.com. While most of our positions end up being a hybrid type of role, here’s generally what we need:

VP of Technology (Primarily Drupal)

Taoti Creative is looking for a VP-level technical leader to help take over (and grow) a team of 30+ developers.  We’re looking for someone who is both managerial while at the same time, not afraid to roll up his/her sleeves and help architect solutions and solve tough delivery scenarios and priorities.  Taoti doesn’t only do Drupal, but we do enough of it that top-notch Drupal skills are pretty much a must.  But even more so than technical prowess, we’re looking for a forward-thinking people person who knows how to inspire, lead and expand diverse teams (including remote groups) towards one common goal: creating top-notch work that truly makes a difference for our clients.

The Job Itself

Your job, fundamentally, is to be Taoti’s technical leader.  We’ve currently got various team-leads who provide technical directorship at the group level, but the time has come to add a new leader of leaders to help get all of our developers marching the same way.  You’ll come in in on day one, immerse yourself in some projects to learn how the sausage is made, and then start pulling the various levers available to you to take an already successful technology team to that next proverbial level.  We’ll look to you to help improve estimating, efficiency, code quality, redundancy, and to primarily foster Taoti’s three core values: quality, innovation, and service---something we call our “QIS Culture.”  You’ll also be our big gun when it comes to making other key hires and finding new clients.  Most of our business is with Drupal, but we’re increasing our share of WordPress as well.  Moreover, we’re also starting to play with emerging technologies like VR and connected devices, so at least a healthy interest in exploring new ways of doing things is a must. Please note: while Taoti has plenty of remote positions, this is not one of them.  We need this role to be in-house in our DC office.

What We’re Looking For

  • You know the Drupal. You’ve loved it.  You’ve hated it.  You love to hate it and hate to love it.  You’ve learned how to coexist in this world and form a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship with it.
  • You're active in the Drupal community, contribute, go to events, etc.
  • You’re connected so that the next time we need more devs, you know where to look and how to attract them.
  • While maybe an engineer at heart, you appreciate front end work and get that without the killer user experience, all that back-end stuff never sees the light of day.
  • You’re not afraid to stand up for better work, even if it would just be easier to agree with the client and move along.
  • You eat DevOps for breakfast.
  • You have a nagging pang to work alongside creative directors, art directors, designers, developers, strategists, and anyone else who you can rope into making a better product.
  • You write really good.  And the improper grammar in that sentence offended your senses.
  • You’d rather pick up a phone than write an email.
  • You’re the dominate technical force in the room.  People walk out of the meeting saying, “Man, that [your name here] really knew her/his stuff.”
  • Your idea of blowing an estimate is going 20-25% over—not 200-250%.
  • The phrase, “That’s not my job” doesn’t really make sense to you.
  • Creatives screaming 'pixel perfect' don't scare you.
  • You know how to delegate and manage and how to have the hard conversations when devs aren’t performing.
  • But you also know how to build a loyal and high-performing team that is passionate about personal growth and putting out great work.

How to Get This Job

  • Stand out.  When you apply, make an impression.
  • We’re looking for a seasoned veteran.  Show us your scars.
  • Be yourself—not some version that you think we want you to be for the sake of an application. Have experience.
  • Show us live sites you’ve built, talk about teams you’ve led, technical challenges you’ve overcome, etc.
  • Tell us why you want to work at Taoti, specifically.  And what was wrong with your last gig that makes you want to leave?
  • Be passionate and genuine.  Can’t stress this one enough.  We’ll hire genuine passion over talent any day.
  • Be energetic and outgoing.  You need to be a ‘people person’ to do this job well.
  • Have experience with diverse and remote teams.

Bonus Points if You Wanna Show Off

  • Be active on Drupal.org. Maintain a module or something like that.
  • Have agency experience
  • Have your Acquia Certification
  • Be a thought leader (by virtue of having posted technical opinions on social media, spoken at cons, or similar)
  • Have a strong opinion on ‘headless Drupal’
  • Have a creative bone in your body somewhere Know WordPress too
  • Have experimented with emerging technologies outside of your comfort zone.
  • Show us when a client gushed over you.
  • Bring a team with you (we need to hire multiple Drupal devs at all levels.  Like your small team and want to bring them?  Great!  We'll even pay you a bonus to do so!)
  • Speak Spanish.

What’s In It For You?

Benefits

We’ll give you a full time (w2) job.  Great benefits, including health, dental, vision, etc.  And not the cheap plans… we offer both gold and platinum plans, 100% company paid!) Flex Spending Plan Short and Long Term disability insurance IRA plan with company matching 3 weeks of PTO (minimum) Family leave (for moms and dads) Accrued Telecommute (we treat it like PTO…earn it over time and use any time you see fit) Guaranteed annual raises (We figure awesome people deserve raises, and we only employ awesome people.) Tax-free SmartBenefits (ie, “Metro”)

Perks

Personal (and departmental) budgets (both time and money) for self-improvement Charitable contribution matching A swanky new office space in the heart of Capitol Hill Regular company boat outings, Wednesday happy hours on the roof deck, yard game tournaments, provided nerf gun, etc. It’s sad that this is a perk and not the norm, but we respect the work/life balance.  Give us 40 solid hours a week, and we won’t ask for more.  No nights.  No weekends.  If you want to come in early and leave early, that’s cool.

The Culture

The above are some things we have, but they’re not what make up the culture.  The culture is focused on meaningful work that makes things better.  “Moving the needle” as we like to say.  In fact, our favorite question: “Wouldn’t it be better if….”  (It’s written on your mousepad and coffee cup, just so you don’t forget to ask it all day, every day, to every one.) We’re all about new things.  We’re constantly tweaking our process.  We like to play with emerging technology like VR and connected devices.  We like projects that let us spread our wings both creatively and technically. We do diverse work for diverse clients.  Big non profits.  Small charities.  The Federal government and local agencies.  Commercial, education… you name it.  For us, it’s about the nature of the project—not the sector of the client. We’re about collaboration, candor, original ideas, and doing great work above all else. We’re also casual, fun, and ambitious.  We’ve been named ‘Agency of the Year’ by DC Web Women, ranked 2199th on the Inc5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies, have won lots of awards for our work, etc.  

Apply Now

First impressions are important. Candidly, we can usually tell from the cover letter if it’s a good fit or not. So make it count. We know it's a bit lame, but due to the high volume of applications we get these days, we're asking folks to apply using our job portal so that we can manage things more efficiently. https://taoti.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk065gr.  

About Taoti Creative

Taoti Creative is a Washington, D.C. based digital creative agency with over 20 years’ experience developing digital strategies, websites and apps for non-profit, NGO, government and commercial clients.  Listed on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing firms in the nation, the team at Taoti designs and builds digital projects that move the needle for our clients. Our goal is to achieve their goals, and we do so by asking, “Wouldn’t it be better if…?” We’re experts in open-source such as Drupal and WordPress, and we’re aggressively growing into more cutting edge solutions involving connected devices, experiential marketing, and how virtual reality can help our clients do what they do. While we love the technology, it’s not about that. It’s about what the technology can do and the impact it can create.

UX Designer / Strategist

Taoti Creative is looking for the person with smarts to come up with great ideas and the skills to articulate those ideas to a team in a way that lets us build great things.  It’s a hybrid role that involves understanding customers, figuring out how to move their needle, and then developing the blue prints to do so.

Taoti Creative is a digital agency.  We build projects (usually websites) that answer the question, “Wouldn’t it be better if…?”  And we only want to create things that truly and fundamentally move the needed for our clients.  We have people who can sell that.  People who can manage it.  And people who can execute damn near anything you can put down on paper.  But  someone has to have the big idea, right?  Someone has to get into the thick of it, really wrap their head around the end game, and come up with the features, functions, layouts, messaging, and the fundamental strategy that will get the job done.  That’s the job: to be the idea person.  To be the strategist.  We included “UX designer” in the job title because frankly, we don’t know how you can develop great strategies without really getting into the user’s shoes and designing their experience.

The Job Itself

Your job, fundamentally, is to be the project’s strategic lead.  You’ll be involved from the kickoff meeting (frankly, before the kick off meeting), and you’ll spend plenty of face time with clients during the discovery phase of the project.  The goal is to really understand what makes them tick, what success looks like, and then it’s your job to figure out just what exactly we’re going to create or develop that is going to achieve success.  You’ll analyze their existing website, look at traffic patterns, perform card sorting and other discovery exercises, talk extensively with users and stakeholders and do all the other things that one does in the discovery phase.  Once you have all that data, it’s time for the fun part: you get to architect the solution!  You get to draw the project, define features and functions, envision elements, and come up with the overall blueprints for what we’ll build.  Don’t worry—you have a team to help you.  Creative and art directors, other strategists, project managers, and even the executive team—we all weigh in on this stuff, as it’s our strategies (and ability to execute them) that make or break us as a firm.  And don’t feel like you’re limited to ‘just web design.’  Taoti is all about innovation and emerging technologies.  Virtual reality.  Internet of things.  Experiential marketing.  Whatever tools are in the toolbox (or can be added to the tool box.)  If you can dream it, we can build it.  We believe that of the most effective ideas and strategies have very little to do with technology itself (case in point: Charity Water—a wonderful fundraising organization that helps bring clean water to the world—had an idea to get people to donate their birthdays to work for the organization.  Instead making your birthday about you, make it about helping others.  Just one day a year.  It’s a brilliant idea that has been wildly successful.  And it had nothing to do with HTML or WordPress or wireframes or user testing or whatever.  Granted… all the technical stuff factors in at some point.  But the technology—that’s just the toolbox.  The idea itself is the real strategy.  That’s the kind of thinking we’re looking for here.

What We’re Looking For

You're a creative type at heart. You’re not going to let a silly thing like the Scope of Work stand in the way of a great idea. You’re not afraid to stand up for better work, even if it would just be easier to agree with the client and move along. You have a nagging pang to work alongside creative directors, art directors, designers, developers, strategists, and anyone else who you can rope into making a better product. You write really good.  And the improper grammar in that sentence offended your senses. You’d rather pick up a phone than write an email. You’re the dominate technical force in the room.  You’re the brain in the room, and it’s clear that with you at the helm, this project is in good shape.  People walk out of the meeting saying, “Man, that [your name here] really knew her/his stuff.” The phrase, “That’s not my job” doesn’t really make sense to you. People love you.  You’re the one they’re talking about when they say they love the people the work with. You are constantly looking to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes (particularly the end user’s.) You have real experience established tools and processes for UX design: card sorting, questionnaires, interviews, A/B testing, eye mapping, etc. You know how to tell a story on paper: briefs, sketches, annotated wireframes, personas, user stories, etc.  Your deliverables clearly and concisely show your ideas in a way that sells them both to the client and to the internal team.

How to Get This Job

Stand out.  When you apply, make an impression. We’re looking for a seasoned veteran.  Show us your scars. Be yourself—not some version that you think we want you to be for the sake of an application. Have experience.  Show (don’t tell) us what you’ve done.  Show us live sites you’ve built, talk about teams you’ve led, technical challenges you’ve overcome, etc. In this role, there is a lot of ‘precursor’ deliverables that are critical, but never see the light of day.  Show them to us!  Show us how your sausage is made. Tell us why you want to work at Taoti, specifically.  And what was wrong with your last gig that makes you want to leave? Be passionate and genuine.  Can’t stress this one enough.  We’ll hire genuine passion over talent any day. Be energetic and extroverted.  You need to be a ‘people person’ to do this job well.

Bonus Points if You Wanna Show Off

Have design chops and be able to go from concept to wireframe to mockup all be yourself.  And if you really want to impress us, also be a front-end developer who can keep going to HTML/CSS/JS. Be able to sketch/draw.  (We’d totally love to see your sketch book.) Be a thought leader (by virtue of having posted technical opinions on social media, spoken at cons, or similar) Have extensive Drupal and/or WordPress experience Have experimented with emerging technologies outside of your comfort zone. Show us when a client gushed over you.

What’s In It For You?

Benefits

We’ll give you a full time (w2) job.  Great benefits, including health, dental, vision, etc.  And not the cheap plans… we offer both gold and platinum plans, 100% company paid!) Flex Spending Plan Short and Long Term disability insurance IRA plan with company matching 3+ weeks of PTO (minimum) Family leave (for moms and dads) Telecommuting privledges (we treat it like PTO…earn it over time and use any time you see fit) Guaranteed annual raises (We figure awesome people deserve raises, and we only employ awesome people.) Tax-free SmartBenefits (ie, “Metro”)

Perks

  • Personal (and departmental) budgets (both time and money) for self-improvement
  • Charitable contribution matching
  • A swanky new office space in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Regular company boat outings, Wednesday happy hours on the roof deck, yard game tournaments, provided nerf gun, etc.
  • It’s sad that this is a perk and not the norm, but we respect the work/life balance.  Give us 40 solid hours a week, and we won’t ask for more.  No nights.  No weekends.  If you want to come in early and leave early, that’s cool.

The Culture

The above are some things we have, but they’re not what make up the culture.  The culture is focused on meaningful work that makes things better.  “Moving the needle” as we like to say.  In fact, our favorite question: “Wouldn’t it be better if….”  (It’s written on your mousepad and coffee cup, just so you don’t forget to ask it all day, every day, to every one.) We’re all about new things.  We’re constantly tweaking our process.  We like to play with emerging technology like VR and connected devices.  We like projects that let us spread our wings both creatively and technically. We do diverse work for diverse clients.  Big non profits.  Small charities.  The Federal government and local agencies.  Commercial, education… you name it.  For us, it’s about the nature of the project—not the sector of the client. We’re about collaboration, candor, original ideas, and doing great work above all else. We’re also casual, fun, and ambitious.  We’ve been named ‘Agency of the Year’ by DC Web Women, ranked 2199th on the Inc5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies, have won lots of awards for our work, etc.

Digital Strategist & Project Manager

Taoti Creative is looking for a senior level, strategy-oriented project manager who knows how to get things done. Taoti Creative is a digital technology agency committed to doing whatever it takes to move the needle for our clients.  And we need more help! We’re looking for project manager to oversee website (and other digital project) builds.  It’s ok if you’re also a developer. Or an designer. Or a strategist. Or an essayist. Or a songwriter. Or a comedian. But you also have to be a project manager with legit experience managing comparable projects.  Our projects can get big and hairy and clients can be… well, you know… clients.  But in spite of all that, you need to be able to not just check off the tasks, but make sure that our work is top notch, no matter how hard a client may try to drag you back to mediocrity.

The Job Itself

Your job, fundamentally, is to be the project leader and use your wits, brains, creativity, and any resources available to you to produce great projects and happy clients.  You’re the project’s hero who makes it happen.  Granted, every project has issues.  Maybe that new sales guy undersold it.  Maybe the dev team spent all their time watching webinars on how to code instead of actually coding.  Maybe the client is simply impossible.  Whatever the challenges, it’s your job to deal with the curveballs.  (Which is not to say that you have to be responsible for fixing all of them.  Some things are beyond your control. But as they say: you need the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.   There is of course all the typical PM stuff… timelines, tasks, budgets, etc.  These are underappreciated, but important parts of the job.  But the PM role at Taoti is far more senior and strategic than at most agencies.  Our PMs are the project heros—the person who digs in, calls the plays, and then oversees execution.  You have a lot of control of the destiny of the project.  You have a lot (some would argue too much) autonomy to just figure things out as you see best using our three core principles as your guiding light: Quality, Innovation, and Service.  You have access to a “QIS Fund” to do stuff that is ‘out of scope’ but helps move the needle for our clients.  You handle a lot of the connective strategy yourself.  That is to say, while you do have dedicated designers and strategists on your team, there’s still the smaller, every day decisions that govern how the project go.  Those calls are yours to make.  And those are critical… like raising a kid, success doesn’t come in big milestone moments with a lot of fanfare.  But constant attention, slight corrective actions, and ongoing encouragement—that’s how you succeed.

What We’re Looking For

  • You're fundamentally resourceful and do what it takes to move a project forward, SOP be damned!
  • You’re technically-oriented enough to talk the talk, even if you can’t walk the walk.
  • You’re not afraid to stand up for better work, even if it would just be easier to agree with the client and move along.
  • You have a nagging pang to work alongside creative directors, art directors, designers, developers, strategists, and anyone else who you can rope into making a better product.
  • You write really good.  And the improper grammar in that sentence offended your senses.
  • You’d rather pick up a phone than write an email.
  • You’re the dominate force in the room.  You’re in charge, and no one thought otherwise for even a moment.
  • The phrase, “That’s not my job” doesn’t really make sense to you.
  • You are constantly looking to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes

How to Get This Job

  • Stand out.  When you apply, make an impression.
  • We’re looking for a seasoned veteran.  Show us your scars.
  • Be yourself—not some version that you think we want you to be for the sake of an application.
  • Have experience.  Show (don’t tell) us what you’ve done.  Specs, wires, budgets, timelines, post it notes, scrawling on napkins… whatever it took you to get the job done, we’d love to see the mayhem behind the magic.
  • Tell us why you want to work at Taoti, specifically.  And what was wrong with your last gig that makes you want to leave?
  • Be passionate and genuine.  Can’t stress this one enough.  We’ll hire genuine passion over talent any day.
  • Be energetic and extroverted.  You need to be a ‘people person’ to do this job well.
  • Tell us your salary requirements, what you make, what you want to make, or whatever—just give us an idea of what you cost.  We’re a buyer in the market for your services.  But like anything else we’d buy, we’d like to know the price while we’re shopping so that we can compare to other options and make a value determination.  More than half of you will decide not to provide this info in your application, which is too bad since it will remove you from consideration.

Bonus Points if You Wanna Show Off

  • Show us that you know your way around Drupal and/or WordPress.
  • Be able to talk intelligently about something really technical, like SOAP or REST.
  • Prefer one front end frame work over another.
  • Prefer Pi to Arduino or vice versa or even know what the hell we’re talking about here.
  • Have experimented with emerging technologies outside of your comfort zone.
  • Show us when a client gushed over you.

What’s In It For You?

Benefits

    • We’ll give you a full time (w2) job.  Great benefits, including health, dental, vision, etc.  And not the cheap plans… we offer both gold and platinum plans, 100% company paid!)
    • Flex Spending Plan
    • Short and Long Term disability insurance
    • IRA plan with company matching
    • 3 weeks of PTO (minimum)
    • Family leave (for moms and dads)
    • Accrued Telecommute (we treat it like PTO…earn it over time and use any time you see fit)
    • Guaranteed annual raises (We figure awesome people deserve raises, and we only employ awesome people.)
    • Tax-free SmartBenefits (ie, “Metro”)

Perks

    • Personal (and departmental) budgets (both time and money) for self-improvement
    • Charitable contribution matching
    • A swanky new office space in the heart of Capitol Hill
    • Regular company boat outings, Wednesday happy hours on the roof deck, yard game tournaments, provided nerf gun, etc.
    • It’s sad that this is a perk and not the norm, but we respect the work/life balance.  Give us 40 solid hours a week, and we won’t ask for more.  No nights.  No weekends.  If you want to come in early and leave early, that’s cool.

The Culture

    • The above are some things we have, but they’re not what make up the culture.  The culture is focused on meaningful work that makes things better.  “Moving the needle” as we like to say.  In fact, our favorite question: “Wouldn’t it be better if….”  (It’s written on your mousepad and coffee cup, just so you don’t forget to ask it all day, every day, to every one.)
    • We’re all about new things.  We’re constantly tweaking our process.  We like to play with emerging technology like VR and connected devices.  We like projects that let us spread our wings both creatively and technically.
    • We do diverse work for diverse clients.  Big non profits.  Small charities.  The Federal government and local agencies.  Commercial, education… you name it.  For us, it’s about the nature of the project—not the sector of the client.
    • We’re about collaboration, candor, original ideas, and doing great work above all else.
    • We’re also casual, fun, and ambitious.  We’ve been named ‘Agency of the Year’ by DC Web Women, ranked 2199th on the Inc5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies, have won lots of awards for our work, etc.

Technical Lead (Drupal Developer)

Taoti Creative is looking for a technical leader, highly skilled in the art of Drupal engineering and development. Taoti Creative is a digital technology agency committed to doing whatever it takes to move the needle for our clients.  And we need more help! Specifically, we need a Drupal developer at the top of her/his game.  Someone who has been in the trenches, dreams in code, and is at the point in her/his career where he/she is looking to architect the solutions, call the  technical shots, manage a team of devs, and yet still get in there, roll up the sleeves, and crank out some code.  Drupal managers are hard to find because some of the brightest engineering minds just don’t manage people well.  And some of the best managers just aren’t quite technical enough.  We’re looking for that right mix of software geek and people person.

The Job Itself

Your job, fundamentally, is to be the technical project leader.  Projects start as ideas and concepts in the sales phase, they grow their cool-factor in the creative department, but someone needs to figure out how the hell to put it altogether—how to bring this project to fruition in a scalable and economically feasible way.  That’s you.  It’s not enough to just be able to code the specs.  We expect you to help develop them and to weigh in on matters such as best technical approach, alternative ways that make the project better or more efficient, risk factors, and of course, our old friend “estimates.”  You can’t tell us something will take your team 5 weeks and then have it takes 5 months.   A lot of Taoti’s devs are remote, but our clients are local.  So a big part of the job is being the technical face of the company to the clients.  Go to the meetings, be brilliant, have great ideas, etc.  Then come back to the studio and motivate your team to build the best code they can.  Every team is different (including the client in that equation), so processes and methodologies can be fluid at times, but it’s your job to make sure that there is consistent process and strategy applied to the builds.   Finally, like all of Taoti’s employees, we expect you to push boundaries.  The specifications are the starting point.   As Walt Disney used to say, “Plus it!”  Take what is expected, and then build something that exceeds everyone’s expectations.  You’ll have broad access to our creative and front-end people to help really hone in on the user-facing components of the build so that your work is world-class by the time it goes out the door.

What We’re Looking For

You're fundamentally resourceful and do what it takes to move a project forward, SOP be damned! First and foremost, you’re a Drupal developer.  You do front end and back end (and are probably offended that we think there’s such a clear line between front and back end dev.) You’re not afraid to stand up for better work, even if it would just be easier to agree with the client and move along. You have a nagging pang to work alongside creative directors, art directors, designers, developers, strategists, and anyone else who you can rope into making a better product. You write really good.  And the improper grammar in that sentence offended your senses. You’d rather pick up a phone than write an email. You’re the dominate technical force in the room.  You’re the brain in the room, and it’s clear that with you at the helm, this project is in good shape.  People walk out of the meeting saying, “Man, that [your name here] really knew her/his stuff.” The phrase, “That’s not my job” doesn’t really make sense to you. You think migrations are a ‘fun challenge’ You are constantly looking to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes (particularly the end user’s.)

How to Get This Job

Stand out.  When you apply, make an impression. We’re looking for a seasoned veteran.  Show us your scars. Be yourself—not some version that you think we want you to be for the sake of an application. Have experience.  Show (don’t tell) us what you’ve done.  Show us live sites you’ve built, talk about teams you’ve led, technical challenges you’ve overcome, etc. Tell us why you want to work at Taoti, specifically.  And what was wrong with your last gig that makes you want to leave? Be passionate and genuine.  Can’t stress this one enough.  We’ll hire genuine passion over talent any day. Be energetic and extroverted.  You need to be a ‘people person’ to do this job well. Tell us your salary requirements, what you make, what you want to make, or whatever—just give us an idea of what you cost.  We’re a buyer in the market for your services.  But like anything else we’d buy, we’d like to know the price while we’re shopping so that we can compare to other options and make a value determination.  More than half of you will decide not to provide this info in your application, which is too bad since it will remove you from consideration.

Bonus Points if You Wanna Show Off

Be active on Drupal.org.  Maintain a module or something like that. Have your Acquia Certification Have a love/hate relationship with Drupal Be a thought leader (by virtue of having posted technical opinions on social media, spoken at cons, or similar) Have a strong opinion on ‘headless Drupal’ Have a creative bone in your body somewhere Know WordPress too Have experimented with emerging technologies outside of your comfort zone. Show us when a client gushed over you.

What’s In It For You?

Benefits

We’ll give you a full time (w2) job.  Great benefits, including health, dental, vision, etc.  And not the cheap plans… we offer both gold and platinum plans, 100% company paid!) Flex Spending Plan Short and Long Term disability insurance IRA plan with company matching 3 weeks of PTO (minimum) Family leave (for moms and dads) Accrued Telecommute (we treat it like PTO…earn it over time and use any time you see fit) Guaranteed annual raises (We figure awesome people deserve raises, and we only employ awesome people.) Tax-free SmartBenefits (ie, “Metro”)

Perks

Personal (and departmental) budgets (both time and money) for self-improvement Charitable contribution matching A swanky new office space in the heart of Capitol Hill Regular company boat outings, Wednesday happy hours on the roof deck, yard game tournaments, provided nerf gun, etc. It’s sad that this is a perk and not the norm, but we respect the work/life balance.  Give us 40 solid hours a week, and we won’t ask for more.  No nights.  No weekends.  If you want to come in early and leave early, that’s cool.

The Culture

The above are some things we have, but they’re not what make up the culture.  The culture is focused on meaningful work that makes things better.  “Moving the needle” as we like to say.  In fact, our favorite question: “Wouldn’t it be better if….”  (It’s written on your mousepad and coffee cup, just so you don’t forget to ask it all day, every day, to every one.) We’re all about new things.  We’re constantly tweaking our process.  We like to play with emerging technology like VR and connected devices.  We like projects that let us spread our wings both creatively and technically. We do diverse work for diverse clients.  Big non profits.  Small charities.  The Federal government and local agencies.  Commercial, education… you name it.  For us, it’s about the nature of the project—not the sector of the client. We’re about collaboration, candor, original ideas, and doing great work above all else. We’re also casual, fun, and ambitious.  We’ve been named ‘Agency of the Year’ by DC Web Women, ranked 2199th on the Inc5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies, have won lots of awards for our work, etc.

Business Development Strategist

Taoti Creative is seeking a hungry and motivated Business Development professional to join our sales team. At Taoti, we provide most of your leads, have support to help with proposal writing and we pay a generous base salary. We also offer commissions based on self-generated business, so bringing a network or the ability to build one is critical. Our business development team is responsible for more than just selling to our prospects and existing clients. You talk to our clients, and then develop a strategy that ultimately culminates in a sale. Successful salespeople will have original ideas and come up with innovative solutions to solve real-world problems. At our growing digital agency, you have carte blanche when it comes masterminding solutions. We’re about the results—not the method. So whether it’s WordPress, Drupal, Raspberry pi, virtual reality, or experiential marketing, if you can dream it, we can execute it.

Job Responsibilities

  • Find and develop new leads through traditional and innovative outbound sales techniques
  • Actively engage with inbound leads to ascertain whether Taoti is a good fit for them, and whether they’re a good fit for us
  • Write and deliver proposals, presentations, and other supporting documents as needed communicating Taoti’s unique advantage to C-Suite and senior non-profit leaders.
  • Work with technical data architects, project managers, and business users to understand business objectives, project goals, design objectives, and acceptable solution technologies.
  • Work in coordination with the Director of Business Development to foster existing long-term client relationships and to cultivate new leads into long-term partnerships.
  • Continuously maintain documentation and data surrounding pipeline, engagement status and client satisfaction through our CRM.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills including the ability to write compelling cover letters, executive summaries, and lead generating emails.
  • Innovative ideas about how to grow our current strong verticals (non-profits, associations, NGOs) and into new verticals.
  • Comfort in creating and delivering strong presentations.
  • Ability to handle numerous prospects at different stages of the sales cycle.
  • Self-motivated to continuously build your pipeline.
  • Comfort with little oversight of day-to-day client interactions.

It would be awesome if you also have...

  • Experience in selling websites or digital strategy.
  • Experience at an agency of some kind.
  • Know and understand Drupal, WordPress or other content management systems.
  • A general understanding of the non-profit/association space.

Creative / Art Director

We need a brilliant designer who can produce beautiful and impacting designs every time. We'd prefer in-house (because we like the creative energy you put off in the office), but will consider remote/freelance for the right artist with a killer portfolio.

Production Designer

You want the first job, but understand that you need more experience and mentoring as you work your way up the proverbial ladder.  This job is for you.

UX / Strategy

Someone has to get to know the client, understand what success is supposed to look like (and how to measure it), and then come up with those big ideas (simple as they are sometimes) that will move the needle for our client. Essentially, your job is to lead the charge in coming up with the overall concept for the websites we build: what the layout will be, how the navigation will work, what it will look like, etc. You’d be heavily involved in the discovery and architecture phase (because if you’re going to come up with the new concept for the site, it’s important that you understand first-hand where the old website failed and what changes the client is looking to make in their next iteration of their site. Your key deliverables on most projects will boil down to detailed wireframes and then full-blown mockups. It will be up to you to be able to articulate your vision both on paper and in person to the client. It’s a tall order of a role. You really need to understand the client, the industry, the existing content, modern web trends and technologies, the client’s strategy going forward, and on top of all that, you need to be able to create high quality deliverables and mockups that ooze innovation and polish. It’s worth noting that many shops divide these roles into an art director and a UX strategist (or some variation of those roles.) And frankly, that’s what we do now as well. But as we grow out our creative department, we’re looking to see if a hybrid person exists who is equally good as creating the designs as they are figuring out what those designs should entail. Why? Because at Taoti, we believe in the seamless integration of form AND function. We don’t think that design is a separate process from UX/functionality. So it stands to reason that if one person was thinking in both mindsets, that integration would be even more seamless.