Director, Media

Management Toronto, Ontario


Position at Wavemaker

Brief Description:

As the Director, Media, you’ll be one of our Client’s most valued business partners and assume responsibility for ensuring the Client meets respective business goals. You’ll provide strategic guidance and thought leadership within the media group to deliver the most effective and innovative Communications Plans. You’ll develop the career paths of supporting planning staff, as well as play an integral role in supporting and delivering Wavemaker values and goals on a daily basis. You will effectively leverage experience, knowledge and skills to encourage innovative thinking and set challenging team goals and objectives balancing client, company and team needs.

Three Best Things About the Job:

  • Lead client-facing work for notable brands that have an appetite for innovation and exploring the new and different
  • Opportunity to be a part of Wavemaker’s growth and legacy in the industry
  • A chance to be a part of a dynamic and multi-talented team; with access to best in class, tools and research

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advise on all Communications matters that fall within scope of agency assignment
  • Oversee and approve Communications strategy for client businesses
  • Ensure that recommendations and decisions are consistent with client’s marketing/advertising objectives and strategies
  • Assume lead role in integration of Client’s media efforts
  • Assume ultimate responsibility for all media implemented
  • Oversee responses to all requests and unforeseen problems and deal with issues that require senior level attention due to their complexity
  • Render final decision on new media opportunities from an overall perspective to determine appropriateness and soundness of idea and/or company
  • Provide advice and counsel to all members of the media and product groups on all matters
  • Responsible for quality control of stewardship by support and buying groups
  • Oversee media financial management profitability of all Client accounts
  • Advise and direct planning staff regarding insightful and strategic points-of-view
  • Manage internal resources
  • Develop and nurture ongoing partnerships with key Clients, especially at the senior level
  • Support training of media staff and recommend actions to manage individual career paths
  • Train direct reports in media and marketing disciplines as well as in the specifics of the client’s business and industry, and most importantly, leadership
  • Keep abreast of current events in target markets that impact Client’s business(es)
  • Exhibit passion and ambition by keeping informed regarding media trends, technologies, and new media opportunities, and educating your team and agency partners accordingly
  • Assist in networking, interviewing, hiring, training, mentoring, developing, and evaluating team members

 What You Will Need:

  • 7+ years of related media/communication planning experience, with focus on team leadership and management
  • Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing, Business Administration, Communications, or related field
  • Direct client service experience
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, delegation and mentorship skills
  • Working knowledge of Syndicated tools (DDS, Prisma, DCM, DBM & Vividata etc.)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite


  • Digitally savvy: uses digital and social media, demonstrates passion about emerging media, Google Analytics, Google Images, ability to search and research topics, etc.
  • Interest in video disciplines (traditional, on-line, digital, etc.)
  • Interest in emerging technologies and the burgeoning video ecosystem
  • Works well in a team setting
  • Thrives in fast paced environment
  • Embraces PACED (Passionate, Agile, Collaborative, Entrepreneur, Diversity) core values
  • Utilizes Relationship Media
  • Desire to learn, develop and progress

Wavemaker is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know. While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.