Job Opening - Project Manager

The position is now filled.

Hop Studios has an immediate opening for a full-time project manager.

Hop Studios is Canada’s leading ExpressionEngine design and development firm, with clients who have been nominated for a Webby award for 10 consecutive years (with some winners!). We work with a wide range of client types and site sizes, from newspapers to universities to entrepreneurs, but our focus is on projects that create a sustainable, inclusive and progressive world. Plan for an eclectic but always interesting assortment of clients and projects. In the same day you might work on designs for the website of America’s leading atheist, tweak the review process of a video recipe contest, or help develop tools for a social innovation email newsletter.

You’ll be working on interesting and meaningful projects using the latest tools and techniques for clients in multiple countries. This is the key role for our company—someone who will help grow our business by managing existing clients and projects successfully, improving our internal processes, and ensuring that new clients are brought on successfully.

The project manager will be responsible for proposal writing, project estimation, project planning, managing expenditures, scheduling, co-ordinating resources and personnel within the competing priorities of our existing workload, and managing sub-contractors and freelancers. You will have some budget and staffing authority.  There’s plenty of room for innovation around how we work, and for your skills to influence process and where the company is headed next.

The best applicants will have many of the following skills at the “Very Fine”, “Near Mint” or “Mint” level, in something approximating this order:

  • Proven success in managing multiple website design and development projects simultaneously.
  • Knowing when to use the carrot and when to use the stick
  • Proven experience managing both staff and outside resources—clients, sub-contractors, vendors
  • Experience using shared project management tools like Basecamp
  • Familiarity with mobile design and development; high traffic sites; launching event-based sites, news/editorial sites and/or online commerce
  • Excellent written and phone communication skills (we have a lovely office but our clients rarely visit it)
  • Experience and skill working with ExpressionEngine and/or Craft would be nice, but we expect to train for this
  • Experience and skill working with content management systems
  • Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Docs skills, and nimble acquisition of new software skills
  • PMP certification or equivalent

Yes, that’s a long list, and no, you don’t need to be expert in everything on it; we’re primarily looking for someone with experience planning and executing website projects—the rest will make you stand out and get noticed. Be sure to mention if you have previous experience with other aspects of online or offline development; being well-rounded would be considered an asset.

What are some other requirements?

  • Self-starter with healthy curiosity
  • Ability to keep tabs on all the details without losing sight of the big picture
  • Tenacious attitude towards tracking down loose ends
  • Good at hitting deadlines with a thump
  • Excellent emotional intelligence
  • Can foster teamwork and excellence among co-workers

Who can apply?

  • you must want a permanent position (i.e. not part-time or contract)
  • you must be able to start immediately (i.e. you can give notice now)
  • you should live, or be willing to live, in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • you should be able to work in Canada

Who are we?

  • We’re a 16-year-old company with a focus on media, nonprofit and educational websites.
  • We’re fun to work with (if we’re allowed to say that about ourselves [we are -ed.]), and our clients are excellent as well; there are no waterfall death marches here.
  • We are located in downtown Vancouver, and we have an open, collaborative work environment (no closed doors), with a liberal approach to working remotely.
  • We pay a competitive wage tied to experience with a great benefits package.
  • We work hard, but also have lives outside of work.

To apply, send a cover letter, your resume, and links to websites you’ve built. Send them to:

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And don’t send your resume as a Word document. We mean it.





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