Now Hiring: Copywriter

MACLYN doesn’t want a copywriter. We want someone who reads Whitman during their lunch break, then references him in a billboard. Someone who asks for a second check from the waiter because they scribbled all over the first. Someone with strong opinions about beat poetry. We want the writer who describes bad breath as “the aftermath of a grizzly bear fight.” Not “smelly.” We want the writer who knows that the dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water. That’s Hemingway, but you already knew that. Right? So, if you struggle against the “good enough,” if you reject the easy and the obvious to seek out the truly original, let’s write. Scratch that. Let’s make something that’ll sell beef jerky to vegans. If you are an ink-stained badass with a library in your head and a copy of Advertising Age in your hand, keep reading.

You should be exceptional at:

  • Concepting big and small (i.e. big ideas, brand platforms, campaigns, headlines, taglines, social media posts, etc.)
  • Long copy (i.e. concept decks, annual reports, brochures, collateral, emails, blogs, etc.)
  • Building, maintaining and owning a brand voice
  • Social media and its ever-changing landscape
  • Small parts that are BIG parts: details like spelling, grammar and proofing

Things that will start the conversation:

  • Experience creating mind-blowing, sky shattering work in digital, video and print that turns your audience into card-carrying, flag-waving brand zealots
  • 1-3 years of agency experience, but don’t be shy if you have mad skills from elsewhere
  • Bachelor’s degree or enough experience to justify not having one

If you think you have the duende, submit your portfolio, resume, creative philosophy (a couple killer paragraphs will do) and salary requirements to

Now Hiring: Naperville-based Account Executive – Media Relations

We are hiring an Account Executive with mad media relations skills to work with one of our flagship clients. 

As an Account Executive at our Naperville HQ, you will be part of a team – and your primary objective is to provide overall marketing strategic thinking, a killer media relations perspective, the ability to secure media coverage, plus help execute event activations flawlessly. 

As our Naperville-based Account Executive, you will:

  • Work seamlessly with MACLYN account team to foster a collaborative, efficient and effective plan to help our clients achieve their business objectives
  • Manage and implement activations in multiple markets – primarily providing media relations support
  • Create meaningful relationships with key media stakeholders in each market
  • Create and maintain media lists
  • Write media pitch, alerts and releases
  • Conduct media outreach/follow-up
  • Prepare materials for media opportunities (run of show/speaking points/key messages, etc.)
  • Prepare client representatives for media interviews
  • Create post-activation reports
  • Travel for various in-market travel activations

Things that will help you get in the door:

  • Mad media relations skills.Do you know the best time to call and follow-up with a TV newsdesk?  Are you comfortable “following up” and “following up” again?  We need someone who understand how newsrooms and media outlets work – and can creatively and carefully navigate those waters to secure placements for our client.
  • Ability to help activate.  Can you help get an event off the ground and running?  Are you comfortable securing permits, getting signage printed or helping coordinate a delivery from point A to point B?   In other words, can you do what it takes to help our team pull off killer, meaningful event activations?
  • Works well with others.  Are you a team player?  Are you willing to do something – even if it is not glamorous – for the good of the team and the client?  We need someone with a collaborative attitude – someone that comes from a place of “yes, we can!”
  • Work ethic.  We shouldn’t even have to say it, but we will:  We need someone who has a work ethic.  Plain and simple.  If you need details for what that means, you are probably not a good fit.

Things that will start the conversation:

  • You have 3+ years of media relations experience.  An ideal candidate would have additional experience in the event activation/marketing world.
  • You have valuable connections with media members – or at least you know how to build them.
  • You are outgoing, unafraid of follow-up and willing to navigate tricky waters to secure a media placement.  In some sense, you are salesperson – but you are selling ideas to media – and you are comfortable and capable of landing the deal.
  • You know that the devil is in the details, but you can also give a strategic point of view that focuses on achieving overall business objectives for our client. 

Think you have the right stuff? Prove it. Send an email with your résumé to

Summer Copywriter Internship: Naperville

The What Is This?

A high-stakes Copywriting Internship that immerses one spry young writer in the real world of creative advertising, complete with Peggy Olsons, Don Drapers, and the occasional Michael Ginsberg.

The When Will You Be Here?

MACLYN’s Intern Bootcamp is a 12-week-ish internship that begins in June 2019. During that time, you will be expected to work on-site, Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM.

The What Exactly is “Here?”

MACLYN’s Intern Bootcamp happens in two places at once, sort of like a low-key quantum event.

Depending on the situation, you may be stationed at our Chicagoland or Des Moines location. We’ll talk.

The Will You Get Paid?

Yes, but you should be motivated by an intrinsic drive to transform the hive-mind of the world through the power of language and yes, yes, you’ll get paid, okay?

The How do I Apply?

The deadline for all submissions is May 15th. (The clock doth tick. Time doth runneth its course, without regard for the cries of copywriters.)

To apply, send your portfolio, resume, cover letter and woo-ing words to

Now Hiring: Naperville-Based Account Executive

We are hiring an Account Executive to attract and retain clients in the Chicagoland area and beyond.

As an Account Executive at our Naperville HQ, you will actively create and pursue leads, while making sure our clients get the love, attention and results they deserve.

Before you apply, you should know:

At MACLYN, we are not an average creative + strategic agency. In fact, we are the Enemy of Average. (But you already knew that.)

As the Enemy of Average, we need an Account Executive who is just plain awesome. You are both strategically minded and socially engaging. You are the kind of person who walks into a lunch meeting and walks out with a signed contract in hand. Your clients freaking love you. Like, they love their children – they really do – but they may or may not love you more. (Just please don’t tell their kids. We don’t want to hurt any feelings.)

As our Naperville-based Account Executive, you will:

  • Create new leads.
  • Actively pursue those leads.
  • Grow and maintain client relationships.
  • Love the work we do and celebrate our victories.
  • Demonstrate our value to clients by communicating the ROI of our work.
  • Get the community talking about MACLYN.
  • Become BFFs with everyone you meet

Things that will help you get in the door:

  • A wicked passion for the work — we’re talking a lot of passion.
  • A collaborative attitude – we want someone who celebrates sharing ideas.
  • Work ethic. No really, work ethic.

Things that will start the conversation:

  • You have 3+ years of experience as an agency Account Executive (or experience in a related field).
  • You have valuable connections with potential clients.
  • You are the most popular person in Chicagoland, second only to Chance the Rapper.
  • You are seriously engaging and optimistic, but also whip-smart and strategically minded.
  • You have a story to tell. (We’re listening.)

Think you have the right stuff? Prove it. Send an email with your badass résumé to

Now Hiring: Des Moines-Based Account Executive

We are hiring an Account Executive to attract and retain clients in the greater Des Moines metro and beyond.

As the lead Account Executive at our Western Front location, you will actively create and pursue leads, while making sure our clients get the love, attention and results they deserve.

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