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January 2022

Caiti Franscell

MEET CAITI FRANSCELL, WAYWARD KIND’S SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

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We’re growing at Wayward Kind, which means our team of marketing experts is growing too! To start our year strong, we promoted Caiti Franscell to Senior Project Manager to ensure our clients had a direct line to promoting their impactful work. 

Caiti has the proven ability to take on complex projects, delegate tasks quickly and effectively, and achieve project deadlines with results that often surpass our clients’ expectations. All while leading with compassion and a keen understanding of their ultimate goal. 

Check out our Founder Jules Taggart’s interview with her! 

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Jules: Who has influenced your body of work? What did you learn from them? 

Caiti: My first boss Kelly Konis was the first mentor that I had in marketing that had a significant impact on me and my manager experience. I deeply admire the energy she brought into her work and how she lived outside of work. She was a very strategic and beautiful person, and I often approach new projects or challenges from her perspective. 

Kelly helped me to recognize my own leadership qualities at such a young age. She is why I love working in marketing and why I chose to dive deeper into this work. I learned how to manage my work tactfully, and apply a human-centered approach understanding that creating quality work depends on building relationships with people. 

Jules: As the Senior Project Manager at Wayward Kind, what opportunities do you see for our company’s growth? 

Caiti: I see Wayward Kind moving beyond the pandemic and into a space where we can foster greater team collaboration and connect more deeply with clients. I see us growing as a team, and continuing to propel purpose-driven companies forward on a much larger scale.  

Jules: How are your personal values aligned with Wayward Kind’s core values? How does this impact your work?

Caiti: The core value that I most align with is human connection. Wayward Kind is not just another marketing agency, but are real people who are passionate about the work we do. We show up every day with our hearts open, which allows us to have long-lasting relationships with clients. We care about the incredible work our clients are doing and we are determined to make the world a better place. 

Jules: What are you most excited about in 2022?

Caiti: I’m excited to see our team continue to grow and deliver great results for our incredible clients throughout the country. I look forward to learning new ways of fostering a creative environment. One of the things I look forward to the most is Wayward Kind becoming a B-Corp. This will allow us to be more people and culture-focused, which I will help to spearhead. I look forward to putting together different events for our team throughout the year that will allow us more opportunities to give back to our community. 

Jules: In working from home, how do you balance home-life and work-life?

Caiti: My morning routine is key. When I don’t follow it and dive right into work, it’s hard to sustain my energy throughout the day. I balance that by prioritizing myself in the morning and remembering to pause. My non-negotiables are: I take a walk, step away from the computer, and soak in some San Diego sunshine. I am grateful that our company allows us the opportunities to do these very important things. 

Jules: Your morning routine sounds key. Tell me more about that!

Caiti: The morning is my sacred time. I like to take care of myself first. I often ask myself, “what do I need in this moment?” I created a self-care menu from where I can choose different routines so that my mornings never feel mundane. I love to take time to center myself and ground myself. I light palo santo for meditating and have cacao for heart centering. I may take a walk around the block, or do some light stretching and yoga. I need to ground and center myself before taking the day on.

 

LIGHTNING ROUND: 

Jules: What does your perfect day off look like?  

Caiti: I love to explore San Diego so I would start with a morning walk at Sunset Cliffs with a vanilla latte. I’d join a yoga class, spend time with friends and family, and end my day at one of our city’s amazing restaurants. 

Jules: If you could get advice from any person, living or dead, who would it be? 

Caiti: It would have to be my grandma. She passed away when I was 12 or 13 and she was such a beautiful soul. She lived such a cool life, started her own tour company, used to travel the whole world. Tapping into her would be an amazing, life-changing experience. 

Jules: What do you believe about yourself?

Caiti: I believe that I can do anything I set my mind to, as long as it aligns with my heart. 

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Congratulations Caiti, we are so honored to work with you and we are SO excited to see you take on the Senior Project Manager role!

Looking to re-brand? A website update? Get in touch and let’s talk about what you’re working on.

Wayward Kind

ARE YOU OUR NEW VISUAL WEB DESIGNER?

By | Team Wayward Kind

Visual Web Designer // Job Description

Full Time, Exempt

We are a digital marketing agency working with purpose-driven companies. Our clients are making good by creating positive, forward-thinking, and necessary changes in their industry.

As marketing and branding experts, our work is rooted in bringing greater visibility to organizations that are solving complex social, environmental, and organizational justice issues. We partner with organizations that are leading systems-change efforts and contributing to a more just future.

We are looking to add a full-time Visual Web Designer to join our fully remote team. Are you the person we are looking for? Let’s find out!

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Confidently creating delightful website designs and digital experiences that help our clients reach their goals and move their business forward.
  • Lead visual design throughout the entire project lifecycle, from initial concepts and explorations through final design deliverables.
  • Work closely with copywriters and developers as creative partners to concept original ideas.
  • Create website design style guides to ensure the design handoff is seamless, transparent, and stress-free.
  • Create and format all digital visual elements, including typography, layout, imagery, iconography, interactions, and functionality.
  • Support the design and development of high-impact presentation materials for external, internal, and client use.
  • Managing multiple clients/projects simultaneously.
  • Supporting the learning and work of other designers and developers.
  • Managing time well to ensure projects remain on schedule, within budget, and within scope.
  • Interacting with clients and our internal team to ensure client satisfaction.

Why You’ll Like Working With Us:

  • You want to show up as yourself, every day. Black, Brown, queer, differently-abled—we believe a variety of voices and lived experiences brings richness to our work, and we know that our results are better for it. 
  • You like working with people who are changing the ways the world works. Our clients are pushing the envelope in the areas of race, class and gender equity, sustainable commerce, body positivity, and other progressive agendas. If you have been looking for a way to create long-term societal impact through your work, this is the place. 
  • You’re curious and a life-long learner. You have a genuine interest in design, UX, and you have a user-first mindset. You are a flexible and resourceful problem solver. 

What You Need:

  • You must include a diverse portfolio of projects that demonstrate your skills in visual storytelling and concept-driven design work. Landing pages and mockups are nice but we love links to live websites you have designed.
  • Expert knowledge of branding, visual design principles, typography, and UX best practices.
  • Proficiency in one or all of the following user interface design apps: Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, Invision Studio, Framer.
  • Proficiency or working knowledge of one or all of the following digital design apps: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Affinity Designer/Photo.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but may be supplemented/replaced with relevant experience.
  • Agency experience strongly preferred.
  • Professional proficiency in English.

Things We’d Love to See:

  • A special interest in one or more of the following: illustration, photography, information design, presentation design, any UX disciplines.
  • An understanding of version control for dev or design: Git, Abstract, Plant, Kactus.
  • Experience with Agile, Kanban, Lean or Sprint frameworks.

Desired Mindset:

  • Committed to anti-oppression work, both personally and professionally
  • Interested in learning about race, class and gender equity as it relates to marketing
  • High integrity and a personal commitment to liberatory practices
  • Able to balance task-oriented work without compromising relationship building and engaging with diverse people as whole humans

What We Believe In:

As a marketing firm, we are messengers. Our clients trust us to tell their stories and amplify their voices. We have the great pleasure, as well as the significant responsibility, of helping organizations communicate what they believe in.

We approach our work through a social justice lens, and we choose clients, team members, collaborators, and partners who share our core values.

A Few More Details:

  • Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, are encouraged to apply for this role.
  • Location: Fully remote. We’ll see you on Zoom! If you’re in San Diego and want to work out of the office from time to time, you’re welcome to but it’s not required.
  • Job Type: Full Time, Exempt
  • Title: Visual Web Designer
  • Compensation: $60,000/year
  • Generous time off: 15 paid holidays, 10 days paid personal time off, 5 days of paid sick leave
  • Benefits: Health Insurance, retirement savings plan, stipend for continuing education, family friendly workplace
  • Business Hours: We generally work from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, Monday through Friday, but these times may fluctuate slightly based on your time zone.

How To Apply:

Does this sound like you? Send your resume, portfolio, and cover letter to hello@waywardkind.com. In your cover letter, we’d love to hear how you align with our core values.