VSA Partners is a design-driven branding and marketing company.

VSA was founded as a design firm more than 30 years ago with the belief that design is not only a craft, but a tool for achieving business objectives. As design thinkers, we approach business challenges holistically and aim to break down silos between branding, digital, marketing and advertising.


VSA’s Strategy Practice acts as the leading edge of our effort to design and transform brands for the modern age. By adding more robust, more rigorous strategic offerings to our portfolio—without compromising our ability to translate thinking into design—we create a combination few can match.


The Director of Strategy is a client-facing role that initiates, plans and leads VSA’s strategic efforts for large, program-based clients. Working closely with firm Partners, the Director of Strategy guides the project team in framing a client’s business challenges, determining the optimal approach to develop solutions and required deliverables, and establishing the brand and/or communications strategy that will best address those challenges in forward-looking and far-reaching ways.


VSA Partners is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable environment for all employees. All employment decisions are made based on qualifications, merit and business need.


As a Director of Strategy, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of a client’s business situation and lead VSA’s strategic efforts on behalf of the client, working to overcome challenges and grow their business.
  • Serve as a trusted adviser, leading strategic conversations with clients at the highest level of their organizations and contributing to long-term, programmatic relationships.
  • Develop conceptual models to define and contextualize key strategic elements.
  • Lead efforts to create strategy artifacts that help clients make difficult decisions.
  • Design and conduct quantitative and qualitative research programs, including analysis and uncovering key insights
  • Develop client presentations that tell a clear and powerful strategic story.
  • Write compelling briefs that inspire creative teams, partnering with them to create thoughtful solutions that resonate and drive impact.
  • Actively identify new business opportunities and contribute to client proposals.
  • Proactively enhance the knowledge base of the Strategy practice.
  • Contribute thought leadership in specific areas and support Partners in managing the practice.


Skills needed to succeed in this role: 

  • A leader and a team player. You are a strong collaborator, an open learner, and a giving mentor.
  • A natural fit in a right-brain/left-brain work environment. You think analytically, critically and creatively to develop simple, elegant solutions to complex problems.
  • Data-driven, customer-centric mindset. You have strong experience using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to uncover consumer insights and drive a deeper understanding of human behavior.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit. You’re a natural builder, with a desire to dig in, define a path, and drive things forward. 
  • An affinity for tackling complex problems. You’re intrigued and energized by complexity, drawn to untangling tricky problems with multiple layers and the satisfaction of creating a clear path forward.
  • An inclination to embrace ambiguity and respond to change with agility. You thrive in environments where the structure may not be defined and you have the freedom to create it. 
  • Able to work fast and hypothesize quickly. You’re adept at efficiently gathering the inputs you need to develop sound hypotheses that move work forward quickly.
  • Flexible style and a desire to create better ways to work. You’re comfortable coming in with a point of view, but you’re also excited by the prospect of creating new ways of working and opportunities to push teams outside of their comfort zones.
  • Outstanding communication, writing and presentation skills. Success in this role is determined by how you think and how well you are able to translate that thinking into clear questions, hypotheses and recommendations for internal and external audiences.
  • High emotional intelligence. You feel the intangible. You understand others and seek to build strong relationships with people across disciplines and experience levels.


Your background should include:

  • MBA or Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of experience in strategy or strategic consulting (business, brand and/or integrated marketing).
  • Experience in research, analytics, and/or client-side brand management or marketing.
  • Experience with B2B, finance, and technology brands/companies.
  • Strong experience in digital and CX strategy.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and juggling competing priorities.
  • Business strategy/transformation experience.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills.