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A recruitment marketing pioneer since 1951, Shaker is a full-service agency specializing in highly customized communications and strategies for attracting and retaining the right talent ... in the right places, with the right messages.
What started by a family continues to be all about family—a strong and talented team of friends and colleagues and confidantes. Meet some of the leaders we are honored to have as part of our recruitment marketing family.
As a third-generation member of the Shaker family, Joe was raised on recruitment advertising. He describes HR communications as his passion, noting there is no greater achievement than making that connection between companies seeking the right employees and employees seeking the right opportunity. Joe officially began his career at Shaker in 2000, assisting client teams in incorporating online media and digital plans into marketing strategies. He advanced to vice president for Shaker Recruitment Consultants in 2005, directing the division’s niche job board operations. He succeeded his father, Joseph G. Shaker, to become president of Shaker Recruitment Marketing in 2016. He continues to be actively involved in business development, client relationship management, and the evaluation of emerging technologies. Joe serves on the board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and holds a BA in communications from the University of Wisconsin.
Chief Operating Officer
Derek’s impressive tenure at Shaker spans nearly 20 years. Prior to Shaker, he was an actuary at Price Waterhouse. While currently serving as the agency’s COO, he also heads the Shaker Programmatic team, where he applies his actuarial expertise to our clients’ unique hiring needs and budget, ensuring that each program is customized, strategic, and nimble. His approach to programmatic uniquely positions each client to find the right fit talent as efficiently and effectively as possible. Derek holds a degree in actuarial science from the University of Illinois.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Armed with extensive experience as a senior corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant and university professor, J. Todd brings breadth and depth to Shaker’s newly created CHRO position. His passion for creating environments where people can learn, grow and succeed guides the policies, processes and culture J. Todd has been tasked to refine at Shaker. Partnering with other members of Shaker’s executive team, J. Todd will build on Shaker’s 70 years of success and help position the firm for sustainable growth. J. Todd holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Morehouse College and has completed numerous executive education programs in strategy, finance, talent management and other business disciplines.
Coupled with a nuanced understanding of narrative, organic branding, Daniel’s design expertise and keen aesthetic sense culminate in unrivaled talent for exceptional creative work.
Now an innovator in his field, Daniel began his career at fifteen when, following in the footsteps of his family, he worked his way through Shaker’s creative department. After graduating at the top of his class with a BFA from the American Academy of Art, Daniel ventured into business for himself with the inception of his creative firm, Matte Black Studios. As one of the first creative firms to integrate responsive web design into its work, MBS excelled in innovative branding and interactive design that serviced clients from a broad range of industries. Matte Black merged with Shaker in 2015 and Daniel assumed the role of Executive Director, Creative Services. Today, Daniel’s talent and expertise support Shaker’s evolution into the digital realm.
Employer Brand, Diversity & Culture
John’s professional passion is helping global companies uncover who they are at their core. Through employer brand and employee value proposition development, he finds innovative ways to bring employee stories to life—work that has helped to redefine internal cultures and connect critical external talent to their dream jobs. As a content marketer, he unlocks the potential of authenticity and ensures that the right message finds the right audience, at the right time and on the right platform. As a speaker, coach and executive consultant, John has engaged audiences worldwide on diversity, inclusion and belonging, and on the future of work and the power of personal branding. In so doing, he has helped CEOs navigate diversity strategies, executives develop a more authentic voice on social media, students land their first jobs, and seasoned professionals rebrand themselves for their career journey. John earned a bachelor’s degree in African American studies and master’s degree in elementary education from Lincoln University. He holds an executive certificate in Fostering Diversity and Inclusion from Yale School of Management.
Ellen has more than 40 years of experience in advertising and communications, 29 of which have been devoted to her career with Shaker. After earning her bachelor’s in advertising and fine arts from the University of Illinois, Ellen took a position with a major automotive publishing firm, where she quickly advanced from graphic artist to production manager. In 1989, she joined Shaker as an account executive, where she was able to apply her creative talent and leadership abilities to win prestigious accounts and continuously advance her career. Today, Ellen leads a talented team of account professionals in ensuring proactive, consultative service to a variety of accounts. She is actively involved in strengthening our global agency relationships, to provide our customers with innovative service offerings on an international scale.
With over twenty years of experience in recruitment marketing, Megan works across every aspect of client development, business growth, agency education, global relations, and vendor partnerships. Building relationships has always been the cornerstone of her career, and she leverages our relationships with clients, media, technology and global partners to build solutions that enhance our clients’ employer brands, media strategies and candidate experiences. She holds a BS in Management from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.
Throughout his career, Peter has focused on developing and sustaining high-level and long-term client relationships. The key to his success is his ability to listen to client challenges, identify new marketing opportunities, introduce strategic solutions and deliver measurable results. He brings deep knowledge of employer brand activation, candidate attraction and engagement, and improving the candidate experience. Peter leads agency partnerships through a genuine approach based on immersion into their brands, cultures and industries. He holds a BA in Communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
Erin has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in business strategy, digital marketing, and recruitment advertising. During her time on the agency side, she has served as strategy lead, client advocate, and service delivery manager to clients ranging from Fortune 500 leaders to small- and mid-size B2B and B2C businesses. In addition to her agency background, Erin has served in such corporate roles as a director of marketing and as a key start-up contributor in e-commerce. A confidante and collaborator on Shaker’s leadership team, Erin now leads our agency’s business development, agency strategy, and client relationship management efforts. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing from the University of Iowa.
Over the course of his career, Jimmy has held a variety of roles in talent acquisition, recruitment marketing, and employer branding. The common denominator among them? He always listens to his clients’ challenges, invests the time to understand the circumstances that make them unique, and thoughtfully implements solutions to sustain success and growth. Jimmy is passionate about helping employers make meaningful and lasting connections with candidates and employees. He taps his expertise in branding, marketing, and storytelling to help his partners understand the steps necessary to recruit and retain top talent. A student of the industry, Jimmy constantly evaluates the psychology, economy, and sociology of employment. With an emphasis on creating long-lasting relationships, Jimmy leads agency partnerships through a highly consultative, client-first approach. He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
With over 15 years in strategic communications, Amanda has worked on a variety of industries—including online education, health care, personal care, food and beverage, and pet care—on both the agency side and in internal client roles. With a specialty in earned and digital media, Amanda is always on a quest for those storytelling moments that spark interest and engagement among a client’s targeted audiences. Amanda joined Shaker from Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, and brings a consumer marketing lens to recruitment marketing. She earned her journalism degree in PR and advertising from the University of Wisconsin.
Our beginnings were simple. Over 60 years ago, our founder Joseph R. Shaker saw a need and took a chance on an agency model dedicated exclusively to recruitment advertising communications.
Joseph R. Shaker Founded Shaker Agency, a newspaper rep firm focusing on Chicagoland newspaper help wanted classified advertising.
It's easy to walk through the forest once somebody has already cut down the trees.Joseph R. Shaker
The company expands from rep firm to a full-service recruitment advertising agency (Shaker Advertising Agency & Classified Advertising Consultants). Moves headquarters out of the Loop and into Oak Park.
The second generation joins the business. Opens full-service offices in Florida and New Jersey.
Shaker grows its national footprint and expands globally.
Shaker creates Shaker Recruitment Consultants, a division that advises local media, predominantly newspapers, on how to remain relevant and maximize their presence in the current recruitment/talent acquisition landscape.
Shaker evolves from a newspaper media focus into a digital and creative branding powerhouse. Shaker creates the first Recruitment Trade Association (RAA).
Shaker acquires Chicago-based brand marketing and design firm Matte Black Studios, expanding our creative team and increasing Shaker's capabilities with boundary-pushing branding and web site services.
Shaker celebrates its 65th year. The third generation leads the family business.
Shaker acquires The Arland Group, a prominent recruitment marketing and communications agency based in St. Louis, advancing Shaker’s growth strategy as well as physical footprint.
Shaker is honored to join the exclusive recruitment marketing agency global consortium, One Agent, as the vanguard agency for North America.
Nothing makes us prouder than the relationships we have forged with so many great clients over our 60-plus years. Thank you for your partnership and kind words. We are humbled … and continue to be energized by working with you.
Fran Murphy, Global Recruiting Solutions Leader
Jason Jesunas, Head, Talent Acquisition
Mike Bavaro, Vice President, HR Business Partners and Talent
Eric Clemons, Senior Manager – Employment Brand Strategies
Sean Taylor, Director of Talent Acquisition
Troy Teague, Director, Recruiting and Recruiting Operations
Doing the right things to reach the right talent: This guiding principle is more vital than ever, given the increasing number of media, tools and technology available to employers and employees.
Shaker is on your side.
We listen to you. Carefully.
Then we consult. Thoughtfully.
We draw from a deep well of recruitment marketing options to deliver customized, user-focused communication strategies, authentic employer branding, award-winning creative, and media plans you can trust, because we are champions of your best interest.
We draw from our full spectrum of services to tailor a recruitment marketing strategy to your unique needs.
Engage right-fit talent in meaningful ways through authentic employer branding and compelling creative.
You can trust our recommendations because they are impartial and informed by deep industry experience.
A familial business model based on trust and client success means you can rely on attentive, agile service.
What we do starts with you. Before we talk, we listen. Before we consult, we think … and very carefully. About the media and communications options available, and about what's the best mix for you. How? By asking the right questions.
Why should candidates consider working with you above all else? We’ll uncover your employer brand, and build it with purpose. We’ll identify how you’re different, and express it in a way that is authentic and core to who you are … to ensure your messages are true to your lived-out employee experience.
How and where should you communicate with right-fit talent? We’ll carefully consider your goals and needs against the vast array of options, and custom-develop targeted, budget-conscious strategies to reach candidates where they are. And we’ll analyze and adapt strategies based on performance against goals.
What do you want your candidates and employees to feel when they engage with your communications? What do you want them to do? Everything we create starts with the user in mind. We design and develop all web sites to be responsive across all devices, and totally intuitive and seamless across platforms.