Work with humans, not robots.

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1. Take care of each other

2. Collaborate

3. Produce amazing work

4. Speak up

Four values define the Big Spaceship experience and institutionalize our culture of shared ownership, which consistently produces outstanding, effective work. They foster a relaxed environment where all employees feel comfortable punching above their weight. As an organization with minimal hierarchy, you can feel confident can suggesting the outlandish—we’ve got your back.

For a recent hack day, a few folks wrote and illustrated a book explaining the way we work in detail. It’s called Our Manual.

In addition to getting to work with friendly people in the greatest borough in the greatest city in the world, we offer a wide range of professional perks. We’re proud to have been named one of AdAge’s Best Places to Work for three years in a row.

BASICS

  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Transit Check
  • Generous PTO
  • Office closed between Christmas & New Years

SHOW & TELL

We frequently invite interesting people from a variety of backgrounds to share their experience with us. These are extraordinary opportunities.

FRIDAY BREAKFAST

Bagel or egg log? The debate goes on.

SNACKS, BEER & HOT SAUCE

The kitchen is well-stocked, and anything not labeled for personal use is fair game. The beer is almost never labeled.

HACK DAYS

The world was made to be hacked, and our hack day is one of the most beloved Big Spaceship traditions. Every so often, we pause all our usual work and break into small teams. Then we spend all day (and all night) creating something that makes the world a better place. The next morning, everyone presents what they’ve made. It’s something you’ll never forget.

RUN CLUB / WHISKEY CLUB

Work hard, play hard.

We don’t segregate people by department. Instead, you’ll sit with the other people who are working on your project. This means you’ll have daily contact with some of the most talented strategists, designers and technologists in the business.

We often say “we love professionals, we hate professionalism.” We’re not big on offices or hierarchy, but we are big on collaboration and straight talk. Like our Brooklyn home, we’re friendly, we’re playful and sometimes we break the rules. We’re an independent bunch, and we look for disciplined self-starters.

Current Openings

Junior Designer

We are looking for an exceptional Junior Designer to join our growing team at Big Spaceship. Big Spaceship is a digital agency in Brooklyn that brings together product design, brand communications and social content to help businesses thrive. We’re also a little weird, extremely collaborative, and sometimes communicate entirely through GIFs. We are currently expanding our work with several clients, collaborating equally among our social, strategy, design and technology disciplines.

Our ideal Junior Designer will have an incredible eye for color and typography on the web, experience with animation, a passion for learning new skills, and a knack for deploying an off-kilter sense of humor in a way that aligns consistently with a client’s voice. You are positive, proactive and naturally at home in an organic, team-motivated environment.

Role + Responsibilities:
  • Participate and collaborate in ideation worksessions for marketing campaigns, web and mobile experiences and social content support
  • Work directly with our copywriters and strategists to develop visual identity guidelines and create visual assets to support client work
  • Translate campaign strategy into design assets for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and various other social media platforms
  • Brainstorm with insight and empathy to help solve problems in awesome, hilarious, and compelling ways with the entire team.
  • Have a deep understanding of social content and consumer-brand interaction
  • Curate content by promoting videos/stories/memes that are about to become part of the conversation in a big way
  • Maintain awareness of new social media marketing platforms and techniques, as well as look for opportunities to innovate and develop completely new techniques
  • Have finger on the pulse of a client’s social presence, social trends and channel shifts
  • Find time to keep up your own personal, weird, super-specific Tumblr, Pinterest page or respond to your gang of followers on YouTube or Twitter.
Skills + Experience:
  • 2-4 years of design experience, preferably with social media as a piece of the pie—brand-side, digital agency or PR
  • Experience (personal or professional) using After Effects for animation
  • Degree in Design, Art, Marketing, or the equivalent experience in a related field
  • Deep understanding of major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as well as smaller and emerging platforms
  • Strong conceptual thinker who can quickly take an emerging trend, shape it to work for a specific client and create an irresistible (or hilarious) piece of content
  • A passion for digital culture and inventing solutions to tomorrow’s challenges today
  • Exceptional design and presentation abilities
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines as well as to work independently and proactively
  • Photography skills always a big plus
When applying:
  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence. Twitter only allows 140 characters…can you beat that?
  • Please include a detailed resume
  • Please include portfolio with examples of your best and/or most relevant work
  • We’d love to see your crazy Tumblr, Twitter or other page if you’re up for sharing it

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Lead Social Art Director

We are looking for an exceptional Social Art Director with deep campaign experience to serve as the creative lead in our social practice at Big Spaceship, on a major global electronics account. Big Spaceship is a digital agency in Brooklyn that brings together product design, brand communications and social content to help businesses thrive. We’re also a little weird, extremely collaborative, and sometimes communicate entirely in gifs.

This lead Social Art Director is a highly conceptual, multidisciplinary thinker and designer who is inspired by the power of strategy, technology, and social media. The role requires a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for big ideas and social media, and the ability to champion Big Spaceship’s work, culture and process. This role works in partnership with the Social Copywriter and is responsible for ideation, development and execution of all social campaigns and content. The Social Art Director must be both creative and hands-on, excited about tackling new projects and passionate about assessing and solving complex brand challenges.  You are positive, proactive and naturally at home in an organic, team-motivated environment. While this is a director position and you will be supported by more junior designers who you will manage, you must be ready to roll up your sleeves and open up Photoshop or Illustrator as needed to help create content.

Role + Responsibilities:

  • Work in partnership with the Social Copywriter to develop brilliant and highly-creative content and video campaign ideas that are executed through social
  • Develop cross-channel ideas across social, video, events, PR, viral and media partnerships
  • Brainstorm with insight and empathy to help solve problems in awesome, sometimes hilarious, compelling ways
  • Sell social campaigns and executions, build strategic concepts, drive initiatives
  • Build campaign initiatives and partner with content team to execute via posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and various other social media platforms
  • Curate content by promoting videos/stories/memes that are about to become a major part of the global social conversation
  • Demonstrate micro and macro knowledge of the client’s business by continuous research of brand, its categories and competitors
  • Develop creative work of the highest quality by sharing knowledge of the client/business/brand and demonstrating strong creative judgment
  • Have finger on the pulse of our client’s social presence, social trends and channel shifts
  • Work closely with Asia team to problem-solve and inspire by assessing and resolving challenges for varied client needs

Skills + Experience:

  • 5-8 years of design and art direction experience agency-side, with a minimum of 4 years social experience and experience in cross-channel and campaign teams
  • Experience in developing/delivering integrated social marketing campaigns required
  • Success in presenting creative content that engage consumers and build brands in digital and social channels
  • Ability to work, design and think quickly in response to real-time social needs
  • Exceptional creative, design and presentation abilities
  • Experience working on a large global account
  • Experience working in creative or director capacity of video content a plus
  • A passion for digital culture and inventing solutions to tomorrow’s challenges today
  • Degree in Design, Art, Communications, Marketing, or a related field
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines
  • Tech category experience a plus

When applying:

  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence
  • Please include a cover letter and detailed resume
  • Please include portfolio and writing samples that show your best work

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Social Copywriter

Note: We are currently accepting resumes for Copywriters but do not have any open positions at the moment so we will reach out to you as the situation changes.

We are considering exceptional Copywriters on both full time and freelance basis to join our social practice at Big Spaceship. Big Spaceship is a digital agency in Brooklyn that brings together product design, brand communications and social content to help businesses thrive. We’re also a little weird, extremely collaborative, and sometimes communicate entirely in gifs. We’re currently growing our social media team, and are looking to round it out with a social copywriter to collaborate with our social, strategy, design and technology teams.

This Copywriter role requires a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for social content, and the ability to champion Big Spaceship’s work, culture and process. Bonus points if you’re a little weird. The team operates a bit like a newsroom—engaging with pop-culture events as they unfold, developing communications and sending innovative content into the daily social media fray.

The ideal copywriter balances smarts with a quick wit, and has a knack for deploying an off-kilter sense of humor in a way that aligns consistently with a client’s voice. This person should possess a powerful command of tone and the ability to adapt to a variety of brand strategies and digital experiences. You are positive, proactive and naturally at home in an organic, team-motivated environment.

Potential candidates should also be highly proficient in gif-based communication.

Role + Responsibilities:
  • Translate campaign initiatives into daily posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and various other social media platforms
  • Participate in content ideation for marketing campaigns, leveraging understanding of audiences, channel strategies and social trends
  • Work directly with the design team to create companion copy for visual assets
  • Brainstorm with insight and empathy to help solve problems in awesome, sometimes hilarious, compelling ways
  • Curate content by promoting videos/stories/memes that are about to become part of the conversation in a big way
  • Maintain awareness of new social media marketing platforms and techniques, and look for opportunities to innovate and develop completely new techniques
  • Have finger on the pulse of Client’s social presence, social trends and channel shifts
Skills + Experience:
  • 3-5 years of copywriting experience – preferably with a focus on social media strategy. Agency experience a plus
  • Community management experience a must
  • Degree in English, Communications, Marketing, or a related field
  • Deep understanding of both major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc) as well as smaller and emerging platforms
  • Experience using listening & reporting tools like HootSuite, Sprinklr and Brandwatch
  • A passion for digital culture and inventing solutions to tomorrow’s challenges today
  • Exceptional writing and presentation abilities
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines
  • Familiarity with AP style
When applying:
  • Please add in the Subject Line provided whether you’re looking for full time or freelance
  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence
  • Please include a cover letter and detailed resume
  • Please include portfolio and writing samples that show your best work

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

What About Me?

We’re always interested in hearing from talented designers, ux’ers, technologists, strategists, account types and producer folk (and more!).  But if you don’t see an opening for your specific talent right now, thats OK!  It could be because we’re so busy looking for you we haven’t had time to update the website.  More likely though we’re just not actively looking for your specific skill set right this second.  There are only so many hours in the day and we prioritize looking at applications for the active openings listed on the site, which means we may miss someone awesome for the future.  So rather than you applying into the internet job application black hole and wondering what the heck happened to it, send us a note through this link with our apologies in advance that we might take a while to get back to you. When we have an open role that fits your skills, you can bet we’ll be looking at your stuff then and will get back to you if we think you’re crew material.

When applying:

  • Please replace “Please change this part with the role you’re looking for.” with the type of role you’re applying for/experience you have.
  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence
  • Please include a detailed resume

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Internships

Design

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 but submissions are rolling and we’re always happy to receive your application

What you need to know:
  • Internships usually run 3 months
  • Start and end dates are flexible (within our seasonal program)
  • We require a minimum of 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • We provide a base stipend starting at $400 per week
  • Securing housing is up to you, craigslist can certainly help
  • Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently (we can offer recommendations for sponsoring organizations)
  • Internships are intended for undergraduate students or recent grads who hold less than eight months experience in the job swimming pool – Graduate students (and beyond) are free to apply, but an internship shouldn’t be interpreted as a way to get a job offer

You must have:

  • A general understanding of (and love for) digital design, as well as a solid handle on composition, animation, and typography.
  • Experience with social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • A working knowledge of Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator. Photographic skills are a huge plus.

How to Apply:

  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship.
  • Please specify what kind of Internship you’re applying for in the Subject line and the Season (time frame) you’re applying for
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence.
  • Please do not include a cover letter, instead tell us a little bit about yourself in the body of your email.
  • Please include a resume and send all materials as links – services like clouddropbox and drive are your friends. Make sure the share settings allow anyone to view.
  • Please include a link to your personal URL/portfolio- we’ll accept .PDF portfolios in lieu of links or online samples of your work, but please submit these as a download rather than an attachment
  • We’re flexible, but if you have strict start/end dates, please let us know.
  • Don’t be a robot.

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Operations

Now accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2014 but our submissions are rolling and we’re always happy to receive your application

We like getting things done. We’re organizational freaks, we do 3 things at a time and don’t mind picking people’s brains. We poke holes and find solutions to impossible problems. We motivate and engage every single team member to divide and conquer tasks and projects both great and small. We also write a lot of emails and excel sheets and ask a lot of questions. As an Operations intern, you’ll work with the Office/HR Manager, Admin/Receptionist and Executive team to keep tasks moving forward, help with planning and execution, and learn the process of how to fill in all the blanks of helping a people and a place be the well oiled machine that dreams are made of. You’ll be on the front lines with us, holding down the fort.

What you need to know:
  • Internships usually run 3 months, on a quarterly basis based on the amount of work we have available.
  • You will work a regular 40 hour work week (Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm).
  • We provide a base stipend starting at $400 per week.
  • Securing housing is up to you, but we’re happy to give you some suggestions on neighborhoods.
  • Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently (we can offer recommendations for sponsoring organizations).
  • Our internship program probably shouldn’t be called a program. Rather than an assigned mentor, defined assignments and a big final project, we throw you right into the action and let you learn hands on. Proactivity is a must.
  • It’s mighty competitive — we get hundreds of applicants and take just one intern at a time.
  • Internships are intended for recent grads or exceptional undergraduate students, but an internship shouldn’t be interpreted as a guaranteed way to get a job offer.
You will:
  • Multi-task constantly
  • Keep tasks and projects moving efficiently.
  • See assignments through to completion while handling duties and requests large or small – or both, depending on your level of experience.
When applying:
  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship.
  • Please specify what kind of Internship you’re applying for in the Subject line and the Season (time frame) you’re applying for
  • In one sentence, tell us what you love.
  • Please include a resume- We do not accept resumes as attachments. Instead please send all materials as links – services like clouddropbox and drive are your friends. Do not include a cover letter for the love of god.
  • We work on the internet so please pass along links to your social handles.
  • We’re flexible, but if you have strict start/end dates, please let us know.
  • Don’t be a robot.

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Production

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 but our submissions are rolling and we’re always happy to receive your application

We like making things. We’re organizational freaks and don’t mind picking people’s brains. We poke holes and find solutions to impossible problems. We motivate and engage every discipline to get the best idea made for our client and ourselves. We also write a lot of documentation. As a producer intern, you’ll work with teams to keep tasks moving forward, help with budgets, scopes and learn the process of how a project goes from “request” to “live”. You’ll be on the front lines with us, holding down the fort.

What you need to know:
  • Internships usually run 3 months, on a quarterly basis based on the amount of work we have available.
  • You will work a regular 40 hour work week (Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm).
  • We provide a base stipend starting at $400 per week.
  • Securing housing is up to you, but we’re happy to give you some suggestions on neighborhoods.
  • Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently (we can offer recommendations for sponsoring organizations).
  • Our internship program probably shouldn’t be called a program. Rather than an assigned mentor, defined assignments and a big final project, we throw you right into the action and let you learn hands on. Proactivity is a must.
  • It’s mighty competitive — we get hundreds of applicants and take just one intern at a time.
  • Internships are intended for recent grads or exceptional undergraduate students, but an internship shouldn’t be interpreted as a guaranteed way to get a job offer.
You will:
  • Multi-task constantly
  • Guide and motivate their teams in order to keep projects moving efficiently.
  • See projects through completion while handling managerial duties large or small – or both, depending on your level of experience.
When applying:
  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship.
  • Please specify what kind of Internship you’re applying for in the Subject line and the Season (time frame) you’re applying for
  • In 200 characters, tell us about your last related experience.
  • In one sentence tell us what you did last night.
  • Please include a resume- We do not accept resumes as attachments. Instead please all materials as links – services like clouddropbox and drive are your friends. Do not include a cover letter.
  • We work on the internet so please pass along links to your social handles.
  • We’re flexible, but if you have strict start/end dates, please let us know.
  • Your resume must include a short objective defining why you are applying for a role with Big Spaceship and what you hope to learn from us.
  • Don’t be a robot.

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Social Strategy

Big Spaceship is looking for an intern to join our Social Media team, known to once-in-a-while communicate solely in gifs. This is a great opportunity for a funny, bright, social media maven with outstanding collaboration skills. In this role, you’ll contribute to the creation and implementation of content through copywriting, creating presentations, data analysis, and research.

*START DATE: Our applications are rolling and we always welcome your submission but we are looking at Fall Internship applications currently.

Responsibilities:

  • Copywrite for social content across channels
  • Work directly with team to build and grow innovative testing plans and analytics reports
  • Create presentations on social strategy in collaboration with other members of the team
  • Monitor social trends and contribute ideas during brainstorms
  • Perform a lot of research really quickly on digital behaviors to inform content

Requirements:

  • Experience managing social media accounts for clients preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of social media platforms and how they can be applied across verticals
  • An enthusiasm for social media and an ability/interest in staying ahead of emerging trends
  • Degree in Communications, Marketing or related field

What you need to know:

  • This Internship will run between 3-6 months
  • You will work a regular 40 hour work week (Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm).
  • We provide a base stipend starting at $400 per week
  • Securing housing is up to you, but we’re happy to give you some suggestions on neighborhoods.
  • Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently (we can offer recommendations for sponsoring organizations)
  • Our internship program probably shouldn’t be called a program. We throw you right into the action and let you learn hands on. Proactivity is a must.
  • Internships are intended for recent grads who hold less than 8 months experience in the job swimming pool – Graduate students (and beyond) are free to apply, but an internship shouldn’t be interpreted as a way to get a job offer.

How to Apply:

  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship.
  • Please specify what kind of Internship you’re applying for in the Subject line and the Season you’re applying for
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence.
  • Please do not include a cover letter, instead tell us a little bit about yourself in the body of your email.
  • Please include a link to something you’ve made that you’re proud of so we can get a sense of your voice and how you work (ie: a zine you published, a class project you led, a cooking blog, an article you’ve written…)
  • We work on the internet so please pass along links to your social handles.
  • We’re flexible, but if you have strict start/end dates, please let us know.
  • Please include your resume but we do not accept resumes or portfolios as attachments. Instead please send all materials as links – services like clouddropbox and drive are your friends. Make sure the share settings allow anyone to view.
  • Don’t be a robot.

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Strategy

Now accepting applications for Summer 2014. Summer internships run from May/June to August/September. 

What you need to know:
  • Internships run between 3-6 months, on a quarterly basis based on the amount of work we have available.
  • You will work a regular 40 hour work week (Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm).
  • We provide a base stipend starting at $400 per week
  • Securing housing is up to you, but we’re happy to give you some suggestions on neighborhoods.
  • Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently (we can offer recommendations for sponsoring organizations)
  • Our internship program probably shouldn’t be called a program. We throw you right into the action and let you learn hands on. Proactivity is a must.
  • It’s mighty competitive — we get hundreds of applicants and take just one intern at a time.
  • Internships are intended for recent grads who hold less than 8 months experience in the job swimming pool – Graduate students (and beyond) are free to apply, but an internship shouldn’t be interpreted as a way to get a job offer.
You will:
  • Multi-task constantly, working on many projects rather than assigned to one team
  • Work with members of all disciplines
  • Do lots of research really quickly
  • Become a Keynote pro (bonus points if you already are)
  • Be asked to write in a variety of styles for a variety of mediums, often in a single day –  our strategists sometimes play copywriter, but this is only a piece of what we do
  • Work on internal projects as well as client engagements
When applying:
  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence.
  • Please include a link to something you’ve made that you’re proud of so we can get a sense of your voice and how you work (ie: a zine you published, a class project you led, a cooking blog, an article you’ve written…)
  • We work on the internet so please pass along links to relevant pieces of your online persona (portfolio, Website, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.)
  • Please do not include a cover letter, instead tell us a little bit about yourself in the body of your email.
  • We’re flexible, but if you have strict start/end dates, please let us know
  • We do not accept resumes or portfolios as attachments. Instead please send all materials as links – services like clouddropbox and drive are your friends.
  • Don’t be a robot.

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Technology

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 though submissions are rolling and we always welcome your application.

What you need to know:
  • Internships usually run 3 months, on a quarterly basis based on the amount of work we have available.
  • You will work a regular 40 hour work week (Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm).
  • We provide a base stipend starting at $400 per week.
  • Securing housing is up to you, but we’re happy to give you some suggestions on neighborhoods.
  • Non-US residents must arrange for a student visa and sponsorship independently. (We can offer recommendations for sponsoring organizations.)
  • Our internship program probably shouldn’t be called a program. Rather than defined assignments and a big final project, we throw you right into the action and let you learn hands on. Proactivity is a must.
  • It’s mighty competitive — we get hundreds of applicants and take just one intern at a time.
  • Internships are intended for undergraduate students or recent grads who hold less than 8 months experience in the job swimming pool – Graduate students (and beyond) are free to apply, but an internship shouldn’t be interpreted as a way to get a job offer.
You will:
  • Multi-task constantly, working on many projects rather than assigned to one team.
  • Work with members of all disciplines.
  • Be asked to prototype, prototype, prototype.
  • Not be afraid to ask questions. Remember when your 2nd grade teacher told you there are no dumb questions? Yeah, it’s true.
  • Have a mentor. That being said, you will be a part of the team and will not just be reporting to only one person.
  • Be expected to present something to the team towards the end of your stay with us. We think it’s important to start developing not only your tech chops but also to be able to speak about it.
When applying:
  • In 1-2 sentences, tell us why you want to work at Big Spaceship.
  • Tell us about yourself in one compelling sentence.
  • Please specify what kind of Internship you’re applying for in the Subject line and the Season (time frame) you’re applying for
  • Please include a link to your resume and to some of your work. Have a github account? Use that. No? You should get one. Seriously.
  • We work on the internet so please pass along links to things you’ve created or had a hand in creating. We like seeing things that live on the web.
  • Please do not include a cover letter, instead tell us a little bit about yourself in the body of your email.
  • We’re flexible, but if you have strict start/end dates, please let us know
  • Please send a resume- we do not accept applications with attachments. Instead please send all materials as links – if you don’t have a portfolio site, don’t fret – services like github, cloud, dropbox and drive are your friends.
  • Don’t be a robot

We’re currently only soliciting candidates authorized to work in the U.S. at this time.

Recruiters may not apply.

Big Spaceship provides equal opportunity in employment and will administer its policies with regard to recruitment, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, compensation and benefits without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable law.