Come and be a part of our transformation! The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s new home and a hub for everything architecture in Chicago. The CAC will be a gateway for our docent-led tours, exciting programs and imaginative, new interactive exhibits including the expanded, popular Chicago Model. The Senior Graphic Designer will utilize strong design skills to work as the creative lead on our various institutional marketing communications, collaborating with multiple departments and serving a variety of audiences. This is a hands-on design position, as well as a creative leadership position.
Maintain the CAC brand on all internal and external print communications and advertising; serve as a creative consultant for web and email communications as needed
Update and manage CAC's graphic style guide; develop and maintain a knowledge of CAC branding in collaboration with the other marketing staff as applied to new visual communication initiatives
Serve as production designer, art director (in collaboration with various departments), and, for larger initiatives, creative director.
Design a wide array of visual communications, including all CAC ad campaigns , brochures, a quarterly member magazine, direct mail campaigns, event branding and materials for Open House Chicago and other festivals/events, shop merchandise, annual reports and other institutional proposals/presentations, and large-scale environmental design (in collaboration with outside vendors).
Develop innovative concepts and design directions, and present work clearly and effectively to internal staff, with a willingness to continue exploring conceptual options.
Collaborate with and provide art direction as needed for in-house web/email staff and outside vendors (i.e. long-form publications/books).
Work with various departments throughout the organization to provide graphic support for projects as requested, while helping to manage project timeline, completion and final delivery.
Maintain relationships with a variety of vendors and oversee quality of final print files and products; collaborate with internal staff to assist in other areas of visual communication quality control as needed.
Manage pricing to ensure CAC is getting the most competitive rates from freelance designers and printing companies .
Serve as a knowledgeable consultant on the annual graphics budget, helping make overarching decisions about possible directions of CAC visual communications.
Education and Experience
BFA in Graphic Design or Visual Communications (or equivalent 4-year degree)
5+ years in a mid-to-senior level design position
Experience working with an in-house marketing staff is preferred
Experience with mission-driven nonprofits is preferred, or an interest in philanthropy and community engagement
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to communicate creative direction both visually and verbally to internal staff as well as external vendors
Excellent attention to detail and flexibility to meet complex and ever-changing deadlines, while still understanding the established visual communication needs
Expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
Familiarity with HTML and additional software applications (i.e. video software) or a willingness to learn in order to complete simple tasks
Very strong understanding of typography, branding, multi-page layout and the experiential design of event materials
Excellent final pre-press print production skills (i.e. choosing paper stocks, editing photos, etc.)
Superior customer service orientation and skills
Must be a proactive and enthusiastic team member and team leader
Excellent listening, speaking and writing skills
Internal Number: 3129223432
About Chicago Architecture Center
Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages. Our mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. The CAC is the gateway for our docent-led tours, exciting programs and imaginative, new interactive exhibits including the expanded, popular Chicago Model.