The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) seeks a full-time Senior Designer to work with Design Director and other staff of the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department to design and produce graphic materials for the museum, manage design group work flow, and maintain the highest design standards consistent with the museum identity. The design team at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is an integral part of the Design, Publishing and New Media department. Working closely with editors, web developers, video producers, and project leads throughout the museum, the Senior Designer plays a crucial role in the creative output of the museum. Our studio atmosphere is spirited and informed, engaging with contemporary art and culture in virtually all projects. In addition to serving the design needs of each department, the MCA design studio contributes their expertise in design and visual culture through contributions to the MCA blog, workshops and special programs.
In collaboration with many museum departments, the Senior Designer will design and produce all visual materials, including: exhibition design and graphics, printed ephemera, catalogues, marketing collateral, retail products, web content, wayfinding, and other signage. S/he will conceive, design, produce, and independently manage print projects from inception through printing, including obtaining printing estimates, setting up electronic files for printers, reviewing proofs, and on-press quality control. S/he will also supervise junior designers and manage the design internship program, including intern selection and supervision.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum 4–5 years professional design experience required. A design portfolio displaying a sensitivity to content, context, and typographic solutions is essential. Professional samples should demonstrate projects handled from inception to completion, knowledge of contemporary print and web production techniques, long-form editorial design, and an ability to work at a range of fidelities. Must have excellent communication skills and a good disposition with team and clients under high-pressure projects. Special consideration is given to candidates with transdisciplinary experience such as product, environmental, or motion graphics design. Project based experience with HTML and CSS markup for design is required. General mobility throughout museum required. Ability to operate office equipment and spend long periods of time working on a computer screen required. Full-time schedule is Monday through Friday, 9 am–5 pm, with occasional evenings and weekends required.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No calls please.