A global theatrical force, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), is known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, language and empathy for the human condition. CST has evolved into a dynamic company, producing a year-long season across a variety of artistic programs at our home on Navy Pier, throughout Chicago’s schools and neighborhoods, and on stages around the world. Reporting to the Marketing Director, the Marketing & Communications Designer has the unique opportunity to work on multiple brands and styles every day. The ideal candidate’s strong design sensibility and technical skills enable the Theater to successfully connect with its audiences and achieve sales/fundraising goals.
CST seeks a highly motivated Marketing & Communications Designer with a personable and collaborative spirit. Applicants must have the talent to create engaging designs and the foresight to anticipate demands. Working closely with Marketing Director and theater leadership (and with support from the Marketing Assistant for Advertising & Publications), this essential member of our team thrives on solving design puzzles, successfully translating strategy into compelling visual communications solutions.
DESIGN EXPERTISE & DUTIES
Advanced user of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator (CC).
An impressive portfolio that demonstrates mastery of layout, type, photography, and color
Specialization in organizing content, imagery, and strategy into a cohesive designs suitable for sales purposes
Demonstrated success in swiftly and successfully reshaping concepts across print and digital collateral (direct mail, posters, flyers, signage, print ads, e-blasts, web banners, social media content, etc)
Expertise in retouching photography
Ability to generate original art that meets brand standards
Experience in sourcing and leveraging on-brand stock photography
Thorough understanding of graphic and web production processes (design, development, and prepress)
Remain current on design trends and technology
KNOWLEDGE & ESSENTIAL SKILLS
Consistently deliver effective creative at top speed while maintaining immaculate attention to detail
Manage competing projects and shifting priorities to meet deadlines
Well-suited to graciously synthesize and incorporate feedback from a variety of sources
Superior written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to sell design ideas
Equally comfortable working independently or as part of a group
Diligent archiving and organization of graphic project archive, stock image library, and fonts
A willingness to engage with the Theater’s communication strategies/challenges to better inform design decisions
An enthusiasm for the performing arts
2-4 years professional design experience, preferably with a cultural organization
While a four-year, design-related college degree is encouraged, any applicants who feel they are truly experienced, skilled designers will be considered—diploma or not.
Additional Salary Information: COMPENSATION
Compensation is commensurate with qualification and experience, and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation pay and sick leave and personal time, and a 403(b) retirement program.
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Situated in downtown Chicago on Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has risen since its founding in 1986 to become a leading international theater company and recipient of both the Regional Theatre Tony Award and three Laurence Olivier Awards. Guided by the partnership between founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, the Theater is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of Shakespeare and other classics, new works, musicals and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, Chicago Shakespeare attracts 225,000 audience members annually. During 2016, the Theater spearheaded Shakespeare 400 Chicago, one of the world’s largest cultural festivals inspired by Shakespeare’s legacy. In 2017, the Theater opened its innovative new performance venue, The Yard.