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Art Director, Motion Graphics


Chicago, IL | Onsite or Remote Possible

Sep 29
Job Description

WTTW (Chicago PBS) is seeking a full-time Art Director, Motion Graphics to create/design compelling motion graphics and manage graphics team to support audience-driven content, marketing, and brand initiatives including television/video spots and promos and graphics for television/video series and shows.

• Design, create, and animate inventive graphics packages and promos in fast-paced, outcomes-driven environment using compelling motion graphics, animation, and video.
• Inspire, lead, train, and provide art direction for a small team of designers/animators.
• Synthesize and assign creative requests and requirements from across the organization; manage efficient and quick turnaround of graphics assets to support daily newsroom and other around-the-organization production.
• Collaborating with producers and marketing/creative services staff, take projects from creative concept to final finish building off of requests, creative briefs, and style frames.
• Develop, manage, streamline, and report on creative workflows and timelines utilizing scheduling system for all motion graphics design projects; work efficiently within project management/ticketing software platform to optimize utilization.
• Manage creative assets library for efficient search and retrieval across team.
• Collaborate with marketing and creative services staff to create style guides and to design and maintain graphic and brand identity of organization.
• Evaluate, interview, and hire graphic artists, both staff and per diem.
• Perform other duties as assigned including for sister classical music radio station WFMT.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and presentation abilities
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Flexible and adaptable, while maintaining high levels of productivity and effectiveness under pressure on multiple projects with tight and competing deadlines
• Thorough understanding of creative production planning and process; ability to estimate project scopes of work and time required to complete projects
• Ability to manage creative staff and maintain positive relationship with production and creative services staff
• Willingness to work outside of traditional hours depending on linear television schedule shifts

• 5+ years of experience as a designer overseeing motion graphics production in a multi-media environment
• Hands-on knowledge and background in typography, layout, color, and logo design
• Expert-level hands-on proficiency utilizing Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Element 3D, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere)
• Demonstrated proficiency in setting up and administering project management/ticketing software
• Experience utilizing character generators (e.g., Chyron, Maestro, XPression) a plus

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in graphic arts or related field a plus.


Application Details

An online portfolio demonstrating animation, motion graphics / 3D, typography, logo design, and color theory work is required for consideration. Please include link with application.


Our Mission
WTTW is committed to producing and presenting trusted, best-in-class content fueled by a distinctly Chicago sensibility. We engage our audiences by entertaining, inspiring, educating, and reflecting a diversity of perspectives.

Our Purpose
We enrich lives, engage communities, and inspire exploration.

Our Values
Curiosity: We are driven by an appetite to learn and know more – inside the organization, the greater Chicago area, and throughout the wider world – and we use what we learn to inspire our audiences to explore.

Commitment: We are committed to building an innovative, creative, and collaborative culture that enriches, engages, and inspires our audiences.

Trust: We operate ethically, transparently, and with integrity.

Respect: We treat people fairly, value one another, and foster a safe environment that encourages collaboration, communication, and consideration.

Excellence: We strive to be a best-in-class content company by setting the highest standards of quality in all that we do.

Diversity & Equity: We celebrate differences, embrace inclusivity, and strive for equity. The stories we tell, as well as the people in front of and behind the camera and microphone, reflect the myriad faces and voices of our region.

Fun: We believe in an enjoyable, positive, and team-oriented workplace. We’re committed to hard work that produces great content, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.