Position Description

Art Director, Motion Graphics
Location Chicago, IL
Job Code 307
# of openings 1
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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.

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


·         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.

Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent organization of WTTW and WFMT, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity is a core value at WTTW|WFMT. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for all staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. WTTW|WFMT is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff. WTTW|WFMT will honor your experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. 


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