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Publication or Company Chicago magazine
Job Title Deputy Design Director
Industry Magazine Publishing
Benefits 401K/403B, Dental, Health
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Chicago, IL
Job Requirements Chicago magazine has an outstanding career opportunity for an experienced Deputy Design Director. In this role you will manage the design and production of Chicago magazine’s 8 yearly mini-magazine inserts, including setting up deadline schedule, scheduling necessary photo shoots and managing the budget for each magazine insert. You will also work on the monthly magazine and special inserts for Chicago magazine. The ideal candidate will have strong editorial design experience along with the ability to produce high-energy, high-impact work on a budget.


Design departments and features for the monthly magazine as
requested by the Design Director.
Coach junior art department staff members as needed
Work closely with editors to create and oversee the overall look of what is produced
Coordinate with production and editorial to make sure deadlines are met.
Direct photo shoots as necessary.
Assign illustrations to illustrators as necessary.
Work closely with the photo editor to plan the proper visual look for stories.
Under the direction of the Design Director, coordinate the recruitment and development of design/art interns as well as pool of freelance designers
Invoice illustrators (and photographers, if requested) and make sure their bills are paid.
Step in to run the art department when the Design Director is away; that requires a working knowledge of the budget, the goals for the department, and deadlines
Perform design work and projects for the brand’s digital properties as requested


BFA or BA in graphic design, art or similar field of study
At least five years worth of editorial design experience at a consumer magazine
Ability to work well with editors in conceiving stories that work well visually
Experience conceiving and executing photo shoots
Experience managing/coaching junior designers
Strong knowledge of and contacts among illustrators and photographers
Proven ability to juggle multiple priorities, plan ahead and hit deadlines
Knowledge of Mac-based K4 system, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe

Produced by the city’s best magazine editors and writers, Chicago magazine is the definitive voice on top dining, entertainment, shopping and real estate in the region. It also offers provocative narrative stories and topical features that have won numerous awards. Chicago reaches 1.5 million readers and is published by Tribune Company.

Chicagomag.com, the online edition of Chicago magazine, is your essential guide to the Chicagoland area. You’ll find the latest information on dining, nightlife, culture, news, politics, communities, and trends in Chicago—everything to help you make the most out of living in and around the city.
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