The Art Institute of Chicago welcomes over 1.5 million visitors annually, holds more than 260,000 works in the collection, and hosts over 30 exhibitions during the course of a year. To support and promote our dynamic programming, we are currently seeking a talented Creative Director of Video to create and oversee video content creation across an array of platforms. The Creative Director is a maverick storyteller and communicator extraordinaire. With rich content at the core of the job, we are looking for a filmmaker who can navigate complex information and emerge with a crystal clear and compelling visual narrative.
The position lives in the Experience Design department, which covers the Design and Digital groups, but collaborates frequently with stakeholders in Marketing, Communications, Curatorial, Exhibition Design, and Learning and Public Engagement. The ideal candidate has a portfolio that reflects a range of multimedia applications—video for immersive spaces, documentary style storytelling, and short, socially-targeted marketing spots. The Creative Director should have experience supervising teams and projects, providing direction to others, but is also capable of independently executing a project from concept to completion—covering scripting, directing, and editing. Resourcefulness and creative passion are essential qualities for the position.
Roles & Responsibilities
Creative Direction. The Creative Director oversees video production at the Art Institute and is responsible for assuring the highest possible quality of visual presentation and storytelling.
Creative Process. Strategize and plan brainstorming sessions. Write video treatments, generate storyboards, and moodboards. Work closely with the Digital Studio Director to create project and production plans.
Video Production and Team Supervision. The Creative Director directly manages the production process, from location shoots through to the final cut. The work is hands-on in the editing room and requires expert-level fluency with professional editing software. On larger projects, the role may include coordinating between stakeholders and creative partners, such as motion designers, graphic designers, and other crew.
Research & Analysis. Perform research on precedents, production locations, art historical content, and the industry at large. Stay up to date with camera and production equipment.
Collaboration. Work internally with Experience Design leadership to develop initiatives. Collaborate with stakeholders across the museum to ensure that goals are being reached and key messages are being communicated.
Minimum of 5 years experience in the video production industry, or a related field. Expert knowledge of the video and audio production process is required, including storyboarding, editing, sound design, and location logistics.
Expertise with professional editing software is a must. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, or other design tools.
Excellent communication skills for interacting with key stakeholders in marketing, exhibition design, interpretation, and curatorial.
Strong leadership skills—must know how to lead and manage an audio and video production team.
Accomplished presenter with the ability to win over an audience with a persuasive idea or vision.
BA or BS required. Advanced degree or comparable experience in digital media preferred.
A curiosity for history and culture and a passion for finding the best way to visually communicate a story.
Please share a PDF or link to online work/visual portfolio with cover letter and resume for full consideration.
***Apply online at: www.artic.edu/careers***
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
About The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.