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The Colonie – Motion Graphics Designer – Full-Time

The Colonie is seeking a Full-Time Motion Graphics Designer with 2-4 years experience. You should be a motivated self-starter who is capable of working independently, with a team and is comfortable working with clients in a deadline-driven environment. Must be proficient in Adobe After Effects and related plug-ins as well as Photoshop and Illustrator. Knowledge of Cinema 4D preferred, and experience with Octane rendering is a plus. You should have an understanding of the basic design principles with an eye for typography, composition, and color. Please send a link to your reel and your resume to designer@thecolonie.com.

 

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Free Spirit Media
Job Title: Deputy Director
Reports To: Executive Director
Supervises: Program Managers

Summary
The Deputy Director will partner with the Executive Director to oversee communications, development, operations, and especially programmatic functions for Free Spirit Media. The Deputy Director will play a vital role in connecting key strategic and programmatic priorities to initiatives and frameworks for their activation and integration. The Deputy Director position is new to Free Spirit Media; the vision for this position is to help connect organization vision, values, and implementation efforts. The Deputy Director will be a key leader in the organization, interfacing both with internal team members and stakeholders and with external partners, allies, and prospective supporters.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Management & Executive Efforts (35%)

·    Oversee strategic plan implementation and ensure organization is tracking to and meeting goals
·    Interface with board, board committees, staff, staff committees, youth council, and stakeholders to advance strategic priorities
·    Oversee, develop, and streamline database and contact management systems
·    Co-plan and co-facilitate meetings
·    Oversee staff work plans, deliverables, and outcome schedules
·    Ensure partner check-ins are scheduled and deliverables are met
·    Represent organization at various functions
·    Other duties as assigned

Programmatic Efforts (30%)

·    Oversee Program Managers to ensure successful programming in the areas of in-school, out-of-school, and pathways programming
·    Ensure and evaluate how youth development and media production best-practices are being modeled and promoted across all program offerings
·    Oversee organization’s evaluation, assessment, and outcome tracking efforts; ensure outcomes are being met linked to the organization’s logic model
·    Ensure proper recordkeeping and program reporting
·    Support program team in grant writing and reporting components
·    Support successful youth and young adult-focused events including banquets, showcases, and workshops
·    Support Program Managers and staff in advancing organizational goals and culture
·    Other duties as assigned

Development Efforts (20%)

·    Interface with Development team on institutional fundraising strategies
·    Support Development team to ensure successful partnerships with supporters
·    Represent organization in outreach and stewardship functions
·    Network to expand donor and partner base
·    Support the organization’s special event initiatives
·    Work with high-level organization volunteers to advance development efforts
·    Support key donor strategies
·    Other duties as assigned

Communications & Distribution Efforts (15%)

·    Support Communications team to ensure successful communications efforts through social media, newsletter, website, and other communications vehicles
·    Support Communications team on growing organization’s brand externally
·    Promote youth-made media to current and prospective external distribution partners
·    Promote staff and organization via conferences, panels, and media opportunities
·    Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Education and/or Experience

·    Bachelor’s degree or greater from a four-year college or university preferred
·    7+ years experience in non-profit management, programming, fundraising, and communications
·    Experience with media arts, youth development, and/or social justice organizations preferred
·    Experience leading, developing, and supervising a strong team
·    Experience in program design and facilitation
·    Expertise in evaluation design and implementation
·    Excellent managerial skills, experience working cross-departmentally, and proven track record of building systems and processes for organizational sustainability
·    Solid knowledge of foundation, corporate, individual, and government giving
·    Knowledge of the local and national funding community with a focus on media arts funders and individual philanthropists preferred
·    Knowledge of non-profit human resources, finance, and operations

Work Requirements:
This is a full-time position. Hours may exceed 40 hours per/week. Free Spirit Media is an equal opportunity employer. Ability to drive and/or own a reliable vehicle is strongly recommended.

Compensation & Benefits:
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience; Range $65,000 – $72,000 Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare, dental, and vision; IRA match after 1 year Paid Time Off: 18 Paid Time Off days accrued during first year in addition to 16 paid holidays Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives

To Apply:
Please e-mail resume, cover letter and salary history to hr@freespiritmedia.org with subject line: Deputy Director: {Your Name}.

Free Spirit Media is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and equitable environment in which all staff can excel regardless of race, ethnicity, age, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability. People of color, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

About Free Spirit Media:
The mission of Free Spirit Media is to cultivate diverse youth voices to transform media and society. Free Spirit Media provides youth on Chicago’s South and West sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and a hands-on media production experience through a youth development lens. We employ a holistic program model to develop youth into productive, connected, and engaged adults. Since our founding in 2001, Free Spirit Media has empowered more than 5,500 youth to share their stories, discover their potential, and engage their peers and communities through digital media. Free Spirit Media’s programming includes school-based media arts education, after school digital media programs, and advanced pathways programs that connect participants with opportunities in professional media industries. Participants at all ages and levels of our programming are supported in developing 21st Century skills that prepare them for success in college and careers. Please see freespiritmedia.org for more information.

 

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PRODUCTS & EXPENDABLES SALES – CHICAGO

Do you have experience in lighting for THEATRE, FILM or TELEVISION?

Do you have experience in sales?

Are you goal oriented?

If you answered “yes” to ALL THREE questions, keep reading.

Here’s an opportunity to use your skills and experience and be an important part of the supply chain that supports the film, television, theatrical and other specialty lighting industries.

This is a position with outstanding potential for personal as well as professional growth. Most of our staff have been here for many years. That’s because we’re a great company with unique products and outstanding Customers who work on some really cool stuff!

We are Barbizon Lighting — since 1947 we’ve been standing behind the people who stand behind the lights. A day’s work at Barbizon will include:

  – Proactively building strong, productive relationships with new and existing Customers

  – Helping other lighting professionals make the magic happen on stage & screen

  – Working with vendors to ensure Customer satisfaction

Barbizon is the leading supplier of entertainment lighting, rigging, drapery and expendables, serving the theater, television, film, educational, and themed environment industries with distinction for 70 years. We’re an international corporation with a small company atmosphere. Competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package is available for a proven performer.

Can you check off each of these “MUST-HAVE” qualities?

  – A personal determination to be your Customer’s most trusted resource?

  – Real experience in lighting for THEATRE, FILM, or TV production?

  – DEMONSTRATED success in sales? In the this industry or at The Gap doesn’t matter, as long as you were GREAT at it!

  – A goal-oriented bias for ACTION?

  – Excellent communication and organization skills?

If you checked off each one, we’d like to know more about you. Send your resume and cover letter to fnull@barbizon.com.


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Clutch Studios/Chicago has three openings for full-time, on-site motion graphics and 3D designers

SEEKING AN EXPERIENCED MOTION GRAPHICS DESIGNER to join our expanding team of talented and creative professionals. This is a full-time on-site position. Candidates must feel comfortable working within tight deadlines and communicating with co-workers and vendors. They must thrive on a mix of creative design challenges and production duties and be able to work quickly and effectively in a collaborative environment.

The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, detail oriented, highly motivated, be able to take ideas and develop them into usable content. Thoroughness and attention to detail are key to success in this position. Individuals only, no freelance, telecommuting or firms.

Qualifications:

• BA in Communication/Graphic Design or related field

• 3-5 years experience with Adobe After Effects (intermediate to expert proficiency required) this is not an entry-level position

• C4D Maya or MODO proficiency with modeling, movement, materials, lighting and integration into other workflows

• An understanding of a Nuke-centric VFX Compositing Pipeline (Roto,Tracking, & Multi-pass Compositing Techniques)

• Proficiency with other Adobe Creative Suite products, namely Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, and InDesign

• Excellent sense of design, including color and typography, timing, and movement • Technical expertise and also Mac and PC proficient

• Detail-oriented with excellent communication skills • Proactive and self-sufficient, with a creative approach to problem solving

• Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment while handling multiple projects

• A passion to develop oneself and stay abreast of new technologies and design strategies

This opportunity offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. EOE. Please submit your demo reel of current and past works along with a resume and references for consideration to lboland@capsvisual.com.

 

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MID-TO-SENIOR LEVEL 3D GENERALIST. Candidates must display a high proficiency in varied skills across areas of photo-realistic lighting, modeling, look development, animation, and compositing. They must thrive on a mix of creative design challenges and production duties and be able to work quickly and effectively in a collaborative environment.

The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, detail oriented, highly motivated, and able to take ideas and develop them into usable content. Thoroughness and attention to detail are key to success in this position. Individuals only, no freelance, telecommuting or firms.

Qualifications:

• BA in Communication/Graphic Design or related field

• 5+ years of experience is what we expect the individual(s) we’re seeking to have. We will consider talented artists with less than that.

• (3D) Experience with Maya and Modo preferred. Additional working knowledge of 3dsMax a major bonus.

• (Rendering) – VRay for Maya and Deadline Render Management preferred

• (Compositing) A solid understanding or strong willingness to learn a Nuke-centric VFX Compositing Pipeline (Roto, Tracking, & Multi-pass Compositing Techniques)

• Scripting ability a plus but not necessary

• Proficiency with other Adobe Creative Suite products, namely Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, and InDesign

• Strong sense of compositions, light and color

• Possess strong technical skills and ability to learn new software quickly

• Detail-oriented with excellent communication skills

• Proactive and self-sufficient with a creative approach to problem solving

• Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment while handling multiple projects

• A passion to develop oneself and stays abreast of new technologies and design strategies

This opportunity offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. EOE. Please submit your demo reel of current and past works along with a resume and references for consideration to lboland@capsvisual.com.

 

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JUNIOR LEVEL 3D GENERALIST. Candidates must display a high proficiency in varied skills across areas of photo-realistic lighting, modeling, look development, animation, and compositing. They must thrive on a mix of creative design challenges and production duties and be able to work quickly and effectively in a collaborative environment.

The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, detail oriented, highly motivated, and able to take ideas and develop them into usable content. Thoroughness and attention to detail are key to success in this position. Individuals only, no freelance, telecommuting or firms.

Qualifications:

• BA in Communication/Graphic Design or related field.

• 1-2 years of experience. Highly talented artists with less experience may still be considered.

• (Data Prep) Willingness to learn CAD processing techniques to generate usable 3D models for use in production.

• (3D) Experience with Maya and Modo preferred. Additional working knowledge of 3dsMax a strong plus.

• (Compositing) A solid understanding or strong willingness to learn a Nuke-centric VFX Compositing Pipeline (Roto, Tracking, & Multi-pass Compositing Techniques).

• Scripting ability a plus but not necessary.

• Proficiency with other Adobe Creative Suite products, namely Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, and InDesign.

• Ability to light objects photo-realistically will receive extra attention.

• Possess strong technical skills and ability to learn new software quickly.

• Detail-oriented with excellent communication skills

• Proactive and self-sufficient with a creative approach to problem solving.

• A passion to develop oneself and stays abreast of new technologies and design strategies.

This opportunity offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. EOE. Please submit your demo reel of current and past works along with a resume and references for consideration to lboland@capsvisual.com.

 

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Reel Chicago seeks writers, media sales, interns

WRITERS! ReelChicago.com seeks professional freelance writers who have a knowledge of visual media production and can write relevant trade news and feature stories for our coast-to-coast readers. We will assign you stories and you are encouraged to suggest story ideas. Story length is 300 to 500 words. We are a steady source of income and pay promptly upon receipt of invoice. Send letter/resume and two samples of recent editorial work to barb@reelchicago.com.

MEDIA SALES! Seeking an experienced media sales person. Commission plus bonuses. Send a letter and resume to barb@reelchicago.com.

JOURNALISM INTERNS! Two days a week to help report news of Chicago’s explosive media & entertainment industry. Flexible days and hours to suit your schedule. Send resume and two writing samples to barb@reelchicago.com.