Senior Associate of Design, Obama Presidential Center

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Chicago, IL, USLocation:
Wed, Nov 23 '22Posted on:

The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) Senior Associate of Design will act as an owner's representative and support the OPC Director of Design and any special advisors on OPC interior design to coordinate the design, procurement, and installation of all architectural and interior design elements at the OPC to ensure that the physical environment supports all programmatic and operational requirements and is connected to the storytelling and brand goals of the Foundation. The Senior Associate will collaborate with internal colleagues, consultants, and vendors to successfully manage a number of interrelated, cross-departmental work streams related to the Center’s architectural and interior design, including specialty elements (millwork, graphics, light fixtures), signage, interpretive displays, artwork, branded elements, and furniture, fixtures and equipment. You will be responsible for meeting project milestones and carefully managing budgets to enable the OPC Team to successfully deliver a Center that meets key operational, interpretive, and experiential goals on time and within budget. This is a term position that is expected to sunset by December 19, 2025.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Manage multiple internal interrelated workflow schedules to keep design-related deliverables on time, to meet the needs of the project's design consultants and construction schedule.
  • Manage the budget, procurement and installation of all furniture, fixtures & equipment, accessories and art.
  • Effectively collaborate with teams from across the foundation (especially Creative & Communications, Museum, OPC Operations, and Product & Technology teams) to coordinate, commission, and fabricate all interior elements across the Center, including signage, artwork, branded elements, and interpretive / storytelling displays .
  • Coordinate with consultants and vendors in the design, procurement, and / or fabrication of architectural and interior elements
  • Oversee and coordinate with the on-site construction team and installers on the receipt and installation of all architectural and interior design items
  • Support the integration of brand, stories, interpretation, and operational goals from multiple stakeholders
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

  • High-quality final design supporting all OPC architectural and interior design matters
  • Accurate and effective presentations and documents related to the selection, design, procurement, and/or fabrication of architectural and interior elements
  • Collaborative partnership with external design consultants and teams across the Foundation
  • Successful coordination of the design, procurement, and installation of all architectural and interior design elements on time and within budget

Required Qualifications

  • Proven, recurring experience in interior design with large public-facing institutions or hospitality projects
  • Experience and contacts within the interior design field in Chicago and nationally; familiarity with materials and furniture representatives in the market
  • Experience creating presentations, mood and material boards, and use with the Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Experience successfully managing complex projects and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment with ability to find creative solutions to changing design challenges
  • Experience with free-hand sketching; Sketchup, Autocad and BIM/Revit are a plus
  • Experience in large scale hospitality/experience-driven design is a plus

The salary range for this role is between $71,775 and $119,625, with new staff rarely starting at the top of the range and most often targeting a mid-point of $95,700.

Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. The Obama Foundation is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!

In the interest of employee health and safety during the pendency of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Obama Foundation is requiring that all prospective employees present proof that they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, or seek a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons, prior to their first day of employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

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