The Office of Global Marketing is moving into the role of being one of the chief branding creators for Northwestern University on an enterprise level. As the Office grows in scope and scale of work, the members need to be able to focus on creating unforgettable brand experiences that engage audiences, create emotional connections, and leave a lasting impact.
The Environmental Design Manager will be integral in providing quality branded environments, successfully delivering and communicating creative vision, and supporting all aspects of instituting environmental branding. They will coordinate with the Chief Creative Officer through the environmental design process and ensure needs for a space are communicated and executed with vendors, Facilities Management, and architects.
- Help establish a process for the creation of interior branded spaces, becoming integral part of planning process with Facilities Management in selecting architects and overseeing creative execution in new spaces.
- Consult with Northwestern hired architecture firms and Facilities Management on best design to stay on brand and ensure that the design meets Northwestern brand standards.
- Supervise creative vision execution and oversee design production phases of projects from concept through fabrication.
- Review design drawings, construction documents, and shop drawings from fabricators to protect brand integrity and ensure implementation quality.
- Understand how to incorporate marketing and branding into dimensional spaces.
- Standards from Brand guidelines that address all internal and external signage.
- Support facility managers and design teams to generate unique design concepts that promote Northwestern’ s identity to enhance the university experience for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
- Articulately represent creative work to creative leadership supporting brand strategy.
- Represent key contact between Global Marketing and Facilities Management.
- Act as the Global Marketing liaison by working with various agencies and outside services on environmental branding concepts and plans.
- Initiate and obtain creative feedback and design input from Chief Creative Officer at critical junctures
- Keep all key collaborators informed of project status.
- Operate effectively as part of a larger team, consistently meet prescribed timelines and budgets, and provide input as required.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with multiple types of vendors to solve production and construction challenges.
- Manage budgets and move budgetary components in order to keep projects moving forward.
- Develops schedules for projects and their delivery
- Refine, and substantiate design concepts according to project requirements showcasing mastery in brand experience and spatial design.
- Demonstrate a solid design sense that includes space, measurement, form, volume, color, and materials selection.
- Stay up to date with construction and fabrication techniques for possible impact on design (including digital communication applications).
- Create detailed, error-free design documentation to clearly communicate the university brand and ensure the quality of final execution.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in Environmental design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design or Architecture; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- 5-7 years proven ability in the development of advertising, promotion, or communication programs is required.
- A minimum of 5+ year’s general management experience in the Design field or an equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Strong conceptual ability and creativity
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Well versed in leadership, planning, and execution
- Experience in brand management or identity development
- Experience using a variety of design programs for three dimensional sketching and color rendering, from Photoshop to Illustrator to 3D architectural modeling software (preferably CAD and/or Vector Works).
- A LEED AP or RA certification is also desired – architects are encouraged to apply.
- Experience working with virtual teams in a high-matrix, fast-paced environment.
- Experience managing environmental branding project budgets.
- Successful candidates will possess leadership, communication, creativity, strategy, and design visualization.
- Strong communicator skilled in implementing and ensuring Brand compliance.
- Strong time-management skills and ability to prioritize and juggle concurring projects and multiple requirements.
- Strong sense for organization and problem solving.
- Understanding of internal Northwestern organizational structure and the ability to successfully interface with all organizational levels is helpful.
- Expertise with materials and technology in order to make recommendations on best courses of action in installations and construction.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.