WE ARE HIRING – Design Director & Office Manager Roles

Hello there!

We have two exciting interior design job openings in Chicago for the right candidates. Please read the detailed descriptions below. Email info@centeredbydesign.com with a resume, portfolio and a link to a Pinterest board that you’ve curated to show us how your style will fit into the Centered by Design aesthetic.

JOB OPENING #1 – Design Director: Full time senior salaried role at Centered by Design

  • We’re offering:
    – Fun, collaborative team environment
    – Beautiful centrally located office with a full design library
    – Competitive pay
    – Health insurance contribution
    – Benefits, bonuses
    – This role has a big impact on our small and creative team

Job Description:

    This is an exciting role for a leader in the interior design industry to join an A-List Chicago design firm that curates timeless, bespoke interiors with a team culture that values collaboration and the client experience. We are seeking a well-trained design professional with team leadership experience, who has worked in the high-end residential sector for more than +6 years consistently. This position will make a great impact on the firm and involve a close collaboration with Principal in these key areas:

    • Project Development & Management
    • Interior Design Team Leadership
    • Company Project Schedule Planning & Management
    • Weekly Team Schedule Management
    • Team Training and Development
    • Business Development & Growth
    • Creative Direction for the Brand

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Collaborate with the design team to create design concepts including: drawings, design schemes, selections of product, materials and finishes; preparing client presentations
    • Direct & support the design team throughout every stage of the projects to maintain project timeline, scope, budget, design deliverables, schedules, orders and profitability.
    • Reviewing all client deliverables. Ownership of proposals, budgets, drawings, etc.
    • Maintain client relationships and weekly communication
    • Work with the design team on a daily basis by answering questions & creating learning opportunities when necessary.
    • Work with the Principal and Project Manager to scope potential projects and evaluate plans for project workload / new business and firm’s capacity.
    • Mentor and supervise the interior design team while challenging and introducing new and innovative methods of creative execution. Provide inspiration and guidance.
    • Contribute strategically to brand development.
    • Assist by participating in design networking events, etc. when necessary.
    • Assist Principal in hiring new interior design staff (conduct interviews, review resumes, and participate in the final selection of new employees).
    • Participate/ lead educational events for the team

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Interior Design from an accredited school or equivalent
    • 6+ years of interior design experience – residential interior design as the main focus
    • Experience in team management, mentorship and training in the design field is essential for this position
    • Experience in creating project schedules and their integration with product installations
    • High level client management experience, including ability to supervise the project from start to finish, create and run client presentations with confidence, and problem-solving approach towards the clients & team.
    • Experience in project management, as well as utilizing platforms like Quickbooks, Ivy or Studio Design.
    • Proficiency in AutoCad, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop & InDesign), Excel, Sketchup (a plus!)
    • Extensive knowledge and relationships with trade resources, contractors, other professionals on the design market
    • Knowledge of design principles, working knowledge of construction methods
    • Team player approach with excellent communications skills
    • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
    • Motivated and highly passionate individual with professional and personal goals
    • Must be located in the Chicago, IL area

    JOB OPENING #2 – Office Manager: Part-time salary / hourly position

    This is a part-time role for someone with excellent organizational skills, a working knowledge of interior design/firms and experience managing finances / bookkeeping. This position will make a great impact on the firm and oversee or assist Principal, Designers and Project Manager in these key areas:

    • Client Ordering
    • Product Tracking
    • Scheduling Install days / deliveries / photoshoots
    • Billing Support to the Bookkeeper
    • General Office Management 
    • General support to Principal / Owner
    • Errands

    Our design studio is located at 2847 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60657

    MORE ABOUT OUR CURRENT TEAM HERE: https://centeredbydesign.com/design-team/

Meet Claire

Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer, and a passionate yoga teacher. Your personal sanctuary is closer to home than you think. Let’s find it together!

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