Firebelly is the real deal. We push ourselves to excel at our craft and work together to make each other better.

Every day is an adventure.

Careers

We’re smaller than some, but bigger than others. (14, if you’re counting.) A few of us work remotely; communication—and lots of it—is key. We care about how our files are set up and how we manage our time. We nourish our minds and our bellies everyday, with help from our in-house chef.

We show up for each other and our communities. Many of us teach, speak, mentor and volunteer.

We’re dog-friendly do-gooders who believe in honesty, equity and collaboration. No egos allowed. We’re all in this together.

Open Positions

Project Producer

We are seeking a full-time Project Producer to join our project management team. Producers are hybrids between Account and Project Managers, with an emphasis on process.

We hope you are:

  • a fearless, proactive communicator who values transparency, curiosity and honesty
  • a thoughtful problem solver with stellar organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • adaptable to change, comfortable with ambiguity and eager to chart the course ahead
  • experienced and comfortable with digital project management tools like Harvest, Paymo, Dropbox + Slack (though if there are others you particularly love, do tell us)

We want you to:

  • take ownership of and accountability for the health of your projects from start to finish
  • create and maintain project timelines, identifying key milestones, delegating tasks to team members and keeping clients up-to-date on progress
  • manage budgets, tracking hours spent in each project phase and sharing regular updates with clients
  • collaborate with strategy, design and development teams to create holistic project plans, anticipate challenges, coordinate solutions and keep us moving forward
  • facilitate productive, positive conversations with studio team as well as clients, ensuring all are on the same page and understand next steps
  • coordinate efficient, effective meetings and workshops, which includes scheduling, A/V set-up, team prep, time management, taking notes and sharing summary reports as appropriate
  • oversee the production process, coordinating with team members, clients and third-party vendors to spec projects, solicit quotes, create schedules, complete quality assurance and ensure delivery on time and budget
  • develop and nurture client relationships, ensuring our clients understand and engage in our creative process, hold up their end of the bargain and come to you with their questions and concerns
  • lead project post-mortem sessions, creating honest space for team members (and the occasional client!) to reflect on process triumphs, challenges and opportunities for improvement
  • balance our pragmatic need for efficiency with our spiritual desire for creative play, intense collaboration and extraordinary work



3 month contract to start

minimum 5 years project management work experiencE, ideally within an agency or studio setting

ON-SITE IN OUR CHICAGO STUDIO (NO REMOTE)

OUR BENEFITS PACKAGE IS UNMATCHED, ESPECIALLY AMONG COMPANIES OUR SIZE

SALARY IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE

OUR CULTURE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Email us your resume + a note on why you'd like to join our team

Research Strategist

Now hiring: a seasoned researcher and digital strategist to join our team of human-centered design thinkers and lead our learning process. Start date late February/early March. To be considered, please apply by February 14!

Ideally, you are:

  • ravenous about uncovering precious insights and generating wild ideas
  • well-versed in classic—as well as unconventional!—discovery and design methods
  • capable of contributing to and leading a wide variety of projects, from service design and digital experience to branding and naming
  • familiar and comfortable with UX/web best practices, principles of information architecture and interaction design
  • innately curious, unafraid to ask questions and energized by new challenges
  • a thoughtful listener, proactive problem solver and empathetic communicator
  • a confident presenter who brings the clear perspective our clients so dearly want
  • a strong writer/storyteller—you know your way around a sentence
  • a self-starter, motivated and tenacious as all hell!
  • dedicated, heart and soul, to doing good work for clients and causes that matter

While every week is different, you can expect to:

  • create research plans tailored to a project’s specific needs
  • conduct primary and secondary research, as well as analyze and synthesize findings
  • design and facilitate client co-creation workshops
  • conduct brand, UX, analytics and content audits
  • develop site IA directions and content recommendations
  • outline, create and share killer decks, chock full of blazing hot strategic recommendations (you’ll be working in InDesign and Keynote)
  • help us integrate usability and accessibility best practices into everything we make
  • use a lot of post-its



this is a full-time, on-site position

3-MONTH CONTRACT TO hire

MINIMUM 3 YEARS STUDIO/AGENCY EXPERIENCE

OUR BENEFITS PACKAGE IS UNMATCHED, ESPECIALLY AMONG COMPANIES OUR SIZE

SALARY IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE

OUR CULTURE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Email us your resume + a note on why you'd like to join our team

Design Strategist

We're on the hunt for the elusive hybrid designer-strategist, someone who’s as keen on the final outcome as the thinking it took to get there.

We hope you have:

  • loads of experience, at least 8-10 years, including a few in a leadership role
  • expertise developing original design concepts and overseeing multiple brand and digital projects
  • a portfolio you’re proud of, full of work that demonstrates stellar design chops and typography skills, as well as your ability to solve interesting challenges as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • a knack for storytelling and strategic thinking—you know how to develop a cohesive concept and share it with others
  • a whole lot of love for creating comprehensive brand systems that can be experienced and enjoyed by people of all abilities
  • a healthy balance of confidence and humility—you love to present your work and value feedback from both teammates and clients

It’d be pretty great if you:

  • are unafraid to ask questions or admit when you don’t know the answer
  • enjoy leading and collaborating with a talented, interdisciplinary team of lovable overachievers
  • thrive in a fast-paced, multi-project environment
  • care deeply about accessibility and user experience
  • value mentorship—it’s been key to your own success and you want to lift others up too

THIS IS A FULL-TIME, ON-SITE POSITION

3-MONTH CONTRACT TO HIRE

Our benefits package is unmatched, especially among companies our size

salary is highly competitive

our culture makes the difference

Email us your goods and don’t forget to tell us why it matters to you.

Strategy Apprentice

We need a research and strategy apprentice, someone eager to sink their teeth into meaty projects, who's ready to learn and excited to support our uber-collaborative team. Start date late February/early March. To be considered, please apply by February 14!

A few qualities we’re looking for:

  • basic understanding of research methods such as ethnography, audits, interviews, surveys, journey mapping and usability testing
  • style and confidence in the way you communicate, especially in your writing—we’d love for you to pitch in on internal design reviews, client workshops, monthly newsletters, web copy, writing/proofreading decks, client emails, etc.
  • ability to both work independently and take direction in a fast-paced, open office environment where we all wear many hats
  • ambition to eventually lead research, UX and brand strategy projects
  • availability to start by late February

We hope you agree that:

  • less is more
  • it’s okay—no, it’s critical!—to ask questions
  • 🎶team work makes the dream work🎶
  • you're never done learning
  • good design solves problems
  • the devil’s in the details



this is a full-time, on-site position

6-MONTH CONTRACT, with potential for renewal or hire

1-2 YEARS relevant experience (but we can teach the right person)

Email us your resume + a note on why you'd like to join our team

Even if there isn’t currently a spot for you, we always like hearing from talented folks, especially those from underrepresented communities. You never know when the stars will align!

Say hello:
 work@firebellydesign.com

Apprenticeship Program

A rare, but rad opportunity. Every few years, we welcome one hungry protégé in the early stages of their career to join our team for a paid 6-month contract.

This is an opportunity to do real, meaningful work, with potential to grow into a full-time position. Whether you’re a budding designer, aspiring strategist or up-and-coming developer, we want to hear from you.

We love thoughtful listeners who enjoy a bit of chaos and a lot of collaboration. We look for raw talent, strong communication skills and a promising portfolio. Think you’re up for the gig? While success in this position doesn’t guarantee a full-time offer, it’ll put you on the right path. On-site only. No remote. Monthly stipend.

Show us what you got: intern@firebellydesign.com