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Firebelly

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. With our hybrid remote working model, communication—and lots of it—is key. We care about how our files are set up and how we manage our time. It's the little things.

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 step up for each other and take care of ourselves the best we can.

Open Positions

Project Manager

We’re looking for a kick-ass full-time Project Manager to join our Accounts team. This role is a hybrid between Account and Project Managers, with an emphasis on process.

Ideally, 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 Paymo, Dropbox + Slack (though if there are others you particularly love, do tell us)

While every week is different, you can expect 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

What helps you thrive here:

Minimum of 3-5 years project management, agency/studio work experience
Proficiency in Google Suite
Knowledge of Miro
Strong facilitation and collaboration skills

This is a full-time, hybrid position (located in chicago area), 3-mo contract to start.

Our benefits package is unmatched, especially among companies our size.

Our culture makes the difference.

To apply for this position, email us your resume, a note on why you'd like to join our team + any relevant work experience.

Senior Strategist

We’re looking for a kick-ass researcher-strategist to join our team of human-centered design thinkers and lead our learning process.

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 confident presenter who brings the clear perspective our clients so dearly want

  • a strong writer and storyteller—you know your way around a sentence

  • a self-starter, motivated and tenacious as all hell!

  • dedicated, heart and soul, to causes and clients that advance equity, inclusion and justice for all people

While every week is different, you can expect to:

Research

  • Carry out research methods such as interviews, surveys, journey mapping and usability testing with stakeholders and end users tailored to a project’s specific needs

  • Conduct brand, UX, analytics and content audits

  • Design and facilitate (virtual for now) client workshops, using human-centered exercises, to inform brand strategy and naming development

  • Define audience groups and their needs

Content and Brand Strategy

  • Create and execute brand strategy to drive client business goals and objectives

  • Develop and implement clear and engaging content that is consistent with the company's brand image

A few preferred, but not required skills:

Information Architecture + Wireframing

  • Create recommendations for web content based on business and customer needs

  • develop site information architecture and content recommendations

  • Create wireframes and prototypes

  • Collaborate closely with design and development teams throughout the project process (this is not a siloed role!)

What helps you thrive here:

Minimum of 5-7 years agency/studio work experience
Proficiency in Keynote, Google Suite
Knowledge of Illustrator, Figma, Miro
Strong facilitation and collaboration skills


This is a full-time, remote position, 3-mo contract to start.

Our benefits package is unmatched, especially among companies our size.

Our culture makes the difference.

To apply for this position, email us your resume, a note on why you'd like to join our team + any relevant work experience.

Senior Web Developer

We’re looking for a seasoned Developer with at least 3-6 years of experience to help us make beautiful digital experiences with an award-winning design and strategy team, for clients doing work that matters. Typically we build sites from scratch in Craft CMS and WordPress, but we use whatever tech makes the most sense for the project (with perhaps a few exceptions). This role will involve building brand new web projects from scratch as well as occasional updates and maintenance on older projects.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Deep JavaScript and CSS knowledge
  • Comfort working with PHP, Sass, jQuery, Twig
  • Comfort with Gulp, Webpack or other frontend bundlers/build tools
  • Committed to clean, semantic markup and general accessibility best practices
  • Decent sense of design and good attention to detail
  • Comfort Interpreting design files in programs like Figma, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
  • Effectively communicates with clients and ability to relay technical information to non-technical folks
  • GitHub account with recent examples

Bonus Points!:

  • Writing custom data migrations
  • Server configuration and maintenance
  • Building custom plugins for Craft CMS or WordPress
  • Static Site Generators (Jekyll, 11ty, Grav or whatever)
  • CSS/JS animation and/or Canvas/WebGL (vanilla or library of choice)
  • Comfort with other languages/frameworks (Ruby/Rails, Python/Django, React, Next, or whatever)
  • An interest in pushing our process and tech to the next level

THIS IS A FULL-TIME, REMOTE POSITION (THOUGH WE DO HOPE TO BE BACK IN STUDIO AT SOME POINT)

Email us your resume, a note on why you'd like to join our team + examples of your code. Not sure if you're the right fit or quite "senior" — email us anyway! We just want someone who we can trust to do good work and that fits well with the team. That is far more important to us than years of experience or titles.

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 apprenticeship. While we're not currently hiring for this position, we'd love to get to know you if this could be you in the next 3-6 months.

This is an opportunity to do real, meaningful work, with potential to grow into a full-time position (while earning a monthly stipend). 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.

Show us what you got: intern@firebellydesign.com