Obama Presidential Center Interior Design Senior Associate - Obama Foundation


Obama Foundation / Chicago, IL / Website


At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together.

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home.

But that approach extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us.


The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) Interior Design Senior Associate supports the OPC Director of Design and any special advisors to President and Mrs. Obama on OPC Interior Design to coordinate the design, procurement, and installation of all interior design elements at the Obama Presidential Center 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 collaborates with internal colleagues, consultants, and vendors to successfully manage a number of interrelated, cross-departmental work streams related to the Center’s interior design, including specialty architectural elements (tiles, tapestries, light fixtures), signage, interpretive displays, artwork, branded elements, and furniture, fixtures & equipment. The Senior Associate 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 31, 2025.

Core Job Responsibilities:
> Develop work plans and manage multiple interrelated work streams related to the interior design of the Center on time and within budget.
> Coordinate with the Special Advisor to President and Mrs. Obama on OPC Interior Design in the selection, design, procurement, and/or fabrication of interior elements
> Effectively collaborate with teams from across the organization (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 interior elements
> Manage the the budget, procurement and installation of all furniture, fixtures & equipment
>Coordinate with on-site construction teams and installers on the installation of all interior design items


> At least five years of experience in interior and/or experiential design of large public-facing institutions, ideally in the greater Chicago area. Experience in residential/hospitality interior design is a plus.
> Experience and contacts in the interior design field in Chicago and nationally; familiarity with materials and furniture representatives in the market.
> Experience creating presentations, mood and material boards. Experience with BIM/Revit is a plus.
> Experience successfully managing complex projects and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
> A bachelor’s degree or higher in interior design/architecture


Cate Hill, Obama Presidential Center Chief of Staff, Operations & Implementation
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