Legat Architects

Career Opportunity: Marketing Director

Your Role at Legat

  • Drive the success and development of the firm’s marketing and promotion strategy
  • Determine marketing team’s objectives to meet firmwide goals
  • Implement and improve marketing policies and procedures
  • Coordinate support for interviews, firmwide events, client events, and promotional activities
  • Work with business development director to coordinate joint tasks, set priorities, and gather feedback
  • Provide feedback to firm leadership regarding improvements to other areas of the firm’s operations, such as design, production, finance, administration, and human resources
  • Prepare and present marketing improvement plan, marketing budget, and staffing plan at the annual firmwide leadership retreat
  • Represent firm to clients, professional organizations, and business associates
  • Maintain client relationship management system—we use Cosential—to ensure database is current and provide user training as needed
  • Prepare and analyze firm’s win statistics on a quarterly and annual basis
  • Work with practice leaders to develop competitive proposals, responses to formal Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs), and interview presentations
  • Oversee marketing team (i.e., graphic designer, marketing coordinator(s), communications director) to accomplish goals, develop team, and meet deadlines
  • Facilitate and participate in mid-year and year-end 360-degree performance evaluation program
  • Lead marketing team staff development
  • Recommend specialized consultants, such as advertising, public relations, or graphic design firms

Your Qualities

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or similar degree
  • 7 to 10 years of marketing team management experience required
  • Thorough understanding of AEC industry terminology and procedures
  • High level of professionalism inside and outside the firm
  • Excellent leadership and mentoring skills
  • Experience providing meaningful performance evaluations of assigned team members
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and knowledge of Cosential preferred
  • Budget development and monitoring
  • Set a standard of professional competence
  • Thorough knowledge of marketing databases and proposal resource files
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Able to work independently and in a collaborative, team environment
  • Experience with social media planning and email marketing a plus

About Legat: Energized by Challenges

Legat Architects works with building owners, institutions, and communities to overcome challenges through the design of facilities that improve the performance and lives of the people who use them.

We’re a mid-sized architecture firm. That means you get the training, resources, support, and variety to advance your skills. It also means that you’re not just a number or a commodity—you’re part of a vital community whose members know you and respect what you do. We don’t want to offer you a job; we want you to choose to build your career at Legat.

Legat offers architecture and interior design services from our studios in Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Gurnee, Oak Brook, and Moline, Illinois. Our portfolio ranges from one of the nation’s first homeland security education centers to one of the highest-ranking LEED certified facilities in the Midwest. As marketing director, you won’t be pigeonholed into one facility type. Instead, you’ll work with projects ranging from hotels and performing arts centers to intensive care units and STEM labs.

Other benefits at Legat include:

  • We cover 100% of full-time employees’ healthcare premiums!
  • We go one step further and cover about 75% of premiums for family coverage.
  • We are employee owned, so we make decisions that benefit our employees, our client relationships, and the long-term health of our firm.
  • Job security: during the recession of 2008, 25% of Chicago-area architects were unemployed and many firms had major layoffs. Legat chose to avoid recession-related layoffs.

We also applaud individual accomplishments and reward teamwork:

  • At Quarterly TNLs (Thursday Night Learns), all employees gather (often at a Legat-designed facility) to celebrate achievements, build our skills, and socialize.
  • Employees have fun at annual firmwide and individual studio outings.
  • ShareFest events allow us to create, design, build, and auction our artwork to raise money for not-for-profit organizations.
  • Each year, Legat’s Chicago ThinkTank assembles designers, building owners, academics, and AEC leaders to explore the impact of design.
  • A weekly newsletter keeps employees in the loop with what’s happening around the company, whether it’s announcing an engagement, introducing a new employee, or celebrating completion of a project milestone.


Submit a cover letter with an explanation of how you meet the position requirements and why you belong at Legat, along with your resume to Ann Tranter (atranter@legat.com).

Legat is an Equal Opportunity Employer that offers a flexible benefit schedule, profit sharing, and a 401(k) plan. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, veteran’s status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by the law.