Iron Galaxy Studios
Game creation is the ultimate team sport and we bring a "pick up a shovel and dig" mentality where no job is too small.
Chicago, IL

Managing Art Director (Chicago, IL)

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At Iron Galaxy Studios, our teams support a healthy work-life balance, promote continuous improvement, and champion a diverse people-focused culture. We encourage professionals from every heritage, lifestyle, or background to apply. 

This is a full-time hybrid position in Chicago (IL), Nashville (TN), or Orlando (FL) with relocation options for out-of-state applicants.

Iron Galaxy Studios is looking for a passionate and motivated Managing Art Director to join our team as an artistic visionary and ensure our visual elements are of the highest quality for our projects and the growth of the art team members. 

We are a well-established independent game developer who has partnered with the titans of our industry to ship more high-caliber games than any other independent developer. We’re known for our excellent work on Killer Instinct, as well as helping to bring Skyrim and Diablo III to the Nintendo Switch. 


  • Work with the Department Lead to track upcoming goals for our art department as it evolves and grows
  • Support and represent artists as their Career Guide to ensure their development and growth.
  • Connect with artist on the team and be the conduit and spark for their future growth and aspirations.
  • Develop an internal learning and growth system for the Art Department.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other development disciplines to create cohesive departmental practices across the studio.   
  • Collaborate with creative Leads to craft and communicate the artistic vision of the projects
  • Concept and pitch high-level game concepts
  • Generate excitement and direction through Art Bibles, documentation, concept art, or mood boards
  • Work with Production to schedule and track tasks that help our art team execute on our goals as efficiently as possible


  • Be an EXCELLENT listener and a proficient planner.
  • Experience leading a creative team in crafting their individual skill sets. 
  • Experience working in interactive media and/or game development, some AAA game experience preferred
  • Experience leading a creative team in crafting a distinct, cohesive visual style 
  • Ability to provide creative leadership through focused and inspiring reviews.
  • Deep expertise and experience in at least one art field (e.g., character, environment, concept)
  • Significant experiences working with one or more industry-standard engines, such as UE4 or Unity
  • Superb knowledge in one or more industry-standard software applications, such as Photoshop, Maya, ZBrush, Substance
  • Values-driven and inclusive, committed to doing the right thing and being respectful to everyone on our team
  • Fearless about trying out new tools with a commitment to keeping up with the latest industry standards, best practices, and approaches to creative projects
  • Commitment to mentorship and exchanging knowledge, advice, and best practices with your colleagues


  • Expert communication skills to interface with our team members and partners
  • Experience in educational growth and leadership training
  • Expert communication skills to interface with our many partners
  • Project management software expertise (Jira, Confluence, etc.)

ABOUT US: Iron Galaxy is one of the world’s largest independent video game developers with 60+ shipped titles. Our people combine their talents to create amazing ports, epic remasters, and new experiences from the ground up. We partner with the top companies in the gaming industry to co-develop and support AAA game creation at the highest level.




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What are Iron Galaxy Studios Perks + Benefits

Iron Galaxy Studios Benefits Overview

At Iron Galaxy, we are committed to offering a comprehensive employee benefits program that helps our employees stay healthy, feel secure, and maintain a work/life balance. These benefits extend to your domestic partner and dependents.

To demonstrate our commitment to our employees, Iron Galaxy pays a much higher percentage of the health premium for our employees than the national average.

Volunteer in local community
Every employee receives one paid day off each year to volunteer with charitable organizations.
Partners with Nonprofits
Our teams donate to food drives in our local communities. We also work with educators and diversity organizations to grow our teams' knowledge base via training sessions and conferences.
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Our DEIA lead facilitates employee resource group efforts across the company. Yearly each group is given a budget to invest in the programs that mean the most to them and give back to their community.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Initial interviews happen over the phone to reduce bias in our hiring process. When searching for talent we use web tools to hide candidates' names and profile pictures to grade on relevant skills.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Including short-term disability, long-term disability, accident insurance, and critical illness coverage.
Dental Benefits
The dental insurance premium is 100% covered by Iron Galaxy for employees and dependents.
Vision Benefits
The vision insurance premium is 100% covered by Iron Galaxy for employees and dependents.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer two plans: one features a high-deductible with employer contributions to an HSA account and the other includes a robust PPO plan.
Life Insurance
We offer all full-time employees basic life insurance of 50,000 paid for by the company and we also offer voluntary life insurance up to a guaranteed issue amount of 100,000.
Pet Insurance
Iron Galaxy covers your furry friends with pet insurance and member perks.
Mental Health Benefits
Iron Galaxy provides mental health benefits through our employee assistance plan, virtual counseling, mental health resources, and quarterly mental health PTO days.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
The plan matches 100% employee deferrals up to 4% and then 50% matching of contributions from 4% to 6%.
Company Equity
Iron Galaxy offers a phantom stock program.
Performance Bonus
Our team members receive bonuses based on individual performance and company performance around the holidays each year in December.
Match charitable contributions
Every quarter we choose an organization to raise funds for and Iron Galaxy matches our employee's donations to the selected org.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 13 weeks of paid leave at 100% for the birthing parent (8 weeks for recovery and 5 weeks of bonding). We also offer five weeks of paid bonding leave at 100% for the non-birthing parent.
Flexible Work Schedule
We ask our teams to give their best eight hours a day. We have flexible start times and hybrid in-office days.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Including holiday parties, family picnics, and more.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Generally, full-time employees receive at least 36 days of paid time off each year. 12-20 days accrued in a calendar year, 14 holidays, 5 sick days, 4 mental health days, and 1 volunteer day.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We offer pre-tax transit and parking commuter benefits.
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

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