Tech Special Projects Architect
About this Position
The current job offering is to work with Meow Wolf, an award-winning arts & entertainment production company. We create and operate immersive, interactive multimedia experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastical realms of exploratory storytelling.
A small group of artists, writers, musicians and makers founded the collective in 2008 to create an egalitarian space for maximalist artistic expression. In 2016 Meow Wolf opened House Of Eternal Return with Game Of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin as landlord of a 30,000 square foot arts complex in Santa Fe, New Mexico that houses the installation, music venue, learning center, food trucks, bar and gift shop.
The boldly unique new form of narrative rendition immediately earned long lines around the block and headlines around the world.
The culture is radically inclusive. We give colleagues the space and resources to be highly expressive, free, inventive, and effective. This is not a traditional corporate setting but a warm, thriving and vibrant environment where no job is too low for anyone and no ambition too high.
Our ethos is fostered by the incredible setting of Santa Fe. The 407 year old city recently scored #5 best place in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Poll and winner of National Geographic’s prestigious “Sense Of Place” category in the World Legacy Awards.
Santa Fe, known as The City Different for over a century, is the nation’s oldest and highest altitude state capital as well as its third largest art market. Our city is famous for extraordinarily friendly people, inclusive attitudes, abundant history and culture, rich wellness traditions, 315 days of sunshine per year, among the cleanest air in North America, jaw dropping natural environments, the west’s most majestic sunsets and a magic to life and collaboration that simply has to be lived to be believed.
Meow Wolf is expanding to major cities around the United States but will operate from a new headquarters in Santa Fe, in an imaginatively refurbished former Caterpillar manufacturing plant.
The job offer is with Meow Wolf Inc., dba Meow Wolf Creative Studios and referred to as Creative Studios, the parent organization for all Meow Wolf subsidiary endeavors. Creative Studios is one of the fastest growing startups in the Southwest and is a Delaware registered B Corporation—a rare and socially responsible business designation.
Creative Studios comprises three subsidiaries and has been raising investment—including the fastest regulation crowdfund in history last July—to expand parent company activities to form a world class creative studio.
If you want the creative adventure of a lifetime in one of the world’s most beloved and award-winning cities, we encourage you to apply with us.
Projects will range from large scale public facing projects – mind-blowing interactive installations and transmedia platforms – to internal systems developed to improving the operational efficiency and effectiveness of Meow Wolf Creative Studios.
The candidate must possess deep technical understanding, the ability to think open-mindedly about complex problems, strong big-picture visualization ability, and good instincts reading people. Communicating and collaborating with a very large array of people from artists, technicians, fabricators, administrators, managers, and executives, makes it critical that the candidate be able to read an audience and deliver important information succinctly and sensitively.
Meow Wolf’s culture is very unique, creating structures and pipelines for all kinds of brilliant creative talent to bring their gifts to the world. Balancing efficiency and effectiveness with a deep understanding of the creative process and the plight of the artist is really critical. The ideal candidate will have a creative background and sympathize with the unique joys and challenges of bringing new art and ideas into the world.
Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and writing. Budgeting, agile and waterfall management modalities, project coordination, strong understanding of software development pipelines and methodologies, comprehensive awareness of tools and processes used in creating interactive experiences, and a general aptitude for systems engineering and design thinking.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. This role also includes standard equipment for immersive experiences such as sensors, microcontrollers, computers, lights, sound, video, and electromechanical elements.
The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Work related travel for meetings, partnership development, and developing new markets will happen fairly frequently, up to 3 short trips per month.
Required Education and Experience
5+ years developing new technology, software development, working with microcontroller/custom hardware, and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams
Preferred Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree or better.
The Tech Special Project Architect’s primary role is to bring engineering depth around software development, systems engineering, tech ops, and tech project management to the project and business development processes.
- Develop and enable ongoing strategic initiatives from a technical perspective
- Build and maintain technical teams and capabilities for new projects and oversee project execution
- Facilitate and maintain network of artists, contractors, and vendors who amplify Meow Wolf’s tech capacity
- Explore and evaluate new technologies and solutions for existing projects and identify new opportunities
- Design and implement systems to enable ongoing business operations and improve operational efficiency
- Actively participate in the business development process by contributing technical depth, vision, and a deep understanding of Meow Wolf’s technical capabilities and long term strategic goals
- Actively collaborate with tech teams when necessary to remove blockers and risks and prove out new technology (generally maintain a high level of focus – enable tech leads to move projects forward)
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Full-time employees receive the following benefits:
- Paid time off
- Health Insurance
- Free gym membership (Santa Fe only)
- 2 classes per semester at Santa Fe Community College
- As a rapidly growing company, our benefits will be expanding and a more comprehensive package is soon to follow.
This is an opportunity to become a part of a dynamic and collaborative culture, a beacon of creativity and community in the global economy. Meow Wolf employees are given the space to be expressive, creative and effective. Unlike a traditional corporate setting, this produces an environment where no job is too low for anyone and no ambition too high.