Associate Creative Strategist, Studio

Meow Wolf is a social impact art project that fuels a business, and a business that fuels a social impact art project. We create immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences into fantastic realms of story and exploration.
Job Description:
Purpose: Support the creation and implementation of strategies that inform the creative development of projects within Meow Wolf’s expanding and connected creative ecosystem, from core exhibitions to media/content in all forms and across all platforms and distribution systems/mediums.
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Compensation: This is an exempt position; compensation will vary based on experience.
The Associate Creative Strategist reports to the Chief Creative Strategy Officer, or their designee, and will be responsible for contributing to the development , communication and implementation of creative strategies that will then be crafted into inspiring project briefs and assignments for Studio projects inclusive of exhibition creative development, new media initiatives, new content forms, traditional and emerging media, and other projects that are integral to Meow Wolf’s creative expansion.
We are seeking an inspired strategist and communicator who has the capacity to synthesize existing guidelines, cultural and audience insights, creative and business objectives into clear, inspirational and actionable briefs and assignments. Your ability to understand and playfully express the inputs that will lead to the most wildly original and creative outcomes is paramount.
You are passionate about the intersection of art, tech, and storytelling and are motivated to see the Meow Wolf Universe deepen engagement with participants and broaden reach through new forms, in new expressions, in new mediums. You are motivated by the paradigm shifts happening in art + storytelling, and want to bring your enthusiasm to bear upon the work. Generative AI intrigues you; you see meaningful art + story possibilities in NFTs and other emergent forms; and you’re a likely first adopter of breakthrough AR/VR/XR technology.
You embrace the power of transmedial storytelling to world build, and are motivated to make exciting and meaningful story connections across the Meow Wolf Universe. While the evolution of the work motivates you, you also value forms of traditional media and the role it plays in a connected creative Meow Wolf ecosystem.
You are incisive, clear and persuasive with your words while also demonstrating a knack for expressive language. As Associate Creative Strategist, you will receive input from leading stakeholders in the form of both verbal and written material, and you must be nimble in distilling this material and turning it into actionable and inspiring briefs that enroll the many artists, writers, technologists, producers and others who will be guided by your articulation of the creative and business challenge.
Sharing our business and creative story to partners, internally and externally, is an equally exciting opportunity and you want Meow Wolf’s work to inspire awe – and you make it so through vivid and compelling presentations.
As Associate Creative Strategist, you know the importance of collaboration, particularly when it comes to working with individuals and teams across the Studio and company (EVP of Creative Strategy + Development; SVP, Creative Director, Emerging Media; Exhibition Development, Marketing, Story and more). You are open to receiving and implementing strategic and creative feedback, and you know when to take initiative to drive the assignment to fruition.
We ask that you:
  • Submit a cover letter to tell us why you would be awesome in this role.
  • Consider sending decks, presentations and other work that showcases your strategic and writing prowess.
You are critical to the success of MWU STUDIO projects, ensuring the articulation and/or distillation of assignments is connected to our Meow Wolf Universe. You will be essential in building and elaborating these connections via new forms.
How you will do it…
  • Synthesize, distill and express the inputs as directed for any given project.
  • Be deft at drafting new and adapting existing frameworks that express objectives/goals.
  • Ensure our brand personality is fully present in anything you craft – that’s a motivating factor in all of our work.
  • Collaborate with graphic designers to create decks that are clear and motivational.
  • Concept and pitch strategic alternatives to the expression of assignment.
  • Able to juggle multiple projects and tasks at once.
  • Must maintain the highest degree of confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and, hopefully, a sense of humor.
  • KPI’s
    • Teams are able to clearly understand goals/objectives and are excited to have the project well framed; they are clear on evaluation criteria for their project.
    • Our creative development output is more connected and meeting stated objectives around brand, story, art, and interactive design and its evolution.
What you will bring…
  • B.A/B.F.A./M.F.A or equivalent experience in a field that has helped you cultivate a strategic mindset: writing/strategy/interactive tech/other.
  • 3+ years experience in a new or emerging creative media field: video game, immersive experience design, digital storytelling, fan/guest engagement, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A POV on the future landscape of immersive storytelling, would be a plus.
Work environment & physical demands…
  • Position location: Santa Fe, NM.
  • EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time, 9am – 5pm; may need to work after hours or on weekends occasionally.
  • TRAVEL: Up to 10% travel to other exhibitions / teams.
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS of the role: Must be able to work at computer.
  • All employees will comply with company and OSHA standard workplace safety protocols.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
You will get to know Meow Wolf by…
  • Exploring Meow Wolf Origins.
  • Attending Immersiversity.
  • Immersing yourself in all components of the Meow Wolf Universe.
  • Reviewing Meow Wolf’s Employee Handbook.
You must
  • Excel at thinking, writing and expressing strategic imperatives that motivate/inspire.
  • Be professional when handling confidential creative and business information.
  • Be motivated to find exciting ways to engage our participants in all mediums.
  • Channel positivity and enjoy keeping motivation and spirits at high levels.
  • Embrace subversive humor that delivers a message that aligns with our values.
  • Be organized enough to prioritize multiple tasks and meet agreed deadlines.
  • Be driven to optimize processes, but also know when it’s time to break rules and experiment
  • Enjoy being self-managing, adaptable to changing needs and taking on new tasks, yet also receptive to receiving direction
  • Delight at collaboration, knowing that better things come from working together
  • Contribute to the overall happiness and health of the team and help keep the vibe alive!
If you recognize yourself in the above, then what are you waiting for? APPLY MEOW
The organization is comprised of individuals who inspire creativity in people’s lives through art and exploration, so that our combined imaginations can transform the world we live in. Every role is a vital component and thereby essential in creating exhibitions that will serve as anchors, borne in deep radical collaboration with local artists and communities, thus fueling our social impact initiatives. Each hire allows us to enhance our surrounding communities and the true source of our creativity, reputation, and vitality.

Meow Wolf is committed to our DIY roots and grassroots community support principles. To document that commitment, we converted our legal designation into a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation and have certified as a B Corporation. As a B Corp, we have a triple bottom line of supporting financial, social and environmental wellbeing in our community.

Our four areas of impact are:

  • Respect for Creative Communities
  • Respect for Collaborating Artists
  • Respect for our Environment
  • Respect for our Employees

The choices we make concerning our benefits during enrollment periods are among the most important we select for ourselves and our families. As part of the total compensation package for full-time employees, Meow Wolf offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various options to meet individual healthcare and financial needs along with many perks.

  • Medical Insurance Plans
  • FSA and HSA Pre-Tax Saving Options
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Company Paid Basic Life Insurance Policy
  • Company Paid Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Coverages
  • Company Paid Travel Health Reimbursement Plan
  • Company Paid Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary Critical Illness & Additional Life Insurance Policies
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Discount on Meow Wolf Gift Shop Merchandise
  • Monthly JOON Wellness Expense Reimbursement Program
  • Admission to Meow Wolf attractions for employees and guests
  • And employee discounts with many local businesses
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Meow Wolf is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to ensuring all employees enjoy and thrive in a work environment where differences make us the vibrant, wonderful community we are! All employment decisions at Meow Wolf are based on business need, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, veteran status, service in the military or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.