Creative Director

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Meow Wolf opens portals of possibility. Come as you are!
We are individuals who inspire creativity in people’s lives through art and exploration, so that our combined imaginations can transform the world we live in. We create immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences into fantastic realms of story and exploration. Our Vision is to be the world’s leading creative company, reimagining the paradigm of art and storytelling, to make a positive difference in the world.
We share a strong commitment to Belonging through our values of:
  • Collaborative Creativity : We believe the act of creating together amplifies possibilities.
  • Provocative Playfulness: We celebrate the unexpected because it is the doorway to discovery.
  • Outsiders Welcome: We are all outsiders at heart, and we create space for everyone to feel like they belong.
  • Authentic Compassion: We are “kind punks” – supportive to each other and standing up for what we believe in.
  • Audacious Courage: We have the courage to radically reinvent ourselves to push the boundaries of art.
If this all sounds like YOU, read on….
Job Description:
Success as a Creative Director is achieved when…
  • You have experienced every phase of a project cycle in the capacity of a creative leader
  • You have modeled all forms of communication in a healthy and productive manner. This includes consistent, productive feedback with your teams, asking questions, speaking up when needed, clarifying priorities, advocating for the team, etc.
  • Everyone on the Project Team has a clear understanding of the creative vision. All team members should be able to explain the high level points of what the project seeks to creatively accomplish
  • All team members clearly understand the reasons that led to each major decision
  • You have proven your ability to pivot when new limitations or challenges arise (budgets, schedules, prototypes, R&D, etc.).
  • You are able to be both decisive & influential, taking an active role in discussions and decision making.
  • The overall experience design is well thought out, intentional, and ultimately impactful. This means that the partnership between aesthetics, narrative, and all sensory experiences work together.
  • You have consistently and actively considered how one guest will interact with the spaces alone, and how thousands of guests will experience each space together.
  • The Project Team consistently sees you as being solutions-oriented, having a calm demeanor, being an engaging mentor, and a nonstop source of inspiration for your team.
Teams emulate the qualities of their leaders. As such, we must model the behavior we wish to see in others in order to set the expectations for our team, our art, and our work.
To be successful in this role…
  • In a supervisory capacity, has proven ability to communicate creative priorities with all team members, and ask clarifying questions if direction is unclear
  • Proven success with leading creative teams, including: artists, vendors, contractors, designers, makers, partners
  • Proven experience & knowledge around holistic experiential design
  • Proven success with Adobe Creative Suite, 2D and 3D drawing and imaging applications
  • Experience with multiple art mediums or other creative fields (color theory, physical model making, painting techniques, materiality, digital painting) Proven experience with site-specific art installations (lighting, sound, texture, materiality)
  • Ideal attributes in a candidate would be friendliness, patience, and comfort working with large, diverse team of people on a daily basis
It would be nice to have…
  • A portfolio that showcases your past works
  • 5+ years experience working in an artistic field
  • Experience with the production of art, permanent exhibition design and installation
  • DIY experience a plus
  • Experience with logistics, storage, safety and durability of interactive art exhibitions
  • Proven expertise with Google Suite, Excel/Sheets, Microsoft Office, and project management software
Essential tools to set you up for success…
  • You will need to utilize software and programs that your project team uses on a regular basis. The main focus areas are A) the ability to communicate regularly with your project team and the larger Meow Wolf company, B) having access to documents – and creating documents – for your project use, such as presentations, red-lining drawings, etc. and finally C) making sure you have access to important schedule and budget information. Please see some examples below:
    • Airtable, Miro, Mural are mainly used as collaborative programs to help brainstorm and work with your project team.
    • 3D Software familiarity will help you easily translate downplans of exhibitions and spaces to provide feedback, make edits, and understand spacial design
    • The Google Suite will be your primary source of documentation: shared documents for your scope, ways to track updates, and ways to stay up to date with budgets.
    • Asana, Gantt Software, and the Microsoft Suite will mainly be used to help track budgets, data gathering, etc.
    • The Creative Direction Team mainly works with Apple Hardware (Macbooks) – but we do not limit you to the hardware you are familiar with, if you can still access the project files needed for your role.
    • Experience with the above example software programs are appreciated
Work environment & physical demands…
  • Position is located in Santa Fe, NM.
  • This is a full-time position averaging 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm MT or 10 am to 6 pm MST – occasionally requiring flexibility to work during evenings or weekends based on business needs, as well as travel to off-site locations.
  • 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…
  • Department Onboarding with Functional Manager (30/60/90 system)
  • “Buddy System” on a Project – paired with someone who you would be working closely with, where you can lean on them and ask them questions – big and small
  • Project Onboarding – access to decks, concept art, and any materials needed to understand the current state of the project and important history to the project
  • Exploring Meow Wolf Origins.
  • Attending Immersiversity.
  • Reviewing Meow Wolf’s Employee Handbook.
IMPACT: 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.
INCLUSION: 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.
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 options: PPO & HSA
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Company Paid Life Insurance Policy & Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Voluntary Short-term Disability & Critical Illness Policies
  • Company Paid Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Parental Leave for 12 weeks
  • Discount off Meow Wolf Gift Shop Merch
  • Admission to Meow Wolf attractions for employees and guests
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