Seeking Talented Individuals

Hotopp is always accepting employment inquires regardless of hiring needs. Our practice of crafting highly engaging experiences, attractions, branded environments, and exhibits provides career opportunities in design, management, marketing, communication design, fabrication, and administration. We are always seeking talented individuals and we encourage you to submit your cover letter, resume, references and work samples to jobs@hotopp.com

Hotopp offers a competitive base pay with a full benefits package including: medical/dental/vision coverage, PTO, Flex time, 8 paid holidays, 401k (matching), and employer funded transit.

Please see our “helpful hints” section below.


Current Openings


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LOCATION

New York, NY

Principal

We are currently seeking a Principal to head up our New York Design Studio, located in New York City. This is a full-time position that reports to the Head of Creative. Applicants must be available to work at our New York office Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week and be able to travel to project sites and attend project meetings.

Who you are:

You are a designer at heart and creativity fuels your fire. You thrive in an environment that is fast paced with lots of moving parts. You have extensive knowledge of and experience with the design cycle, from concept through close-out, including strong design and technical expertise. You find business development and sales exciting and enjoy the process of building relationships with clients, partners and vendors. You lead employees with maturity, commitment and integrity while inspiring them with honesty, assurance, and dedication. Your design portfolio is filled with work in such areas as broadcast TV, live events, themed attractions, theatrical design or museums.

 Specifically:

  • Relish the pursuit of developing new business, sales and gaining new clients

  • Build and maintain relationships across all aspects of business including partners, clients, and vendors

  • Collaborate and cultivate teamwork within your group, with other business units, and across the company

  • Lead and inspire with integrity, commitment, and dedication

  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and performance-enhancing feedback to employees

  • Exhibit sound and accurate judgement

  • Seek new responsibilities and challenges

  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and flexible

  • Use time efficiently, set goals and prioritize

  • Enjoy attending conferences, events and other networking opportunities

 What you’ll do:

You will be responsible and accountable for ensuring that the NY Studio contributes to the overall growth, profitability and success of Hotopp. This will include generating work for both the Studio and the Company through sales, client retention, identifying new potential clients, establishing strong long-term client relationships, and monitoring sales and profitability metrics. You will lead a design team by creating a strategic plan, hiring and maintaining talented and capable employees, ensuring employees are well-managed, trained and utilized appropriately, and providing guidance and opportunities for growth.

 Specifically:

  • Work closely with Studios across the company to promote an integrated design approach and philosophy

  • Facilitate efforts across Studios, both in pursuing and processing work in order to further growth and development

  • Generate business for the Studio and the Company through client retention, business development, and sales

  • Develop a strong design team and champion design excellence

  • Lead the process for developing and implementing the Studio’s business plan. This includes monitoring sales and profitability metrics and managing the annual budget for the Studio

  • Supervise and manage multiple clients and projects through all phases to ensure a high level of service, innovation and quality

  • Participate in projects by serving in a high-level, project-specific role such as Creative Director, Design Director, and/or Producer

  • Oversee project activities, including: the development, negotiation and implementation of the professional services proposal/contract process; establish project service delivery requirements, hour allocations, team structure and project schedule commitments; and project profit goals consistent with the Company's established policies, procedures and resource capabilities

  • Monitor staffing plans in order to project workloads and meet expected timelines and budgets

  • Adjust staffing and delegate assignments to staff clearly, effectively and professionally

  • Monitor employee performance and take appropriate action to provide feedback while also helping to guide employee professional growth and development

 Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • 10+ years’ experience envisioning and designing creative projects, preferably in the area of broadcast TV and live events.

  • 5 years’ experience in generating creative projects AND/OR have existing relationships with clients, strategic partners, and vendors in the areas of broadcast TV, live events or themed entertainment

  • 5 years’ experience managing and leading creative teams

  • Business development skills with ability to: identify and develop prospects, nurture key relationships, cross-sell services, negotiate and engage new business

  • Comprehensive understanding and experience of all aspects of the project management life cycle including writing RFPs and negotiating contracts and fees with clients and vendors

  • Strong managerial skills with a proven track record of hiring, developing and retaining top-tier talent

  • Ability to lead a team in consistently delivering an exceptional standard of service and product

  • Strong business acumen with the ability to identify, develop and map strategy, prepare, interpret and manage budgets, and analyze business results

  • Solid knowledge of general construction, production and fabrication practices specific to theater, live events, themed attractions, broadcast TV or similar field

  • Timely decision making while including appropriate people in the decisions-making process, along with the ability to support and explain reasoning for decisions

  • Strong organizational skills, detail-orientation, and the ability to work well under deadlines and across teams

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely on the phone, in person, or by email to all levels of co-workers, partners, clients and vendors

  • Interact well in various business and social settings, with all types of people, in a mature and professional manner

  • Computer savvy and able to learn new software

  • Available to be in the Studio Monday through Friday, with capacity to work evenings and weekends when needed

  • Available for multi-day travel to attend client, project, site and construction meetings, which may include local, regional and/or international travel

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

 Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter including a brief description of experience level and availability

  • Résumé

  • 3 references (references will only be contacted if applicant is invited to initial interview)

  • 4 to 6 creative project work samples, case studies, and/or testimonials   


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LOCATION

SEATTLE, WA

Attraction/Exhibit Designer

We currently have an opening for an Attraction/Exhibit Designer who is experienced in developing & designing creative environments. This is a full-time position that would start immediately. Applicants must be available to work at our Seattle office Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week.

Who you are:

You love design! Creativity fuels your fire. You have a can do attitude and are passionate about your work. You have an eagerness to learn and enjoy a challenge. You are focused on building relationships and working in a collaborative environment. You have a background in themed attractions, architecture, theatrical design, museums, branded environments or events.

Specifically:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a friendly and courteous demeanor

  • Comfortable with collaboration

  • Ability to be both a team player and work independently with little or no supervision

  • A self-starter

  • Strong attention to detail

  • High level of written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent logic and problem-solving capabilities

  • Strong time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities

What you'll do:

You will help the team to develop, organize and assemble rough ideas into viable design solutions. Using a pencil, software program, or whatever it takes to draw, you will take abstract ideas and turn them into a tangible, visual representations. You will use your technical skills to aid the team in creating renderings and pitch materials, draft bids and design drawings for project construction, and provide design support during project execution.

Specifically:

  • Able to visually interpret other people’s ideas while you also develop your own ideas

  • Communicate design concepts through rough sketches and research

  • Develop concept renders and graphics

  • Create, edit, and render 3D models in AutoCAD, or a similar software, based on rough sketches from a designer and/or the project’s design parameters

  • Develop design and construction drawings from existing 3D models using AutoCAD

  • Render images from a 2D or 3D model

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in designing and developing creative environments, preferably in themed entertainment, museums, exhibits or theatre

  • Proficient to advanced skills using AutoCAD (2010 +) to develop/draft construction drawings from existing 3D models

  • At least 4 years professional experience as an AutoCAD drafter, preferably in a multi-user environment

  • Ability to visualize perspective while understanding 3D space & scale

  • Proficient to advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite with emphasis on: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and After Effects

  • Ability to create and edit 3D models in AutoCAD and/or Rhino, based on rough sketches from a designer and the project’s design parameters

  • The ability to generate 3D concept and final renderings for design communication and approval

  • Understanding of drafting standards and the ability to conform to existing company-wide drafting practices

  • Understanding of general construction, production and fabrication practices, preferably those specific to theatre, events, themed attractions or a similar field

  • Revit and/or Rhino skills a plus

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter with brief description of experience level and availability

  • Résumé

  • 3 references

  • Several work samples including:

  1. Concept sketches by hand or computer

  2. CAD drafting, particularly examples demonstrating 3D proficiency in AutoCAD

  3. 3D modeling samples, generated in either AutoCAD or Rhino

  4. Rendering samples

Work samples may be submitted to jobs@hotopp.com as a PDF or as a link to a web site. Work samples should show evidence of capability. Please provide information about the software used with all submitted samples. 

**Please note we weight the samples heavily when considering applicants. Resumes will not be considered without providing the requested sample material, at time of initial submission. The more you can show us about how you approach and execute work, the better we will be able to determine your qualifications for this position** 


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ALL LOCATIONS

Design Intern

Interested applicants should e-mail:

  • Cover letter with a brief description of experience level and availability

  • Résumé and references

  • Several work samples including:

    • CAD drafting

    • 3D modeling

    • Relevant examples of other design or assistant design work if available

Work samples may be submitted as PDF or as a link to a web site.

Email: jobs@hotopp.com 

**Please note we weight the samples heavily when considering applicants. Resumes will not be considered without providing the requested sample material, at time of initial submission. The more you can show us about how you approach and execute work, the better we will be able to determine your qualifications for this position**


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HELPFUL HINTS

Initial Contact

1. The hiring department is made up of full-time designers and project managers, so it is difficult for us to respond effectively to phone inquiries. Please correspond with us by e-mail.

2. We respond best to concise, well organized resumes, with examples of your design work attached. We prefer cover letters that are short and to the point, and only accept digital submissions.  Please no unsolicited hard copy submissions.

3. We also accept links to online portfolios.

4. Please email work samples as a compressed PDF that can be easily printed as 8 1/2×11 or 11×17 format without compromising your presentation. Please email your application to jobs@hotopp.com and ensure it can be opened and printed from either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. We will not accept attachments larger than 10Mb (smaller is better), nor compressed folders. Please make sure that the submission does not require downloading from a third-party website and that it is easy for us to review.

4. If we determine that your skill set and experience match any current openings, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

The Interview

1. We are an office of design generalists interested in hiring people who are drawn to all aspects of our diverse practice. This includes conceptual design, management, client relations, construction documents, overseeing consultants, mentoring less experienced designers, and overseeing on-site construction. We will be looking for a passion for design combined with the ability to work on a team.

2. Interviews typically last about half an hour. It is critical we see examples of your design abilities and working documents, please pre-select those examples that you feel best describe you and your abilities.