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


Hotopp_NYC_Icon.png

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   


Hotopp_Favicon small.png

LOCATION

AURORA, CO

Props Manager - ICE! 2019

We are currenlty seeking a Props Manager with theatrical production experience for a seasonal, part-time position on ICE!, a holiday-themed attraction, built in place at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort in Aurora, CO by master ice carvers. The Props Manager for ICE! will be responsible for receiving, organizing, inventorying and repairing props, as well as other production-related tasks and errands. The Props Manager will work both independently and with an assigned team and must reside within reasonable driving distance of the production venue. Travel expenses to and from the venue will not be reimbursed.

Estimated time commitment:

  • This is an onsite, part-time, seasonal position, from approximately mid-September through the end of December. Hours will vary depending on the phase of the project and overall production schedule.

  • Load-in phase 9/10/19-10/4/19 (approximately 48 total hours): Hours will vary depending on the production schedule and prop delivery dates, but will be primarily daytime, weekday hours. Weekend calls may be required.

  • Construction (ice carving) phase 10/5/19 -11/8/19 (approximately 100 total hours): Hours will vary from week to week and will include time on weekends but will be primarily daytime hours. Schedule flexibility is required.

  • Operation phase 11/9/19 - 1/1/2020 (approximately 6 hours per week).

Duties will vary with the phase of the project, but will include:

  • Coordinating prop deliveries with the shop and venue. Overseeing unload of props as needed.

  • Unpacking, inventorying, assessing, organizing and tracking of props. Communicating information about any missing or damaged props to the shop. Minor onsite prop repair and assembly.

  • Supervision of prop installation by others.

  • Maintaining a log of any prop issues and resolution status, for reference on future shows.

  • Coordinating labor requests and attending work calls for the onsite assembly and rigging of props.

  • Attending weekly production meetings.

  • During the operation phase, performing weekly walk-through of ice attraction. Photographing and reporting any issues with ice maintenance to ice carving vendor and client. Reporting any issues with props to prop shop and client.

Skills Needed for Success:

  • Excellent communication and client management skills.

  • First-hand experience and knowledge of theatrical production processes and properties management.

  • Basic knowledge of theatrical rigging equipment and related safety practices for a theater environment preferred.

  • Knowledge of basic construction techniques and ability to perform minor repairs and touch-up on props.

  • Experience scheduling and managing temporary labor.

  • Basic knowledge of trucking logistics.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Additional requirements:

  • The Props Manager must provide his/her own laptop computer or other mobile device with Microsoft Excel or other compatible spreadsheet software, email, internet access, and ability to upload photos from a digital camera to file sharing site.

  • Transportation: The Props Manager must have reliable transportation to run errands. It is preferable that he/she have access to a vehicle for this task. Mileage for errands will be reimbursed.

  • Cold gear: Note that the ice construction area is kept at a temperature varying from 8-12 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind from air handlers. The Props Manager may need to be in the cold for 30-90 minutes between warming breaks. Appropriate warm clothing, gloves and reinforced toe boots are required. Hard hats are required during construction.

  • This position requires some lifting, up to 50 lbs., when unloading and organizing props, and may require other physical activity such as climbing ladders and working in a construction zone with potentially slippery conditions.

  • Drug testing is required

Interested applicants should submit:

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

  • Résumé


Hotopp_SEA_Icon.png

LOCATION

SEATTLE, WA

Fabrication Shop Manager

We are currently seeking a Fabrication Shop Manager to head up our Fabrication Shop, located in Seattle, WA. This is a full-time position that reports to the Principal of the Design Studio. Applicants must be available to work at our Seattle location Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week, and be able to occasionally work on the weekends.

Who you are:

You love to build things! You are passionate about your work, have a creative eye, and enjoy a challenge. You have an extensive track record as a custom fabricator and are knowledgeable in manufacturing techniques common to our industry. You operate with a mindset towards growth and look for opportunities to stretch your capabilities and try new things. You have a positive attitude and are known for creating a productive working atmosphere. You are a collaborator by nature and cultivate teamwork within a group.

Specifically:

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills with a friendly and courteous demeanor

  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and flexible

  • Ability to self-manage and use time efficiently

  • Set goals and priorities for both self and team

  • Communicate clearly and often with team and Principal

  • Effectively manage multiple tasks with varying priorities and deadlines

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Embrace a team-building mentality

  • Foster a culture of accountability in workmanship, respect and trust

  • Comfortable with collaboration

  • Excellent logic and problem-solving capabilities

  • Exhibit sound and accurate judgement

  • Make timely decisions while including appropriate people in decisions-making process

  • High level of written and verbal communication skills

  • Computer savvy

What you’ll do:

You will be responsible and accountable for the day-to-day fabrication shop (wood, metal, plastic and paint) manufacturing activities. This will include managing the activities of all fabrication shop employees while ensuring project budgets, quality standards, and project requirements are met. You will be a working manager, so you will be expected to lead by example. This includes being an information resource and sounding board for employees in the development of fabrication methodologies and shop drawings. You will also be the facilitator to resolve fabrication coordination issues between the shop and design.

Specifically:

  • Provide leadership, guidance and training in all fabrication areas including, but not limited to, materials, techniques, equipment, software, policies and procedures.

  • Promote teamwork by fostering a culture of accountability in workmanship

  • Coordinate project priorities to accomplish department goals

  • Respond, plan and coordinate employees’ responsibilities in a timely manner with regards to project workload

  • Communicate clearly and often with team members and Principal on individual and group tasks

  • Analyze project requirements & drawings to determine information such as materials to be used, type of procedures and sequence of operations.

  • Ensure delivery schedules are met while controlling labor costs and meeting project needs

  • Perform a variety of fabrication tasks as required by production needs, including the operation of powered and manual fabrication equipment

  • Develop and enforce safety procedures for the shop

  • Develop and update operation guidelines for use of equipment

  • Oversee the care, maintenance, and utilization of shop equipment, order supplies, and manage shop inventory

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • 5 years' fabrication shop experience or equivalent combination of education/professional experience

  • 2-3 years' experience in a managerial/lead role in a shop environment is preferred

  • Be able to give and take direction in a respectful and motivating manner

  • Hands-on knowledge of the principles and practices in the operation of metal and wood-cutting tools and machinery

  • A deep understanding of fabrication tools and equipment maintenance, procedures, and safety protocols

  • Knowledge of construction and architectural concepts, with the ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications

  • Basic understanding in the use of coatings and finishes

  • Basic understanding of metal working

  • Ability to work well with minimal supervision, demonstrate initiative, multitask and prioritize

  • Capacity to learn quickly and the desire to “dive in” to new concepts or ideas

  • A detailed and thorough approach to identifying problems and taking proper corrective action

  • Strong understanding of client communication and relationships

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Have flexible schedule, with ability to work occasional weekends or irregular hours

  • Familiarity with Office 365, project management software, and general computer literacy

  • CNC milling & laser cutting knowledge is a plus, but not required

  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs

  • Driver’s license 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)


Hotopp_SEA_Icon.png

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** 


Hotopp_SEA_Icon.png

LOCATION

SEATTLE, WA

Experienced Designer with AutoCAD

We currently have an opening for an Experienced Designer with AutoCAD skills in our Seattle Office. This is a full-time position and would ASAP. 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. Ideally you have a background in attractions, architecture, theatrical design, branded environments or events but those with experience in other industries (graphic design, environmental design, interior design and industrial design) may also apply.  

 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 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 also 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

  • Render images from a 2D or 3D model

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

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

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

  • Proficient to advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite with emphasis on: Photoshop, In Design, 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.

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

  • 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, 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:

    • Concept sketches by hand or computer

    • CAD drafting, particularly examples demonstrating 3D proficiency in AutoCAD

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

    • Rendering samples

Work samples may be submitted 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**


Hotopp_Favicon.png

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**


Hotopp_Favicon.png

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.