Hotopp Associates 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 looking for talented individuals and we encourage you to submit your cover letter, resume and work samples. Please submit PDFs of your cover letter, CV, references, and work samples to jobs@hotopp.com. 

Please see our “helpful hints” section below.


Current Openings

 

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LOCATIONS

Grapevine, TX

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Nashville, TN

ICE! 2017 Technical Director

Hotopp Associates is seeking technical directors with theatrical production experience for seasonal, part-time position on ICE!, a holiday-themed attraction, built in place in by master ice carvers.  We have two open positions, one in Grapevine, TX and the other in Nashville, TN. The Technical Director (TD) for ICE! will be responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of the production among the production team, design team, and related vendors. The TD will work both independently and with an assigned team. The TD must reside within reasonable driving distance of the production venue. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed. 

Estimated time commitment Grapevine, TX:

  • This is an onsite, part-time, seasonal position, from approximately 8/23/17 to 1/1/18. Hours will vary depending on the phase of the project and overall production schedule. 
  • Load-in phase (8/23/17-10/4/17, approximately 160 total hours): Hours will vary from week to week, but will be primarily daytime, weekday hours. Daily communication and schedule flexibility are required. Weekend calls may be required.
  • Construction (ice carving) phase (10/5/17 – 11/10/17, approximately 140 total hours): Hours will vary from week to week, and will include time on weekends. Schedule flexibility is required. 
  • Operation phase (11/10/17-1/1/18): Approximately 6 hours per week.

Estimated time commitment Nashville, TN:

  • This is an onsite, part-time, seasonal position, from approximately 8/28/17 to 1/1/18. Hours will vary depending on the phase of the project and overall production schedule. 
  • Load-in phase (8/28/17-10/1/17, approximately 160 total hours): Hours will vary from week to week, but will be primarily daytime, weekday hours. Daily communication and schedule flexibility are required. Weekend calls may be required.
  • Construction (ice carving) phase (10/2/17 – 11/8/1,7 approximately 140 total hours): Hours will vary from week to week, and will include time on weekends. Schedule flexibility is required. 
  • Operation phase (11/9/17-1/1/18): Approximately 6 hours per week.

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

  • Coordinating scheduling information among vendors and the client, maintaining a daily log of vendor progress, and helping to resolve any scheduling or integration problems. Attending weekly production meetings.
  • Attending work calls as needed to ensure that all tent doors, ground-support truss, scaffolding, air handlers, ducting, power-drops, masking, and rigging points are positioned according to the drawings, and actively participating in problem solving when adjustments are required. 
  • Coordinating labor requests and attending work calls for the onsite assembly and rigging of props.
  • Participating in floor layout marking, in coordination with the Art Director. 
  • 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.
  • 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, theatrical rigging equipment and related safety practices
  • Knowledge of basic construction techniques
  • Ability to understand technical drawings. Familiarity with AutoCAD or other CAD software preferred. 
  • Experience scheduling and managing temporary labor 
  • Basic knowledge of trucking logistics
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

Additional requirements:

  • The TD 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.
  • 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 TD may need to be in the cold for 30-90 minutes between warming breaks. Appropriate warm clothing, gloves and shoes 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 for all onsite staff

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to Jobs@hotopp.com


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LOCATIONS

New york, NY

Experienced Designer with Project Management Experience

We are currently seeking designers with project management experience for immediate openings in both our Seattle and New York offices. This is an hourly contract position with possible opportunities for full-time work.

Qualified applicants will have a background in theatrical design, branded environments, events, attractions, or architecture. Those with experience in other industries may also apply, so long as work samples and evidence of capability, as requested below, are provided.

Responsibilities will include participating in and helping manage a team to:

  • Develop rough ideas into viable design solutions,
  • Create renderings and pitch materials,
  • Draft bid and design drawings for project construction, and
  • Provide design support during project execution.

Additionally, we are interested in applicants with experience in managing staff and clients through various stages of conception, planning, and realization.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate:

  • Ability to develop 3D models using AutoCad (10 +) and/or Rhino (additional software considered on a case by case basis)
  • Proficient to advanced skills using AutoCad (10 +) and/or Rhino to develop construction drawings from existing 3d models
  • Proficient to advanced skills using Adobe software -- Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
  • The ability to generate 3D concept and final renderings for design communication and approval.
  • An interest and ability to lead a design team to realize projects of varying complexity
  • An ability to communicate with and manage design clients
  • Knowledge of basic scenic fabrication techniques and ability to communicate with fabrication vendors to attain desired outcomes within established budgets
  • General knowledge of project management software
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to be a team player and comfortable with collaboration
  • Strong time management and organizational skills

Interested applicants should submit the below items to Jobs@hotopp.com:

  • Cover letter with a brief description of experience and background
  • Resume and references
  • Several work samples including: CAD Drafting, 3D Modeling, Renderings and/or Design Drawings

Work samples may be submitted as a PDF or as a link to a web site. 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. We will send you an email confirming receipt of your submission. 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.