Production Manager
Santa Fe, NM
Description

Purpose: To manage the execution of deliverables within Meow Wolf's Visual Development department, as well as supervise team members.

Location: Santa Fe, NM.


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. 


Are you a natural when it comes to project management and do you flourish in a creative environment? Join Meow Wolf’s Visual Development team as a Production Manager, where you’ll create and manage relationships with a variety of internal teammates (cross functional & interdepartmental) as a leader and individual contributor to ensure the successful completion of creative development and deliverables on time and within budget. The Production Manager must be able to anticipate and troubleshoot potential problems in a project and within the team to keep the deliverables on target. The role requires a proactive approach with strong strategic, analytical, communication skills. Additionally, the position must act as a conduit between vested stakeholders to ensure project requirements are met. If you are a high energy creative, collaborator, and resourceful individual who can balance a workload of highly creative content projects, this is your role.


The Production Manager acts as a day-to-day manager of the Visual Development Team on assigned projects, supervising the workloads of any assigned staff or vendors, and determining strategies to ensure the successful completion of all assigned deliverables, concepts, and campaign briefs. The Production Manager must be proficient in guiding and articulating the concepts and experiences that define the project’s creative vision and to motivate the teams and individuals who are responsible for its development and implementation. 


Production Managers work with the Visual Development Team to manage the operation workflow, quality, and schedule adherence. They also monitor production activities to make necessary adjustments to the schedule to ensure that all assets are delivered on time, develop ideas for process improvements, and adjust the creative development duration to maintain the quality of the deliverable. 

Requirements

You will oversee the completion of visual design deliverables with precision and tenacity, thereby contributing to the high-quality work our creatives produce. 


How you will do it… 

  • Serve as a functional leader to a group of Visual Development Team members, as well as a short-term team leader for mixed-talent creative production teams. Functional management responsibilities include: time tracking, managing PTO, hosting performance reviews, recommending hires and facilitating HR discussions for the Production Manager’s direct reports
  • Schedule and participate in each kickoff and subsequent review meeting from concept through creative development and production that the Production Manager is to lead. The Production Manager should come away from these meetings with a solid understanding of the creative intent, the design limitations, the materials budget, and the project due date or labor limit.
  • Work closely with Sr. Director of Visual Development and fellow Production Managers to establish the creative development process and review the schedule for each project. 
  • Contribute to project staffing decisions for internal VisDev project teams, taking into account the talent needed to complete a project and the desire for all team members to develop new skills. 
  • Work with Show Managers, Campaign Managers, Marketing Producers, and Creative Producers to understand and establish goals, timelines, and build plans and process for project work performed by Visual Development.
  • Help the Visual Development team meet its deliverables by the agreed end date or labor limit and stick to the agreed scope and budget
  • Serve as a side-by-side mentor to the Concept Artists and Graphic Designers, aiming to build the skills, advise on industry standard working practices, and raise the professionalism of the members of the Visual Development team.
  • Help Visual Development team members to try out new techniques, tools, and methods of working that continually expand each person’s comfort zone
  • Identify conflicts that may arise during a project, whether technical or personal, and work with the involved parties to find resolution
  • During the creative development process, the Production Manager will keep in close contact with the Campaign Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, Creative Producer, Show Manager, Production Designer, Technical Director, and the Creative Director to give status updates as needed and ensure ongoing adherence to the project plan and limitations
  • Other duties as assigned 

To be successful in this role…

  • You bring 5+ years working in art administration or production management.
  • You have 3+ years interfacing directly with creatives.
  • You come with 2+ years experience as a personnel supervisor.
  • You bring experience with the creation of permanent art installations or exhibitions.
  • You possess 5+ years experience in graphics, marketing activations and production, concept art, or related fields.
  • You come to the table with experience leading creative development teams
  • You’re an excellent problem solver and  can demonstrate strategic and resourceful thinking.  
  • You can communicate effectively and seamlessly.
  • You enjoy building and mentoring teams.
  • You’re able to anticipate roadblocks or conflicts and navigate through them with a positive attitude.

Essential tools to set you up for success… 

  • You must possess an in-depth knowledge of core platforms and programs as they will be utilized on a daily basis: 
    • Google Suite
    • Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, or SketchUp or other 3D/architectural program
    • ProCreate
    • Asana or AirTable

Work environment and physical demands...

  • This position is based 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 MT – occasionally requiring flexibility to work during evenings or weekends based on business needs. 
  • 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. 

We will teach you the Meow Wolf way by...

  • Taking a deep dive into departmental inner workings and reviewing project goals. 
  • Exploring Meow Wolf Origins. 
  • Attending Meow Wolf's Immersiversity 
  • Reviewing Meow Wolf’s purpose and corporate policies and training. 

Are you...

  • Forward thinking and creative in your approach to problem solving with the ability to identify process improvement opportunities? 
  • Experienced in managing processes or projects and driving change through positive influence? 
  • Adept at learning new platforms? 
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks while demonstrating excellent time management? 
  • Able to exhibit professional judgment and decision-making skills? 
  • Self-motivated, self-managing, adaptable to changing needs and taking on new tasks, and receptive to receiving direction?
  • Patient with yourself and with others, and able to work collaboratively and thoughtfully with fellow human beings? 
  • Able to contribute to the overall happiness and health of the team and help keep the vibe alive? 

If you answered ‘YES’ to all of the above, then what are you waiting for? APPLY MEOW! 


JOIN MEOW WOLF

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 

BENEFITS

The choices we make concerning our benefits during open enrollment are among the most  important we select for ourselves and our families. As part of your total compensation package,  Meow Wolf offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various options to meet  your healthcare and financial needs along with many perks. Please visit  www.meowwolf.com/careers for more information.  


COME AS YOU ARE 

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.