Creative Technologist
New York City

Posted November 1, 2019

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Gallagher & Associates (G&A) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary design studio with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Portland and Singapore. For over 20 years, we bring transformative experiences to life.

We are seeking a Senior Creative Technologist who will push the limits of immersive tech to create impactful experiences for millions of visitors in the world’s premiere museums and cultural centers. This person is a resourceful maker and developer who will work with various designers and technical trades through all phases of a project. They possess a strong, demonstrated expertise using both hardware and software to educate and tell a story in traditional and non-traditional ways. This person will report to the Technical Director. It is on-site only in midtown Manhattan.

Qualities

  • Passionate. Unrelenting interest in all aspects of interactive experiences and storytelling.
  • Collaborative. Values a merging of creative, technical, and content expertise.
  • Flexible. Can work across languages and frameworks to pick the right tools for the job.  
  • Adaptive. Receptive and resourceful toward changes in a project’s creative or technical scope.
  • Thoughtful. Able to see the “big picture” from interaction strategy to resources/skill sets, to content pipeline, to asset production, to installation hurdles.

Responsibilities

  • Create interactives using a confluence of hardware and software
  • Develop rapid prototypes for concept validation and client presentations
  • Create intelligent, thoughtful application design/architectures with a strong focus on public presentation, rigorous usage and longevity
  • Brainstorm new applications with the team, considering technical risks, recent trends, innovations, and news in the technology world.
  • Create tools and efficiencies for the tech team and art/content production pipelines
  • Help to guide the team’s user experience and visual design process, researching new paths, raising concerns, and educating stakeholders

Requirements

  • 5+ years experience developing stable, reliable software and interactive experiences for high-traffic/high-exposure environments
  • 5+ years experience developing and shipping real-time graphics and interactive software applications using several of the following: C++ for OpenGL via OpenFramework; Cinder or other toolkits; Unity and C#, or Unreal Engine; ThreeJS or other WebGL, HTML5 canvas; Shader programming via GLSL, HLSL, Unity ShaderLab
  • Demonstrated experience working with emerging technologies (VR, AR, Kinect, Leap Motion, projection mapping, computer vision) and various user interface and hardware configurations (e.g. DMX, RFID, IR-based touch and gestural interaction)
  • Understanding of the software development lifecycle and QA practices
  • Experience with web/cloud services, REST APIs, IPC, and data-driven applications
  • Experience with Git in a multiple-developer collaborative workflow
  • Team player with outstanding analytical, written, and verbal communication abilities
  • Able to work on multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Basic understanding of electronic systems and AV industry standards

Pluses:

  • Background in graphic design, motion design, data visualization, and/or user experience design
  • Strong interest in educational tools, open-source software, STEM and Maker communities
  • Experience with Linux and general Unix computing
  • Experience with Python for CV, back-end, data processing, or machine learning
  • Expertise in physical computing, electronics, and hardware prototyping
  • Experience with modern web technologies especially Webpack, React, and/or ElectronJS
  • Experience deploying permanently installed interactive works

Benefits Include:

Competitive Salary, Vacation, Sick and Personal Holiday, Company Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Employee Referral Bonus Program, Medical & Dental Plan, Summer Fridays and more…

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OUR CULTURE:

It is an exciting time to join the G&A team and we have the core values to prove it — Excellence, Impact, Integrity & Balance shape our future and are designed and defined to help our team understand the link between strategy and culture. These values explain how the day-to-day translates into supporting aligned efforts and goals across the board. Join us as we continue to develop our culture together, to fit our style and your success!

OUR VISION: 

We will synthesize the digital and physical worlds in innovative ways like no one else.

OUR MISSION: 

We integrate our diverse capabilities in order to deliver unrivaled experiences. 

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OUR VALUES & WAYS OF WORKING @ the Director Level:

EXCELLENCE

We are committed to creating our best work:

  • Build consensus while inspiring a ‘think outside the box’ mentality  
  • Give clear direction for team and cross-functional collaboration
  • Motivate and empower team members to work together interactively 
  • In shaping working teams, ensure we are all balancing respect for tradition and G&A’s legacy with an imperative to innovate and continuously raise the bar on the quality of our work

We create a culture of curiosity and learning:

  • Foster an environment in which team members feel safe taking risks
  • Encourage others to ‘think outside the box’ by stepping outside the box yourself 
  • Be the team coach for new ideas; help team members turn ideas into action
  • Celebrate short-term wins as progress toward achieving long-term goals

Always be proactive:

  • Be clear about internal and external expectations
  • Conduct team meetings at the right time (when you must collaborate)

We are true ambassadors:

  • Ensure positive impact with clients; set the team up for success 

IMPACT

We are locally and globally conscious:

  • Say no to plastic and use less paper around the office
  • Bring a new perspective to our clients – think sustainability where it counts

Inclusion brings us together:

  • Ensure teamwork is aligned to client and company mission, vision and priorities; refine as necessary
  • Create team innovation time to come up with new ideas and projects 

INTEGRITY

Trust and respect is a must:

  • Provide an inclusive environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion 
  • Lead with transparency 
  • Constructively influence others 

We have open lines of communication:

  • Expose team members to opportunities for interacting with others, especially leadership
  • Maintain an “open door” for your team’s questions, concerns, escalations, etc.

BALANCE

Adaptability is key:

  • Be a great leader, absorb frustration, don’t propel it
  • Stay abreast of company and industry trends
  • Anticipate change and manage resistance; communicate the rationale for the change, explain the ‘why’ and the ‘what’
  • Demonstrate and facilitate innovative change

Work-Life blend for success:

  • Hold regular team conversations and celebrations 

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Apply:

Qualified candidates, please submit a letter of interest, PDF of resume, and GitHub or code samples to [email protected]

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.A. and live in or be willing to relocate to the New York City area.

 

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