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What We Are Looking For


Obscura is a creative studio for big thinkers.


We are a close knit family of artists, producers, coders, builders, and technologists. If you’re a big thinker with the drive to change the world, come join us.

  

Service & Support DevOps Engineer

Title: Service Engineer
Location: San Francisco Office

Obscura is looking for an experienced Systems Engineer to help our technical teams achieve the highest level of success in our groundbreaking immersive, conceptual, and interactive experiences which are in long term service. This role will report to our Director of Systems. We require someone who shares our passion and technical curiosity.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions. We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light tell a story and communicate a vision. Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”. If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide infrastructure documentation and investigation for existing installations.
  • Strong ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Resolve highly technical software and infrastructure problems with a mind for QC and time sensitive problems.
  • Work independently and maintain a comprehensive ability to document and track changes.

What we are looking for:

  • A meticulous sense of attention to detail.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 4-6+ years of technical engineering (software or systems).
  • Highly proficient with show control systems, software engineering standard sand systems infrastructure from a display and installation standpoint.
  • Deep understanding of linux, windows and show control systems.
  • Deep understanding of information systems architecture.
  • Commitment to documentation and rigorous peer review.
  • Exceptional knowledge of
    • Windows (desktop and server)
    • Linux (primarily debian)
    • Development environments (Python3)
    • Display and projection technologies
    • Sensor technologies
    • A/V LED and projection technologies.

About this position:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k. As a Systems Engineer at Obscura, you will work with the creative team and technical team to achieve the best possible success of production work. This includes event-based shows and permanent installation work in a variety of projects.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Systems Service Engineer” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com.

Media / Render Systems Administrator

Title: Media / Render Systems Administrator (sysadmin)
Location: San Francisco Office

Obscura is looking for an experienced media systems administrator to help bring the creative vision of Obscura to life on a diverse mix of projects ranging from interactive large-scale projections to complex multi-display installations.

A general overview: the Media / Render Systems Administrator will support the media department by helping to design workflow pipelines, maintaining the render farm, and monitoring rendering processes. The Media / Render Systems Administrator also works with the systems infrastructure and software development teams to make sure the media departments’ workstations, servers and storage are running smoothly. This position will also work closely with the infrastructure/systems team to build and advance new scalable storage techniques.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions. We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light tell a story and communicate a vision. Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”.  If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply.

Responsibilities:

  • In-depth technical knowledge of AE / C4D / Render Pipelines
  • Familiarity with Deadline render management software
  • Understanding of codecs, compression and digital deliverable formats
  • Familiarity with different rendering platforms like Octane, Vray, Physical, Etc.
  • Ability to multi-task several deliverables with overlapping deadlines
  • Manage and update render farm nodes with techniques to improve rendering and quality
  • Practical understanding of SOFS systems (like ceph) and experience building and maintaining medium scale SAN systems.
  • Work closely with artist to assure their renders are successful
  • Problem solve workstation and software issues via ticketing system
  • Install plugins, manage and maintain software applications
  • Work with artists to find ways to innovate processes and improve quality standards
  • Stay on top of the latest developments in animation and production software and technology to keep the department on the cutting edge
  • Participate in media personnel infrastructure onboarding alongside IT administrators
  • Help maintain a clear organization of media assets, purchases, and farm/workstation licensing
  • Responsible for backing up projects after full completion

About this position:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k. As a Media / Render Systems Administrator at Obscura, you will work with the creative and technical teams to achieve the best possible success of production work. This includes event-based shows and permanent installation work in a variety of projects.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Media / Render Systems Administrator” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com.

Producer

TITLE: Producer
LOCATION: San Francisco Office

Obscura Digital is looking for a Producer with experience managing complex projects involving media production, software development and client management. Experience with projection, LED / LCD and architectural integration a plus. A Producer at Obscura is responsible for managing projects from initiation to final delivery / installation.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions. We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light tell a story and communicate a vision. Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”. If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply.

Responsibilities:

We’re seeking candidates who will:

  • Work with Executive Producer and Account Executive to shape and manage deliverables and client expectations
  • Work with Executive Producer to create production schedules and budgets
  • Maintain and drive production schedules
  • Possess a strong ability to translate chaotic information into plan of action
  • Proactively drive strategic workflow to move projects through studio
  • Work with Dept. Managers to oversee projects across all departments
  • Effectively enforce deadlines while maintaining an awareness of simultaneous projects across studio and competing priorities
  • Create cohesion across project teams and maintain a high level of individual contribution / job satisfaction
  • Assure quality of deliverables / installations
  • Schedule and drive internal and client meetings / reviews
  • Manage resource hours and outside expenses against budget
  • Oversee project accounting and contracting

What we are looking for:

  • 5 years experience as a Producer in a similar production environment
  • Strong leadership skills to drive a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of media and software pipelines
  • Tireless attention to detail
  • Advanced problem solving ability
  • Ability to work independently
  • Cool under pressure and tight deadlines

About this Position:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k.

 

Staff Accountant (AP/AR/Payroll)

TITLE: Staff Accountant (AP/AR/Payroll)
LOCATION:   San Francisco, CA

We are looking for a Staff Accountant to join our small but mighty team of five. You will be a key player on our team, responsible for all AP, AR and payroll duties, reporting to the Controller.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions.  We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light to tell a story and communicate a vision.  Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”.  If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply .

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Full-cycle AP, including: Day to day communication with vendors and employees, ensure proper approvals and documentation for all invoices, prompt resolution of discrepancies, GL account coding, process check runs, collection of W-9 forms, vendor database maintenance.
  • Process employee expense reimbursements.
  • Post credit card transactions to GL and reconcile to monthly statements.
  • Process bi-weekly payroll, including: Pull timesheet data and calculate gross wages (approx. 75 employees), work with HR to ensure all inter-period personnel updates are captured, input payroll data into on-line payroll system.
  • Full-cycle AR, including: Tracking customer contract terms to ensure timely and accurate billing, generating/distributing all invoices, regular follow-up customers to ensure prompt payment, escalation of collection issues as necessary.
  • Support the month-end close process, including AP and payroll accrual calculations.
  • Reconcile Petty Cash.
  • Assist with tax filings, including sales and use tax, forms 1095 and 1099, etc.   
  • Assist with other accounting and HR projects as needed.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience.
  • Ideal candidate will have some experience with all functions (AR, AP and payroll), but must demonstrate strong working knowledge of at least two of these areas.
  • QuickBooks experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience with HR and benefits administration a huge plus.
  • Must be comfortable in a small-business environment – you will have to cover the phones from time to time.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Organized self-starter.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • BA in Business/Accounting.
  • MS Office – intermediate to advanced Excel.

ABOUT THIS POSITION:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Staff Accountant” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com.

Systems Engineer

TITLE: Systems Engineer
LOCATION: San Francisco Office

Obscura is looking for an experienced Systems Engineer to help our creative and technical teams achieve the highest level of success in our groundbreaking immersive, conceptual, and interactive experiences. This role will report to our Director of Systems. We require someone who shares our passion and technical curiosity.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions. We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light tell a story and communicate a vision. Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”.  If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide infrastructure support and planning for new and existing installations.
  • Strong ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Develop production forecasting for infrastructure projects.
  • Work on cross-functional teams to iterate creative solutions.
  • Work independently to achieve milestones.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Artistically minded engineering focus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 4-6+ years of systems infrastructure engineering.
  • Highly proficient with logical and physical infrastructure modeling (Visio/Sketchup).
  • Deep understanding of IT infrastructure planning.
  • Deep understanding of information systems architecture.
  • Commitment to documentation and rigorous peer review.
  • Comfortable leading a small team in a fast-paced production sprint.
  • Exceptional knowledge of:
    • Windows (desktop and server)
    • Linux (primarily arch and debian)
    • GIT
    • Display and projection technologies
    • Sensor technologies
    • Audio/video technologies
    • High voltage systems design and architecture

ABOUT THIS JOB:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k.  As a Systems Engineer at Obscura, you will work with the creative team and technical team to achieve the best possible success of production work. This includes event-based shows and permanent installation work in a variety of projects.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Systems Engineer” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com.

Technical Director

TITLE: Technical Director
LOCATION:   San Francisco Office

Obscura is looking for an experienced Technical Director to help our creative and technical teams achieve the highest level of success in our groundbreaking immersive, conceptual, and interactive experiences. This role will report to our Director of Systems. We require someone who shares our passion and technical curiosity.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions. We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light tell a story and communicate a vision. Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”.  If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Organize and engineer creative solutions with emerging display technologies.
  • Work cross-functionally with other Obscura departments in order to provide technical oversight and detail for current and upcoming projects.
  • Provide a technical bridge between the creative concepts and the engineered system.
  • Build site diagrams and calculate display systems.
  • Calculate ROMs and budgets quickly and efficiently.
  • Collaborate and inform the technical engineering team on plans and constraints.
  • Be not only the projection lead onsite, but also a skilled integrator.
  • Assist in building systems infrastructure.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Artistically-minded technical focus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 4-6+ years of technical multimedia engineering.
  • Highly proficient with 3D modeling (Sketchup, Rhino, etc).
  • Deeply versed in display technologies and their historical technological directions.
  • Commitment to documentation and rigorous peer review.
  • Comfortable leading a small team in a fast-paced production sprint.
  • Exceptional knowledge of:
    • Windows (desktop and server)
    • Linux (primarily arch and debian)
    • Scripting (PS, BASH, JS/Node.JS, Python, etc)
    • GIT
    • Display and projection technologies
    • Sensor technologies
    • Audio/video technologies
    • High voltage systems design and architecture

ABOUT THIS JOB:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Technical Director” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com

Media Producer

TITLE: Media Producer
LOCATION: San Francisco Office

Obscura Digital is looking for a Media Producer with experience managing complex 2D and 3D animation pipelines. A Media Producer at Obscura is responsible for managing media workflow process from initiation to delivery.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions. We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light tell a story and communicate a vision. Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”. If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply.

Responsibilities:

We’re seeking candidates who will:

  • Design media pipeline strategies
  • Create and maintain media production schedules
  • Create and track shot lists
  • Manage artist time and productivity
  • Enforce deadlines
  • Assure quality control of deliverables
  • Enforce proper asset naming conventions
  • Enforce proper file structure organization
  • Create and manages internal and client previews

What we are looking for:

  • Over 3 years experience in media production
  • Good communication skills
  • Tireless attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Adobe After Effects
  • Understanding of 3D rendering processes
  • Comprehension of various media formats and codecs
  • Advanced problem solving ability
  • Cool under pressure and tight deadlines

About this Position:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Job Title” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com.

Director of Web & Experiential Design

Responsibilities:

The Director of Web & Experiential Design will work as a member of the Obscura Digital creative team with responsibility for providing technology enhancements and connections to web and mobile interactive platforms for projects. Responsibilities will also include directing and leading assigned project resources during production to ensure that creative design is properly executed.

Specific job duties will include:

  • Transform interactive and experiential concepts into thoughtful and articulate user journeys through sketch, illustration, and writing.
  • Creative and software prototyping and Virtual Reality and Experiential design.
  • Augment concepts with interactive real-time feature sets and functionalities as they pertain to creative technology and mobile applications.
  • Create images using computer animation and modeling programs including CAD, Rhino and Sketchup.
  • Requires 2 to 4 trips per year to domestic and/or international client sites.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Digital Communications Design or related field.
  • 5 years of experience as a UX Developer, Interactive Developer or similar. We will accept 2 additional years of experience in lieu of a 4-year degree.
  • Creative and client relations experience with agencies.
  • UX design and software development experience for interactive, mobile technology and web platforms.
  • Experience with WebGL, Virtual Reality hardware technology and supporting software components.

This is a full-time salaried position. Obscura offers a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including health care and 401k.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Director of Web & Experiential Design” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com.

Motion Graphics Production Artist

TITLE: Motion Graphics Production Artist

LOCATION:   San Francisco Office

Obscura is looking for an experienced Motion Graphics Production Artist to help bring the creative vision of Obscura to life on a diverse mix of projects ranging from interactive large-scale projections to complex multi-display installations. Looking for a person who has a background and interest in Design, Animation, Production and Post Production.

Obscura is an award-winning creative studio headquartered in San Francisco that focuses on large scale art installations and productions. We are an innovative group of artists, producers, and technologists who use the medium of light tell a story and communicate a vision Our clients are pioneers: film-makers, museums, companies, and countries who want to draw attention to a particular cause or mission and make the world “think”. If that is important to you, and you’ve got the skills to help, please continue reading and apply.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

We’re seeking candidates proficient in the following programs:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe AfterEffects CC
  • Adobe Premier Pro CC
  • Cinema 4D

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ability to multi-task several projects with overlapping deadlines.
  • Support animators and art directors by preparing files and assembling edits.
  • Organize and catalog incoming assets.
  • Basic understanding of codecs and digital deliverable formats.
  • Familiarity with rendering.
  • Responsible for backing up projects after project completion and assuring that all onsite changes are accounted for.

DIRECTION:

This is a full-time salaried position with occasional late evenings and/or weekend work. We offer a comprehensive set of employee benefits, including healthcare and 401k. As a Motion Graphics Production Artist at Obscura, you will work with the Creative team and technical team to achieve the best possible success of production work. This includes event based shows and permanent installation work in a variety of projects.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with “Motion Graphics Production Artist” in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration with specified job title in the subject line to jobs@obscuradigital.com