Director of Technology

Pioneer Works

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Pioneer Works seeks a new Director of Technology to oversee our Technology Lab.

The Pioneer Works Technology Lab fosters an environment for thoughtful collaborations between artists and creative technologists. We provide tools and engineering support for creatives to develop projects in emerging technologies spanning robotics, AI, mixed reality, and additive manufacturing. The Lab connects to the larger community through a variety of public programs that include social impact hackathons, conferences, classes, and workshops.

The Director will oversee the Lab’s growth as a thought leader in the field of technology through a renowned residency program and year round workshops, public programs and conferences designed to expose the wider community to cutting edge artistic practices from the broader technology community.

Our Tech Residency Program invites artists, programmers, and researchers to create work that addresses challenging social issues through the lens of new technologies. The Director will help residents develop their projects in our labs, facilitate access to one-on-one consultations with experienced software and hardware engineers; and oversee procurement & management of cutting edge equipment, and work to create unique opportunities for the public to engage with their work, both onsite and remotely.


The Director will oversee the Technology Department’s public programs. This includes, but is not limited to, Second Sundays, Pioneer Works’ monthly open studio and community day, conceptualizing hands-on demonstrations, performances and studio visits; The Software for Artists Conference, bringing together hundreds of tech-art practitioners to share their work and learn from one another; and the Red Hook Regatta, a community event and educational workshop melding 3D modeling with the history of the Red Hook neighborhood.

The Director will collaborate across the organization, working with our Head of Residencies and Classes, as well as our Director of Music, to create a cohesive residency experience; collaborating with our digital team to create online programs, interviews, podcasts and more, to raise the profile of our residents to an international audience; They will also work with our education department to facilitate creative education in tech for all ages. The Director will also manage a part-time Technology Associate who maintains equipment resources in the lab, acts as a department administrator, and conducts their own self directed research in advanced technologies. The Director of Technology reports directly to the Artistic Director.

Pioneer Works offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a benefits policy including Health, Dental & Vision insurance, as well as a retirement savings program.

  • 5+ years experience in management positions, preferably with a focus in creative technology

  • Advanced knowledge of AI, web technologies, 3D printing, VR/AR and related mediums

  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting underrepresented or marginalized individuals in the arts & technology

  • Knowledge of, or prior experience in, the creative technology community as maker, researcher and/or administrator

  • Experience working on creative projects that make use of new and emerging technologies

  • A proven track record in building outside partnerships with a focus on sustainable growth

  • Fundraising experience in both institutional and individual giving communities

  • Experience working with arts residency programs a plus

  • Ability to focus, prioritize and execute in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience managing budgets and working across departments

  • Excellent communicator, with strong interpersonal skills; decisive, confident and humane

  • A creative and entrepreneurial spirit

  • A passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and artistic experimentation

Pioneer Works is a groundbreaking cultural center located in Red Hook, Brooklyn with a mission of building community through the arts and sciences in order to create an open and inspired world. Through extensive exhibitions, programs and residencies with artists, scientists, musicians, writers and technologists, we seek to make culture accessible to all.

We are driven by the realization that humanity is facing unprecedented social, intellectual, and spiritual challenges; our programs explore new ways of facing those challenges by using the arts and sciences dynamically as both a lens and catalyst. When humanity comes together and combines the ideas and talents of many, we have the ability to engineer what once appeared to be impossible.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and CV via email to: w/ “Director of Technology_[Applicant Name]” in subject heading. Please do not call to inquire about your application. Should you match our needs, we will be in contact with you.

Pioneer Works is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve.

Pioneer Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.

Posted on March 12