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Bring your magic to Solomon Group.

"We bring stories to life,” is Solomon Group’s mantra as we thoughtfully create client narratives through Live Events and Exhibits and Environments for a wide variety of national and international clients.

Solomon Group is a 10-year-old company and seasoned industry leader, uniquely positioned to provide high-level customized results that envisions, crafts and transforms client goals into engaging experiences and narratives for target audiences.

At Solomon Group, we are the “next generation go-to” client service company with demonstrated success and a sustainable future.

For Live Events, we deliver high profile one-of-a-kind memorable experiences with our proven expertise in innovative production elements and our approach to creating audience engagement in stadiums to convention centers and public areas across the country.

For Exhibits and Environments, we share our innovative, artful creativity with a single-source solution that delivers unparalleled transformative craftsmanship in the areas of audio visual integration and fabrication.

Applications are accepted online only.  If you have a question, email us at hr@solomongroup.com or call 504.252.4500.  Solomon Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Exhibits & Environments

Project Director, Exhibits & Environments

JOB SUMMARY

The Project Director, Exhibits & Environments is responsible for leading our Project Management team providing creative and innovative direction in managing all aspects of a project for our exhibits and environments division. The Project Management team is responsible for overall project scheduling, accounting, and control, while providing technical and fabrication direction and ensuring quality standards are met. Our Project Management team wears many hats - they are the leader, the accountant, the builder, the installer, and the quality control team.

We are seeking a high-performing leader committed to delivering authentic, world-class experiences for our clients on time and within budget. The Project Director, Exhibits & Environments will be tasked with developing and evolving best practice processes and tools to maximum the efficiency of our Project Management team. The ideal candidate enjoys working with clients from diverse industries, handling multiple projects at once, excels at problem solving, and thrives in a deadline-driven environment. All while helping develop a world class team.

This is a full-time position based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead a diverse team of Project Manager professionals with emphasis on team development helping to achieve professional and personal goals.
  • Set the strategic direction and goals for the team.
  • Main point of contract for the Exhibits and Environments division as it relates to the project management process as a whole and for departmental specific requests.
  • Manage assignment of Project Managers to multiple projects with competing needs as seen fit and in accordance with budget, timeline, and skill sets.
  • Have P&L ownership and reporting for the Project Management division.
  • Develop, implement, and analyze all project plans and schedules to comply with budgets and scheduling.
  • Lead regular check-in meetings with all Project Managers to discuss project progress, variance reports, obstacles, and solutions to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Quality control of all items leaving shop.
  • Oversee and ensure updates to timelines and fabrication schedules, design, drafting, purchasing, fabrication (both in house and sub contract), graphic production, AV integration, client inspections, shipping and field services (including installation and dismantle).
  • To oversee generation of variance reports upon onset of all projects (estimated cost vs. actual).
  • Ensure with Technical Design Manager that all design data from design team (internal or external) is efficiently transferred into engineering/drafting and establish all site-measuring protocols as well as standards for all project drawings/documentation.
  • Evaluate and review drafted and engineered drawings for particularly complicated or sensitive pieces along with Project Manager, Technical Designer, and Technical Design Manager prior to release to the shop/external vendor for fabrication.
  • Work closely with Account Manager to ensure that client macro goals can be aligned and integrated within individual project budgets and schedules without compromising efficiency or profit margins of the fabrication department as a whole.
  • With Project Manager and Account Manager, evaluate change order requests as necessary to maintain integrity of project, client, and department as a whole.
  • As required, supervise installation and dismantle for projects. Primary responsibility: Department coordination, resource management, timeline, and macro departmental goals.
  • Oversight and standardization of all documentation and record keeping of all current and past jobs to allow for seamless departmental hand-off at any given time.
  • Full profit and loss report to be generated as part of project closeout procedures including project variance across Labor, Material, and External Services cost categories for the purposes of job success analysis and refining of future estimation.
  • Review project evaluations and assessment of results with team related to budget and variance post-project delivery for the purposes of bettering future projects.
  • Project Director may act as a Senior Project Manager on specific projects as is seen fit.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three (3) years experience leading project management team.
  • Shop Fabrication, Museum exhibit, and Live Events experience a plus.
  • Understand client needs and vision to develop and deliver projects to exceed their objectives within budget and deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management techniques and tools.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning.
  • Exhibit (Tradeshow and Permanent Installation) Construction methods experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills.
  • The ability to maintain an even temperament under tight deadlines and stressful conditions.
  • Outstanding troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to build strong relationships with clients and internal teams of Account Managers, Designers, Estimators, Fabricators, and Installers.
  • The willingness to learn new software and master equipment outside of scope of experience
  • Ability to travel as necessary
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Fabrication Shop Assistant (Part-Time)

JOB SUMMARY

Solomon Group is currently looking for an energetic and hardworking shop assistant to join our team. In this entry level position, you will assist the shop floor manager, shop foreman, project managers and all other shop supervisors with a variety of tasks. If you are willing and excited about the opportunity to learn new skills, you could be an ideal fit for this position. The ideal candidate has limited fabrication skills but a strong desire to learn any trade from the ground up.

This position is a part time/temporary role. Estimated hours are roughly about 30 hours per week but may vary week to week.

RESPONSIBILITES

  • Help move raw goods, in-work, and finished pieces through the shop.
  • Help package and store finished elements to get them ready to pack onto trucks.
  • Learn and help with tool maintenance, tracking, proper usage and safety.
  • Stock raw materials.
  • Help maintain a safe, clean, and efficient work environment.
  • Learn basic carpentry, paint, and scenic skills.
  • Work in a positive manner showing respect to others and contributing to the team.
  • Assist with and work on show sites as needed.
  • Occasionally work on installation sites in assisting our fabrication project managers.
  • Work includes fabrication, installation, and strike.
  • Assisting the shipping and receiving supervisor for materials coming in and out of the shop.
  • Packing/Unloading Trucks.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • The ability to lift up to 75 lbs;
  • A clean driving record (Class D license a plus);
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule;
  • Forklift experience (preferred);
  • A positive, can-do attitude and the eagerness to be part of a busy, productive team;
  • The desire to learn.

About Solomon Group

www.solomongroup.com

Solomon Group uses its unique art to bring stories to life through Live Events and Exhibits and Environments for a wide variety of national and international clients. For Live Events, we blend creative, design, and production that delivers effective, award-winning events. For Exhibits and Environments, we use our art of integrating exhibit fabrication with AV technology, offering a single-source solution that delivers unparalleled craftsmanship with efficiency.

Solomon Group is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The company has frequently been named one of the area’s “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine. And, for the past four years (2014-2017), Solomon Group has been listed on the Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

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To be considered for this position, please fill out the Online Application below.  You can attach your résumé and cover letter near the bottom of the application.

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Project Manager, Exhibits and Environments

JOB SUMMARY

We’re an out of the box kind of company, so we’re looking for an experienced Project Manager, Exhibits and Environments who can build solid relationships with our clients and internal Solomon Group teams to creatively deliver world-class experiences including live corporate events, exhibits and environments. The ideal candidate enjoys working with clients from diverse industries, is comfortable handling multiple projects at once, and thrives in a deadline-driven environment. 

The Project Manager, Exhibits and Environments is responsible for overall project scheduling, accounting, and control, while providing technical and fabrication direction and ensuring quality standards are met. The Project Manager responsibilities cover all areas of a project. They are the leader, the accountant, the builder, the installer, the quality control team, and wear many more hats. This person will have regular interaction with Clients, Account Managers, Designers, Estimators, Fabricators, and Installers.

This is a full-time position based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversees multiple projects with the ability to prioritize competing needs in fast-paced changing environment.
  • Develop and implement project plans and schedules that comply with budgets and scheduling for assigned projects.
  • Facilitates the definition of project scope, goals, and deliverables.
  • Defines project tasks and resource requirements.
  • Manages project resource allocation and project budget.
  • Acts as a liaison between the client and Solomon Group departments. Maintains an open line of communication, ensuring timely updates.
  • Maximize efficiency of assigned project team through strong leadership, organizational and motivational skills.
  • Manage outside suppliers of custom services, i.e. contractors, custom equipment suppliers, etc.
  • Coordinate payment dates and submissions.
  • Track project deliverables ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Provides direction and support to project team.
  • Ensures all items needed for successful project completion are procured and quality controlled.
  • Mediate and resolve project conflicts.
  • Maintains reports defining project progress, problems, solutions, and timelines.
  • Implements and manages project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs.
  • Creates end of project financial document. 
  • Provides project evaluations and assessment of results. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three (3) years experience in project management or equivalent
  • Shop Fabrication, Live Event, and Museum exhibit experience a plus
  • Understand client needs and vision to develop and deliver projects to exceed their objectives
  • Knowledge of project management techniques and tools
  • Proven experience in strategic planning
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage budget restraints
  •  Exhibit (Tradeshow and Permanent Installation) Construction methods experience
  • Working knowledge of materials and fabrication techniques specific to exhibits
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously
  • The ability to maintain an even temperament under tight deadlines and stressful conditions
  • Outstanding troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work well with others to create and maintain a positive work environment
  • Strong ability to influence and lead teams
  • The willingness to learn new software and master equipment outside of scope of experience
  • Ability to travel as necessary

About Solomon Group

www.solomongroup.com

Solomon Group uses its unique art to bring stories to life through Live Events and Exhibits and Environments for a wide variety of national and international clients. For Live Events, we blend creative, design, and production that delivers effective, award-winning events. For Exhibits and Environments, we use our art of integrating exhibit fabrication with AV technology, offering a single-source solution that delivers unparalleled craftsmanship with efficiency.

Solomon Group is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The company has frequently been named one of the area’s “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine. And, for the past four years (2014-2017), Solomon Group has been listed on the Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

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To be considered for this position, please fill out the Online Application below.  You can attach your résumé and cover letter near the bottom of the application.

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Production

Project Director, Live Events

JOB SUMMARY

The Project Director, Live Events is responsible for leading our Live Events Project Management team providing creative and innovative direction in managing all aspects of a project for our live events division. The Project Management team is responsible for overall project scheduling, accounting, and control, while providing technical and fabrication direction and ensuring quality standards are met. Our Project Management team wears many hats - they are the leader, the accountant, the builder, the installer, and the quality control team.

We are seeking a high-performing leader committed to delivering authentic, world-class experiences for our clients on time and within budget. The Project Director, Live Events will be tasked with developing and evolving best practice processes and tools to maximum the efficiency of our Project Management team. The ideal candidate enjoys working with clients from diverse industries, handling multiple projects at once, excels at problem solving, and thrives in a deadline-driven environment.  All while helping develop a world class team.

This is a full-time position based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead a diverse team of Project Manager professionals with emphasis on team development helping to achieve professional and personal goals.
  • Set the strategic direction and goals for the team.
  • Main point of contract for Live Events  division as it relates to the project management process as a whole and for departmental specific requests.
  • Manage assignment of Project Managers to multiple projects with competing needs as seen fit and in accordance with budget, timeline, and skill sets.
  • Have P&L ownership and reporting for the Project Management division.
  • Develop, implement, and analyze all project plans and schedules to comply with budgets and scheduling.
  • Lead regular check-in meetings with all Project Managers to discuss project progress, variance reports, obstacles, and solutions to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Quality control of all items leaving shop.
  • Oversee and ensure updates to timelines and fabrication schedules, design, drafting, purchasing, fabrication (both in house and sub contract), graphic production, AV integration, client inspections, shipping and field services (including installation and dismantle).
  • To oversee generation of variance reports upon onset of all projects (estimated cost vs. actual).
  • Ensure with Technical Design Manager that all design data from design team (internal or external) is efficiently transferred into engineering/drafting and establish all site-measuring protocols as well as standards for all project drawings/documentation.
  • Evaluate and review drafted and engineered drawings for particularly complicated or sensitive pieces along with Project Manager, Technical Designer, and Technical Design Director prior to release to the shop/external vendor for fabrication.
  • Work closely with Account Manager to ensure that client macro goals can be aligned and integrated within individual project budgets and schedules without compromising efficiency or profit margins of the fabrication department as a whole.
  • With Project Manager and Account Manager, evaluate change order requests as necessary to maintain integrity of project, client, and department as a whole.
  • As required, supervise installation and dismantle for projects. Primary responsibility: Department coordination, resource management, timeline, and macro departmental goals.
  • Oversight and standardization of all documentation and record keeping of all current and past jobs to allow for seamless departmental hand-off at any given time.
  • Full profit and loss report to be generated as part of project closeout procedures including project variance across Labor, Material, and External Services cost categories for the purposes of job success analysis and refining of future estimation.
  • Review project evaluations and assessment of results with team  related to budget and variance post-project delivery for the purposes of bettering future projects.
  • Project Director may act as a Senior Project Manager on specific projects as is seen fit.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three (3) years experience leading project management team.
  • Live Events, Shop Fabrication, and Museum exhibit experience a plus.
  • Understand client needs and vision to develop and deliver projects to exceed their objectives within budget and deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management techniques and tools.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning.
  • Exhibit (Tradeshow and Permanent Installation) Construction methods experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills.
  • The ability to maintain an even temperament under tight deadlines and stressful conditions.
  • Outstanding troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to build strong relationships with clients and internal teams of Account Managers, Designers, Estimators, Fabricators, and Installers.
  • The willingness to learn new software and master equipment outside of scope of experience
  • Ability to travel as necessary
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Event Technical Director

JOB SUMMARY

Solomon Group is searching for a talented and experienced Event Technical Director to add to our growing team.

The Event Technical Director is responsible for the overall organization of the technical production process and a leader on the events team. The ideal candidate will possess 4+ years experience with technical management in events, production or broadcast environments. Their responsibilities include ensuring that every technical element is designed to work flawlessly for each event. They play a key role in a project from conception of ideas, pre-production, budgeting, on-site execution and ultimately closure of the project. The Event Technical Director must have the ability to identify and pursue the best possible balance between creative concepts, technical capabilities and budgeting.

At Solomon Group, we work on several productions at once. So you must be quick on your feet, motivated, willing to travel, and enjoy new and creative ways to employ your skill set.  A flexible schedule is also a must, since most of our projects take place during nights, weekends and holidays.This is a full-time position based in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead and monitor all technical aspects of event technical design and logistics from project kickoff to closing session based on client vision and budget requirements
  • Be a leading voice with clients, establishing trust and confidence in the technical team’s capabilities
  • Oversee and participate in developing proposals, preparing budgets, and expanding service offerings
  • Support internal departments by ensuring technical targets and requirements are met
  • Collaborate with the creative team to develop technical plans that bring a client’s business objectives to life
  • Advises team on best practices for scenic elements, effects, lighting, sound, rigging, staging, video, etc.
  • Set technical deadlines and schedules that enable high-quality work while keeping the project on time and on budget
  • Develops the project based on budget, design and safety requirements
  • Provides technical cost data for client proposals based on inputs from project and creative teams, ensuring all aspects of the project have been included
  • Creates, oversees and archives the following production-related documents: schedules, calendars, technical labor lists, equipment lists, lighting plots, sound designs, room layouts, equipment rentals, site request lists, scenic designs, etc.
  • Coordinates scheduling of all on-site staff, including technical vendors and freelancers
  • Leads on-site load-in, operation and strike of equipment to include: overseeing all crew and department leads, executing show calls, and preparing the strike lead
  • Serves as an operator for shows as needed
  • Performs other job-related duties as needed or assigned

IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree in Technical Production, Theatre Technology, or Video or Lighting or Sound Design preferred but not required
  • Understand and live by Solomon Group’s Core Values
  • Ability to lead and motivate the technical team to execute on large, creative technical events
  • Proven track record with budgeting with full understanding of how the budget impacts technical decisions
  • Skilled at facilitating conversations around value/cost implications with both internal and external teams
  • Advanced hands-on technical experience in high-end audio/visual and event production
  • Event production/project management experience
  • Advanced overall industry knowledge of live events
  • Experience with CAD software
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with internal and external clients
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • The ability to maintain an even temperament under tight deadlines and stressful conditions.
  • Outstanding troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 

ABOUT SOLOMON GROUP

Solomon Group is an award-winning entertainment design and production firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company performs all of the essential services needed to create spectacular live events, brand activations, themed attractions, broadcast environments and architainment projects.   Our talented, in-house team includes designers, project managers, fabricators, and technicians who dream up and deliver stunning entertainment productions for a variety of national and international clients.

Solomon Group is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The company has frequently been named one of the area’s “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine. And for the past four years (2014-2017) Solomon Group was listed on the Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

APPLY

To be considered for this position, please fill out the Online Application below. You can attach your résumé near the bottom of the application.

Solomon Group does not accept phone calls or walk-in applications.

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Technology

AV Project Manager

JOB SUMMARY

Solomon Group is searching for a talented and experienced AV Project Manager to join our growing team. 

The AV Project Manager is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of technology projects integrating innovative technology and lighting into fabricated elements for our exhibits and environments division. The AV Project Manager is a client advocate and subject matter expert for multiple Audiovisual (AV) infrastructure projects and will work closely with end-user clients to ensure technology objectives are met. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, creating a project plan, communicating the plan, budgeting, allocating resources, task management and setting milestones and expectations for a successful outcome. The ideal candidate will understand how comprehensive sound, lighting, and video solutions can be integrated to support client objectives and be comfortable engaging across diverse industry sectors including advertising/marketing/PR firms, corporate/association meetings & events, AV production, exhibits, and environments. 

We are seeking a high-performer committed to delivering authentic, world-class experiences for our clients. The AV Project Manager will enjoy working with clients from diverse industries, handling multiple projects at once, excels at problem solving, and thrives in a deadline-driven environment.  The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of three (3) years of experience working with audiovisual services within the event production industry. This is a full-time position based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review client Audiovisual (AV) requirements and define scope of work;
  • Responsible for supervision of all personnel and activities on project site;
  • Obtain and read all contract documents including, but not limited to bid drawings and specifications, contract project workbook, subcontractor scopes of work, and construction schedule;
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of project requirements and objectives including but not limited to: contractual, financial, technical, schedule, construction coordination, materials personal, and scope of work;
  • Facilitate internal project kick-off meeting that include key participants from engineering, fabrication and installation;
  • Coordinate all in house activities associated with project execution, including but not limited to: submittals, engineering, fabrication and installation, programming, commissioning, testing and troubleshooting; 
  • Create and manage the project schedule;
  • Function as the focal point for internal and external project communication and documentation;
  • Coordinate activities with general contractor, construction manager, owner and other trades as required;
  • Provide regular reports of job progress;
  • Assist with, or facilitate the ordering of materials upon approval of submittal documents or verification from engineering for design-build projects;
  • Manage build out of AV infrastructure design and assist with integration as needed;
  • Manage and monitor the labor expenditures of engineering, fabrication and installation personnel over the course of the project and communicate (upward) any issue that impacts profitability;
  • Solicit quotes from qualified subcontractors as required;
  • Generate and/or respond to construction communication including, but not limited to: requests for information, change order documents, warranty information, punch lists, sign-off documents or other documentation as assigned or required;
  • Proactively manage the change order process;
  • Regularly inspect installation work performed by staff and/or subcontractors;
  • Test, or certify the performance of, installed systems;
  • Coordinate and/or provide training to client;
  • Coordinate turn-over of project to service department at the end of each project;
  • Ability to work overtime when required;
  • Maintain time management to specific jobs. 

IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • CAPM, PMP preferred but not required;
  • CTS (Certified Technical Specialist) preferred but not required;
  • 3-5 years AV Industry experience;
  • The Ability to supervise and manage tasks and personnel to meet project objectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to trouble shoot and solve technical, personnel or other project related issues;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, AutoCAD viewing, markup utilities, and G-Suite;
  • Ability to generate timely, concise, and effective business correspondence;
  • Ability to read and comprehend project technical documents including, but not limited to engineering and architectural drawings, schedules, test reports, or commissioning documents.
  • Ability to create and maintain construction schedules; 
  • The willingness to learn new software and master equipment outside of scope of experience;
  • The ability to work well with others to create and maintain a positive work environment. 

At Solomon Group, we work on several projects at once.  So, you must be quick on your feet, motivated, willing to travel, and enjoy new and creative ways to employ your skill set.  A flexible schedule is also a must since most of our projects take place during nights, weekends and holidays.

ABOUT SOLOMON GROUP

Solomon Group is an award-winning entertainment design and production firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company performs all of the essential services needed to create spectacular live events, brand activations, themed attractions, broadcast environments and architainment projects.   Our talented, in-house team includes designers, project managers, fabricators, and technicians who dream up and deliver stunning entertainment productions for a variety of national and international clients.

Solomon Group is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The company has frequently been named one of the area’s “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine. And for the past four years (2014-2017) Solomon Group was listed on the Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

APPLY

To be considered for this position, please fill out the Online Application below. You can attach your résumé near the bottom of the application.

Solomon Group does not accept phone calls or walk-in applications.

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