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Creative Director, Digital Publishing Job

Job Function Game Development

Type Regular

Location WA - Renton

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Creative Director, Digital Publishing

Location: WA - Renton
Employment Type: Regular
ID: 11817
Job Category: WOTC - Game Development


Description

Bring Your Brain…..
We’ll Supply the Dragons!!!

At Wizards of the coast, we are passionate about bringing people together through their shared love of games. We are a community of artists, storytellers, designers, technologists and innovators working in one of the most dynamic industries today. We are building on our world-renowned player experiences to expand the digital future for our incredible brands including Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons and Avalon Hill. As a team, we are constantly evolving our approach to game experiences that delight a continuously growing audience of millions of players around the world. We have an exciting opportunity for a Creative Director to join our Digital Publishing team.

WHAT’S THIS ROLE ALL ABOUT?

Wizards is looking for a Creative Director to help grow our Digital Publishing business. The Creative Director is a highly-experienced industry visionary, capable not only of driving visual quality and design across multiple titles, but also innovating the standards, processes, and structures of Wizards through broad-reaching initiatives. Key to this is driving creative vision and product design for externally developed games, in partnership with Wizards of the Coast's Game Studios creative leadership to evolve an overall Wizards of the Coast Digital Game presence.

The Creative Director will oversee external teams of game, narrative and UX design, art and audio talent to define and maintain Wizard’s quality bar. This senior leader possesses expert communication and negotiation skills, overseeing both external development partners as well as consulting on internal production efforts; furthermore, they can adapt management and communication styles to accommodate multiple challenging situations and personalities, often across multiple cultures. This Creative Director will find innovative new ways to push the sensory direction of interactive entertainment. A champion of quality, first and foremost, their deep experience in design and art production for mobile and PC games also facilitates collaboration with Development, Production, Marketing, and externals to deliver world-class features and ideas on schedule and within budget.

Self-directed, proactive, and a focused multi-tasker, the Creative Director also demonstrates big-picture thinking as it relates to the creative functions of the organization; this role is key in establishing frameworks and leadership of long term initiatives to invest in (and promote) the quality of both projects and people alike.

DAY TO DAY RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THIS WIZARD!

Product Ownership:

• Oversee creative digital translation of Wizards various Intellectual Properties
• Own creative vision for assigned products, balancing the product needs with the business needs
• Work with internal development to ensure consistency between internal products, publishing platform and external products

Product Strategy & Advocacy:

• Own and represent product creative vision at all levels of the company, including WOTC and Hasbro Leadership
• Build AAA games via understanding of best in breed analytics, creative, product, talent and user experience design
• Team Player – Collaborate with all levels within the organization to assist in solving higher level complex design issues
• Identifying and/or selecting quality development partnerships to produce future projects.

Organization and Management:

• Manage, develop and inspire team leaders and members while creating strong positive relationships with the entire staff, as well as peers
• Attract, develop, inspire, and lead high performers, creating a culture that motivates and retains world class talent required for success and improve best practices
• Strategize with leadership in evolving Wizard’s digital development studio, talent and capacity

Who Are the Other Wizards, Teams and Partners You will Work With?

• Vice President, Digital Publishing
• Director, Digital Product Marketing
• Sr. Creative Art Directors
• Executive Producers
• Engineering Directors
• Design Director
• Project Managers

AM I QUALIFIED?

Experience Creating and Casting These Spells:

• 8+ years in Creative Director or similar position, with proven track record of managing large teams to success, as well as building/maintaining art production schedules
• Strong experience working within publishing organizations and with external development methodologies.
• Freemium and/or free-to-play economies by direct involvement in live game monetization of a shipped AAA game or Top 50 mobile game
• Demonstrated experience bringing highly valuable established entertainment brands to AAA online games
• Strong experience in overseeing published game titles, live services, and games as a service across multiple client platforms
• Excellent Leadership experience, including significant exposure to senior levels of management

Knowledge Characteristics and Abilities of the Ideal Wizard:

• Strong experience in overseeing published game titles, live services, and games as a service across multiple client platforms
• Excellent communication, presentation, and negotiation skills, both verbal and written; able to present difficult and creative concepts in a clear and concise manner
• Understanding of content creation software, game engines and project management tools.
• Thorough understanding of all aspects of game development process, from design methodology to craftsmanship and production
• Working knowledge of various online game monetization practices
• A track record in building highly effective interpersonal business relationships and generating business in a highly matrixed organization
• Appreciation for data-driven design through analysis and quick iteration
• Solid understanding of usability, flow and UI design for touch screens
• Knowledge of the mobile/tablet free-to-play gaming trends and competition
• Adaptability and ability to collaborate and lead a distributed team
• Enjoys an interactive and agile work environment and collaborates well with various work styles
• Passionate gamer!

Education and Training:

• Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate work experience

Travel Requirements:

• Up to 25%

Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level in Position:

• 3 months

We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for satisfactory performance in this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of the duties, responsibilities, or requirements of the position.

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Business Unit: Wizards of the Coast

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