Serious Game Designer

  • location: Raleigh, NC
  • type: Permanent
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Serious Game Designer

job summary:
Our Serious Games Designer is an advocate of innovation and creativity. You will work to create, drive, and deliver the overall creative vision of software products spanning across a wide variety of subject matter topics including commercial, healthcare, and military. In this role you will lead the design team, collaborate with the development team (Design, Art, Programming, QA, and Production), as well as external clients and subject matter experts (SME's) to conceptualize, document and implement core gameplay concepts, systems, and content across multiple projects. You will also support proposal writing and face-to-face design pitches when necessary.

The ideal candidate must be a highly experienced designer with strong design sense, leadership skills, and a thorough understanding of games and gameplay mechanics. We are seeking a candidate that will approach design holistically and must have the ability to take complex learning objectives and embed them into functional, interactive designs.

location: Raleigh, North Carolina
job type: Permanent
work hours: 9am to 5pm
education: Bachelors
  • Design compelling gameplay, scenarios and encounters that incorporate training, learning and practice
  • Conceptualize, create and maintain detailed game design documentation throughout the project cycle that meets design, artistic and technical requirements
  • Document detailed software mechanics, software progression and interface flow
  • Work with clients to define their vision while keeping projects in line with the company objective
  • Communicate product vision to the development team by participating in meetings, reviews, and planning
  • Forecast the ramifications of decisions made during the preproduction phase while ensuring that the design vision extends throughout the development process
  • Adjust design and implement changes to the game based on feedback from the development team, SME's, and end-users
  • Assist in the creation of product proposals and presentations
  • Champion the professional development of the design staff and ensure that our studio continues to employ the very best individuals
  • Inspire, motivate and mentor team members in best practices, processes, and procedures while promoting a collaborative production environment
  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent training along with 5-7 years of experience in game development or design-related field. Equivalent professional experience (at least 11 years) will be considered for talented candidates without a degree
  • Candidates selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information
  • Local to Raleigh, North Carolina, or willing to relocate. This position also supports remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Passion to explore how games and interactive technology can positively affect training and education
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels throughout the organization and have strong working relationships within all levels of the organization
  • Experience working with the Unreal game engine, scripting languages and/or designer tools
  • Strong grasp of game balancing and system design principles
  • Familiar with interactive teaching and learning methods, including instructional design
  • Experience leading and managing teams
  • Experience writing product proposals
  • Experience with audio editing and creation software
  • Aptitude for multitasking as well as quickly comprehending and assimilating new ideas, software, and technologies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Familiarity with Photoshop, Visio, and Sketch Up

Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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