Creative Director, Endless Studios
- Posted: over a month ago
Reporting To: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Although we are headquartered in the U.S., we operate as a globally distributed team and are open to the Creative Director being based anywhere, provided you are open to traveling as is reasonably required to collaborate in person with others from the team.
About Endless Studios:
Endless Studios is a youth-centered studio where the next generation of creators apprentice with professionals to create worlds and develop games for an ever-expanding metaverse where you can make anything and mod everything.
Inspired by the collective culture of open source software communities and the creative culture of game modding communities, Endless Studios will operate as a globally distributed, massively open game making studio and learning community
About the Position:
We are seeking a Creative Director to lead the creative development and world building of our ever-expanding metaverse and to help design the underlying game making tools that provide assistive features to the next generation of game makers.
We are seeking a design professional with the instincts to seed the community with diverse canonical game experiences (gameplay systems, mechanics, and creation tools) that are designed to be collaboratively modded, remixed and extended by aspiring game makers gaining hands-on experience in an apprentice-based learning model.
We are looking for someone who can articulate an inspiring vision to engage a community that is passionate about both playing and creating together and deconstruct that vision into an implementation plan that is highly iterative and responsive to the community.
We are looking for someone who believes that games have the power to help the next generation of creators understand and shape their world.
- Own the creative ideation and design implementation of the product;
- Effectively communicate design direction, requirements, and deliverables across disciplines;
- Have a major impact on driving quality and innovation for the differentiating features of the games and platform;
- Manage the game design team to define and achieve deliverables within budgetary scope;
- Develop and operate processes to ensure high-quality creative output by the team and the refinement of play that is responsive to player and community feedback;
- Participate directly in the implementation of exemplary experiences, as needed, operating as a ‘player-coach’;
- Troubleshoot challenges and conflicts as they arise in the design process;
- Contribute to an innovative, respectful and supportive work environment and culture;
Desired Experience and Skills
- Experience designing and implementing compelling gameplay on several released titles;
- Experience leading game design teams from inception to launch;
- Broad interest in diverse areas of game development and genres;
- Hands-on experience implementing designs in Unity 3D or Unreal;
- Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully.
Endless Studios Background
Endless Studios was established as an independent venture in the fall of 2021 by E-Line Media and Endless Network to harness the power of games to help the next generation of creators understand and shape their world.
Endless Studios brings together the leadership teams and innovative platforms these organizations have collaborated to create including The Endless Mission (www.theendlessmission.com), a community-driven creation sandbox game where you can you can make anything and mod everything, and Terminal Two (www.terminaltwo.com), a game-based learning platform where players learn the fundamentals of coding and computational thinking through a diverse collection of games where hacking is a key mechanic.
Across the planet we spend billions of hours a week playing video games. E-Line is a video game developer and publisher dedicated to helping make this incredible investment of time and energy both fun and meaningful. E-Line was founded over a decade ago to develop games that catalyze curiosity, explore meaningful themes, and provide gateways to new perspectives and interests. Our consumer games with meaningful themes (e.g. Never Alone, Beyond Blue) and our game-based learning platforms (e.g. Gamestar Mechanic, MinecraftEDU) have reached a global audience of over 10 million players across channels and been used by over 15,000 schools and after-school programs.
E-Line is globally recognized as a pioneer in the games and impact sector. The company is regularly featured at gaming conferences, educational forums, and other global convenings. E-Line has also been a key driver of a number of high-profile impact game initiatives, including the National STEM Video Game Challenge (launched at the White House by President Obama), the Games and Learning Publishing Council (funded by the Gates Foundation) and the ASU Center for Games and Impact.
E-Line is a double-bottom-line, for-profit enterprise whose investors seek market-level financial returns and positive social impact.
About Endless Network
Endless Network is a global network of companies, foundations, non-profits, technologists, and advocates who want to unlock human potential through technology. We are dedicated to empowering the next generation to succeed in the digital economy. We work to transform the lives of kids and young adults by expanding access to technology and information; and by helping them develop 21st century skills.
We believe kids can have fun and learn at the same time. Creating immersive games that teach real coding concepts will help our communities prepare more youth for STEAM careers of the future and equip teachers and parents with reliable tools to keep their students engaged and motivated.
At Endless Network, we not only create epic coding games that kids love, we also partner with organizations that advocate for digital literacy, work to equip youth with tech skills, and promote careers in the new economy.
Endless Studios is is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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