AVAILABLE POSITIONS Associate Design Director – Star Wars

As an Associate Design Director – Star Wars, you will guide and support the operation of our Austin based design department and ensure that they are executing on the creative vision. You will work with the broader creative leadership team to help define the best tactics and strategies for bringing that to life. You are a natural and easy leader who can handle a team, delegate effectively, understand how to leverage the strengths of your individual team members, and build inclusive and collaborative processes with other departments. 

You are an enthusiastic mentor and champion for your team, able to provide both constructive and critical feedback in a positive way. You know that design doesn’t just stop with the Austin team, or even Boss Alien, but that it extends to and incorporates our connected studios. You will work to include everyone in the process and bring the team-at-large along for the ride to keep them informed and empowered to make a great game together.

You are a proponent of designing through constant playtest and iteration and are an evangelist for this process not only within design, but to the wider dev team. You believe that designers are good listeners, and that they are the conduit for distilling the vast galaxy of good ideas into sound and stable designs.

You believe strongly in the future of AAA game experiences on mobile and recognize the revolutionary and exciting prospects of bringing extremely high-quality and feature-rich games to the unprecedented global audience that mobile platforms afford.

Finally, you have a love and admiration for the Star Wars universe and embrace the opportunity to make your mark and tell your story within one of the most beloved and storied franchises of all time.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

  • A key design leader on our original Star Wars shooter, bringing a collaborative working style, managerial expertise, market knowledge and a wide experience of design. 
  • Manage, mentor, and develop designers within the studio in conjunction with the Design Directors and other leads.
  • Own and drive design reviews, processes, and pipelines in conjunction with production and the creative leadership. Provide clear and concise communication of the product vision and design processes to key stakeholders.
  • Lead design reviews/evaluations on a regular basis. Respond to emergent design issues/problems in development and ensure these are addressed to meet product goals and release plan targets.
  • Live our values of design through playtest and iteration every day with the team. Solicit, organize, and distill feedback from within the team and the broader organization. Observe and analyze user testing and analytics to recommend design solutions and improve/fix design features during the life of the product as a service. 

Desired skills:

  • You have extensive experience managing a design team, directing work, and mentoring staff.
  • You have a passion for competitive shooters and a deep understanding of what makes them tick.
  • You’ve shipped games in a lead, or associate-director-level design role. 
  • You understand that we can only create outstanding games as a team and have the experience and energy to turn creative direction into fully developed game mechanics.
  • You can find, iterate on, and distill the core joy and delight of game systems and content through prototyping with your team.
  • You have a strong attention to detail and understand the importance of balance and strong system design.

What we offer you:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Zynga RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid maternity/parental leave
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

Hiring Update: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

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Careers Category: Art & Animation

Careers location: Austin, TX

Connected Worker Type: Connected

Requisition ID: P210800

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Zynga does not engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov