Digital Art Director, Magic Online Job Thu Apr 10 02:00:00 CDT 2014 Renton, WA 19827300 8446 Wizards - Corporate <br/>Digital Art Director, Magic Online<br/><br/><b>Location:</b> WA - Renton<br/><b>Employment Type:</b> Regular<br/>ID: 8446<br/><br/><br/><b>Description</b><br/><br/>Suits Optional...
...<br/>Brains Required!!<br/><br/>Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and the world's largest publisher of adventure games, including Magic: The Gathering® Trading Card Game and Dungeons & Dragons® Roleplaying Games has an exciting opportunity for a Digital Art Director to join our team. Only local candidates need apply. There is no relocation assistance for this position.<br/><br/>Launched in 2002, Magic: The Gathering Online is the official online edition of the world’s most popular trading card game. Magic Online allows players to collect and trade virtual cards, build the perfect deck and find opponents at all skill levels – all from the comfort of their own homes. For more information on Wizards of the Coast and Magic: The Gathering Online, visit www.wizards.com.<br/><br/>We offer competitive salaries, a great benefits package, and the excitement of working in a creative organization. But the best part of working here is that we think creating products that bring hours of enjoyment to millions around the globe is an inherently cool way to earn a living.<br/><br/><b>POSITION PURPOSE</b><br/><br/>The Digital Art Director is responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining the aesthetic elements of Magic Online to ensure that they are consistent with brand objectives. The Digital Art Director is also responsible for guiding the aesthetic quality of the game from pre-production, through to final production. Works with the Project Manager and/or Producer to identify critical milestones and deliverables in relation to art needs as well as define art development workflow and process requirements.<br/><br/>KEY RELATIONSHIPS<br/><br/>This individual bridges the gap between the Magic Creative and Magic Digital teams, pulling inspiration and direction from Creative, and communicating out to the Magic Online Digital teams.<br/><br/>Internal Relationships:<br/><br/>- Art Directors (Peers)<br/>- Graphic Designers<br/>- Software Engineers<br/>- Game & Web Producers<br/>- Research & Development team<br/>- Brand Management team<br/>- Creative Services team<br/><br/>External Relationships:<br/><br/>- Vendors<br/>- Animators<br/>- Game Designers<br/><br/>Supervises:<br/><br/>- Does not supervise others.<br/><br/><b>JOB DUTIES</b><br/><br/><b>Essential Functions / Major Responsibilities:</b><br/><br/>- Responsible for all design and art development for Magic Online.<br/>- Work closely with R&D in interpreting the game design into a visual experience.<br/>- Work closely with Business Partners and Project Managers.<br/>- Ensuring the aesthetic quality of the game throughout pre-production and during production.<br/>- Work with Producer of projects to develop high-level milestones and deliverables in relation to art needs.<br/>- Partnering with Producer and other team members on the game team to ensure art pipelines and resources are sound and deliverables are being met<br/>- Work with Producer, technical writer and others to assemble style guides and design documents for Magic: The Gathering Online<br/>- Manage creative team: 3D artist/animators, UI game designers & concept artists.<br/>- Manage outside vendor relationships in acquisition of art assets.<br/>- Present design concepts and final designs to key decision makers.<br/>- Work with brand/marketing to ensure products are consistent with brand objectives.<br/><br/><b>QUALIFICATIONS</b><br/><br/><b>Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:</b><br/><br/>- Experience leading visual development on digital game or entertainment experiences.<br/>- Able to work in a team environment, collaborating with other designers, developers, animators, writers and management.<br/>- Able to lead other creative staff and clearly direct creative work<br/>- Understand production flow of interactive and web projects, testing and quality assurance processes and work proactively throughout development with little supervision.<br/>- Strong Communication skills<br/>- Ability to work under continual deadline constraints<br/>- High Attention to detail<br/>- Strong creative design skill with an ability to recognize good design.<br/>- Proficiency with standard industry tools with the capacity to quickly learn new tools<br/><br/>Proficiency with most or all of the following:<br/><br/>- Maya or 3D Studio Max, ZBrush or Mudbox, Photoshop<br/>- Flash, HTML 5, After Effects<br/>- Expression Blend experience is a plus but not a requirement<br/>- Project management and revision control software<br/><br/>Basic to Advanced Knowledge of most or all of the following:<br/><br/>- EPUB or iOS application development process<br/>- 3D model creation, texturing and animating<br/>- Realtime shaders and effects<br/>- Traditional art skills<br/>- 2D animation<br/>- Video effects animation<br/>- Sound Production<br/>- Web and game friendly file formats (jpg, png, tga, swf)<br/>- Resource “weighting” for digital delivery (low file size/high quality)<br/>- Must be current on trends in social/casual/arcade/computer gaming<br/>- Understanding of UX / UI principles (creating and reading basic wireframes, multi-state elements and their creation, in game element usage – how the parts fit together)<br/><br/><b>Education and Training:</b><br/><br/>- 4 - 6 years of experience in Digital Art Direction<br/>- Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bachelor of Arts preferred, Master of Fine Arts / Master of Arts a plus.<br/><br/>Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level in Position:<br/><br/>- 6 months<br/><br/>Physical Requirements:<br/><br/>- Office environment, able to work on computer or phone for long periods of time.<br/><br/>We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>For more information about careers at Hasbro become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join our careers group on LinkedIn.<br/><br/>J2W Posting Code: Wizards of the Coast<br/><br/><br/><br/><b>Business Unit:</b> Wizards - Corporate

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Date: Apr 10, 2014