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Lead Game Designer @ ClassDojo

Remote (or San Francisco, CA)

Job description

ClassDojo is looking for our first game designer to join our internal social game studio. With millions of kids already active on the platform, we’re building a user-customizable sandbox world where kids can push the limits of their creativity and collaborate in playful, emergent ways.   

Core responsibilities

As our first game designer hire, you’ll lead the project’s creative vision.  You’ll set the scope and the bar for the discipline of game design here at ClassDojo —defining how game designers work alongside neighboring disciplines like producers, product managers, product designers, data scientists, artists and engineers.  

You’ll dig deep into understanding kids’ motivations and expectations as well as how they’re evolving over time.  You’ll be accountable to live data and feedback, aiming to double-down on successful features and remove inadequate ones early.  And you’ll need to condense these insights to inspire the multi-disciplinary team around you.  

Qualifications

You might be a good fit if:

  • You have 8+ years professional experience designing games
  • You have experience designing, launching and evolving a live service multiplayer game.
  • You’ve driven at least one title or expansion from early concept to launch, working on a core feature or system end to end.
  • You’ve experienced working on a game’s core gameplay such as movement, combat or building. 
  • You welcome feedback and criticism, and enjoy challenging your own ideas. 
  • You’re passionate about building a better virtual space for kids.

Bonus qualifications:

  • You’ve worked on kids games or products, whether for education, entertainment, or both.  
  • You’ve worked on mobile games.
  • You have experience in not just gameplay design, but also other design disciplines such as Systems, Level, or Narrative design.  
  • You can implement your own content such as quests – even better if you can actively prototype your own designs yourself.  
  • You’ve worked on a platform team and can build games that are part of growing an entire ecosystem.

Additional information

ClassDojo's mission is to give every child on Earth an education they love.

We started by building a network that connects teachers, children, and families. ClassDojo’s flagship app is the #1 communication app connecting K-8 teachers, children, and families, globally. They use it to share what’s happening throughout the day through photos, videos, messages, and activities. It is actively used at an unprecedented scale: in over 95% of US schools, reaching ~51 million children in ~180 countries, all built by a team of 65 people. We are now beginning to use this network to give kids the best learning experiences in the world, far beyond those a standard school can provide. Our game studio represents an important piece of expanding upon that.

Classdojo is a remote-friendly team with a culture built upon candor. Employees are trusted to act in our shared best interest.  Come drive a future for kids where play and learning come together!