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Studio Art Director • Full Time

Kazoo is looking for a smart & imaginative Studio Art Director with mobile game experience who loves all things that are art! You would be an industry veteran and craft expert. You would have practical experience in defining and maintaining a world-class artistic vision to support the overall game vision with a proven execution to ship. The right fit is someone who enjoys creative problem solving, learning new technologies, loves gaming & collaborating and taking ownership & pride in the work that they do. We are a small collaborative team and each member wears multiple hats to keep things fresh and interesting!
 

Responsibilities 

  • The ideal candidate has been in a Senior/Lead role on multiple titles and is able to bring to bear their expertise in content creation, collaboration, and communication to craft immersive and engaging player experiences

  • Develop or support the aesthetic pillars of the project, so it can be executed via defined specifications, reference materials, and style guides for environments, characters, props, lighting, and special effects. Ensure all art assets are of the highest artistic quality and uphold the integrity of the vision of the game.

  • Partner with the leadership team to identify and solve artistic challenges including defining a stylistic vision, establishing and maintaining aesthetic standards, and influencing the technical direction to best support the artistic, design, and narrative goals.

  • Build, lead, and guide a team of cross-disciplinary artists through all phases of development and champion their needs.

  • Maintain art scope and focus of an ambitious vision, including refining the process for developing estimates, crafting efficient content, and establishing clear review gates.

  • Work with the other directors, leads, and producers to support collaboration across art, animation, design, audio, programming, and user research to reach project goals and offer art-driven solutions to design challenges.

  • Contribute to studio and team building efforts including team training/development, recruiting, community outreach, and networking.

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of recent experience in the gaming industry with a focus on art

  • Shipped at least 2 mobile F2P games in an Art Lead or Art Director role.

  • Demonstrated experience in artist workflows, tools, and pipelines. Ideally this includes hands-on experience in more than one art field such as VFX, Lighting, Characters, Materials, Environments, etc.

  • Ability to lead artists to high quality results by quickly providing clear and meaningful feedback.

  • Expert level understanding of Maya and Photoshop

  • Understanding of Unity and/or other game development editors/engines

  • Strong passion for gaming

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent organization and efficient time management skills are required

  • Proven ability to work effectively with small to large teams in a deadline-driven environment.

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Animation or Design is preferred

 

Experience

  • 10+ years of experience with the majority of that as a Senior/Lead/Studio Art director role managing multiple projects 

 

Perks & Benefits

  • 100% Employee Covered Medical, Dental, & Vision Plans

  • Unlimited Vacation, Paid Sick Days & Holidays

  • 401k & Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Flexible working arrangements

 

About Kazoo Games

 

Kazoo Games was founded by company CEO David Schulman and CCO Sean Ro to make exceptional midcore and casual mobile games that stretch players' imaginations. With a core team of top-notch game makers, Kazoo is positioned to reach new audiences with its games and emerge as the next leader in mobile entertainment. Both co-founders have a proven track record of making wildly popular games in leading companies and as entrepreneurs; they founded Kazoo in 2019 to streamline development and focus on making hit games with passionate teams. Read more at www.kazoogames.com

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Send us an email to:

 jobs@kazoogames.com 

Please include your resume and a link to your portfolio.