Senior Game Designer (Founding Role) - Fully Remote

United States - Remote /
Product /
Full-time (Remote)
What you’ll do

As a Senior Game Designer, you will drive the transformation of our educational product used by over one million kids in classrooms throughout the US into a game experience where children can learn, play, and grow together. 

This is a founding role and the first of its kind at eSpark! You’ll be working on an early-stage product and be instrumental in shaping the player experience, as well as the team responsible for creating it. 

Your analytical skills, player insight, and creativity help craft in- and out-of-game experiences that engage and surprise players. You will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and work with every tool at hand to create and iterate player-focused designs that will delight millions of 5-11-year-old kids.

It'll be your job to design and build fun, playful systems for progression and economy. These systems must work together to create an experience that delights kids and makes them feel connected, masterful, and empowered. 

The work will require a lot of hands-on work to create, test and iterate. You will have a lot of uncertainty in this environment, and you will need to be very self-driven. You're an experienced Senior Game Designer who has built games from 0 to 1 before. 

As this is a new field to us, we want you to bring all your knowledge and create an awesome game system that is both fair and fun.

Responsibilities

    • Collaborate with various stakeholders to define the overall player experience
    • Creatively seek new design spaces and opportunities
    • Leverage basic prototype tools to create value
    • Build and test prototypes with young kids

Required Qualifications

    • 5+ years of experience in professional game design 
    • Passion for games
    • Putting the player experience first
    • Smart and open to new ways of thinking and approaches
    • Patience and pursuit of excellence

Desired Qualifications

    • Experience with early-stage games and prototyping
    • Experience working inside a small team
    • Comfortable with intrinsic characteristics of early R&D
    • Experience going from 0 to 1 and sending products live
    • Interested in helping young students grow in and out of school


Why eSpark

Our vision is that every student, regardless of their circumstances or background, has the opportunity to set and realize an ambitious dream for themselves. Our mission is to reimagine learning to be student-centered, enabling students to succeed in school and life. In the last school year, more than 1M students used eSpark, many of them for the first time. Our customer satisfaction (measured by net promoter score) has grown steadily and is now 79. We just raised a $25M round of funding in January 2022 to scale up our product-led growth strategy.

Impact. Our work makes a significant difference in students’ lives. Independent testing data from public school districts across the country consistently show that students learn more in areas of personalized study with eSpark. One researcher from MIT evaluated eSpark in Boston Public Schools: “I find strong positive, significant effects of eSpark for both math and English Language Arts (ELA). So the eSpark intervention, which is just 30 minutes a day, led to almost half the effect of a full year in a high-performing charter school. I view these as very impressive gains. The findings made a substantial dent into the black-white achievement gap.”

Diversity. At eSpark, we believe all people—adults and students alike—deserve respect for who they are. We work hard to make eSpark an environment where everyone can thrive and succeed. We support employees as individuals through people-centric management and as a company with our IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) employee resource group. We believe our team should reflect the student populations we aim to serve.

Pandemic. The last two years have been a time of unprecedented challenges for teachers, students, parents, and schools. We have seen in our work that eSpark’s personalized curriculum, made of fun and educational activities adapted to each student, is helping to address learning loss. We’re supporting teachers by giving them the tools and live support they need to support both remote and in-person learning. By serving students through the school system, we believe we can reach students most at risk of falling behind from the pandemic.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

In addition to a competitive salary and stock options, eSpark offers full healthcare coverage (including vision, dental, and mental health benefits), generous vacation and parental leave policies, flexible work-from-home and remote work options as well as a welcoming (post-pandemic) office environment and your choice of technical equipment.