Senior Audio Developer

Art · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department Art
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Schell Games is a highly talented group of artists, programmers, producers, and game designers led by game industry veteran Jesse Schell.  We're the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the United States.  Since 2002, we've worked with world-class clients and partners to create interactive experiences that engage and inspire players of all ages across all platforms.  Presently, we are focused on virtual reality, augmented reality, location-based experiences, and social games.


Do you like to work on innovative projects in a motivating, friendly atmosphere? Would you agree that games can engage and inspire?


If you answered "YES!" to both questions, you might be a fit for our studio!  


AUDIO DEVELOPER POSITION


Our artists honor the unique aesthetic vision of each project and work to make all aspects of the experience beautiful. The team is comprised of 2D/conceptual artists, 3D modelers, technical and effects artists, audio designers and animators.  We are seeking a talented Audio Developer to work on projects ranging from online worlds and handheld games to virtual reality experiences and themed interactive attractions.  


Our ideal candidate will have the ability to handle both technical and artistic issues during game development, as well as be able to work quickly in a team atmosphere with schedules and reliable milestone delivery.  Applicant must be capable in audio design, SFX, VO recording and cleanup, and musical composition.  While not a composition-specific role, that may be a part of the role responsibilities on a project-to-project basis.  Good organizational skills and scheduling abilities are critical.


 The applicant will be working on a variety of projects in-house, previous experience working with game engines such as Unity and Unreal are a plus.  Ability to work with a DAW is required, as is some experience with other programs such as FMOD or Wwise.   We’re looking for someone excited about cross­-disciplined collaboration and making great games with us! 

Expectations of Senior level roles at Schell Games: 


You are an expert in your discipline and share your knowledge with the studio. You have formed strong relationships inside and outside of the studio that allow you to leverage your expertise for the greatest impact. You think strategically about your craft and contribute heavily to your discipline community. You can be relied upon by your Vice President to represent your craft discipline.


You consistently build highly productive relationships by respecting your team members and clients, while effectively giving and addressing feedback. You set a high bar for delivery and hold others accountable, leveling up your team. You do this by demonstrating humility and empathy, building others' trust in you, and defaulting to trusting others. You maintain composure in the face of change and challenges.


You are deeply familiar with development methodologies and best practices. You identify and help improve faulty processes. You help solve problems. You drive consensus and move your projects toward their goals. You recognize and build off others' contributions.


Others consistently look to you as a leader (whether or not you are formally in that role). You quickly resolve conflicts, involving yourself or among others. You use empathy to seek understanding and common ground. You are a prime example to others of what a member of your discipline should be, and you actively promote those values. You respect and empathize with your colleagues and clients.


AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:


  • Audio design
  • SFX
  • VO recording and cleanup
  • Occasional musical composition
  • Experience designing for various hardware systems and organizing signal flow
  • Audio integration via middleware
  • Meaningfully contributing to decisions and maintaining audio development best practices


DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:


  • Minimum of 5 years of industry experience with a successful track record as an Audio Developer
  • Portfolio/Reel of work must be available for review
  • Expert knowledge of a DAW such as Logic, Reaper, or ProTools 
  • Wwise, FMOD, or other similar audio tools
  • Ability to work in a broad range of audio styles and medium 
  • Knowledge of Ambisonic audio and contemporary VR mixing practices


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: 


  • BFA preferred 



Our studio is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive work environment that ensures that all applicants and team members are treated with dignity and respect.  We will not tolerate any type of discrimination or harassment directed at any applicant or employee because of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran, family or parental status or any other protected group characteristic.  This equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.


Prohibiting discrimination and harassment is only one part of the equation. “Diversity makes us strong” is more than just something we say.  We value diversity in all forms because it is essential to our success, and we want every member of our team to feel their best creative self.  Our development environment and social culture are based on welcoming, respecting, and celebrating differences among our team members and our players.  We rely on each person to add their own unique skills and perspective to our culture.  Every member of our team is responsible for making the studio as inclusive and equitable as possible.



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Candidate selected for this position will be subject to standard employment verification and criminal background check upon offer of contingent employment.

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  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Department
    Art
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level