Learning and Development Specialist

Operations · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department Operations
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 like creating family-friendly games that are transformational and fun.  Presently, we focus on creating a wide variety of innovative gaming experiences including theme park installations, next generation consoles and virtual reality platforms.  

Do you believe games can be fun and emotionally engaging?  Would you agree that games can positively affect people?

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


The most important thing to know about Schell Games’ HR department is first and foremost, we’re here to help. Whether that's helping employees grow professionally, finding their next colleague, or taking care of the benefits and payroll details, we want to eliminate obstacles that keep studio members from being their best creative selves.  When the studio as a whole is succeeding, it indicates we’re doing our jobs well!

Our top priority is people — you can’t have HR without the “Human” factor.  Each person makes up a part of the culture at Schell Games and each new hire is an addition to that culture.  Every decision we make — whether adding a new employee, benefit, training, or policy — has to be weighed in the perspective of benefiting not just one person, but improving the studio as a whole.  

We are seeking a Learning and Development Specialist to add to our small but growing talent team.  The ideal candidate will champion studio culture by developing and delivering training for Schell Gamers, displaying strong alignment with our core values, mission statement, and studio principles.  This position will also coordinate and manage the Schell Games Apprenticeship Program in partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County's Multimedia Programming, Simulation and Gaming program.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Build relationships and communicate effectively with HR and studio department leadership in order to identify thematic skill gaps and nuanced needs of diverse teams, craft continuing education curriculum, and ensure consistency and inclusive language
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of HR to facilitate and execute the studio’s strategic goals for ongoing studio growth and individual talent development 
  • Champion the value of a diverse, inclusive, representative, and equitable work environment
  • Source and coordinate top-quality external training, whether virtual recordings or speaker series
  • Facilitate and conduct regular studio-wide required training on topics such as: craft skill, industry current events, comprehensive DEI and accessibility skill-building
  • Manage new hire orientation for all new team members, onboarding new team members to studio culture and processes
  • Assist the Senior Director of HR in the full-cycle performance management process, including 360 peer feedback, manager feedback training, new manager orientation and ongoing support, advising and crafting developmental roadmaps to level up performance
  • Seek, provide, and address feedback from all segments of the studio in order to improve the talent training and development process 
  • Research L&D best practices, advocating for the employee experience
  • Develop methods and KPI's for measuring effectiveness of all programs that support organizational development
  • Manage the Schell Games Apprenticeship Program and mentor SG Apprentices, providing coaching and career guidance
  • Participate in co-leading the studio Inclusion Advisory Committee with other HR team members and CEO

Core Competencies Required:

  • Relationship management
  • Communication
  • Consultation
  • Critical evaluation
  • Global & cultural effectiveness
  • Exceptional organization and detail-orientation

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


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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