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Posted
May 17, 2021
Full Time
Montreal, QC
Remote
$50,000+ CAD

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We are looking for a new team member to split their time between administrative duties, quality assurance (QA), external partner management, and a variety of "general" tasks around the studio. Some examples of these tasks are given in the job description below, and while they touch many different fields of work, they do not require experience in each of these fields. If you're someone who is organized, thorough, passionate about the games industry and eager to learn about the business—from playtesting the latest build to processing payroll to managing merchandise—this job is for you. This can act as an entry-level position in the games industry where you'll have a lot of different things to learn and handle, but you'll "graduate" from this position with knowledge about games-related business as well as skills in a variety of different fields related to the industry.

📢 Important dates: This job posting will be open from May 17th to June 4th, and we're looking for someone to start as soon as possible!

We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience, and are ready to dedicate the necessary amount of time to onboarding as needed. We recognize that members of marginalized communities often face challenges when it comes to gaining experience in the gaming industry, and we want to make our hiring process as equitable as possible. Even if you haven’t worked professionally in the games industry, we encourage you to read the job description and decide for yourself if your skills and personal experience would make you a good candidate for this role.

🦠 COVID-19 info: The position will be full-time, and work will be from our office in downtown Montréal once the COVID pandemic calms down and we can return to work safely. Work will start remote, of course, and we are willing to be accommodating in terms of the start date in order to find the best candidate. A workstation will be provided, and can be used from home upon the candidate’s request until we move back to the office, at which point the workstation will be brought back.

About Clever Endeavour Games

Clever Endeavour Games is a small indie games studio based in Montréal. We released Ultimate Chicken Horse (UCH), a multiplayer party platformer, in 2016 on Steam. 5 years later, and after a slew of updates, the UCH community is still alive and we're working on our next game, which has led to an increase in work for the entire team. That's where you come in!

Responsibilities

  • Business administration tasks such as paying bills, scheduling payroll, etc.
  • Communication with external partners, contractors, accountants, localization, QA, etc.
  • Quality assurance on updates to our released game (Ultimate Chicken Horse) and our upcoming (unannounced) game, and managing an external QA team when needed
  • A variety of general tasks related to the studio's day-to-day operations
  • Some examples include: updating the website when new content is available, managing merchandise through external partners, simple integration of game elements into Unity (the game engine we use), helping to run playtests, help in planning our attendance at events such as expos and conferences, research surrounding events and charities, compiling hours sheets, reading over job applications, and more
  • Communicating to the team about your work
  • Requesting help or assets from other members of the team when needed

Requirements

  • Passion for the games industry as a possible direction for your career (and not only passion as a gamer)
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and thorough approach to work
  • An eye for improvement to process
  • Willingness to learn a wide variety of skills in several domains
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal
  • Legally able to work in Canada
  • If not currently in Montreal, able to relocate to Montreal post-COVID upon the team's return to the office

The following skills and experience would be beneficial, but are not required:

  • Previous QA experience in the games industry
  • Background in business administration
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Graphic design, digital art and/or photography experience
  • Familiarity with modern web CMS systems (e.g. Squarespace, WordPress)
  • Familiarity with the Unity game engine
  • Familiarity with the Montréal and Canadian games scene
  • Fluency in French, both written and verbal
  • Fluency in languages other than English and French
  • Please remember that a job description is a starting point and not the end of the line - if you don’t tick off all the boxes above, we highly encourage you to apply. There’s more to a good candidate than just a resume – if you feel that you’re a great choice for this position, use your cover letter to tell us why!

Benefits

Clever Endeavour Games is committed to a strong work-life balance, learning on the job, avoiding crunch, and open communication.

  • Working hours: 10:00am—5:30pm, with some flexibility
  • 3 weeks paid vacation (including 1 week around the Winter Holidays), plus 1 week optional unpaid vacation
  • Personal days: our policy states a minimum 7 personal days per year
  • Health insurance plan (Flex plan with benefits that differ based on employee's selection)
  • $50,000+ annual salary plus bonuses
  • Opportunity to contribute creatively! We like to get ideas from everyone on the team, whether it's in design, narrative, art, programming, or business
  • Shared work environment at GamePlay Space, a hub for game developers in Montreal (and member benefits even as we work from home due to COVID)
  • Work at a socially conscious studio with an extensive inclusivity policy that takes concrete steps towards the betterment of the games industry and strives to make a positive difference in the world—read our public commitment to this cause here
  • Our willingness to adapt: if you see things that are inefficient in the way we work, we want you to point them out. We've been doing some of this stuff for a long time and have gotten into habits that may not be the best! We're very open to changing the way we do things in order to improve.

Apply!

📢 This job posting will be open from May 17th to June 4th! 📢

📧 If you're interested, please apply by filling out this online form. To help with your cover letter, here are some things we’d like to see:

  • Why you think you would be a good fit at Clever Endeavour Games
  • Examples of why you think you would be good at this job (volunteer work, hobby projects, work experience, etc.)
  • Examples of how you've shown interest in the games industry in the past
  • Examples of how you can be thorough and detail-oriented in your work

Hearing Back From Us

If you've made it through the first round of screening, we'll get back to you and let you know that as soon as possible after the application window closes—normally this will be within a week or two, depending on the number of applicants. We may ask additional questions by email before selecting candidates for an interview. If you're selected for an interview, we will reach out and schedule an interview at a time that works for all parties. We apologize if this takes longer than expected—this is why we need you to come work with us!

Equal Opportunity Employer

Clever Endeavour Games does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, cultural group, sex, gender, physical or mental disability.

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About Ultimate Chicken Horse

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a party platformer where you build the level as you play, taking turns placing traps and hazards and trying to screw your friends out of a win. Each turn, place more items in the level before running through, and try to create a level that's just barely too hard for your friends, but easy enough for you. If everyone reaches the end of the level, no one gets any points, so be dangerous!


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