Operations Manager

Threshold Games
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April 4, 2023
Full Time
$60,000 - $80,000 USD


☀️ Solarpunk 4X Strategy Game

🏡 Small Indie Game Studio

🕑 Full Time with Flexible Hours

💰 Salaried Position

❤️ Holistic Approach to Benefits

🌎 Permanently Remote

🎮 Experience Level: Mid to Senior



We are building a turn-based, Solarpunk-inspired 4X strategy game with a fresh take on the traditional formula, including the incorporation of city-building gameplay, built on Unreal Engine 5.

This is a game about defining bold, bright futures for humanity on a new world after forced exodus from Earth. This comes in the wake of man-made environmental cataclysm, born from humanity's failure to create a sustainable and just society on our home world.

Themes of environmentalism and social / economic justice (particularly race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and political agency) are the foundation for the game's narrative and mechanics. We're challenging the genre's historically celebrated themes of colonization and exploitation with a story-rich experience aimed at the PC/Steam/Epic Games ecosystem.



We’re seeking an Operations Manager to join our team and handle the administrative and HR tasks necessary to keep the company and team running from a business perspective.

We are looking for a detail-oriented, outgoing, and fun-loving person to join our team and work with our Operations Lead in the core tasks that it takes to run an indie game studio day-by-day. We need someone who loves paperwork, is no stranger to organization, is comfortable navigating bureaucracy, and happy to interact with folks both inside and outside of our studio. In this role, you’ll take on tasks like assisting with bookkeeping, hiring/onboarding/offboarding, benefits management, coordinating tax filings, organizing fun team events, and more.

This role comes with the opportunity to grow—it’s our hope that, as you become familiar with the company and its operation, you’ll eventually move into the role of Operations Lead, which would present the opportunity to take a more active and deeper role in the business development of the company.

In this company, it is critical to have knowledge about the many ways axes of oppression function systemically. This is important both in interacting with the team and player community, and in interfacing with the game's content and structure. We cultivate an environment where every member of the team, regardless of position, is held accountable to demonstrate and do the ongoing work necessary in treating each other’s diverse identities with awareness and respect.

This role reports directly to Jessica, our current Operations Lead.


Compensation & Benefits

🕑 Full Time with Flexible Hours We’ll work with you to craft a schedule that meets your needs, between 30 - 40 hours per week.

💰 Security of a Salary Range: $60,000 - $80,000 USD per year Pay will be commensurate with experience, skill level, and hours.

❤️ Small Company, Big Benefits The wellbeing of our employees truly matters to us. We offer employer subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision insurance for not just you but also a partner and dependents. In addition, we have a 401(k) plan, flexible spending accounts, short- and long-term disability coverage, professional development allowances, and workstation funds (and are working on equity sharing to roll out soon!).

🌍 Permanently Remote Work from anywhere, as long as you can be available during the company’s core co-working hours.

📆 Company’s Core Co-Working Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 2pm PST // 17:00 - 21:00 UTC


What You'll Do

  • Recurring Operational tasks on a daily, weekly, bimonthly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis, such as:
    • Monitoring and managing company mail, both email and postal
    • Reviewing payroll
    • Invoice tracking and bookkeeping
    • Facilitate quarterly reviews for the team
    • Coordinate tax filings with the company’s bookkeeper and tax preparer
    • Facilitate benefits enrollment
    • Serve as point of contact for employee inquiries
    • and more!
  • Non-recurring Operational tasks as they present themselves, such as:
    • Hiring, onboarding, and offboarding team members
    • Team chartering
    • Managing vendor accounts
    • Organizing team bonding and events
    • Expensing and reimbursements
    • Maintaining internal documentation, policies, and procedures
    • and more!



Tools Experience

Here are some of the tools we use for this role’s tasks at Threshold. You should have experience in them or similar tools:

  • Gusto
  • QuickBooks
  • Dropbox
  • Notion
  • Shortcut
  • Slack
  • Google Workspace
  • State and Federal Tax Websites



These are some skills we think the person who holds this role needs to have to be successful:

  • Very detail-oriented
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience supporting small to mid-size teams and/or companies
  • Facility with navigating bureaucratic systems and paperwork
  • Comfort communicating with multiple stakeholders concurrently
  • Comfortable working with a team distributed across several time zones
  • Skilled at building trust and cultivating strong peer to peer relationships
  • Accountable with managing your time and communicating shared expectations
  • Well-developed knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes a commitment to dismantling systems of oppression including white supremacy and cis-heteropatriarchy; ability to work equitably with those of different backgrounds, contexts, beliefs, and identities



These are some traits we think would benefit the person who holds this role:

  • Patient, empathetic, and kind. Puts people over company and treats everyone around them with respect and understanding.
  • Self-Driven. Ability to consistently and regularly make progress on tasks without supervision, self-managing your schedule in coordination with the Operations Lead
  • Honest and of high integrity. Proficiency in providing proactive, constructive feedback in order to support team development and keep the creation of the game world on track. To us, constructive feedback, creative solutions, and team collaboration are much more important than assigning blame for a misstep or failure
  • Resourceful. Comfortable researching and learning new systems as they arise and creatively solving problems
  • Organized. Able to track and prioritize a variety of tasks


Priority to Applicants with

  • Deep experience managing the operations of a company
  • Experience with budgeting, business strategy, and other aspects of business development
  • Prior experience working remote
  • A readiness to experiment and innovate in your field
  • Familiarity with PC 4X Gaming Titles (such as Civilization, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Stellaris, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, etc.) and/or with PC City Building titles (such as the SimCity series, Anno 1800, Cities: Skylines)
  • A passion for telling real, diverse human stories through the lens of science fiction
  • Excitement for alternate universe genres, such as steampunk and solarpunk


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Threshold Games

Threshold Games is a remote-work, 12-person, indie game studio (founded by June Saphry, a white, queer, trans writer and game designer), proudly comprised of a mix of new developers and veterans from Sucker Punch (Ghost of Tsushima), WB Games (Batman: Arkham City & F.E.A.R.), En Masse Entertainment (The Exiled Realm of Arborea/TERA), Titmouse, Inc. (The Legends of Vox Machina), and Riot Games (League of Legends).

Our company is remotely-based for all team members, allowing a flexible work schedule. Unlike many studios in the industry, we value supporting genuine work-life balance for all team members, including those with families. We use AGILE project management structure with a 2-week sprint cycle and iterative milestones.

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