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Jackbox is a medium-sized game studio (~60 people) best known for the Jackbox Party Pack franchise: a set of five social party games released every fall. Since 2014, our games--like Quiplash, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party-- have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, by a variety of media outlets from The Washington Post to Polygon, and in living rooms and finished basements across the world.
Over the last few years, we have had hundreds of millions of users. And we have hard evidence that one of those users was Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron.
You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about how our games work (spoiler: your phone is the controller!) and who we are and what we make at jackboxgames.com.
What’s the Job?
Over the course of making 8 party packs, we have produced over 40 games. We are looking for a product designer to work on a new project that involves packaging up our entire catalog to better serve our customers. The ideal candidate is a generalist with skills spanning UI, UX, visual design along with a strong portfolio of successful technical design projects. Experience with front-end development for web based software applications is preferred. .
This will be a small, entrepreneurial team building out an entirely new product. While you will be working closely with the product owner and engineers, we need someone self-directed and comfortable being the first full-time product designer at Jackbox Games. (Sure, we have people who design games, but this product isn’t a game!)
For clarity, this is not a game design position.
- Have experience working in design and UX on a software project (mobile app, website, etc.)
- Be able to speak to specific contributions and impacts you made on projects.
- Have a great sense of visual design and be able to produce mockups and production-quality assets.
- Utilize UX best practices to design user experiences that are not only elegant, but simple, intuitive, and frictionless.
- Drive the design process from wireframes to final production while soliciting and integrating feedback from stakeholders.
- Collaborate closely with engineers and stakeholders to bring a product to fruition.
- Have experience gathering feedback from a variety of sources such as usability/user testing, user journeys/personas, international standards, and content/style guides to hone and improve designs.
And it would be nice if you also have…
- HTML and CSS proficiency to visually represent designs as they will be displayed.
- Experience with Adobe XD or similar
- Familiarity with accessibility requirements and best practices
- A passion for games and an understanding of the game industry. Especially when it comes to how players interact with libraries of game titles.
We only hire clever, kind and creative people who are willing to work hard. That said, we do not have a crunch-time culture and have shipped games for many years without expecting extended-hours from our employees. Jackbox Games is a group effort and you must work collaboratively. Everyone here shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
Jackbox Games is committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability.
Are there any perks?
- Competitive pay and benefits. 401(k) with matching. And we pay 100% of the cost of premiums for medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance for our employees. We also cover a really nice chunk of the cost of premiums for spouse/partner/dependent medical, dental and vision insurance. Paid parental leave.
- Casual dress and a flexible schedule. Come in a sweatshirt, jeans, whatever, like everyone else here.
- Flexible time off and vacation policy. Take time off when you need to recharge, take a trip, or just catch up on life.
- Creative work environment. We are lucky to work in a place that is full of talented and innovative folks. Although most hours the place is pretty quiet (we’re a focused bunch), this is punctuated with hilarious outbursts and general merriment, which makes a nice way to spend the day.
- Easy transportation. We’re very close to the “L” and the Halsted (#8) bus (right by the Apple Store and Mega Whole Foods if that’s your kind of thing), and we have a transit FSA that allows you to dedicate pre-tax dollars to public transportation expenses.
- Free food. Every week, we stock our kitchen with free snacks.
Great, we look forward to reading your application. Make sure you include:
- Your resume.
- A cover letter. You don't need to be a professional writer for this job (we have those) but communication is important so we weigh cover letters heavily. You can (and should) write more, but we won’t evaluate applicants that don’t at least answer these two questions:
- Why are you interested in working at Jackbox Games?
- What is your favorite game and why? There's no right answer and liking games isn’t required for the job. We mostly just want to know if you've read this far.
- A link to your portfolio
On the fence? If you're interested in the job but worried you aren't qualified, we encourage you to err on the side of applying. We'd hate to miss out on great candidates just because they're worried they don't check every box on the job description.
We know it is a time commitment to prepare an application and we respect that effort by thoughtfully reviewing every complete application and responding one way or the other. But that kind of thoughtful review means that it sometimes takes us a while to get back to applicants, so please be patient with us and no phone calls.
Thanks for your interest in Jackbox Games!