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Senior Game Developer At TVO

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Job Description

Date: April 25, 2019

Position Title: Senior Game Developer


Company: TVO

Division: Revenue, Product Development & Marketing

Department: Web Solutions

Reports To: Manager, Web and Mobile Delivery
Salary Range: $67,285.40 - $74,947.60

Location: Toronto, Yonge & Eglinton (on the Yonge subway line)


As the Government of Ontario’s partner in digital learning, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning.

TVO’s powerful learning products and services, rooted in the curriculum, help build an Ontario that can adapt, innovate, and compete globally. Our in-depth current affairs journalism from an Ontario perspective supports citizen engagement and a more robust democracy. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.


Overview:


Are you interested in helping kids learn through playing games? How about teaching kids math concepts through play? The Senior Game Developer is responsible for TVO’s interactive educational games and ensuring they run smoothly. This includes building and implementing new games; optimizing for multiple devices; integrating games with streaming video, audio, and web services or database support.

The successful candidate will maintain and update legacy games and perform day-to-day technical support and administration of our game portfolio. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of game development languages and technologies and work on TVOKids legacy games and our Kindergarten to Grade 6 math suite known as mPower.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Designs, programs, tests, optimizes and supports web and mobile games, in accordance with TVO’s project management and software development methodology
  • Supports Game Development by designing, programming, testing and optimizing build tools, API’s, and common libraries for game development
  • Works with Game Designers, Producers, Illustrators, and Teachers to develop functionality that delivers high quality, engaging games to customers
  • Anticipates client needs before they arise and presents solutions that encompass issues at hand
  • Participates in brainstorm and design thinking workshops to gather requirements and help formulate game design documents, storyboards, and technical documents
  • Identifies system deficiencies, de-bugs and implement solutions
  • Helps to establish and adhere to coding and development standards and practices
  • Handles Version and Release management for game properties
  • Stays abreast of trends in game development and conducts research into current and emerging technologies
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Computer Science, IT or equivalent
  • 3+ years of experience in game development, including designing, creating, and implementing computer games
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with the following technologies, languages, and tools:
    • PhaserJS, PixiJS, CreateJS, or other HTML5 game framework is mandatory
    • TypeScript, Javascript, and jQuery experience
    • iOS and Android native development or mobile development through Adobe Air is an asset
    • Grunt, Gulp, Yeoman, and Bower knowledge
    • GIT version control
  • Knowledge of developing games for multiple platforms and screen dimensions
  • Familiar with PHP (Yii or Symfony), MySQL, MariaDB, NodeJS, and experience with other web development frameworks and server technologies would be an asset
  • Familiarity with running, building and tweaking Docker containers will be an asset
  • Thorough understanding of game development lifecycle, architecture, and protocols
  • Experience working in the educational game field would be an asset
  • Demonstrates TVO's values of Excellence & Innovation, Ownership, Collaboration, Trust and Respect


Qualified candidates are invited to submit a current resume and portfolio by the stated date at 5:00 p.m.


For Additional information about TVO please check out our website at TVO.org to access all of our web properties.


TVO is an equal opportunity employer and will endeavour to accommodate job applicants with disabilities through the People & Culture Division. Upon request, all job postings will be made available in alternative format.


TVO is committed to achieve a skilled workforce reflective of the population of Ontario.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.