General Purpose: The Manager, Game Lab is responsible for the administrative, technical, and promotional support of the MICA Game Lab and Interactive Arts department. The manager provides technical and design expertise to students and faculty through curricular engagement and co-curricular initiatives ensuring the highest level of game, play, and interactive research.
Summary of Essential Functions:
Oversee the operations and maintenance of the MICA Game Lab and IA department ensuring that all equipment functions effectively and safely, the facilities are clean and efficient, and supplies are stocked and available.
Help organize the department’s events, workshops and speaker series; and promote these events through the lab’s social media accounts, website, and in coordination with MICA’s office of communications.
Serve as a subject matter expert within game design, and work with all faculty and students within the area to help advance their practice.
Train, schedule, and manage work study students.
Manage the departmental budgets in coordination with the Chair of Interactive Arts and the Director of MICA Game Lab and make necessary purchases of equipment, tools, and materials to ensure the studio is fully equipped.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee daily operations of the studio, which includes management and organization of the physical departmental space.
Conduct research to identify improvements that advance the capabilities of the Game Lab within the discipline
Track open-source and commercial technologies related to game development and interaction, and provide recommendations regarding software, tools, and emerging technologies.
Ensure all equipment is operating with the highest level of functionality and safety, and make repairs as necessary.
Develop instructions and guides (and subsequent updates) on use of the lab’s equipment (PC computers, light fabrication machines, VR/AR setups, physical computing)
Develop and conduct workshops, with support from the Director of MICA Game Lab, on relevant game and interactive processes for undergraduate students.
Maintain the MICA Game Lab website and assist in maintaining the Game Design and Interactive Arts portions of the MICA website.
Manage the end-of-semester turnover of the studio to ensure successful start-up of the following semester.
Work in coordination with the Technology Systems and Services (TSS) and Academic Technology departments to ensure that all computers in the lab effectively support the needs of the studio and classes therein.
Communicate with TSS the need for software updates as they are identified. Test configurations and provide feedback.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work with both Mac and PC systems
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to balance multiple deadlines and perform many tasks simultaneously
Ability to collaborate with students, staff, and faculty
Ability to work independently and take initiative in projects
Ability to identify new relevant software, quickly learn new software, and effectively train others
BFA or a four-year degree.
Background in game design, play design or related field.
Demonstrated experience maintaining PCs and Macs.
Master’s degree in Game Design, Interactive Art or another related field.
2+ years’ experience working within the game design field.
Post-secondary teaching experience
Experience operating and maintaining 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills/routers
Basic knowledge of electronics and experience working with Arduino
Personal commitment or interests that will contribute to equity in the institution and in art
education, more broadly.
A personal practice in game design, games as art or a related field.
Extensive experience with Unity using C#
Experience with video and image editing software such as Adobe Premiere and Photoshop
Experience with 3D modeling software such as Maya or 3ds Max
Experience with online blogging or content management systems such as WordPress
Strong visual design skills
Reporting to this Position: Student Workers
Conditions of Employment:
Occasionally required to work evenings and weekends
The Game Lab Manager has the option to teach classes in accordance with the MICA Staff Teaching Policy and is encouraged to maintain an active professional practice outside the required hours associated with the staff position
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate ...certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.