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Welcome to Maxis, home to tinkerers, craftspeople, & storytellers. Our drive is to inspire everyone to make a better world through creative play. As the developer of the Sims, we create games and experiences for millions of people around the world and are always looking for new ways to inspire our players. Maxis is a place where you can do what you love and help others grow while doing it; a place where your unique voice can be heard and seen. We put creativity and inclusivity at the core of our work and don't settle for seeing the world only as it is, but strive to build a world as it could be. Read on to see how you can join our team and dream big.

You will be reporting to the Lead Development Director

Job Summary

Location: Remote North America - open to most North America locations

As a Development Director at Maxis, you will partner with producers, craft directors and peers to ensure the project is delivered to spec, on time, to quality, and within budget. DDs will also manage members of the development team, helping them grow their careers and skills within the studio.

Responsibilities:

  • You lead by embodying the values of the studio to influence how we create, develop, and work as a team.

  • You guide the delivery of content and features across your team:

    • Balance scope and capacity in collaboration with the team

    • Work with product leaders to uphold product goals and manage quality

    • Conduct milestone planning, track team progress, and provide regular status reports

    • Facilitate risk assessments and mitigation strategies

  • You manage the hiring for your team; work with craft directors, subject-matter experts, and the recruiting team to define roles and responsibilities, interview candidates, and deliver equitable offers.

  • You lead your team to seek constant improvements in processes and best practices.

  • You manage the performance and career development of direct reports, guide individual development plans, conduct regular one-on-ones and performance reviews.

  • You foster a team culture and environment that is diverse and inclusive.

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of project management and team leadership experience in game development.

  • 3+ years of applied experience managing direct reports, driving personal career development and work performance.

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant fields or equivalent professional experience;

  • Applied experience in multiple project management methodologies such as Waterfall and Agile

  • Proficiency with JIRA, Microsoft excel (can perform complex functions), PowerPoint or equivalent software.

  • Candidates with art management experience are prioritized.

About EA We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game. Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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