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A new job opening at Paizo!


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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Paizo is now looking for a Project Manager.

We are also still looking for a Software Developer and an Editorial Intern.

(We will probably soon be posting for a full-time copyeditor; keep checking our Job Opportunities page!)

Shadow Lodge Star Voter 2013

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Let me know if there is ever a "Devil's Advocate" position open. :)


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man, even with a full time job going right now I'd jump at the chance to intern, but the fourteen hour commute from kentucky would be murder.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Is the "Resident Forum Troublemaker" post op...oh wait.

Scarab Sages

Still waiting on the Dream Manager position.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Dream Daemon wrote:
Still waiting on the Dream Manager position.

I thought that's what the Project Manager position was?

Silver Crusade

Too bad I can't relocate right now. I am a Software Developer with a University degree. That position would have been sweet.


If the salary is reasonably competitive, I'd be very happy to apply for the Project Manager position. I'd relocate to the greater Seattle/Redmond area tomorrow, at my own expense, given the opportunity!


Oh, I wish I lived in Seattle for once in my life. I'd love the opportunity to intern! Alas, I'm stuck in wonderful Texas. Hey, move your office, would you?

Liberty's Edge

Two things:

1) Coming from a corporate environment, you guys have extremely streamlined and thoughtfully worded job postings. It figures that a company comprised mostly of writers would post a mean job req, but man! Above and beyond. Kudos.

2) This is a very good decision, to hire a position like this. Again, coming from the corporate world I greatly admire good business acumen, and Paizo seems to have it in spades. Whether or not the AP's (and possibly other things, I don't know) falling behind is a problem in truth or merely a bump on the road, you're taking the steps necessary to correct it, and doing so openly. I salute you for it. I hope you get a real butt-kicking PM. .

Liberty's Edge

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
If the salary is reasonably competitive, I'd be very happy to apply for the Project Manager position. I'd relocate to the greater Seattle/Redmond area tomorrow, at my own expense, given the opportunity!

You should apply. As I know you know, the only way to find out what the salary is would be to get offered the job. And then negotiate.

Kirth as PM: "Are you on schedule?"
Rules guys: "Yes."
Kirth: "Are melee classes getting any love?"
Rules guys: *spit take* "No, of course not."
Kirth: "Sounds like you're two weeks behind critical path then."


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Wrong side of the globe and wrong native language :(

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I have almost five years of office management experience but my Master's is going to be in Organizational Leadership rather than Operations Management (which was the other degree I was considering...).

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Jeremiziah wrote:
This is a very good decision, to hire a position like this. Again, coming from the corporate world I greatly admire good business acumen, and Paizo seems to have it in spades. Whether or not the AP's (and possibly other things, I don't know) falling behind is a problem in truth or merely a bump on the road, you're taking the steps necessary to correct it, and doing so openly. I salute you for it. I hope you get a real butt-kicking PM. .

Wes has been doing the job—and quite well too—for quite a while now, but it turns out that we really need Wes to focus on doing things that only Wes can do.


Is there any hope that future positions won't require we move to WA?


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Kryzbyn wrote:
Is there any hope that future positions won't require we move to WA?

How otherwise could they implant Minion Obedience Module and Minion Explosive Self-Terminate Charge into the brain and chest of a new emplolee?

Paizo Employee Developer

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Kryzbyn wrote:
Is there any hope that future positions won't require we move to WA?

Not very likely. Work in all departments of the company requires access to on-site computer networks that are completely self-contained for security purposes, not to mention other on-site activities like meetings and being able to walk down the hall to creatively collaborate with other team members. If you're interested in working for Paizo without moving to the greater Seattle area, freelance writing is the job for you.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

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Mark Moreland wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
Is there any hope that future positions won't require we move to WA?
Not very likely. Work in all departments of the company requires access to on-site computer networks that are completely self-contained for security purposes, not to mention other on-site activities like meetings and being able to walk down the hall to creatively collaborate with other team members. If you're interested in working for Paizo without moving to the greater Seattle area, freelance writing is the job for you.

^ This. And as someone who relocated to WA to come work at Paizo, the work environment is very much one that requires in person interaction. I don't think I could do what I do from another state.


I figured you had good reasons for it, and from reading the various threads you're all in, I know it's gotta be a great place to work.
Just wondering if maybe with more success maybe you'd branch out a bit.

Probably still wouldn't be in Omaha, Ne, I'm sure...but hey, tax breaks for companies here are nice ;)


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Worth a shot -- application for Project Manager sent!

Grand Lodge

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Dang I really want to apply for that software developer position. :( You say 'self-contained network for security purposes' and I hear 'network admin playground'. Which probably isn't how I should be thinking, but you get what I mean I'm sure.


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Man, this BA in History and 10 years in the Restaurant industry do not a Paizo employee make. Unless I can build and run an on-site cafe! *plots*

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Any job openings for someone with a PhD in Constitutional Law ahead? :P

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Makes me want to go back to school. :|

Grand Lodge

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You mean...people STOP going to school?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Touche!


Wow! Good luck Kirth!


Thanks!


Give Kirth the job, guys. Seriously. Give him the job. He deserves it, and I bet he can do it.

Paizo Employee Master of Coin

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Mark Moreland wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
Is there any hope that future positions won't require we move to WA?
Not very likely. Work in all departments of the company requires access to on-site computer networks that are completely self-contained for security purposes, not to mention other on-site activities like meetings and being able to walk down the hall to creatively collaborate with other team members. If you're interested in working for Paizo without moving to the greater Seattle area, freelance writing is the job for you.

Or, to put it more concisely: No, none. Our jobs will always require you to work at the main office.


Okie dokie. If any job would be worth relocating for, it would be one at Paizo.

Silver Crusade

Another year or two and I'd love that software developer job. That internship also looks delicious, but Washington is a wee bit north of me. Move to California, we have better weather!

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

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Alexander_Damocles wrote:
Another year or two and I'd love that software developer job. That internship also looks delicious, but Washington is a wee bit north of me. Move to California, we have better weather!

Move to Washington, there's no state income tax.

Silver Crusade

Liz Courts wrote:
Alexander_Damocles wrote:
Another year or two and I'd love that software developer job. That internship also looks delicious, but Washington is a wee bit north of me. Move to California, we have better weather!
Move to Washington, there's no state income tax.

Right. I think I just found my dream job. Hold that position till I graduate!


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•Experience creating and maintaining user interfaces for applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript

Man, never let a programmer design your interfaces, just have them implement the interface that your artsy people create (and give the artsy people a book on proper UI design first). I say this as a programmer myself, with full awareness of my kind's limitations - what we like as our interface is not what the average person will find intuitive and helpful.

The Exchange

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VoodooMike wrote:
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•Experience creating and maintaining user interfaces for applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
Man, never let a programmer design your interfaces, just have them implement the interface that your artsy people create (and give the artsy people a book on proper UI design first). I say this as a programmer myself, with full awareness of my kind's limitations - what we like as our interface is not what the average person will find intuitive and helpful.

Dear god no! Have a properly trained UI programmer (like me!) do the technical design with graphical design aid from an artist for icons. Would you design a bridge by giving an artist a book on structural mechanics?

This thread caused some serious thinking here, since I'm a software engineer and my wife is a kick-ass project manager. However, young child and, y'know, British - probably way too many ducks to wrangle into line.


Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
Give Kirth the job, guys. Seriously. Give him the job. He deserves it, and I bet he can do it.

I'm skeptical as to whether it will meet the "reasonably competitive" criterion.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Well, I'm moving to Seattle in 2 weeks, but I don't think my new employer would appreciate if I applied for a new job before I even start.

At least I'm one step closer to Paizo jobs posted in 2013 and beyond.


Liz Courts wrote:
Move to Washington, there's no state income tax.

But how are the sales and property taxes? Not to mention license/registration fees...

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Eric Jarman wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Move to Washington, there's no state income tax.
But how are the sales and property taxes? Not to mention license/registration fees...

Sales taxes are tolerable, IMO. Property taxes and license/registration fees aren't something I have any idea about though.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16 , Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Eric Jarman wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Move to Washington, there's no state income tax.
But how are the sales and property taxes? Not to mention license/registration fees...

If I read things correctly, property tax in Washington is capped at 1% of the value of the home. If that's the case, then they're a lot lower than in Illinois at least.

Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Aren't your employees more "right-brained" thinkers?

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

I've moved a couple times for my wife's career, but a while ago I mentioned Seattle:

"If it's Seattle, it would be my pleasure to move for you this time. It just takes planning."

Of course, I'm not qualified for the paid positions currently available. But its a nice daydream.

I wish the best of luck to the applicants!

Paizo Employee Associate Editor

Eric Jarman wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Move to Washington, there's no state income tax.
But how are the sales and property taxes? Not to mention license/registration fees...

In Seattle, sales tax is 9.5%; in Redmond it's 8.6%. -_-

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

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JoelF847 wrote:
If I read things correctly, property tax in Washington is capped at 1% of the value of the home. If that's the case, then they're a lot lower than in Illinois at least.

Well, yeah, but that's like saying you're the taller of two midgets, in a way, you know? ;-)


brock wrote:
Dear god no! Have a properly trained UI programmer (like me!) do the technical design with graphical design aid from an artist for icons. Would you design a bridge by giving an artist a book on structural mechanics?

Well, that's a bit like being a wedding shoe specialist.. unless a company is large enough and suspects there's enough money to be made to justify the inclusion of semi-superfluous positions, I'm not sure you're likely to see or use UI specialists. A "UI for dummies" book given to an artist with an IQ over 90 should suffice, then just have the regular programmers make it happen. That's not to say that what you do isn't difficult and worthwhile, it's just one of those things that gets folded into other positions at smaller companies because the cost-benefit ratio just isn't there.

brock wrote:
This thread caused some serious thinking here, since I'm a software engineer and my wife is a kick-ass project manager. However, young child and, y'know, British - probably way too many ducks to wrangle into line.

Well, two things with that.

The nationality thing would cause you and them a lot of grief - the USA blips all over the place with their reception of foreign workers.. sometimes they're smiles and hugs, sometimes they're jack-boots and batons, depending on how the political winds are blowing that month. I say this as a Canadian who has done work in the states under the aegis of NAFTA, meaning.. when I say they can be obnoxious I'm speaking from the standpoint of someone who actually had legislation in their favour at the time!

Second, this likely isn't the type of position that you'd want to gamble with if you have a young family - Paizo is a growing company, but in a very variable industry. To keep growing and stay profitable they have to be efficient and stay streamlined, which means they have to be willing to change the size and shape of their workforce on a regular basis. It makes it a decent fit for the trendy up-and-comers, but is risky to jump into if you're looking for a long-term stable environment. Doesn't meant it can't be that, obviously, but it'd be a gamble.

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

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VoodooMike wrote:
It makes it a decent fit for the trendy up-and-comers...

Hear that guys? We're "trendy up-and-comers." :)

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
VoodooMike wrote:
It makes it a decent fit for the trendy up-and-comers...
Hear that guys? We're "trendy up-and-comers." :)

I'm so hip I can't see over my own pelvis.

Paizo Employee Developer

VoodooMike wrote:
Second, this likely isn't the type of position that you'd want to gamble with if you have a young family - Paizo is a growing company, but in a very variable industry. To keep growing and stay profitable they have to be efficient and stay streamlined, which means they have to be willing to change the size and shape of their workforce on a regular basis. It makes it a decent fit for the trendy up-and-comers, but is risky to jump into if you're looking for a long-term stable environment. Doesn't meant it can't be that, obviously, but it'd be a gamble.

But the same is true of taking any job anywhere. Folks with families shouldn't feel that Paizo isn't the sort of place you can work. Obviously you need to consider your family, but if you feel you're qualified for any of the jobs we post, by all means, apply!

Liberty's Edge

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Let me know when you guys get a corporate flight department, and I'll be right there!

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