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Description:
 
Activision Publishing is currently looking for a full-time HR Manager to manage the HR function for our studio Vicarious Visions, provide HR oversight to our studio and to partner with our parent company, Activision Blizzard, on global HR initiatives. 
 
Reporting Structure:
 
This position reports into an HR Director in Santa Monica, with a dotted line reporting structure to the Studio leadership at Vicarious Visions.  The position will be located onsite at Vicarious Visions in Albany, NY.   
 
Job Responsibilities:
  • Work with studio leadership to identify studio needs, and build HR strategies to support those needs, including input on the most effective organizational structure
  • Support leaders in identifying performance and engagement issues, and develop strategies to address capability/succession gaps
  • Coach leaders on difficult situations, employee relations, mediating discussions, and performance management
  • Partner with leaders to ensure we are being proactive about engaging and retaining talent
  • Partner closely with studio leadership and the studio recruiter on recruiting and retention initiatives as well as participating in interview day arrangements and offer details
  • Partner with studio leadership in the building of cultural values or changing of cultural values as needed
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for organizational change
  • Help identify areas for learning & development, provide recommendations/resources to management.  Spearhead agreed upon development projects such as management training, conflict resolution, 360s, DiSC reviews, and coaching and mentoring
  • Regularly address complex employee issues and guide studio leadership through these issues
  • Independently negotiate contrasting points of view from leaders and broker compromise while keeping senior HR leaders informed
  • Work with studio leadership and Activision HR to assist with performance management evaluations and compensation planning
  • Oversee consistent and compliant execution of company benefits
  • Collaborate with other specialist functions to work on global HR initiatives
  • Manage other special projects on an as needed basis

 

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR Management, Business, or related field
  • At least 5 years in progressively responsible HR roles, preferably in a high-tech and creative environment; entertainment industry is a plus
  • Creative, resourceful problem-solver
  • Self-starter, highly motivated and achievement orientated
  • Proven success utilizing employee attraction, engagement, and retention strategies
  • Strong conflict resolution, influencing, decision making, and communication skills
  • Approachable, with a willingness to help others
  • A strong ability to influence people and decisions
  • Adaptability and ability to excel in an ever-changing environment
  • Proactive and a problem solving orientation
 
About the Studio:
 
In 2016, Vicarious Visions celebrated its 25th year in the industry. Over the years, we have made hundreds of games, in every genre, on every conceivable game platform in the known universe.   We are a studio that is built to last, and now we are embarking on a brand new chapter.
 
We are currently partnering with Bungie to further expand the award winning Destiny universe.
 
Our philosophy of combining cutting-edge tech with creative innovation is evidenced in all of our products – from Skylanders to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 to our recent contributions to this year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.  We apply the same dedication to excellence to every video game franchise we’ve worked on over the years and we are bringing that same philosophy to the Destiny franchise.
 
We thrive on a culture of collaboration, respect and fun. We have built a welcoming and relaxed workplace that invites creativity and encourages individual voices. We not only give our developers a safe and warm place to incubate and grow their ideas but the tools and support necessary to turn those ideas into impactful and memorable experiences.
 
Our studio is located in Albany, NY, a thriving northeastern city with an abundance of professional theatre, music, dance, and sports attractions, as well as a backyard full of recreational activities. (That’s a metaphorical backyard. The studio’s backyard has a patio and grill though…with seasonal awning.) And for those looking for more adventures, we’re located less than three hours from NYC, Boston, and Montreal!
 
 Activision Blizzard and its affiliated companies is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.
 

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