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Game Jam Program Assistant

Game Jam Program Assistant
Open: February 14, 2020
Description: UW EarthLab ( and EarthGames ( are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student (hourly) to assist with planning and implementing the 2020 Games for Our Future (GFOF) game jam, to be held this April in Seattle and simultaneously with multiple cities internationally. GFOF and EarthGames build awareness and mobilize action on climate change, climate justice, and other environmental issues by catalyzing the creation of new, fun games that incorporate a diversity of research insights. This year the theme of the game jam will be nature and mental health, including the health benefits of exposure to nature and the emotional challenges of a changing planet. EarthLab and EarthGames recognize the need to engage the full range of the world’s perspectives, knowledges, and values to address the complexities of environmental and justice challenges, and to serve the needs and interests of frontline communities.
Primary duties include:
•      assisting the Director of EarthGames (UW Atmospheric Science Professor Dargan Frierson) in the planning and staffing of the 3rd annual GFOF game jam
•      collaborating with local partners (Seattle Indies and Pacific Science Center) and EarthLab program and communications leads to conceptualize, organize, promote, implement and report on the event
•      leading the effort to integrate research from different disciplines into the game jam
•      recruiting, preparing, organizing and guiding multidisciplinary research mentors from UW and elsewhere
•      working with UW colleagues to promote the event across the UW community and beyond
•      helping organize the online portion of the jam
•      facilitating EarthGames student interaction with the jam and showcases
•      assisting the organizing committee in attracting and welcoming a diversity of game jam participants (i.e. gender, racial, cultural, ability, and other types of diversity).
Preferred Experience: Previous experience in event planning and communications, experience with collaboration and teamwork across diverse disciplines and professional sectors, interdisciplinary knowledge about environmental issues, translating research for public audiences, knowledge of game jams and game creation, and experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in research and/or the game industry are strongly preferred.
Compensation: The Games for Our Future program assistant is expected to work approximately 8 hours per week over about a 4-month period, from February to May, 2020, starting at $18 / hour.
Anticipated Start date: As soon as position is filled.
Application: To apply, submit a letter describing how you are qualified for the position, your resume, and 3 references to the Handshake system.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.