Associate Director, World Building - | Irvine, CA

    • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Irvine, CA
  • Posted 46 days ago | Updated 17 days ago


On Site
USD 124,400.00 - 230,300.00 per year
Full Time

Job Details

Job Description:

The World of Warcraft team is looking for a talented Associate Director, World Building with phenomenal communication skills, proven leadership experience, a strong design and art background, loads of experience making open world game spaces and a track record of shipping AAA games. Your quest will be to guide the future of World of Warcraft. You'll help lead the charge for a highly talented team to continuously strive to make the best experience possible.

Experience driving and communicating a clear vision in a highly collaborative environment, managing and mentoring creative designers, and being a true partner to Engineering, Art, Audio, and Production is essential. With each new expansion launch, our team continues to demonstrate the love and passion we have for the World of Warcraft. We're humbled by the success and it drives our desire to create and innovate fresh new experiences. We have a healthy and respectful work environment where talent is cherished, and collaboration is celebrated. If you love WoW, then you understand that there's never been a better time than now to join us.

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The home studio for this role is Irvine, California.


  • Partner with team leadership to set the overall vision and direction for World of Warcraft
  • Direct the World Building team in creating epic game experiences
  • Collaborate with creative, design, art, engineering, production, Quality Assurance, and partner teams to execute a compelling game vision
  • Maintain an awareness of the state of the game and community feedback to help influence direction and prioritization
  • Maintain communication with the community via forum posts, press announcements, interviews, and public appearances
  • Establish and maintain a creative environment, resolve personnel challenges, and foster a culture of success
  • Coach and guide creative team members toward achieving their career goals

Minimum Requirements:

  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about WoW
  • 8+ years of World Building experience with multiple shipped AAA titles, ideally multiple titles shipped in a leadership role
  • Proven ability to guide and inspire large development teams and analyze designs at a project level
  • Exhibited ability to coach and mentor employees at all levels of an organization
  • Able to work well in a team environment and communicate effectively with all development disciplines
  • Unrelenting self-motivation and initiative

Send us:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio link
  • Cover Letter

Your Platform

Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft , Overwatch , Diablo , and StarCraft , Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Activision Blizzard, which was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment experiences. Blizzard Entertainment has created some of the industry's most critically acclaimed and genre-defining games over the last 30 years, with a track record that includes multiple Game of the Year awards. Blizzard Entertainment engages tens of millions of players around the world with titles available on PC via , Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc., is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty , World of Warcraft , Overwatch , Diablo , Candy Crush and Bubble Witch . Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovative worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting .

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $124,400.00 - $230,300.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role's range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.