Nickelodeon Animation

Play Designer, Interactive Media (Play Noggin - Interactive)

Job Locations
US-NY-New York
Job Type
Full-Time Staff

About The Brand

For over 30 years, the Nickelodeon Animation Studio continues to be one of the largest producers of television animation in the world, reflecting all kids today. Based in Burbank, Calif., with offices in New York, the Studio, designed by our artists and for our artists, is home to the world's greatest creative talents. Our campus of creativity houses top-notch talent, storytellers, artists, production teams, voice actors, cartoon experts and more. At Nickelodeon, we are always looking to recruit dedicated craftspeople to help bring groundbreaking new ideas to life and that starts with you! We are leading the way in animated content for TV series, TV movies, shorts and theatrical features. Some of our new upcoming original animated series include, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, Rugrats, Middlemost Post, Star Trek: Prodigy, Big Nate and Santiago of the Seas, among others. Our content development teams are creator-driven, our work culture is collaborative, our mentorship of new talent is second to none, and we are committed to hiring inclusively to reflect authenticity in the diverse stories we want to tell. Join us!

Overview and Responsibilities

Job Type: Project Based Employment



Noggin from Nick Jr. is a leading interactive learning service for families with young kids. We help children develop skills, knowledge and passions through play with the characters they love. We also give parents important tools to help their kids thrive. A multi-platform direct-to-consumer offering, Noggin reaches families in the domestic market through standalone mobile apps, connected TV apps, and add-on channels.

The Play-Along Video (“PAV”) team is one of several groups producing content for the Noggin app. The PAV team focuses on learning-led interactive media. All content produced by this group is guided by Noggin’s curriculum framework. 


We are building a team of highly motivated, diverse and capable individuals who are eager to work in a startup-like environment within a large media company. We need innovators and self-starters who are passionate about playful learning and comfortable working in a fast-paced, creative and innovative organization.

What We Need in a Play Designer
As a Play Designer, you are inventively creative. You love coming up with novel ideas for interactive media and know how best to shape a kid-centric experience that is simple, playful, and engaging. You consider the entire user experience. You consistently seek ways to spark a child’s imagination and support development of a creative mindset.


Responsibilities include

  • Produce exciting interactive learning-based content for kids that aligns with business objectives from development to completion.
  • Create and write concept briefs, interactive design documents, logic flow charts and wireframes, logic scripts, and dialogue scripts
  • Work closely with the team to ideate and problem-solve interactive experiences that may require a specific animation or authoring solution
  • Attend talent audio recording sessions and maintain audio library
  • Review design, animation, audio, and all builds (prototypes, alpha-through-delivery)
  • Work with the team to track bugs and feature requests in JIRA while clearly communicating updates and properly escalating concerns
  • Work closely with partner teams (ie. Consumer Insights, Learning Team) to ensure content is engaging, highly usable, and effective
  • Research popular kid-based apps and products including digital games and learning programs and serving as a team expert in industry trends and competitive products

Basic Qualifications

  • Highly responsible, self-motivated, and able to thrive in an energetic and fast-paced environment
  • Extremely detail-oriented, organized and thorough, able and willing to refine work to a high degree of polish, while also identifying priorities during final stages of signoff
  • 4+ years experience in kid-based games or interactive content production; particularly desirable:
    • Experience with interactive media production for our target audience of 3-5 year-olds
    • Solid understanding of children’s learning with digital media
    • Experience building with adaptive learning technology
  • Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of production processes including: planning, design, technology, art, audio, build reviews
  • Effective collaborator with show creators and other creative contributors and stakeholders
  • Exhibit excellent communication skills - written, verbal, and interpersonal
  • Knowledge and passion for kid-based interactive media, apps, games, & production
  • Able to work within technical limitations and find creative and technical solutions to issues that arise
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects with varying scope simultaneously under intense deadlines
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Basic skills for Photoshop and Audition a plus
  • Ability to learn new software development environments and systems quickly and adapt to new methods of production
  • Exhibit a keen eye for humor and design
  • Interest in Preschool TV-Interactive writing a plus


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