Sound Design
Vancouver, Canada
Full Time
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Work at VFS

There is no such thing as an ordinary day when you work at Vancouver Film School. It’s a creative and fast-paced environment where you’re part of recruiting and educating the next generation of actors, filmmakers, video game developers and creative thinkers. Our unique culture is all about celebrating the pure passion and unwavering perseverance of our students as they go through their own amazing personal journeys towards a career in the entertainment arts. Constantly evolving and updating to meet industry demands, VFS believes results matter, and that extends from our classrooms and experienced faculty to our hard-working marketing, admissions, and support departments — and well beyond. If you’d like to join our team, simply browse the open positions below. If none of them seem to fit your particular skillsets, but you think you belong at VFS, apply here. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Job Scope

The Senior Game Audio Instructor has excellent communication and organizational skills, an exacting eye for detail and solid interpersonal skills. He or She is able to effectively deliver the curriculum in a professional and engaging manner. He or She is proactive, applies critical thinking skills, and has a problem-solving approach to every aspect of the job. He or She is a team player and possesses a strong sense of commitment, support and responsibility to the organization as a whole, and the VFS model of education.

Senior instructors will maintain a minimum instructional load of half the standard.

Job Scope

Reporting to the Head of Department and responsible to Educational Administration and Program Development departments, the Senior Instructor is responsible for curriculum delivery within the discipline as well as providing advanced level instruction in their assigned stream. The Senior Instructor is also responsible for evaluating and updating the department’s curriculum in conjunction with the requirements of the Educational Administration and Program Development departments.

The Senior Instructor maintains familiarity with:

- Current developments in technology, including software and hardware relating to his or her specific discipline
- Current educational methods and trends, general knowledge of similar programs relating to his or her specific discipline
- Current industry practices, trends and production processes relating to his or her specific discipline
- The local industry at large including its organization, unions, guilds, and key industry people
- Program content and delivery within other VFS programs
- Ensuring Student Body is mentored towards a chosen field of specialization

Core Responsibilities

Working in conjunction with Educational Administration and the Head of Department, the primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Curriculum Development

  • Identify areas where curriculum requires development based on student requirements and industry needs
  • Implement curriculum changes that conform to the VFS model of education and which  reflect current industry practices
  • Document existing and newly developed curriculum, ensuring one-sheet, course outlines and lesson plans are accurate prior to every term and filed for access on VFS server and Moodle

Curriculum Delivery

  • Ensure that curriculum is delivered in an effective manner and within program budgets
  • Research and plan for curriculum changes in advance of implementation, taking into consideration all relevant factors - i.e., learning spaces, instructional design, staffing, software/hardware
  • Work collaboratively with other senior instructors to ensure curriculum goals and delivery are consistent within the program and fulfill the goals of the institution
  • Recommend hires, supervise, and assist with the evaluation of full and part-time instructors, including classroom observations and providing post-observation feedback
  • Organize and participate in teaching demos for potential new hires
  • Maintain a professional relationship with currently-enrolled students
  • Monitor students' performance and provide assistance and mentoring when required
  • Ensure that production based activities are relevant to the curriculum and the industry and delivered within safety requirements and budget
  • Evaluate curriculum delivery through the setting and implementation of objective based student performance standards

Student Issues

  • Ensure that all relevant performance and behavior-related discussion between faculty and student is documented and forwarded to department administration and VFS Educational Administration
  • Act as a mentor to all students requiring assistance and guidance towards specialization streams and final projects
  • Proactively report to the Head of Department any student concerns, issues, or disputes

Inter-Department Collaboration

  • Network with other Senior Instructors to enhance inter-departmental collaboration for courses and student projects

Job Qualifications

  • Post-secondary certificate, diploma, degree or equivalent, three years of industry experience or software certification where applicable
  • Teaching experience is an asset
  • A solid understanding of all aspects of particular area of expertise in the program discipline
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the game audio world
  • Extensive Wwise audio implementation in games
  • Wwise integration with Unity engine
  • Scripting for Unity an asset
  • Experience working in UnReal engine an asset
  • Experience in Electronic Arts' Frostbite an asset