Escape Game Props and Puzzle Manager

Company Overview

Secret City Adventures designs, develops, and delivers immersive experiences. Founded on the principles of experience design, Secret City Adventures is a pioneer in immersive theatre and live-action experiences, urban revitalization, and other curious endeavors.

In 2013, Secret City Adventures brought the original Real Escape Game, from Scrap Entertainment Japan, to Toronto, hosting over 25,000 players. Since then, they produced the critically-acclaimed Casa Loma Escape Series, which launched in the summer of 2015. In addition, Secret City Adventures most recently developed and delivered one of the first-ever cityscape games across Toronto’s Kensington Market and Chinatown as well as a 60 player experience that takes over Black Creek Pioneer Village every spring, summer, and fall.

About the Role:

The Casa Loma Escape Game Props and Puzzle Manager is someone who is passionate about interactive gaming, immersive theater, and loves working with their hands as well as with a team. They are detail-oriented, have strong organizational skills, and are a key player in creating a remarkable experience for our patrons. Their primary responsibility is to make sure that all materials with which players interact are maintained to the highest quality possible, to ensure that all experiences are the best that they can possibly be.

The Props and Puzzle Manager will work with game staff, Casa Loma managers, and the production team at Secret City Adventures to design, deliver, and maintain unique, immersive experiences. They will work primarily on the maintenance, prototyping, and building of puzzle prop pieces, with a focus on robust designs within a sensitive timeframe.

Starting November, 2017
40 hours per week
5 days per week
Primarily 2:30pm–10:30pm, with exceptions based on project

Location: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace.
Compensation: To be based on experience.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the following:

Technical Experience

It’s important to us that each experience we design is as flawless, unique, and robust as can be. Sometimes this takes a little magic. The ideal candidate knows exactly how to use tech to achieve this goal. Maybe that means putting RFID chips into antique dolls, making a wall move with a garage door opener, or building magnetic triggers into secret bookcases. If you’re capable, then we’re interested. Previous experience programming Arduinos, or working with DIY tech with a focus on off-the-shelf parts, is definitely a plus.

Prop Building

One of the primary goals of every experience we deliver is to bring new worlds to life. We specialize in making those worlds as real as possible for our audience, ready to be experienced through all senses, which often means making props that do what they need to do, and are robust enough to last. The ideal candidate has experience building and fixing things with their hands — measuring, cutting, mounting, hammering, sanding, painting, drilling, drawing, screwing, unscrewing, etc., etc. A candidate can score +10 points for previous experience building secret compartments/doors, dressing theatre sets, or masking electronics in objects of all kinds.

Management and Administration

Every manager needs a team, and the Props and Puzzle Manager is no exception. The ideal candidate should be able to motivate staff, communicate directions effectively, and organize teammates to ensure that any given job gets done right the first time, second time, and every time afterwards. Task lists, check-ins, notes, and feedback are all tools of the trade, and it doesn’t stop there. All systems of organization and communication, honesty and leadership, as well as good old-fashioned ingenuity all come together to make this manager the best that they can be.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email us at team@secretcityadventures.com. Applications should include your cover letter, resume, and any other relevant info you have to share.