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Certified Game Master I & Player Trainer (Mid-level Billable $25/hr)

by Hawke Robinson published Jun 17, 2017 08:55 AM, last modified Jun 19, 2017 03:18 AM
A mid-level position. The Certified Level 1 Professional Game Master (GM) will run regular sessions with various clients, at various client locations, and provide training, where necessary, to players on how to play the applicable role-playing game. $25+ per game session hour. Volunteer-level free training begins immediately. Billable positions open Summer 2018.

Certified Level 1 Tabletop RPG or LARP Professional Game Master - Player Instructor (non-therapeutics/education)

Department(s): RPG

Location(s): Varies

Reports to: Senior GM.

General Purpose

Run tabletop role-playing (RPG) or live-action role-playing (LARP) games at various locations and/or events. Provide training to potentially new players, including understanding the game system rules and gaming etiquette.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Run tabletop RPG sessions for clients.
  • Typically 3-5 players per session.
  • Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Therapeutics rules and guidelines, including GM Code of Conduct.
  • Complete assessment forms.
  • Prepared character sheets for participants to choose from.
  • Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing lengthy campaigns.
  • Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Therapeutics Player Code of Conduct.
  • Attend either in-person or via remote access, at least one free training session / administrative meeting per week (3-4 hours)
  • Availability for at least 1 weekly group session per week (game sessions typically 3-5 hours), and up to 5 sessions per week.
  • Strongly self-motivated
  • Strong collaborative work ethic
  • Reliable schedule compliance


Education and Training


  • Minimum Level 1 GM Certification


Optional but preferred:

  • Other RPG Related certifications/training.
  • Recreation /event management training/certification.
  • Therapeutic Recreation /Recreational Therapy training or certification.


Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum 5+ years experience as Game Master with at least one RPG format and at least one RPG system/setting.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of role-playing game system rules
  • Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident but warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.


Formats include: tabletop (RPG), live-action (LARP), computer-based (CRPG), and solo adventure books and modules (SABM).


  • 10+ years experience as Game Master (GM)
  • 10+ years personal experience with all 4 RPG formats.
  • Some working knowledge/experience with music and music therapy
  • Some working knowledge/experience with therapeutic recreation / recreational therapy
  • Experienced theatrical acting skills
  • Effective voice acting skills
  • Experienced broadcasting skills
  • Experienced audio/video editing skills
  • Experience with online broadcasting: Youtube, Twitch, etc.


Core Competencies

  • Exceptional GM organization skills
  • Exceptional RPG player group dynamics conflict resolution skills
  • Exceptional storytelling skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
  • "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  • Outgoing presence.
  • Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
  • Passionate supportive energy


Working Conditions

Game Master will frequently work at RPG Therapeutics offices or other locations including but not limited to:

  • Conventions
  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Care facilities
  • Mobile Facility, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at various locations

Hours: Varies

Compensation: $25+ per game session hour. Typically 3 to 5 hours per game session. Number of sessions per week/month/year varies based on GM and client schedule availability.

Job Type: Contract

Salary: $25.00 /hour

Job Location:

  • Spokane, WA

Required experience:

  • Game Master: 5+ years

Required language:

  • English

Required license or certification:

  • Certified Game Master I


  • Are you in Spokane, WA?
  • How many years of RPG experience do you have?
  • Do you speak English?
  • Do you have the following license or certification: Certified Game Master I?
  • Are you authorized to work in the following country: United States?
  • Are you willing to undergo a background check?


Note: We have overwhelming demand from paying clients far outpacing our ability to provide services due to a lack of sufficiently qualified people. Since it is so difficult to find qualified candidates, we are willing to take on the more exceptional and dedicated prospects as volunteer trainees to prepare them to fulfill next year's client demand. So some of these positions may be intended for billable/payable hiring in 2018.

Note:Since we know how difficult it is to find candidates with the requisite certifications, a combination of skills, experience, and related training/certification/degree will also be taken into consideration. For those candidates already meeting most of the GM experience background, and that already have other related education/training/certification, there is the option to apply as a trainee to receive training and experience working toward certification. Since even this is challenging to find, we are also able to accept a limited number of candidates as volunteer employees, and/or unpaid trainees/interns, to receive free training to work toward passing the certification tests. The courses are typically available about once per week, and at that rate, already experienced and qualified (but lacking the credential) candidates typically take anywhere from 3 months to a year to reach sufficient qualification for passing the certification.

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