The Assistant Director of Media Relations will create innovative ways to produce digital media coverage and publicity for the athletics organization. The position will be responsible for the communications, media relations, internet activities, and contribute to the social and digital media activities for assigned sports which includes recording and archiving history of these sports as assigned. The person selected will interact and communicate effectively with the university’s student-athletes, coaches, staff and athletics administrators; media members locally, regionally and nationally; university faculty, staff and administrators; San Jose State University alumni, fans, followers and supporters of the athletics program; school affiliates not limited to the Mountain West, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Western Athletic Conference and the Golden Coast Conference personnel; and the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).
- Interact with traditional, internet and social media representatives and their outlets, report results, produce engaging game recaps, prepare news items on sports teams and its student-athletes; create and maintain current and historical files on teams, coaches and student-athletes.
- Prepare game-day handouts, manage media operations for home games and home contests, serve as an institutional representative and perform duties at assigned road games and contests.
- Coordinate with game-day personnel for selected sports to include public address announcer, statisticians, timers, staff and freelance photographers.
- Promote award winners following successful nominations; respond to requests from the public for information on selected athletics teams.
- Prepare an annual publication (media guide, record book) for assigned sports.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of and ability to use effectively media outlets including planning media coverage and media publicity campaigns for the university and events
- Ability to engage many different and diverse publics through strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to analyze and select pertinent facts and integrate them into communication vehicles
- Ability to meet deadlines and occasionally multiple deadlines simultaneously
- Ability to work with PC and MAC-based applications
- Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically PhotoShop, Premiere and Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, SIDEARM Sports website tools and website management
- Proficiency with sports software statistical programs such as StatCrew and NCAA Genius
- Experience with successful messaging on social media platforms not limited to Tik-Tok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Video editing skills and experience
- knowledge of NCAA and conference rules and regulations
- Bachelor’s degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field (such as journalism, mass communications, Radio/TV, public relations, English, marketing)
- Three years of related professional or technical experience
A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.
Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.
- Master’s degree or an equivalent
- Working in athletics media relations for an institution of higher education or a conference office or a professional sports team or working for a recognized sports media outlet
Classification: Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,226/month - $4,584/month
CSU Hiring Range: $3,515/month - $6,358/month
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.
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- Letter of Interest
All applicants must apply within the specified application period: June 15, 2022 through June 29, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.
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