The Multimedia Specialist creates innovative ways to produce digital media coverage and publicity for the athletics organization. The incumbent will be responsible for communications, media relations, and internet activities, and for contributing to the social and digital media activities for assigned sports which includes recording and archiving history of these sports as assigned. The incumbent will also 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.
- Serve as assistant strategist and creative director/producer for the creation of engaging digital content to promote events, accolades, awards and recognition of San Jose State University, Athletics, and the programs.
- Work closely with Marketing team as well as Deputy AD for PR and Content Strategy in creating social media content and video assets.
- Assists in the production, management and curation of content and strategy for social media platforms for SJSU main and sport-specific accounts as assigned.
- Use social and digital media skills to produce effective news items, features and content on sports teams, student athletes, coaches, administrators and staff connected with the athletics program.
- Provide statistical reports, student-athlete nominations, when appropriate, and respond to requests from the university’s conference affiliates – the Mountain West, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Western Athletic Conference, the Golden Coast Conference, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); promote award winners following successful nominations; and 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
- Ability to engage many different and diverse publics through strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner
- 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, for editing photos and InDesign for weekly releases, publications and social media posts
- Website management skills, preferably SIDEARM Sports website tools
- Proficient with sports software statistical programs such as StatCrew and NCAA Genius
- Demonstrated experience with successful messaging on social media platforms not limited to Tik-Tok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Demonstrated video editing skills and experience
- Knowledge of NCAA and conference rules and regulations
- Ability to properly operate a licensed motor vehicle
- Ability to work nights and weekends during the academic year
- Bachelor’s degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field
- 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 equivalent
- 3+ years 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 Salary: $5,417/month
CSU Salary Range: $3,761/month - $6,803/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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All applicants must apply within the specified application period: October 24, 2023 through November 6, 2023. 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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