Assistant Media Relations Director

San Jose, CA
Jun 14, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Technology, Multimedia & Audiovisual
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24604
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 0800
Department: Sports Information


Classification: Public Affairs/Communication Specialist I
Salary Range: $2,923/month - $4,980/month
FLSA status: Nonexempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit

About the Position

The Assistant Media Relations Director provides traditional, internet, social and digital media coverage and publicity for and chronicling of the universitys intercollegiate athletics program. The position is responsible for communications, media relations, internet activities, and contributes to the social and digital media activities for assigned sports. The incumbent interacts and communicates effectively with the universitys 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).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

-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.
-Use social and digital media skills to produce effective news items and features on sports teams, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff connected with the athletics program.
-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.
-Provide statistical reports, student-athlete nominations, when appropriate, and respond to requests from the universitys 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).
-Prepare an annual publication (media guide, record book) for assigned sports.

Education and Experience

-Bachelors degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field, and two years of related professional or technical experience.

Preferred Qualifications

-Masters degree in related field or equivalent
-Demonstrated experience in traditional, internet, social and digital media coverage and publicity
-Demonstrated experience 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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Ability to engage the public through strong written and verbal communication skills.
-Ability to work with PC and Mac-based applications; basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; basic proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically PhotoShop and Adobe Illustrator for editing photos and InDesign for weekly releases, publications and social media posts; and athletics website management.
-Proficiency with sports software statistical programs such as StatCrew.
-Experience with successful messaging on popular social media platforms; video editing skills and experience.
-Foundation knowledge of general practices, methods and procedures related to public affairs, media
relations, marketing, and/or sports information.
-Ability to keep abreast of public policy and public affairs issues.
-Working knowledge of protocols and institutional etiquette related to public and media relations.
-Basic knowledge and understanding of media outlets including print, television, and radio.
-Ability to work with the media for the coverage of events.
-Basic knowledge of market research and related techniques.
-Working knowledge of summary statistics as they relate to research or sports information.
-Basic knowledge of applicable copyright and other laws pertaining to written materials, news media
and confidentiality.
-Working knowledge of applicable software packages.
-Knowledge of basic web communication techniques, vehicles and formats.
-Strong writing and editing skills to quickly produce clear and concise standard documents for internal
and external publication.
-Ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information.
-Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relationships within the university and community
and with the media.
-Knowledge of NCAA and conference rules and regulations.
-Possession of a valid California drivers license.
-Ability to work nights and weekends during the academic year.
-Ability to travel to events with assigned teams.

Posting Date

June 13, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins June 29, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Letter of interest
List of References

Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note To Applicant

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a driminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0046
Phone: 408-924-2250


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