The San Diego State University Athletic Media Relations Office has the primary responsibility for publicity of the Athletic Department’s varsity sports programs. It serves as a liaison between the Athletic Department and the media. In line with those duties, the office publishes weekly press releases, coordinates press conferences for major announcements, maintains historical records and data, maintains up-to-date photo files, maintains current team statistics, oversees department’s website, publishes the department’s printed materials, handles staging as it relates to media needs for home athletic events, arranges interviews for athletes and department personnel with local and national media representatives, seeks to procure publicity for athletic teams, coaches staff, and student-athletes, and prepares information contained in game day programs.
Under direct supervision of the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications and Media Relations, the Media Relations Specialist will be the primary contact for a variety of assigned varsity sports (previous sports included baseball and volleyball). The individual will be directly involved in the planning and execution of social media strategy for the all official athletic department accounts. The individual will use pre-established concepts and specifications to develop and manage publicity for various teams, serving as the primary contact for several teams. The incumbent will coordinate and prepare standard and straight-forward editorial for media guides and game programs; coordinate game press operations for assigned sports; prepare weekly news releases; coordinate photographic needs for assigned sports; maintain and update statistical record; and maintain a website for assigned programs with accurate and current information. The incumbent will also assist others in the Media Relations office on a variety of projects.
Knowledge of the fundamentals of public affairs and/or media relations, and/or some exposure to marketing and marketing research. This background normally is obtained through a college degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field, and up to two years of related professional or technical experience. In addition, strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles
Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress, web site maintenance and statistical programs.
Knowledge of various social media platforms.
Experience with interview techniques.
Two years of experience working in a Division I collegiate Athletics media relations office.
Familiarity and experience creating social media content, including campaigns and graphics.
Basic knowledge and experience with NCAA rules and regulations.
Ability to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands involve, prioritizing and completing projects accurately and timely, and making reliable decisions under pressure.
Ability to work evenings and weekends and travel.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before 6/30/2020, with the possibility of reappointment and/or permanency. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation.
Internal Number: 7057
About San Diego State University
San Diego State University is the oldest higher education institution in San Diego.
Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.
The Department of Athletics, utilizing the services of over 150 employees, is responsible for the intercollegiate athletics program at San Diego State University. Currently, there are 19 sport programs, approximately 550 student-athletes, and 17 offices in the department. The offices include the following: The Aztec Club, Administration, Athletic Medicine, Business Office, Compliance, Corporate Sales, Development, Equipment, Event Management/Facilities and Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Media Relations, Strength and Conditioning, Student-Athlete Academic Support Services, Ticket Office, and Video.