Media Advisor and Esports Director, School of Social & Cultural Studies

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April 22, 2022

Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time 11-months per year academic staff position to begin August 2022.

 

Required Qualifications:  This position requires a Bachelor’s in Communication, Digital Media, Mass Communication, Journalism or closely related field and experience with digital media and eSports.

 

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will primarily advise students working for the student-managed media network and serve as the inaugural director for eSports.  Truman Media Network, a student co-curricular organization is made up of four media platforms: The Index (newspaper), TMN online (web), KTRM-FM (radio), and KTRM Studios (television).  The competitive eSports program is planned to launch in the 2022-23 academic year.  

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • participating in the strategic planning and development of Truman eSports and Truman Media Network, as well as implementing development plans;
  • mentoring and providing constructive feedback to students, including meeting regularly with student media managers and with eSports program participants; 
  • managing and maintaining the programs’ budgets, including working with student media budget managers;
  • developing and coordinating the academic program connections with current and future Truman curricula (e.g. game and UX/UI design, video production, broadcasting, journalism, graphic design,) 
  • supervising use of student media and eSports equipment and facilities, including coordinating with Truman ITS to ensure proper functioning of computerized equipment and the regular replacement of computers and peripherals.
  • collaborating with Admissions to conduct outreach and recruiting for the programs;
  • coordinating any required FCC reporting; 
  • and being the primary point of contact with Academic Affairs for the eSports and student media programs. 

 

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic qualifications;
  • Familiarity with convergent journalism practices, with CMA's Code of Ethics, with required FCC reporting for radio broadcasting, and with NACE principles for eSports;
  • Ability to manage the use of media production and Esports space(s) and equipment;
  • Evidence of ability to mentor and advise traditional and digital student media activities;
  • Evidence of ability to develop, administer, and mentor all aspects of a start-up competitive e-Sports program as manager or coach;
  • Evidence of commitment to liberal arts education with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority;
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and
  • Compatibility with the department’s needs.

 

Compensation and Rank:  This is a staff designated position with a salary of $36,000; benefits package with health insurance, retirement contributions, and some reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.  This appointment may be renewed annually upon mutual consent dependent upon the results of the annual review, the needs of the University, and available funding.  

 

Program:  The Department of Communication at Truman has 9 full-time faculty members and approximately 120 students in the major program with approximately 40 minors in Communication and Political Communication. The Communication major allows students to choose from three emphases: Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Communication. The forensics program at Truman State University has had multiple national championships, national finalists, national sweepstakes awards, and state level-champions over the last couple of decades.  The student media has been recognized by CMA with multiple awards at the national level.  For more information about the Communication program, please visit http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/majors-minors/communication-major/

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

 The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.com.

 Application:  Electronic submission of applications is preferred and candidate’s documents may be uploaded at http://employment.truman.edu.  Application materials may also be mailed to: Human Resources, Truman State University, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Complete applications must include:  

  •  a letter of application that addresses the evaluation criteria and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis,
  • current curriculum vitae or resume, 
  • statement of commitment to inclusive excellence, to the liberal arts and sciences, and to student development,
  • copies of transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and
  •  names and contact information for three references.

 

Review of applications will begin May 16, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official copies of graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Jay Self (selfjw@truman.edu), Chair, Department of Communication or to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu

 

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.

 

 

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