Location: Springfield, OH Category: Administrative Positions Posted On: Thu Aug 31 2023 Job Description:
The Inaugural Director of Esports provides leadership and vision for establishing an esports program, including creating and building program goals and operations for growth. This includes recruiting student competitors, mentoring, coaching, facility management, and building campus interest in competitive and recreational gaming. This person is responsible for supervising a comprehensive program including current games and providing leadership and growth/change in game offerings and staffing. This person is responsible for developing summer camp/conference experiences to assist with developing a healthy community of gamers and enhancing revenue. This is a location-based/on-campus position (working remotely is not an option for this role). This full-time, exempt-level position is eligible for benefits, and reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Development.
Essential functions include but are not limited to:
Provide leadership for the development of varsity-level intercollegiate esports and supports recreational gaming consistent with the mission of Wittenberg University. This includes:
Work collaboratively across divisions to support student competitors, effectively recruit and retain students, develop a healthy community of gamers, ensure quality partnership with IT to meet technology needs, and to cultivate sponsorship/donors as appropriate.
Maintain the esports facility.
Develop policies and procedures to support the esports program.
Manage esports budget and monitor operating expenses.
Oversee all recruitment activities for competitive games and work to meet annual enrollment targets.
Develop a healthy competitive community of gamers and establish guidelines, policies and norms that support student health and well-being, inclusivity, and competitive excellence.
Monitor student success to ensure retention of students at the University.
Work closely with admissions regarding marketing, scheduling and attending recruitment events, evaluating players in the sports they directly coach, and maintain consistent contact with players/families.
Over time will maintain an initial target roster of approximately 70 students with revenue of approximately $1.2M.
Provide mentoring and coaching to student participants:
Initially work with 2 games for recruitment, coordination of coaching and game coordination. Expand gaming and coaching offered in future years.
Develop appropriate practice and competition schedules.
Promote and enforce discipline, inclusion and sportsmanship.
Create recreational gaming opportunities for general student population.
Revenue generating activities:
Develop, market and administer 2-3 summer camp/conference experience for youth that generate revenue for the University and build a pipeline for potential recruits.
Work to develop and maintain corporate sponsorships.
Serve as a member of the Student Development team; represent esports on appropriate committees.
Perform other relevant duties as assigned such as special projects, programs, developmental activities, etc.
A bachelor's degree and two to four years relevant and substantive experience is required.
Broad knowledge of esports and at least one game as a player/expert.
Experience coaching is strongly preferred.
Ability to work with a variety of constituents, solve problems quickly and professionally, anticipate needs, and communicate proactively.
Candidates should be committed to student success and have a commitment to and understanding of a liberal arts education and diversity at a church-related college.
Competency and experience using Microsoft Office software, specifically proficient in the use of Excel, Publisher, Outlook, and PowerPoint with the ability and desire to learn additional software applications as necessary.
Regular evening and weekend hours are required.
Frequently utilizes computer for extended periods (50% or more of the work day).
Ability to routinely move and transport equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds (with assistance).
A valid driver's license is required; must meet required insurance qualifications found in Wittenberg Motor Pool policies and procedures. If license is from out of state, successful candidate will need to obtain a valid Ohio driver's license within 30 days of hire date.
Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. Please see our notice of nondiscrimination housed on our website.
The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.
Employment at Wittenberg University is contingent upon satisfactory completion of applicable background checks including but not limited to: criminal records, educational verifications, driving records (when job-related), and/or credit history (when job related).
A Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts college in the heart of Southwest Ohio, Wittenberg is nationally recognized for accessible professors, engaging classroom experiences, service opportunities, and valued athletics traditions. Wittenberg University is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive employee benefits package that attracts and retains talent to further the university's mission and contributes to the personal and financial well-being of employees and their families.