Media Relations Specialist (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist III) (518834)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Dec 01, 2022
Full Time Community Relations or PR and Marketing Political or Public Affairs

Job Description


Position Summary

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 18 sport programs, approximately 550 student-athletes, and 17 offices in the department. The offices include the following: The Aztec Club/Development, Administration, Athletic Medicine, Business Office, Compliance, External Corporate Sales, 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.

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, handles social media accounts for respective teams, maintains current team statistics, oversees department’s on-line 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.

The incumbent will be the primary contact for a variety of varsity sports as assigned by the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications and Media Relations. The individual will develop and manage publicity for various teams, serving as the primary contact for Football, Cross Country and Track & Field. The incumbent will coordinate and prepare 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 records; assist with social media, and maintain a website for assigned programs with accurate and current information. In addition, the individual will oversee the department’s media relations efforts for all Olympic sports as well as serving as the lead athletic department communicator with SIDEARM, the website provider for athletics. This individual will also be involved with strategic planning initiatives for the department.

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This is a full-time benefits eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2023, with the possibility of reappointment and/or permanency. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on-campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Education and Experience

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 are essential to initial entry to this classification.

Specialized Skills
  • Minimum of Five years’ experience in an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics media relations office or professional sports team at a high level (e.g. MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL).
  • At least one year of experience as a primary contact for a revenue (men’s basketball or football) sport.
  • Able to advise high-profile coaches and student-athletes with interview techniques and utilize the media option(s) to best highlight his/her positives.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign/QuarkXpress and website maintenance.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree.
  • Knowledge of statistical programs.
  • Experience overseeing the media efforts of a football team.
  • Experience in building a network of members of the national media and have the ability to utilize these contacts for the benefit of the university.
  • General working knowledge of applicable university infrastructure, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience with NCAA rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep informed of Athletic Department events and to identify and capitalize on media opportunities that will promote the Athletic Department and increase positive media coverage.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles.
  • Knowledge of the Athletics program and applicable communications techniques.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in the completion of assignments and projects.
  • Ability to project a professional attitude and appearance. Demonstration of ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and communicate successfully with media, student-athletes, co-workers, administrators, staff, coaches, university personnel, and various community constituencies.
  • Ability to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved, prioritizing, and completing projects accurately and timely, and making reliable decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to apply a high degree of judgment, discretion, and initiative in coordinating activities associated with the Media Relations office.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,765 per month.

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation.

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CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,391 - $7,945 per month.

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on October 4, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by October 3, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Olma Javonillo at
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map