The College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University is seeking an Executive Director with a track record of significant professional accomplishment for its newly-launched Center for Sports Media (CSM). The Center seeks to redefine how students are trained in media, journalism, communication, sports business, engage with the sports community, and produce groundbreaking content through channels and partnerships with major media outlets. In fostering personal and professional optimization, the CSM underscores the following three pillars: education, professional development/work experience, and innovation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Center provides a nexus for ongoing scholarly exploration of sports topics critically important to the growing field and key to the interdisciplinary foundation of the College by incorporating disciplines across colleges and schools, thereby offering a unique training ground for aspiring sports broadcast professionals. Through the University’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Center functions to further this mission, particularly with its recent series Diversity, Inclusion, Necessity: Sports in a Time Like No Other.
The Executive Director will work closely with students and faculty to create experiential learning opportunities to produce content to be published internally and externally. This will include traveling to significant events, forming partnerships with media companies and creating innovative programming, inside and out of the classroom. In addition, the Executive Director will work with the Dean and administration on Strategic Planning, marketing, recruitment and fundraising to sustain the Center for years to come.
Seton Hall University is located in South Orange, New Jersey, just 14 miles from New York City. It is the oldest Catholic diocesan institution of higher education in the United States. It is home to approximately 6,300 undergraduate and 4,700 graduate students from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries. An exciting and culturally diverse community, Seton Hall pursues academic excellence and ethical development in a collaborative environment and prepares its students to be servant leaders in their professional and community lives. Seton Hall University is committed to programs of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the principles of affirmative action.
-- Strategic Planning and Collaborative Partnerships
Strategic Planning and Collaborative Partnerships. Leverage the launch of the Center to draft a multi-year strategic plan for review that seeks to incrementally elevate the Center as the premier venue in the field, with particular attention to the University’s Catholic Mission and related principles. Collaborate within the College and with campus partners to implement.
Rooted in interdisciplinarity, the Executive Director will establish and lead an array of internal and external initiatives designed to engage students, industry professionals, and scholars – some of which include furthering the College’s established Speaker Series, integrating high-profile guests to lead workshops/master class opportunities, collaborating with University Athletics and Pirate Sports Network, and creating a recurring schedule of original programming for WSOU 89.5 FM, the University’s student-run radio station.
-- Innovative Programming
Lead the development and implementation of original programming and activities that complement the College’s Sports Media curricular offerings, currently inclusive of a concentration within the B.A. in Visual and Sound Media program and a minor area of study for undergraduate students. The Executive Director will explore, design, and oversee the establishment of alternative pathway co- and extracurricular initiatives (e.g., summer camps, boot camps, senior-year experience programs, secondary education opportunities and pipelines, and the like) with the intention of eliciting engagement and awareness of Sports Media-related opportunities at the University.
-- Development and External Relations
Work in close partnership with University Advancement and constituents within the CSM to solicit philanthropic support to secure sustainable funding for positions, programmatic and student support. This work will be done with the assigned Development Manager from Advancement to develop and execute on the ambitious strategic philanthropic plan for the Center.
-- Marketing and Operations
Collaborate with University Relations to further develop the Center's various media properties as innovative destinations that feature-rich, original content (e.g., podcasts, galleries, interactive media, stories, and the like) in the form of student showcases, with opportunities for integrating top-tier companies such as ESPN, Baseball America, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, The New York Times, and the like. The incumbent is expected to participate in unit-level recruitment efforts for both undergraduate and graduate students.
- Bachelor's degree with 8 or more years of experience. The position requires a dynamic leader with a clear and strong commitment to the advancement of the newly established Center in the context of Seton Hall University’s mission and national reputation, that is advancing into a new era of achievement as part of its multi-year Harvest Our Treasures Strategic Plan.
- Qualified applicants will bring a proven success record at an executive level, possess significant multi-year leadership experience, and maintain a vast and diverse professional network that can be leveraged to advance the Center and its multi-faceted objectives. A master’s-level degree is preferred, though applicants with significant, demonstrable, and commensurate experience will be considered by the search committee.
- Master's-level degree, preferred.
- General Office Environment
Seton Hall University is committed to programs of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the principles of affirmative action.