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Director of Esports

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

St Joseph, MO, USA
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024
Position Information
Position Title Director of Esports
Job Description
Missouri Western State University, located in St Joseph, Missouri, just 45 minutes north of Kansas City, invites applicants for the Director of Esports. The Director of Esports is responsible for the development and success of the Griffon Esports program. This includes, but is not limited to: overseeing the daily operations of varsity teams; supervising coaches, student managers, student athletes; primary recruiter for student athletes; and raising funds to support scholarships and program expenses. The Director of Esports will also assist with managing the daily operations of MWSU Esports facilities. The Director of Esports will also work with others in the university community to integrate the esports experience into our academic experience and entrepreneurial culture.

Supervisor Responsibilities: Graduate Assistants; Part-Time Coaches; and Student Employees

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Develop, oversee, and manage the Griffon Esports teams. Help develop team and individual skills to prepare student athletes and the team for success.
  • Partner with Admissions to recruit potential students by initiating on-campus and off-campus activities and manage the search and evaluation process for all prospective esports student athletes. Work with the Financial Aid office to manage and allocate scholarships.
  • Plan and execute fundraising and scholarship initiatives for Griffon Esports that align with the University’s overall fundraising strategy.
  • Maintain and inventory all equipment within esports facilities. Ensure the institution is up to date on cutting edge equipment and playing techniques for all Griffon Esports teams.
  • Oversee any travel arrangements, preparing and managing the program budget and purchasing necessary supplies. Maintain records and receipts and other administrative duties assigned.
  • Monitor and promote (i) the health and safety of athletes and staff; (ii) the academic progress of student athletes to support players’ success in the classroom; and (iii) community service efforts.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
  • Must have excellent understanding of the rules and intricacies of the most widely played competitive games in the esports field, and the ability to play at a level sufficient to coach student athletes and oversee student coaches. Familiarity with team-based multiplayer games such as Rocket League, Overwatch and others is required.
  • Experience in teaching, and in identifying and analyzing strengths and weaknesses of players and developing strategies for competitive esports at the collegiate level is desired.
  • Firm commitment to a student-centered culture and the academic success of students is required.
  • Must have a strong networking pool in order to recruit student-athletes.
  • Knowledge of NACE rules and regulations.
  • Proficient in Google Suites; Discord; and other technical software.
  • Previous experience working with the Fusion operating system – preferred.
  • Experience working with and troubleshooting both software and hardware associated with esports is required.
  • Ability to organize, work in a team environment, motivate and manage a college esports varsity team and club program.
  • Ability to collaborate with other campus departments to host events highlighting esports competition and facility usage.
  • Strong motivational skills, public relation skills and marketing capabilities are required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Communication, as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree focused in the area of Sports Management, Business Management or related fields of study.
  • 1-3 years of competitive esports experience involving League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant, or other multiplayer online video games that have team-based elements OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
  • Previous experience with developing and executing fundraising and/or scholarship initiatives.
  • Valid Driver’s License
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s preferred.
  • Previous Collegiate or Professional experience working in esports is preferred.
Physical Demands
  • Light Work
  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
FLSA Exempt
Additional Demands
  • May be subjected to travel, as well as working some nights and weekends
Hours of Work
M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm