The Esports Staff position manages multiple aspects of the Esports Program and Esports Arena/Lounge.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Research – Conducts research regarding best practices of college Esports programs and game rooms around the country regarding player support, program and facility management, student supervision, programming and event planning, public relations and communications, marketing and fundraising, and more. Uses this research as well as surveys, focus groups, or other tools to conduct assessment of Esports program and game room operations and services and to benchmark the program, develop action plans, implement changes, and track progress in order to improve and advance the Esports program and game room. Will participate in other departmental and divisional research and assessment projects as required and assist in implementation of any resulting action plans. Will read relevant Esports studies, articles, and publications, as well as The Bulletin from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and will become an active ACUI member. Will become active with NACE, Tespa, and other Esports associations. May attend appropriate regional or national conferences and present their research when possible.
- Teaching – Provides ongoing training and professional development on Esports and game room for relevant student staff, coaches, captains, players, and more, to include management of online documents and assessment of training and development needs and effectiveness. Trains individuals on specific topics relevant to their roles in the Esports program or game room such as facility management, scheduling, technology, and more. Supervises a small staff of student employees within a learning-centered employment environment, to include training, scheduling, discipline, evaluation, and assessment of staff, ensuring a high level of customer service. Conducts one-on-one “Cultivation” meetings with staff twice per semester to discuss integrative learning, connecting each student’s individual experiences in the classroom to the real-world experience they gain in their role in the Esports program and game room.
- Administrative – Will report to the Union’s Technology Services Manager and oversees daily operations of the Esports Arena, game room, and competitive sports operations. Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the Esports Arena and game room, to include managing the usage of gaming PCs, usage of space, addressing user experience issues, managing furniture and equipment inventory, keeping arena neat and organized, and routing issues to supervisors as necessary. Will provide player support, to include scheduling workouts, tryouts, team meetings and events, mentoring and coaching students, advising the Esports student organization, and assists with recruitment efforts to the organization and program. Will have a working knowledge of all Union Complex employee duties, attend all relevant student and department staff meetings, professional development seminars, and other training programs as assigned and will meet with supervisor weekly. May serve as Facility Manager in the Union Complex, TLNC, and Joe Paul Student Theater as required when other student staff are unavailable to do so. May attend and assist with special VIP functions as determined by the Department and assist other graduate assistants with their responsibilities as needed.
- Other – Will assist Union Complex staff on special projects such as retreats, leadership development, professional development, and other events. Will manage some night and weekend programming, requiring a flexible schedule. Will solicit sponsorships and collect door prizes for Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic tournament, which provides scholarships for Union Complex staff. Will complete all additional duties and responsibilities.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Experience with Microsoft Office, computers, and audiovisual equipment required.
- Uses standard office equipment such as stapler, staple remover, paper shredder, and scissors.
- May require lifting of objects.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.