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The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the worldâs leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USC is also one of the largest private employers in the City of Los Angeles.Â We are searching for exceptional individuals to help us fulfill our mission: Developing individuals and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the âTrojan Family,â which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.
World-renowned for its unparalleled combination of academic and athletic prowess, USC has a storied history of collegiate and Olympic success. USC teams have won 133 national championships, establishing the standard of excellence upon which the athletics program is built. The Women of Troy have claimed 90 individual NCAA crowns while USCâs 327 menâs individual NCAA titles are more than any other university. The USC football program, which competes in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, has won 11 national championships, competed in 34 Rose Bowls with 25 wins, and produced 516 NFL Draft Picks, including five first overall selections. USC is the leader among U.S. universities for most all-time Olympians, medalists, and gold medalists. USCâs 326 all-time Summer Olympics medals would tie for 12th most among all countries, while its 153 gold medals would be 11th most.
The vision of the USC Department of Athletics is to be the most student-athlete centered athletics program in the country. USC Athletics is committed to serving and empowering its student-athletes by providing the support, resources, and environment for student-athletes to pursue a world-class education; engage in a meaningful and fulfilling college experience; transform into the best versions of themselves; compete for championships; and prepare to thrive after USC. A member of the Pac-12 Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, USC is proud to support nine men's (baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo,) and 12 women's (basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo) teams across 12 athletics venues.
USC Athletics is looking to hire a Director/Creative Content and Team Reporter to join our staff and student community of 500+ individuals. Â This role is responsible for leading the strategy and development of fan-focused content, planning and producing content, promoting the brands and stories of student-athletes and athletics programs, providing coverage to various athletics teams, and supporting the efforts of the athletics department digital.
Reporting directly to the Associate Athletic Director/Chief Creative Officer the Director/Creative Content and Team Reporter will work in collaboration with the athletics digital team, sports brands and communications staff, football creative team, and individual teams, programs, and student-athletes. The ideal candidate will possess excellent writing and communications skills, a passion for storytelling and content producing, tremendous knowledge of trends in digital and creative content, and prior experience producing content and providing coverage to sports teams.Â Knowledge of and experience working in higher education preferred. Understanding of the unique culture and needs of college athletes preferred.
This position serves a diverse student and staff population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and is expected to contribute to the programâs diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. USC Athletics is committed to increasing diversity in its staff and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, and sexual orientations.
This is a non-exempt position and some overtime work on evenings and weekends is expected.
Roles and responsibilities to include:
Lead the strategy and development of creative fan-focused content for social media, website, print, in-venue, etc.
Produce digital and creative content (written stories, podcasts, feature videos, behind-the-scenes, etc.)
Collaborate with the football creative team to generate team content
Serve as a team reporter for football, menâs and womenâs basketball, and Olympic sport championships
Promote the brands and tell the stories of student-athletes and athletics programs
Host productions, conduct interviews, and provide coverage to athletics teams, coaches, and student-athletes
Promote an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The ideal candidate will possess a bachelorâs degree, in communications, journalism, or a related field of study is preferred, and a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in the sports industry and/or sports media. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
Experience working in higher education and/or a sports related field ideal.
All candidates must submit a (1) resume or curriculum vitae, (2) and cover letter explaining the candidateâs interest in working at USC, qualifications for the position, impact the candidate would make on the department of athletics, and how the candidate would contribute to the departmentâs goal of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and sport. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. All USC employees will undergo reference checking and background screening prior to hire.
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.
We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.Â
Minimum Education:Bachelorâs degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Extensive applicable experience in employee and/or internal corporate communications. Three yearsâ experience in communications, content development and writing/editing in employee/internal corporate communications. Demonstrated design/typography experience. Proven knowledge of writing and editing fundamentals and Associated Press style. Ability to tailor content to fit targeted audiences with a clear, demonstrated understanding of multichannel communication platforms. Experience with design software/tools (e.g., HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite) creating assets for digital environments (e.g., WordPress, social media, search and display advertising). Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to provide detailed information and summaries to peers and supervisors, exercising discretion with confidential information. Ability to build and deliver solutions that consistently meet customer expectations. Demonstrated organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to proactively, independently, strategically and creatively make decisions. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to provide support and guidance as needed. Experience with Microsoft Office and content management systems.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.