The Director of Esports provides leadership and vision for the esports program, including hiring and supervision of coaching staff (both IWU employed and online coaches), recruiting student competitors, mentoring, coaching and facility management. They are responsible for supervising a comprehensive program including current games and providing leadership and growth/change in game offerings. Responsible for developing summer camp/conference experiences to assist with developing a healthy community of gamers and enhancing revenue. This location based/on-campus position is full time and benefits eligible. Working remotely is not an option.
Proven leadership for the development of varsity-level intercollegiate esports and supports recreational gaming consistent with the mission of IWU. This includes:
Work collaboratively across divisions to support student competitors, effectively recruit students, develop a healthy community of gamers, ensure quality partnership with IT to meet technology needs, and to cultivate sponsorship/donors as appropriate.
Maintain the esports facility.
Develop policies and procedures to support the esports program.
Manage esports budget and monitor operating expenses.
Recruit, select, train and supervise two full-time coaches.
Oversee all recruitment activities for six competitive games and work with coaching staff to meet annual enrollment targets.
Develop a healthy competitive community of gamers and establish guidelines, policies and norms that support student health and well-being, inclusivity, and competitive excellence.
Monitor student success to ensure retention of students at the University.
Work closely with admissions regarding marketing, scheduling and attending recruitment events, evaluating players in the sports they directly coach, and maintain consistent contact with players/families.
Will maintain a final roster of approximately 70 students with revenue of approximately $1.2M.
Provide mentoring and coaching to student participants:
Work directly with 2-3 games for recruitment, coordination of online coaching and game coordination.
Basic game knowledge is important, but expertise will be managed through online coach identification.
Develop appropriate practice and competition schedules.
Promote and enforce discipline, inclusion and sportsmanship.
Revenue generating activities:
Develop, market and administer 2-3 summer camp/conference experience for youth that generate revenue for the University and build a pipeline for potential recruits.
Work to develop and maintain corporate sponsorships.
Serve as a member of the Student Affairs Deans and Directors team; represent esports on appropriate committees.
Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum of 5 years’ related experience, of which a minimum of 3 years’ has supervisory/management responsibilities.
Broad knowledge of esports and at least one game as a player/expert.
Evening and weekends hours are a regular part of this position. This includes an on-call rotation among leadership in Student Affairs.
Application should include cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Please also include a one-page statement describing your experience with and commitment to diversity broadly defined. The University is committed to an environment of diversity and inclusion. Please feel free to share any opportunities you have had in collaborating in a diverse, multicultural and inclusive setting. Review of applications will begin February 15; position is open until filled.
Illinois Wesleyan University Human Resources, Holmes 209 1312 N. Park Street Bloomington, IL 61701 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 309-556-3411
The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.
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