The Director will create varsity eSports team and club programs, oversee the daily operations of the eSports program, supervise student coaches and players, maintain the daily operations of the UA eSports facilities, assist in the recruiting of eSports student athletes and raise funds to support scholarships and program expenses. The Director/Head Coach will also work with others in the University community to integrate the eSports experience into our academic experience and entrepreneurial culture.
Develop, oversee, and coordinate our eSports teams and club programs, including practices and matches. Help develop team and individual skills to prepare individual athletes and the team for success. Resolve conflicts between players and motivate players to improve. Supervise student coaches
Partner with UA Admissions staff to recruit and retain highly skilled players by initiating off-campus activities (including, but not limited to, eSports summer camps for high school students, social media campaigns, and other marketing) and managing the search and evaluation process for all prospective eSports student athletes. Work with the Financial Aid office to manage and allocate scholarships
Plan and manage fundraising and sponsorship initiatives for the eSports program that aligns with the University's overall fundraising strategy. Oversee marketing and promotional activities. Collaborate with campus departments and external sources to facilitate program improvements, academic integration, and promote community involvement
Maintain and monitor all eSports equipment and facilities. Ensure institutional compliance with various governing bodies for the eSports program. Stay up to date on cutting-edge equipment and playing techniques for all eSports games that the UA team is engaging in to ensure excellent coaching and strategizing
Perform various administrative duties including making travel arrangements, preparing and managing the departmental budget and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment. Maintain necessary records and receipts
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) the educational goals of individual student athletes
Relevant Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of one (1) year of competitive eSports experience involving multiplayer online video games that have team-based elements
Ability to organize, work in a team environment, motivate and manage a college eSports varsity team and club program
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 the game at a reasonable level sufficient to coach student athletes
Familiarity with team-based multiplayer games such as League of Legends, Hearthstone, and others
Firm commitment to a student-centered culture and the academic success of students
Experience maintaining both software and hardware equipment associated with eSports
Experience managing people and budgets
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ideal candidate will be able to assist with student-player recruitment, acquisition of sponsorships, and fundraising
Strong motivational skills, public relation skills and marketing capabilities
Experience in teaching, analyzing players, identifying strengths and weaknesses of players and developing strategies for competitive eSports at the collegiate level desired
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