Director, Student Media

Kent State University

The School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University, located in Kent, Ohio,  invites applicants for our next Director of Student Media.

Kent is a charming city only 50 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Enjoy local culture, town festivals like Kent Heritage Fest or Kent Potterfest, and beautiful hiking & biking trails in scenic Northeast Ohio. There’s plenty to see and do within easy walking distance of the Kent Campus. Follow the Lefton Esplanade to experience a city renaissance of new restaurants and specialty shops that have brought a renewed energy to Kent’s already vibrant downtown. If you are looking for a hot shot of espresso with a pastry, a quick taco or crispy salad for lunch, or a glass of wine over a luxurious dinner with friends or business partners, downtown Kent has it all! Whether you’re kayaking the Cuyahoga River, strolling downtown, climbing the corporate ladder or biking to classes at the second largest public university in Ohio, one thing is clear – there’s no place like Kent.

Director of Student Media

We seek a visionary leader with the background and experience to position our award-winning operation for a new, multi-platform era.

The Director is charged with providing functional oversight of advertising, marketing, distribution, finance, and personnel, advising student content leaders and serving as a liaison to the Student Media Board.

The Director oversees professional and student staff in Student Media, reports to the Director of the School of Media and Journalism, and serves on the School’s Faculty Advisory Committee.

Kent State Student Media is in the early stages of executing a cutting-edge strategic plan that emphasizes audience engagement across new and emerging distribution mediums, including social media, streaming video, streaming audio, and podcasts, while retaining ties to legacy newspaper, magazine, radio, and TV platforms.

The plan is designed to enable Student Media to provide the best possible service to the University community, industry-standard training for students in a variety of media fields and protect the independent content decisions of students.

The Director will serve as the adviser to student leaders and staff for the University’s digital media brand, repositioning it as the primary distribution medium for student-produced content.

The successful candidate will help select and coordinate efforts with advisers across all Student Media units, ensuring all students have access to professional mentoring and advising.

In addition, the Director:

·       Serves as a non-voting member of the Student Media Board.

·       Works collaboratively with student leaders to execute the Student Media strategic plan and updates key constituencies with a report on progress each semester.

·       Works with the Director of the School of Media and Journalism and faculty to enhance and create co-curricular opportunities that align with the School’s Strategic Plan.

·       Through the office staff, provides support services to Student Media units.

·       Manages revenue and expenses; recommends and/or approves investments and equipment purchases; ensures the proper use and maintenance of all Student Media equipment.

·       Serves as the public face of Student Media and cultivates positive relations with the University, community, and media industry leaders.

Our ideal candidate would have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field and have a minimum of five years’ experience in a professional or college/university media organization. Key competencies include leadership, digital media, and financial management experience. Our preferred qualifications include an advanced degree as well as experience with one or more of the following disciplines: Digital media production, electronic newsgathering/broadcast journalism, audience development, newswriting, still photography and design.

Other desired skills and abilities include:

·       A keen understanding of market and audience trends facing media companies.

·       Experience mentoring students.

·       Knowledge of personal computer applications and digital content management systems.

·       An understanding of relevant state and federal regulations and laws.

·       Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication with the ability to adjust to students, university, and external constituents.

·       The ability to lead and manage collaborative decision-making processes.



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