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Director of Student Media #S04647P – University of Texas at Dallas

The UT Dallas director of Student Media manages the Student Media department, a diverse and complex unit comprising four nationally recognized student media organizations. The director recruits, trains and develops student staff, advising them on editorial and business matters. He or she routinely assesses student products and provides robust feedback to participants. The director is responsible for instructing students in industry-standard practices in writing/reporting, editing, photography, graphic design and production.

– Provides robust written and oral feedback about all content production, programs and events for the student magazine and newspaper; provides supplementary feedback to radio and television groups.
– Provides pre-publication advice to students upon request, serving as a resource while ensuring students’ editorial independence.
– Meets weekly or biweekly with publication leadership staff to provide updates on departmental business and feedback about publications and products.
– Works with student leaders to create and implement recruiting strategies, onboarding processes and leadership transition plans.
– Sets publication dates and deadlines, coordinate printing purchase orders with offsite printing company.
– Collaborates with students, departmental staff and division leadership to set goals, identify learning outcomes and assess program results.
– Develops and implements staff training programs and workshops to promote skills in relevant aspects of student media.
– Educates student staff about media ethics and law, as well as industry best practices and university policies that impact their journalistic operations.
– Chairs the Student Media Operating Board.
– Prepares annual budgets for seven cost centers (five fee accounts; two revenue accounts).
– Maintains departmental inventory (reviewed annually), which includes computers for each of the four media organizations and departmental staff, as well as production equipment (photography, audio and video items and accessories).
– Assists student leaders in collecting and submitting entries in state and national contests.
– Reviews and approves all purchases for the department and its four media groups.
– Reviews and approves all account activity as part of monthly budget reconciliations.
– Reviews and approves all student employment, including ePARs for monthly stipend-paid students and contributors; review and approve timesheets for hourly student workers.
– Reviews and approves all purchasing card transactions and travel authorizations.
– Coordinates staff and student travel with departmental administrative assistant for state and national conferences and workshops.
– Meets with faculty, staff, administrators, students and unaffiliated individuals seeking resolution in cases of controversial or unfavorable coverage. Educates individuals about speech protections, media law, department policies and industry best practices.
– Identifies and secures faculty, student and media professionals for membership on the Student Media Operating Board.
– Develops and implements strategic plans in consultation with students, colleagues and divisional leadership.
Bachelor’s degree in mass communication, journalism or communications. Three to five years professional experience in media or a related capacity, including supervisory/management experience with fiscal responsibility.

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