The MSU Alumni Office’s mission is to advance the university’s excellence and enrich its future. We work to harness the collective power of 563,000 global Spartans to benefit both the university and the communities in which Spartans live and work. Through fellowship, service, investment, and strengthening relationships within the Spartan community, the MSU Alumni Office represents Michigan State University throughout the globe.
Reporting to the MSU Alumni Office Associate Director, the Sparty Mascot Program Assistant manages aspects of the MSU mascot program. Sparty is a national visible mascot who makes appearances at approximately 750 athletic events, university-related functions and private events annually, resulting in more than 4,500 student volunteer hours.
The Sparty Mascot Program Assistant will be accountable for the seamless execution of the program while providing exceptional levels of client customer service, maintaining a high level of student engagement, and building relationships with campus and community partners.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing and/or Business; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in professional fundraising, public relations, marketing, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in the field of live event entertainment.
Knowledge of teaching, coaching and current trends in mascot management.
Ability to quickly tackle challenges within a dynamic and high-pressure environment.
Outstanding leadership, ability to exercise sound judgment, exhibit resiliency under pressure, set priorities and achieve goals, handle confidential information and navigate sensitive situations.
Ability to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.
Ability to work in an environment in-arena that will include loud music and crowd noise, flashing and strobe lights; out-of-arena work may be in extreme temperatures including outdoor events during all seasons.
Familiarity with higher education, alumni outreach and engagement.
Excellent project management, organizational and planning skills, as well as superior attention to detail.
Experience in marketing, event promotion and social media.
Experience managing program budgets and expenses.
Expansive work experience in the planning and production of institutional and/or events, contractor and vendor contract negotiations, and developing event budget reports.
Experience in a customer-service environment.
Experience in database, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software.
Required Application Materials
Cover letter and resume
Work hours are variable and will include, nights, weekends, holidays and both in-state and out-of-state overnight travel.
Bidding eligibility ends on 10/15/2019 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 614117
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