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The SEC Digital Production Assistant is a part-time role serving as a day-to-day content editor who helps to shape the SEC digital platform. The position involves the content editing and development process and requires intelligent news judgment, an understanding of the collegiate sports environment and a specific understanding of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
This role includes the facilitation of content budgets, editing resources and processes, ensuring the maximum placement and presentation for all related cross-platform elements. This role is centered on SEC event schedules and will involve exclusively nights, weekend and holiday shifts. This position requires a passion for and in-depth knowledge of, the SEC-related editing experience and awareness of the SEC audience, as well as a background in the content workflow process.
The Part-Time SEC Digital Production Assistant will work to ensure the SEC digital site’s content is comprehensive, using various platforms, including video, audio and interactive elements. The Part-Time SEC Digital Production Assistant will be responsible for ensuring that all content meets established tone, theme, accuracy, style and consistency requirements. The job requires the ability to focus under fast-paced pressure, the capacity for managing multiple tasks at once and the ability to make sound decisions concerning content prioritization. Great communication skills, attention to detail and a sense of humor are all a must.
This position is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
• Edit and publish content using proprietary tools on the SEC digital platforms.
• Edit and publish video from game highlights and studio shows.
• Utilize good judgment and preparation toward prioritizing and selecting content from a variety of sources.
• The job requires a self-starter who is capable of managing a heavy workload and who has excellent time management skills. Reliability, creativity and work ethic are a must.
• Write excellent, attention-grabbing headlines that both intrigue and entertain users.
• Top edit several posts and features per day.
• Partner with the SEC and SEC Network resources to create compelling content for the SEC digital community, including text, photo, video and interactive elements across the entire digital platform.
• Prioritize content based on audience demand and search data.
• Utilize best practices for Search Engine Optimization and Social Media to drive audience.
• The ability to be self-sufficient as an individual, as well as work well within a team setting.
• The ability to recognize content with social engagement potential, publish expediently and notify relevant parties.
• A basic background in editorial, reporting and/or copy editing experience.
• Has basic news journalism experience and news judgment, understands assigned sport(s) from a journalistic point of view. Exhibit a solid understanding and appreciation of news, story play and trending topics.
• Strong communication skills and experience as part of a cross-functional team.
• Has a basic understanding of HTML and related web authoring tools and software.
• Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Possess excellent people management skills.
• Willingness to embrace work shifts that will require night, weekend and/or holiday duty.
• Knowledge and perspective on SEC-related history and current developments, as well as athletes, coaches and league operations.
• Candidates must be able to demonstrate they are gifted in editorial speed and judgment.
• Candidates should have the demonstrated ability to write with proper grammar and think capably about several different sports.
• Familiarity with most major Internet search engines and fluency in electronic news-gathering techniques.
• Ability to work nights/weekends/holidays.
• Typical schedule is Friday through Monday and can vary from 3 p.m. through 1 a.m.
• Have an understanding and appreciation of search engine optimization and social media.
• Strong English grammar and excellent organizational skill, particularly as it applies to grammar and syntax.
• Advanced experience and management of content creation, as well as experience with joint-venture operations.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Journalism, Communications, English or a related field.