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Working As A Sports Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sports Director Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Sports Director

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Sports Director Career Paths

Sports Director
Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Senior Programs
9 Yearsyrs
News Director
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Executive Director Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Fitness Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Camp Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Director
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Media Relations Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Production Director
Creative Services Director
7 Yearsyrs
Production Director
5 Yearsyrs
Youth Director
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Training
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Development Director
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Aquatic Director
Director, Membership Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Center Director
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Recreation Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Director
Founder And Executive Director
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$174,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nike
Highest Paying City
Hastings, NE
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Sports Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Sports Director in the United States is $82,874 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $174,000.

Real Sports Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Performance and Sports Science University of Oregon Eugene, OR Apr 25, 2016 $150,000
Director of Sports Performance Diagnostic and Interventional Spinal Care, A Medic Portland, OR Nov 01, 2013 $131,441
Director of Sports Performance Diagnostic and Interventional Spinal Care, A Medic Marina del Rey, CA Nov 01, 2013 $131,441
Director, Sports Performance UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Cranberry, PA Jun 29, 2015 $85,010
Director, Sports Performance UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Cranberry, PA Aug 01, 2015 $85,010
Youth Sports Director Asphalt Green, Inc. New York, NY May 20, 2013 $81,500
High Performance Sports Science Director North Coast Aquatics, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Oct 01, 2012 $73,045
Assistant Sports Performance Director Westside Velocity LLC Los Angeles, CA Mar 03, 2010 $45,000
Director of Sport Galaxy Soccer Club Naperville, IL Jul 22, 2016 $42,000
Director of Sport Galaxy Soccer Club Naperville, IL Jul 22, 2013 $42,000
High Performance Sports Science Director North Coast Aquatics, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Oct 01, 2009 $41,740
High Performance Sports Science Director North Coast Aquatics, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Oct 01, 2012 $38,000

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Top Skills for A Sports Director

  1. Soccer
  2. Sports Department
  3. Play-By-Play
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administered and promoted youth soccer, basketball and baseball program for international military community.
  • Established and founded the Sports Department for the University at Buffalo s only student run radio station.
  • Produced and announced all play-by-play broadcasts for the University of New Hampshire's Basketball, Football and Hockey games from 2008-2010.
  • Gathered information, conducted interviews, made phone calls and followed up on news stories throughout the day.
  • Managed adult basketball and volleyball programs.

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Top 10 Best States for Sports Directors

  1. New York
  2. California
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Maryland
  5. Connecticut
  6. New Jersey
  7. Georgia
  8. Virginia
  9. Texas
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Sports Director Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,769 Sports Director resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Sports Director Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

15.6%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

65.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Mandarin

6.3%

French

5.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

Chinese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Russian

1.0%

Yiddish

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%
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Sports Director Education

Schools

Syracuse University

8.0%

University of Florida

6.8%

University of Alabama

6.5%

Liberty University

6.2%

Ohio University -

5.9%

University of Phoenix

5.9%

West Virginia University

5.6%

California University of Pennsylvania

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.7%

State University of New York College at Cortland

4.7%

Springfield College

4.4%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.4%

Iowa State University

4.4%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

Wichita State University

4.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.1%

Bowling Green State University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%
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Majors

Kinesiology

19.1%

Communication

18.8%

Journalism

13.5%

Business

11.4%

Health Education

5.5%

Management

3.2%

Education

2.7%

Recreation Management

2.7%

Psychology

2.6%

Political Science

2.6%

Marketing

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.2%

Photography

2.0%

Agricultural Public Services

1.9%

Digital Media

1.6%

Elementary Education

1.4%

Public Relations

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Finance

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.1%

Masters

17.7%

Other

13.0%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

1.5%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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