Director of Athletic Communications

  University (IL)
  Central Region
  Administration/Management
  Posted/Updated: 05/14/19



Job Summary

Position Summary

  • Oversee all aspects of a model athletic communications department as it relates to the promotion and publicizing of the university's 22-sport program, including the dissemination of information to local, regional, national and hometown media outlets.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate respect for the Catholic and Franciscan values of the university.
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate effectively to student-athletes, coaches, staff, administration and the university community.
  • Participate in and promote a culture of continuing quality improvement.
  • Manage all aspects of media relations for athletics, including coordination of interview requests from varied media outlets.
  • Oversee all aspects of writing and distribution of news releases.
  • Design, write and publish all department media guides and publications.
  • Oversee maintenance and upkeep of athletics website.
  • Manage all athletics social media efforts.
  • Prepare game notes for certain home sporting events.
  • Prepare and disseminate all statistical information required by conference, regional and national affiliations for all sports.
  • Provide necessary information as it relates to nomination of athletes and coaches for conference, regional and national awards.
  • Maintain archive of all athletic programs, including newspaper articles and statistics.
  • Hire and supervise all student workers within the athletic communications department.
  • Oversee all aspects of budget preparation and management.
  • Represent the athletic department and university in a professional manner at various internal and external functions.
  • Serve on various university committees as assigned.
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or related field.
  • Three years of experience in an athletic communications-related setting.
  • Strong writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • General knowledge of computers, statistical software and desktop publishing.
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the position.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Willingness to support the Catholic and Franciscan values of the University.

Preferred Requirements

  • Master's degree in journalism, communications or related field.
  • Website and graphic design experience.
  • Knowledge of StatCrew and/or DakStats and Adobe Creative Suite software.
  • Strong photographic skills.

 

Physical Requirements of Position

  • Work is performed in both an office setting and at athletic arenas with moderate exposure to varying weather conditions.
  • Substantial time is spent working on a computer.
  • Requires the following physical activities: sitting, walking, bending, stooping, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Hours of work include some nights, weekends and may include working up to 12 hours a day.


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