Posting Summary: The University of Virginia is a highly competitive Division I program committed to academic and athletic excellence. The Department of Athletics at the University of Virginia is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Athletics Media Relations Director to support the Media Relations office.
The Assistant Athletics Media Relations Director position exists to provide support for the media relations needs of the Athletics Department and assigned sport programs. The Department of Athletics Media Relations office collects, maintains and distributes information to constituencies in an effort to foster or promote interest in and loyalty toward the Department of Athletics and its mission. Responsibilities include: exemplary customer service to internal and external constituencies; planning and directing the communication of information to the media through news releases, social media outlets, electronic means and personal contact; working with media representatives at the local, state and national level; event management; supervising student assistants; designing and writing media publications for assigned sports; and providing input for the department's public website, and sport-specific websites, as needed.
This position will remain open to applicants through Monday, November 20th. Interested applicants should be sure to submit their materials by this date.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: A Bachelor's degree is required, preferably with a major/minor in English, Journalism or Communication.
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: Master's Degree
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Required Specific Experience: 1-3 years of Athletics Media Relations experience or a related field is required.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Experience with Division I level Olympic sports is preferred.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of sports programs with the ability to prepare written reports on sport programs so that they are grammatically correct and of professional quality. Demonstrated knowledge of desktop publishing, social media, and the operation of statistical computer programs. Ability to convey information, and/or plans clearly in written format. Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills in interactions with all UVA and Athletics Department staff, outside community including fans, visitors, the press, prospective students, parents, and other constituencies. Must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to supervise student workers. Ability to present a professional demeanor and maintain confidentiality while delivering a high level of internal and external customer service.
Required Computer Applications: Some knowledge of computers and software: Microsoft Office, Desktop Publishing, social media applications, and statistical programs required.
Preferred Computer Applications: Intermediate knowledge of computers and software: Microsoft Office, Desktop Publishing, social media applications, and statistical programs preferred.
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.