Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community.
The Assistant Director of Athletics Communications is responsible for media relations, statistical management, event staffing, social media, marketing and promotion, live-stream broadcasts, Livestats, and web site development and management of the College's 22 varsity sports and the department of athletics.
Manages and executes the day-to-day operations of the athletic communications office. Supervising interns and student workers, providing various tasks and projects.
Updates and maintains the department’s website. Keeps all pertinent information – schedules, rosters, statistics, coach and student-athlete biographies - current and accurate. Writes postgame recaps immediately following each contest and posts to the website. Produces a wide array of content for the website, including feature stories and videos, game videos, event publicity and profiling notable achievements throughout the department. Provides photos galleries and schedules photographers for action photos of games.
Records statistics at all Swarthmore home athletic events. Provides live statistics when possible. Requires a proficient knowledge of statistics software from Stat Crew and SideArm Sports. Provides video and audio for athletics contests. Assigns and trains others to keep statistics, produce live video, and broadcast audio. Shares and reports statistics with the appropriate parties immediately following each contest. Advanced knowledge of sport rules and the NCAA statistical polices.
Staffs each Swarthmore home event with statistical personnel, announcers, board operators, ball chasers, video production personnel, and others. Assigning and coordinating positions for each
Recruits, trains, and maintains a staff of between 50-70 student-workers to staff games and work in the athletic communications office. Identifies and recruits a wide variety of students to work a wide variety of positions. Trains workers in high-skill and high-pressure positions needed for a variety of different athletic events. Provides weekly student-work schedule.
Promotes the achievements of Swarthmore’s student-athletes, teams and coaches to the public through a wide variety of audiences. Media include but are not limited to press releases, emails, video clips, and social media. Must be able to pitch stories to the local and national media (newspapers, websites, television stations, radio, student press) to create exposure for Swarthmore Athletics. Report scores and brief recaps to the local press, Centennial Conference and NCAA following each contest. When required, arrange and coordinate interviews for news media personnel for athletes, coaches, and/or administrators
Produces game programs for each home event and recruiting information for coaches and the department. Also produces a wide variety of other publications and printed material for the department, including banners, posters and graphics.
Coordinates the video efforts of the athletic department, which include videostreaming on the Garnet Sports Network and creating and editing video features and highlights. Recruits and trains students to work as videographers and producers for live-game broadcasts. Produces and edits video features and highlight packages using the appropriate software on a deadline. Shares video with the appropriate parties when requested (NCAA, Centennial Conference, news outlets).
Serves as the supervisor of the department’s social media efforts. Using social media to engage with the department’s key constituencies and using the appropriate platforms to promote the department and release information. Provides social media guidelines and education for teams, student-athletes and department staff. Keeps cognizant of new trends in social media and adjusts the department’s strategies accordingly
Reports required material – schedules, rosters and statistics – to the NCAA, ECAC, Centennial Conference, and others, as necessary.
Coordinates the nomination of Swarthmore student-athletes for conference and national awards (e.g. Academic All-American)
achievements, programs, and results.
Trains, schedules and oversees student staff of 50-70.
Masters degree preferred with at least two years’ experience in a college/university athletic communications office or related field of public relations.
Must have experience in desktop publishing, website maintenance, video editing, social media, statistical software and a general knowledge of the function and operations of an intercollegiate athletics program.
Position requires the individual to have excellent communication skills, and the ability to relate well with a variety of people and circumstances.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://careers.swarthmore.edu/cw/en-us/job/
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.