The Director of Digital Media (DODM) is responsible to the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and Media Services for all duties associated with the planning and implementing of the Athletic Department’s communication plan in accordance with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Horizon League, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines. The DODM is responsible for the planning and creation of video content for use on NKUNorse.com and Norse Athletics’ social channels. Maintaining timely contacts through news releases, the reporting of game results and accommodating the media requests are essential for the position. The DODM will also coordinate media coverage for at least one sport program. Travel may be necessary dependent on video content creation needs and sports coverage responsibilities. The DODM is responsible for Athletics publications, maintaining departmental statistics, writing game stories, and working closely with a team of four to provide extensive coverage of 17 sports programs. The DODM will communicate effectively with campus marketing and communications to promote the University’s Athletics programs. The DODM assists the Assistant AD for Communications and Media Services in development of programming, promotional activities, public relations, and support services.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Create and edit video content for the athletic department, distributing the content via NKUNorse.com, Northern Kentucky Athletics’ social media channels and through traditional media outlets.
• Coordinate with Horizon League as well as NKU’s IT/Media Services and the Department of Communication’s Electronic Media and Broadcasting program on the production of 60-70 broadcasts annually.
• Assist in coordination of Horizon League events, banquet and celebration programs (fall gala, The Victors, etc.), Hall of Fame programs, and sports schedules by providing and/or arranging video support, including, but not limited to, video content for each program/event, interviews, highlights/recaps, etc.
• Full communication support for one or more sports programs.
• Maintain regular contact with print and electronic media providing player profiles, statistics, coaches’ biographies, historical facts, opponent information and Horizon League and NCAA information.
• Work closely with department’s development and marketing, ticketing and promotions staffs.
• Write full-length stories/game recaps for distribution to media outlets.
• Assist in maintaining website content.
• Supervise student employees and keep in contact with off-campus personnel to work home athletic events.
• Develop a positive relationship with all media contacts and provide services to radio/TV personalities when assigned. Also edit the content and provide editorial support for other sports.
• Comply with NKU, Horizon League and NCAA regulations.
Minimum Qualifications: Two (2) years of experience with video content creation, preferably (but not required) in an athletics-related field. Must have a Bachelor’s degree. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Premiere and After Effects. Position requires considerable initiative, creativity and independence. Evidence of strong communication skills.
Desired Qualifications: Three (3) or more years of experience with video content creation, preferably (but not required) in an athletics-related field. Master’s degree. Experience in live broadcast production.
Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.
About Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of approximately 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU has become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. In fall 2018, we celebrated the construction and opening of the $105 million Health Innovation Center (HIC), home of NKU’s College of Health Professionals and the Institute for Health Innovation. St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. In 2008, we opened the BB&T Arena, a $60 million, 9,400-seat arena for basketball games and other events, as well as our $37 million, 144,000-square-foot student union building.
The 2016-17 academic year marked the first season NKU was eligible for participation in NCAA Championships after reclassifying to Division I. The Norse qualified for th...e NCAA Women's Soccer Championship and NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 2016-17. The Men's Basketball team won the 2017-18 regular season Horizon League Championship and participated in the post-season NIT. The Men's Basketball team won the 2018-19 regular season Horizon League Championship and participated in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.