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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: April 1, 2020
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics consists of more than 275 staff members and coaches and sponsors 30 varsity sports programs. These 30 programs include more than 850 student-athletes who participate in the various sports programs annually within the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).
The Cal Athletic Department is seeking to fill an Assistant Athletic Communications Director position with a highly motivated and team-oriented individual who will oversee publicity efforts for women's basketball and women's soccer, subject to change each year. Successful candidates must have the ability to be strong storytellers and produce quality communications content, including feature stories and news releases, for a variety of audiences and platforms (print, web, social media, video) consistent with department and university mission and goals. Persons in these positions will also develop and implement annual media plans; manage sport-specific social media accounts; arrange and conduct interviews; develop and maintain strong working relationships with local and national media; maintain and compile records and statistics; act as team historian; facilitate requests from media, such as for news stories, features and live broadcasts; and handle other duties as assigned.
Providing day-to-day operational support in the Cal Athletics Communications office.
Responsible for specific programs/teams, as assigned.
Produce feature stories on student-athletes for CalBears.com, the Cal Sports Quarterly magazine, and other media.
Manage team-specific social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Write game recaps and other news releases for assigned teams.
Help produce video content featuring on Cal student-athletes.
Support live television broadcasts.
Assist with publication of information guides and game programs.
Staff and provide gameday coverage for sports as needed throughout the year.
Maintain and research historical records.
Coordinate and manage media interviews as assigned.
Previous experience in athletic communications/media relations (preferably at the Division I level and in a Power 5 conference).
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
Familiarity with appropriate software (Microsoft Word, Adobe Creative Suite, LiveStats).
Understanding of the strategic use of social media related to promoting teams and Intercollegiate Athletics.
Working knowledge of concepts and principles of news, media communications, and media relations.
Previous experience using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to provide social media coverage for an athletics team.
Must be flexible to travel with assigned teams as required and work non-traditional hours.
Must maintain current knowledge of applicable rules and standards of the Pac-12 Conference, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), as well as have the ability to learn other associations and agencies to which the Berkeley campus of the University of California adheres, and, at all times avoid any and all violations of these rules and standards.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
Minimum of three years previous experience working in athletic media relations office.
Working knowledge of or ability to learn the campus and Intercollegiate Athletics, including achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs and infrastructure.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time, Career position.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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