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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati puts education into action, ranking among the nation's best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls "the most ambitious campus design program in the country."
With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC's momentum has never been stronger. UC's annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion.
At UC, today's possibilities spark tomorrow's reality.
About the Department
The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with the vision to reach Next Level Success for all 18 varsity teams and more than 500 student-athletes. The Bearcats have a proud athletics history, winning eight national championships and 117 conference titles. The Cincinnati men's basketball team is among the 15 winningest programs all-time, while the football team became the first American Athletic Conference program to compete in the College Football Playoff in 2021.
Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Jordan Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Major League Baseball legend Sandy Koufax are among the several luminaries who have competed as Bearcats.
UC student-athletes collectively posted a 3.387 overall GPA in the fall of 2021 with 78 percent earning spots on the Honor Roll.
Under the leadership of Director of Athletics John Cunningham, and supported by more than 150 full-time staff members, UC Athletics' mission is to connect our community, enhance our University and impact the lives of student-athletes as they prepare to change the world on and off the field.
For more information visit gobearcats.com.
The successful candidate will be expected to provide information to external and internal public via news and other media to positively influence the perceptions and narratives of the sports assigned to them in support of advancing the goals and objectives of the department and athletic programs and while following University of Cincinnati and departmental policies, NCAA Division I, and Conference bylaws and regulations.
Serve as the primary communications contact for multiple sports.
Proactively pursue new, creative and innovative methods for enhancing the programs' brand and media presence, including continued awareness of trends in visual communications, emerging media, earned media, social media and digital technologies. This is including, but not limited to, creating feature stories, hype videos, highlights and graphic design that tell the Bearcats story across the department with a focus on assigned sports.
Responsible for creating editorial content for online and social media platforms, specifically gobearcats.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms for assigned sports, including but not limited to media guides, news releases, game notes, feature stories, videos and graphics.
Contribute, plan and execute public relations initiatives for assigned sports and department as a whole. This includes facilitating program interview and media requests with local, regional, national and niche media and social media influencers along with developing feature coverage for internal digital platforms.
Direct game coverage for assigned sports and assist in game and practice coverage for additional and secondary sports.
Supervising statistical crews and managing live scoring for home events for assigned sports.
Nominate student-athletes and coaches for conference and national awards.
Maintenance of current and historical team information (news, rosters, statistics, records, photos, videos) in assigned sports.
Bachelor's Degree must be in English, mass communications or related field.
Five (5) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.
One (1) year of experience in professional writing/editing/broadcasting/public relations.
Additional Qualifications Considered
Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, social media execution, Statcrew and NCAA Live Stats.
Experience mentoring and leading student interns.
Self-motivated and proactive and ready to work as part of a small team.
The ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure.
Good interpersonal, organizational and planning skills.
Attention to detail.
A willingness to work outside normal business hours and travel with teams.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.
Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.
Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.
HISTORY IN BRIEF - The University of Cincinnati is a public urban serving research institution that was founded in 1819 and today is one of the country’s largest universities offering more than 350 academic programs to more than 44,000 students. UC has many top ranked programs in areas such as Music and Arts, Medical and Human-Services, Criminal Justice and more. Located in an urban setting, UC is close to the heart of Cincinnati and allows easy access for students to enjoy all that the city offers. UC is also the alma mater of many notables such as President William Howard Taft; Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine; Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Mary Weinberg, 2008 Olympic gold medalist. UC is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission and is ranked as one of America’s top 35 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. UC jumped 17 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in the past two years alone. In addition to being named a “green university” by Princeton Review, UC has been named one of the world’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes and Delta Sky magazines. Learn more at www.uc.edu.MISSIO...N STATEMENT - The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research. We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish. Through scholarship, service, partnerships, and leadership, we create opportunity, develop educated and engaged citizens, enhance the economy and enrich our University, city, state and global community.
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