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The University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications Office is accepting applications for the position of associate director or assistant director. This is a full-time, 12-month renewable position with full University benefits. The successful applicant will be responsible for helping the department with coverage and publicity of the university's 21-sport varsity athletics program.
Responsibilities: Serve as the primary communications contact for Oklahoma volleyball and an OU women’s gymnastics program that has won five of the last eight NCAA titles, and serve as local media coordinator for the Women’s College World Series, played annually in Oklahoma City in early June. Will also serve in a supervisory role with full-time interns and student assistants. Create unique written content, features and releases, oversee/execute website and social media content, design media guides, compile statistics, arrange media interviews, conduct interviews, travel to select away events, etc. Will assist in all aspects of office activity and in coverage of other sports, including football, and events as required.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or related field and minimum of two years of experience in collegiate/professional athletics communications.
Requirements: A strong graphic design background. Candidates must also possess effective writing, editing, computer, organizational, interpersonal, oral communication and mentoring skills. Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and NCAA LiveStats software. A demonstrated ability to think creatively and engage a variety of stakeholders, particularly students and other on-campus groups. Able to work in a fast-paced environment that includes night and weekend hours.
Departmental Preferences: Knowledge of and experience with volleyball and gymnastics. Daily experience working with coaching staffs and administrators. Knowledge of NCAA rules and compliance issues as they pertain to publicity and promotional efforts. Digital photography experience a plus.
Salary: Competitive base salary commensurate with experience and full University benefits package.
Application and Work Samples: Interested candidates should apply for this position on the OU Human Resources site at: https://bit.ly/OUAthComm22. Please email samples of game/meet notes, news releases, feature stories and graphics to Mike Houck, Assistant AD for Strategic Communications (email@example.com). Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Oklahoma Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 varsity sports programs (nearly 600 student-athletes) that compete at the NCAA Division I level and as members of the Big 12 Conference, except for men's gymnastics, which belongs to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. By developing leaders and inspiring champions, our mission is to create Sooner MAGIC; the department's core values are Masterful, Accountable, Gracious, Inclusive and Competitive. OU's athletics programs have combined for 40 all-time NCAA team championships, with 21 of those coming under 24th-year Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione and with 14 earned since the start of the 2012-13 academic year. Men's gymnastics paces the university's sports programs with 12 national team titles and is followed by football (7), wrestling (7), women's gymnastics (5), softball (5), baseball (2) and men's golf (2). The sport of football has produced a nation-leading 50 all-time conference championships and is tied for the all-time lead with seven Heisman Trophy winners and five No. 1 overall NFL Draft picks. OU student-athletes have won 13 male or female Big 12 Athlete of the Year honors in the league'...s first 24 years, including nine such accolades over the last eight years. Living up to its Inspiring Champions Today, Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow mantra, OU Athletics also boasts a track record of excellence outside of athletics competition. Student-athletes have registered a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher each of the last 20 semesters, including a department-record 3.19 figure during both the spring 2021 and fall 2021 terms. OU is located in Norman, which is Oklahoma's third-largest city with a population of more than 120,000, in the heart of the state. It is a 20-minute drive from Oklahoma City, the state capital.
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