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Director of Strategic Sports Communications - Union College (Ky.)
Union College (Ky.)
Location: Barbourville, Kentucky
Type: Full Time
Characteristics of Job:
The Director of Sports Communications will be responsible for all aspects of media and sports information relating to the college’s 23 intercollegiate sports programs. The Director, which reports directly to the Director of Athletics and the Director of College Communications, will work in collaboration with the coaching staff and the Director of Athletics to develop programs and facilitate activities that will promote both the student-athletes and the sports programs at Union College within the philosophy and guidelines set forth by Union College, the NAIA, the Mid-South Conference, and the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintain knowledge and rules of the NAIA as it relates to Sports Communications.
Coordinate the development and implementation of a proactive media outreach program to print, television, radio, social media and the Union College Department of Athletics website in order to publicize and promote the Union College Department of Athletics, its programs, staff and student-athletes.
Prepare media releases to communicate with the public news and information about the college’s athletic programs and teams.
Work proactively with media to encourage coverage of college athletic events and programs.
Serve as the public relations agent for the Department of Athletics in developing positive relations with media representatives from the electronic and print media.
Oversee production of any publications and game-day materials for all athletic programs and events.
Oversee management of the press box and scorer’s table at various on-campus athletic events, or assign coverage for these events to others in the Department as needed.
Update and maintain all areas of the Department of Athletics website and team pages.
Work with the Director of Athletics on all publications and staffing, as needed, for The U Club and other fundraising events hosted by Union College Athletics.
Keep, report and maintain statistics for all Union College Athletic programs under the guidelines set forth by the NAIA, the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Mid-South Conference.
Work in conjunction with the Director of Athletics, the Director of Sports Broadcasting and the Director of Game Operations to ensure all workers are assigned to cover game responsibilities relating to Sports Communications, game operations and Broadcasting for the college’s 23 athletic programs. This includes statistics, public address announcer, music, scoreboard, broadcasting and live streaming, and other functions as needed.
Oversee departmental budget for Sports Communications to ensure meeting assigned budget goals.
Be actively involved in Sports Communications at both the conference and national levels.
Coordinate special athletic events such as U Club, Hall of Fame, Teams of Distinction, etc.
Take or assign staff to take sports photographs when necessary.
Supervise the Sports Communications staff, to include hiring assistants and interns, training the staff, and delegating various duties within the Sports Communications area.
Supply athletics information for Board of Trustee’s reports and U Club functions throughout the year and other needs as assigned.
Travel, as necessary, to cover Union College athletic events.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university required, Master’s degree preferred.
Valid Driver’s License
Position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Position requires excellent computer skills in addition to a strong knowledge of use of social media.
Position requires excellent critical thinking skills in order to ascertain needs and develop programs and strategies to enhance the Sports Communications area.
Previous demonstrated experience in the field of athletic communications, College level experience preferred.
A strong commitment to the student-athlete concept and a working knowledge of NAIA rules and regulations is required.
Previous experience working with game statistics in a variety of sports is preferred.
Previous experience in dealing with the media on the local, regional and national levels is required.
Competent photographic skills are required.
Background check required
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and list of references with phone numbers to:
Tim Curry Executive Director of Athletics Union College, 310 College Street CPO Box D-22 Barbourville, KY 40906.
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