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Director of Athletic Communications

Employer
Alfred University
Location
New York, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 3, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Student Affairs, Athletics, Executive, Executive Directors, Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Director of Athletic Communications oversees all external affairs for the Division of Athletics. The position reports to the Director of Athletics and is charged with the following duties and responsibilities at the Director’s discretion.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist the Director of Athletics in implementing the goals and strategies to support the University and Division’s strategic plan.
  • Gather and disseminate information to appropriate media, including press releases and/or feature stories for placement in local, regional and national media.
  • Serve as first contact for all media inquiries to Saxon student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
  • Oversee the Athletics Hall of Fame, including managing yearly meetings and overseeing the selection of new honorees and working with the Director of Athletics on the actual event.
  • Serve as an active member of the Saxon Nation Board of Directors and edit and prepare on a quarterly basis the Saxon Nation e-newsletter that is distributed to members.
  • Working with the Associate Athletic Director, assist with game management and hiring of essential personnel for athletic contests, including overseeing the video scoreboard for all games at Yunevich Stadium.
  • Coverage of athletic contests includes writing and distributing press releases to local media; reporting game results/statistics to appropriate agencies - NCAA, ECAC, Empire 8 Athletic Conference.
  • Write, edit and design athletics publications, including media guides, games programs (as needed) and recruiting brochures, working with the Department of Athletics and the Office of Admissions.
  • Attend athletic contests, keeping statistics and overseeing the press box at Merrill Field (assisting media representatives attending games).
  • Oversee editorial content of athletic program web pages, including updated press releases, team information, schedules and results.
  • Implement a “hometown” press release program for the athletics department, and assist with the “hometown” news release program for the general news operation.
  • Assists in training and supervision of graduate assistants and/or student writers.
Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or related field, Masters degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience working in public relations, news writing and/or editing, preferable in a collegiate athletics environment.
  • Excellent interviewing and writing skills.
  • Proficiency in all modern design programs and statistical software.
  • Experience with social media platforms and websites is expected.
Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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