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SEC Assistant Director for Academic Relations

Southeastern Conference
Alabama, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 16, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics, Jobs Outside Academe, Educational Service Providers
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Full Time
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The Assistant Director for Academic Relations is responsible for content development and promotion of Southeastern Conference (SEC) programs and activities designed to highlight the full range of academic and intercollegiate athletic accomplishments and impact of SEC member universities. The Assistant Director for Academic Relations also manages the SEC’s academic social media platforms.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Develop and deploy the SEC’s daily academic social media and website plan, with both immediate and long-term strategies.
  • Consistent with the digital media plan, design a range of creative content for use on the SEC academic social media platforms, in leading industry publications and on the academic website ( Examples include creative built around rankings, awards, scholarships earned, grants received and key administrative appointments.
  • Design creative content to highlight the SEC's academic programs and activities, including the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, SEC College Tour, SEC Faculty Achievement Awards, SEC Faculty Travel Program, SEC MBA Case Competition and SEC Student Pitch Competition, among other efforts.
  • Design single and multi-page publications for various programs and events, such as the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program directory and the annual social and digital performance overview.
  • Foster relationships with SEC university social media strategists, including organizing and facilitating regular meetings of these individuals, and other campus communicators.
  • Gather and evaluate social media data, analytics and metrics to aid in decision-making and to measure growth.
  • Attend all applicable SEC academic programs and activities to provide real-time social media coverage, and to represent the SEC.
  • Write academic announcements and regular feature stories, sometimes on deadline, to be published on the SEC academic website.
  • Assist in maintaining a dynamic academic website by generating, identifying and uploading content and helping maximize promotional opportunities available on the website, such as rotating banners and individual university pages.
  • Consult with planning SEC universities to ensure proper use of the SEC logo and identity for graphic design, website, publication and printing purposes relative to applicable SEC programs and activities.
  • Attend SEC student-athlete engagement activities to provide real-time social media coverage and assist with related communications. Activities include the SEC Career Tour and the SEC Leadership Councils/Student-Athlete Advisory Council meetings.
  • If needed, coordinate the SEC Student Music Ensemble, which includes but is not limited to working with the identified university musical director and appropriate SEC staff regarding the annual student group that performs during the SEC Football Championship weekend.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Commissioner for Academic Relations.


The successful candidate should possess at least three years of professional experience in graphic design and social media management, with complementary experience in website management and communications, all preferably in higher education. The successful candidate will also have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study from an accredited college or university.


Required competencies include an advanced knowledge of graphic design and layout techniques, along with current social media trends and operations for a variety of platforms. Candidates should also possess a basic understanding of website content management. Additional competencies include exceptional oral and written communication skills and a proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite. Further, candidates should have the ability to organize and multi-task effectively. He or she will be expected to work independently and cooperatively in a fast-paced and inclusive environment; be a self-starter while showing initiative; and be willing to travel and work evenings, weekends, holidays and non-traditional hours.


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