Location: Charleston, West Virginia
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Operations – Marketing/Promotions
Operations – Sports Information
The Director for Athletic Communications manages all athletic communications and game-day operations for twenty athletic programs. The Director serves as the main point of contact for all sports media, oversees all digital media and broadcasts, captures official statistics for all squads, creates game recaps and stories, and designs and edits content for the www.ucgoldeneagles.com website. The Director of Athletic Communications is a full-time, twelve-month position.
- Direct and manage the Athletics department website and all social media platforms, with content types ranging from written materials, graphic design, and multimedia/video
- Directly responsible for all publicity efforts for the athletics program, including writing, editing, and distributing all press releases; social media management for multiple accounts across a variety of platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.); editing videos (season previews, game highlights, etc.); and the designing of game day programs, flyers, and branding materials
- Provide oversight of all in-house broadcasts, including managing the set-up, live production, and breakdown of webcast equipment
- Supervise game-day workers and volunteers who assist the University with scorekeeping, public address announcing, capturing statistics, operation of the timing console, shot clocks, music, etc.
- Facilitate all in-game operations of social media platforms and score reporting
- Responsible for communicating with and soliciting media for event coverage and feature stories on student-athletes, teams, and other department milestones and accomplishments
- Complete all MEC, regional, and national award applications to recognize coaches and student-athletes for twenty athletic teams
- Create game-day scripts for the broadcasters and announcers that include sponsor recognitions
- Travel with select squads to post-season NCAA Competitions
- Tabulate official statistics for soccer, football, volleyball, lacrosse, basketball, softball, and baseball utilizing the NCAA Genius or Statcrew programs
- Report game, match, and course times to the Mountain East Conference, EIVA, and the NCAA
- Update all team historical records and statistics annually on the ucgoldeneagles website
- Oversee roster and biography maintenance for student-athletes, coaches, and staff on the Department’s website
- Responsible for taking headshots, team photos, videos, and game day graphic pictures for all twenty sports programs
- Assume a leadership role in assisting the Department with enhancing the athletic image and brand
- Work collaboratively with the University’s marketing and communications office on all athletic-related news stories and events
Collaborate with senior leadership and the Sports Business Program to create a robust student intern program.
- Use discretion and professionalism in communicating details of University operations outside of the office, ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and security of all personal and financial student information
- Follow all policies related to FERPA, Title IX, Title VII, and HIPPA regulations
- Adhere to the policies and procedures set forth in the University’s Employee Handbook and the athletic Department’s Coach’s Manual
- Attend Athletic Department and University professional development sessions
- Follow the University’s business policies and approved practices related to travel, reimbursements, purchasing approvals, and the use of fleet vehicles or rental cars, etc.
- Seek out organizations that might provide insight and a networking resource for continued professional development
- Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies amongst the various athletic programs that UC sponsors
- Other duties as assigned by the Vice President and Director of Athletics
- Minimum of 3-5 years of prior experience in Athletics Communication at the Division II level preferred
- Bachelor’s Degree is required, and a Master’s Degree is preferred
- Individuals must possess strong communication skills and a thorough command of the English language (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.)
- Must have a working knowledge of several computer programs, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Statcrew, NCAA Genius Statistical Program, TouchPros Hall of Fame Programming, and Sidearm website technology
- Working knowledge of NCAA Rules and Regulations
- Required to travel, and the ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays
- Understanding and appreciation of the mission of college athletics
Application Information: Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified individual has been hired. Send all materials to Pam, O’Brien, the Administrative Assistant for the University of Charleston’s Athletics Department ([email protected]).