Director of Strategic Communications | University of Maryland

Details

Posted: 15-Mar-22

Location: College Park, Maryland

Type: Full-time

Required Education: 4 Year Degree

Categories:

Operations

Operations – Sports Information

Sector:

Collegiate Sports

Internal Number: 115043

The Director of Strategic Communications is responsible for serving as the sports information director and spokesperson for the University of Maryland men’s basketball program and other assigned programs.

Will work directly with the Director of Athletics, the Strategic Communications Officer, the Men’s Basketball program and other members of leadership to provide key message points and preparatory responses in their daily briefings with the media;

Responsible for fostering strong relationships both on and off campus with local and national media, staff, coaches and other external organizations. Cultivate media coverage for the men’s basketball team and other assigned programs through different mediums locally, nationally and internationally, Respond to and manage media requests, interviews, news conferences and photo sessions;

Enhance the men basketball team’s social media presence and digital storytelling in collaboration with the Department’s staff focused on social, digital and content creation.

Strategically position Maryland Athletics by developing and writing positive profiles, both in news and feature form, on the athletic teams, student-athletes and coaches in external and internal media written, video, social media, graphics or other innovative formats in collaboration with team members of the external unit.

Prepare game notes and press release to ensure effective coverage and proper NCAA and Conference reporting; Maintain historical records, statistics and photographs among other important department information;

A team player, the Director of Strategic Communications will collaborate with other units to ensure consistency and cohesion in messaging and communication, Will diligently promote, enhance and protect the brand reputation and overall mission of the Athletics department, men’s basketball program and other assigned sports;

Provide event coverage and game-day management functions. Responsible for press box and media game management, credential process, sport & fan correspondence and coordinating all media interviews for assigned sports;

Serve as the liaison to the Big Ten Network, ESPN, CBS and other national television networks for live shots and all requests pertaining to the Head Men’s Basketball Coach and the Maryland Men’s Basketball program.

Supervise an Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, a Communications Assistant and other gameday and student assistants as assigned, overseeing their work promoting their assigned sports through the media, on umterps.com and through social media channels. The Director of Strategic Communications will also ensure events are properly staffed, records and bio information are current, and stats are provided in a timely manner, and perform other related duties as assigned.

To Apply: Submit applications electronically at https://ejobs.umd.edu. Search for position number 115043. For best consideration, applications should include (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) names and contact information of at least three references. More information on Maryland Athletics can be found at www.umterps.com.

Best Consideration Date: Apply by March 31, 2022.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or related field and 3-5 years of experience within a collegiate athletic environment or professional team is required. Must have professional experience in public relations, media relations, sports writing and copy editing, proofreading or demonstrated experience in a university sports information office or similar setting; Possess excellent writing skills and be a strong communicator; Must possess incredible attention to detail and be proficient in AP style; Ability to work under pressure to manage tight deadlines while juggling multiple projects in a dynamic environment; Must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, along with the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships; Strong knowledge in MS Office Suite, Google Applications, social media platforms, PhotoShop, InDesign, SIDEARM, in-game statistical software (Genius Sports/StatCrew) and demonstrated writing skills. The scope of the position requires the flexibility of schedule to work evenings and weekends (Non-standard work hours) and travel with athletic programs.

Demonstrated experience with a NCAA Division I basketball program is preferred.