Assistant/Associate Director of Athletics Communications - Intercollegiate Athletics 13523
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Assistant/Associate Director of Athletics Communications. The incumbent will direct, plan and implement media relations and publicity for West Virginia University's intercollegiate athletic program. The Assistant/Associate Director will ensure the University and its athletic achievements are presented in a consistent and favorable way to a wide ranging audience in addition to performing duties related to providing a consistent and continuing public relations program for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, primarily by maintaining a readily accessible, accurate and useful news and information service. The incumbent will also direct the increase of exposure for the athletic program through the news media, social media and public.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Manage a readily accessible, accurate and useful news and information service with emphasis on women's basketball and other assigned sports. Direct the varsity sports programs; develop new avenues to promote the University's athletic teams, its student-athletes, coaches and staff; and work with the staff, coaches and student-athletes to enhance their interaction with the public and media (newspapers, radio, television, internet and social).
Direct with personal involvement the publicity and media relations efforts for women's basketball and other assigned sports. Duties include, but not limited to, media management, media guide preparation, news releases, compiling statistics which is distributed to national, regional and state media outlets; engage in media relations activities, game operations, result reporting, liaison to the conference office, feature writing, assist in production of videos, assist with arranging radio broadcasts both home and away, travel to away games and other special projects.
Coordinate with personal involvement the regional and national television coverage of assigned sports games during each season. Duties include meeting with announcers and producers, providing team and University information, research material and statistics on behalf of the University in preparation of a telecast that will reach thousands of households.
Supervise the publicity efforts for assigned varsity sports. Duties including personal oversight of brochure preparation, news releases, media relations activities, event operations, result reporting, compiling results and records, liaison to the conference office, feature writing, assist in production of videos, travel to away games and other special projects.
Assist with the publicity and media relations efforts and major projects related to football. Duties include media guide preparation, news releases, media relations activities, game operations, feature writing, travel to away games if requested and other special projects. Participate in weekly football operations meetings for all home games; compile and distribute gameday information to athletic department personnel, local media and fans. Travel to away football games as needed; compile in-game notes and assist in postgame interview sessions.
Serve as a primary media contact for varsity sports programs. Serve as staff liaison to sports teams.
Serve as a liaison to Mountaineer Athletic Club; write news releases promoting MAC events and edit informational and promotional material.
Generate ideas for social media uses including bi-weekly video features for assigned sports; maintain and update social media pages for assigned sports.
Coordinate, assign and critique the work of the graduate and student assistants as that work relates to the coverage of all varsity sports, with special emphasis on their individual work with the prioritized sports and special department projects. Monitor the work schedule of the graduate and student assistants, coordinate assignments from the sports information director as requested, delegate writing and other assignments as appropriate, edit brochure copy and coordinate and supervise game operations involving the student workers .
Write and edit copy as assigned for football, basketball and varsity sports media guides and game programs. Write copy and provide information to be included in weekly football release. Write and edit copy as requested for postseason publications and for other department publications as requested. Edit brochure copy and other material prepared by the student assistants. Other writing and editing duties for special publications and printed materials as assigned.
Assist with home game media operations for all sports, including recruiting workers, scheduling and maintaining payroll information, for varsity sports. Arrange for the training of statistical support for various sports as needed as part of event operation and result reporting. Assist with press box and media operations for football and men's basketball home events. Coordinate on-site championship events for varsity sports, serving as the liaison from the sports information staff.
Serve as a public relations representative with the staff, athletic teams, other schools, media, fans, alumni and general public. Assist with community relations programs involving the athletic department, both involving student-athletes in civic and campus projects and in introducing special groups to WVU athletics in general and by sport.
Coordinate and maintain all updates on historical data on all sports for recognition of current and former athletes. Answer requests as assigned for historical information. Provide copy as requested for annual record book.
Maintain and administrate the student-athlete awards/recognition programs within the department involving athletes from all sports, including nominations, selection, publicity and award preparation.
Execute responses to many of the requests for information on coaches, athletes and staff as assigned. Answer requests from other sports information offices in terms of questionnaires and special requests, especially those involving the prioritized sports.
Perform other job-related assignments as assigned by the Associate Athletics Director for Athletics Communications and/or Senior Associate Athletics Director for Athletics Communications.
Master's degree, preferably in English, journalism, communications, sports administration or similar field. Relevant experience may be substituted for a Master's degree education.
At least two (2) years of relevant experience in Sports Information, Athletic Communications or Sports Media Relations. Experience as a graduate assistant is acceptable.
Valid Driver's License
About WVU At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/.
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Nov 12, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 191706
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.