The Associate Director of Athletic Communications will work with, and directly report to, the Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Communications in order to develop, implement, assess and evolve all aspects of the communications department – media and public relations, content creation, social media management and measurement - to promote the success of Northwestern Athletics & Recreation through all internal and external channels.
Please Note: Ability to work a non-traditional schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays. Some travel may be required. Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
Serve as a primary communications contact for Northwestern men’s basketball and at least one additional Wildcats team, overseeing media relations, public relations, crisis communications and image management support for all team personnel.
Develop publicity strategies for notable elements of assigned programs, pitch stories to local and national media, prepare interviewees, manage interview sessions.
Lead creative ideation for men’s basketball program in any group setting.
Provide on-site media management at all contests, home and away including, but not limited to, media credentialing, media and staff hospitality, pregame, in-game and postgame interviews.
Maintain accurate historical records for the Northwestern men’s basketball program, student-athletes and staff on NUSports.com.
Produce publications when appropriate.
Serve as editor-in-chief of NUSports.com, the official website of Northwestern Athletics, curating all content assembled in support of 19 varsity teams.
Ensure, with support of Athletics Communications staff, accuracy and timeliness of all sports information including schedules, statistics, and biographical information.
Liaison to Northwestern Sports Properties for banner ads and other digital entitlements.
Support NUDAR departments with website presence including, but not limited to, ticket sales and service, marketing, academics, NU For Life, sports medicine, development.
Recruit and manage a team of student writers to produce written content for NUSports.com.
Supervise 1-3 full-time Athletics Communications employees supporting other teams. Responsible for meeting regularly to establish goals and priorities, setting and meeting deadlines, and mentoring for professional development, as appropriate.
Serve as a leader in the External Relations department, responsible for collaboratively developing and executing ideas to support revenue generation and brand development.
Participate in other projects, attend department meetings and events as requested by the Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum 5 years of professional experience in communications, public relations, or relevant field.
Proven track record of results delivered in media & public relations, social media management and content creation & distribution.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent written skills and attention to detail required.
Mastery of Sidearm web content management system required.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Working knowledge of graphic design, photography and video production preferred.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively across all teams.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Ability to work in dynamic, fast-paced environment.
Ability to handle multiple tasks at once and meet deadlines.
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