Assistant Athletic Director - Strategic Communications
Sam Houston State University
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Internal Number: 33322
Occupational Category (Staff Positions Only): Professional
Hiring Salary: Monthly-Staff
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or related field. Two years experience in one or more of the following areas: sports, reporting, sports information work, sports news, data, general news, and information services. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.
Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:
Perform specialized professional journalistic and public relations in promoting and publicizing intercollegiate athletic programs at Sam Houston State University.
Primary Responsibilities (Staff Positions Only):
1. Media Liaison with local, area, and national media: prepare and distribute weekly news release to media on each of SHSU's varsity sports promoting upcoming events; game results to media after each SHSU athletic event; and, news releases to media about SHSU athletic department activities (i.e. hiring, schedules, promotional events). Supervise media interviews with SHSU coaches and athletes. 2. Compile, edit, and disseminate statistics for SHSU varsity sports: Prepare weekly statistical reports for each team for coaches and media. Report statistics to Conference and NCAA for regional and national statistics compilations. 3. Coordinate Sam Houston State Athletic website: Update website for intercollegiate sports on daily basis with goal of having up to date results and statistics on the web within 24 hours after event. Coordinate with coaches and SHSU athletic staff to keep schedule information on website current. 4. Prepare athletic department publications: write and edit yearly brochures for Bearkat sports programs. Edit Sam Houston State athletic event game program. Work with Bearkat Partners to coordinate Corporate Sponsors ads in publications. Coordinate annual Bearkat Partners fund raising materials. 5. Athletic Marketing: assist with overall athletic department marketing effort, arranging for advertisements on television, radio, and newspapers. Coordinate with media to publicize specific athletic promotions. Work with athletic team in planning of annual marketing strategies. 6. Athletic game management: coordinate press box and press row at all SHSU athletic home events. Coordinate staffing of jobs at home events such as public address, scorer, stats, etc. Write public address announcements for home events. Produce game management timing schedules for home events. Performs other related duties as assigned.
About Sam Houston State University
For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service," resonates among its 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond its historical roots through research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.
SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students. With over 90 bachelor degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional; first generation; international; or online.
Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In fact, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a "Community Engaged Campus" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. This honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges th...e university's significant commitment to service.
Sam Houston State University has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging, although just an hour drive north of Houston.
SHSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an "at will" employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215. SHSU is committed to promoting a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. The University acknowledges and values our responsibility to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and community recognize the benefits of collaboration and mutual respect through diverse identities and experiences.
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