Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Position hours vary based on game and event schedules.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Athletics in the Division of Student Affairs.� The position is housed in the Athletic Complex on the Danforth Campus.
The Director for Athletic Communications is responsible for the planning and implementation of all phases of communications for varsity athletics and acts as the Sports Information liaison to the NCAA and the athletic conferences to which we belong. This individual works closely with the Associate Athletic Director and the senior leadership of Athletics to set strategic priorities related to athletic communications.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as primary contact for varsity sports teams: provide communications coverage to include attending home athletic events, traveling with teams during post season play (if applicable), keeping statistics, relaying competition results, and executing communications strategy related to printed and digital materials.
Develop the vision and provide management for the department's official website. Provide oversight and direction for the WashU Sports Network (approximately 125 events per year) including relationships with external vendors.
Assist Associate AD for External Relations to:
develop WashU Athletics social media and communications strategies, including planning and implementation of public relations initiatives and consistent branding, and
develop relationships with local, regional, and national media members to increase coverage of WashU Athletics.
Maintain close contact with athletic governing bodies (NCAA, UAA CCIW) as Athletic Communications liaison; monitor submission guidelines for national-level student-athlete awards nominations. Craft and submit nominations for student-athletes using up-to-date information from coaches. Design and write sport publications and graphics related to varsity sports.
Supervise and manage one full-time staff member; schedule and oversee work of broadcast team, photographers, and other athletic event-related staff or consultants; recruit, train, and supervise student assistant.
Manage athletics communications budget, covering related costs for all varsity competitions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Five years of experience related to intercollegiate athletics sports media relations or comparable work in a sports-related field.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
Master’s degree in sports administration and five years’ experience in collegiate athletics.
Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and video production.
Former student – athlete.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually and is commensurate with experience.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
WashU has a rich tradition of athletic achievement that began over 100 years ago and competes at the Division III level of the NCAA. WashU’s varsity sports portfolio contains 19 programs. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Women’s sports consist of basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. WashU’s primary conference affiliation is the University Athletic Association Conference (UAA) while football competes in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). With an alumni base spread throughout the country, the reach of WashU’s athletic programs continues to grow. Over the past year, WashU’s live-streaming viewership has increased by nearly 30%.
Washington University’s Athletic Complex has been fortunate to host numerous national championships, renown speakers, musical groups, and political events. Additionally, Francis Field, WashU’s signature outdoor facility, has a storied history as it served as the primary facility for the first Olympic Games in the Western Hemisphere. Another one of WashU’s premier athletic facilities is the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center, which opened its doors in October 2016. The state-of-the-art recreation center has become a highly sought-out destination with over 2,000 daily visitors and 83% of undergraduate students utilizing the space.
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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