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Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
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Washington Athletics aims to inspire champions on the field and in the classroom. Operating with the four core values of growth mindset, committed service, humility and grit, the Huskies choose to lead by example. With over 650 student-athletes competing throughout UW's 22 sports programs, the department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to a leading-edge student-athlete experience, and offering student-athletes the ability to compete for NCAA and Pac-12 championships while working toward a degree from one of the world's leading public research universities.
Our Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications.
This position is a University spokesperson for assigned athletic sport programs and events and will serve as a media liaison between the athletic department and representatives of print, broadcast and online media.
Develop, plan and implement creative publicity efforts for assigned sport programs directed toward the media and general public. Create and edit various department communication materials, publications, press releases and other items. Create, develop and maintain sport-specific and general department content for the department's official athletic website. Manage, create and strategize content for department's social media properties.
Oversee game day media operations including the supervision of event staff such as statisticians, announcers, scorer's table personnel and television/radio assistants. Hire and supervise photographers for events and necessary photo shoots.
In coordination with departmental staff and the media, assist with production of broadcast audio and video features, highlights and live events for radio, television and Internet, as appropriate. Work with the Pac-12 Network to facilitate television and on-line broadcasts of events. Maintain historical records, statistics, news, and video archives for assigned sport programs.
Maintain positive, productive working relationships with coaches, administrators and communications staff. Direct the work of student employees and event-related staff and volunteers. Interview and assist in the selection of job candidates for event-related staff and volunteers; train and mentor student employees and volunteers.
This position will be responsible for independent decision-making in a crisis and other deadline-related situations. Responsible for managing multiple projects and situations; will be required to search for unique, new and innovative approaches to achieve position objectives; regularly responsible for timely responses to outside inquiries from the media and general public, particularly in deadline situations. Required to meet deadlines for publishing various print and web projects.
Responsible for managing the brand and perception of the University and its athletics programs through interaction with the media and general public. Support a diverse variety of functions in support of assigned and other sport programs as well as administrative units. Serve as a representative of the University to a variety of outside constituencies.
Compliance with the rules and regulations of the University, the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference, the State of Washington and any other governing body is of paramount importance to the University. The overall responsibility of this position is for the successful operation of the program in full compliance with all such rules and regulations. As a condition of employment, the Employee shall be required to participate in rules education programs offered by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Requirements: Limited Recruitment Open to UW Employees Only
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in English, journalism, communications or a related field, and at least two years of related experience in the sports communications field.
Demonstrated proficiency with personal computing and online publishing.
Ability to work independently with multiple deadline-driven projects.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends and some travel is required.
Knowledge of college athletics, successful experience with publicity support and relationships with media strongly preferred.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Conditions of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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