FLSA Status: Exempt Months Per Year: 12 Hours Per Week: 37.5
Position Description Seattle University is an independent, Catholic, Jesuit institution adjacent to downtown Seattle, and is seeking a dynamic and proven athletics department professional to serve as its Assistant Director of Communications.
Located on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle's most vibrant neighborhoods, Seattle University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and currently enrolls more than 7,400 graduate and undergraduate students within nine schools and colleges. Seattle University is among the most diverse independent universities in the West: 40 percent of its students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds and students come from 60 nations and all 50 states.
The university's athletic program fields 20 Division I intercollegiate teams (9 men's and 11 women's) and is comprised of more than 340 student athletes. The Redhawks, Seattle University's athletic teams, compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in all sports and have an excellent track record of achievement both on the field and court and in the classroom.
GENERAL PURPOSE The Assistant Director of Communications is an integral part of the Seattle University Athletics external team. This position will assist in developing, implementing and executing the team's comprehensive communications strategy and new media promotions program that will enhance Seattle University Athletics' exposure in local, regional and nation media, as well as in developing alumni support and promoting campus and community relations.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED Works under the general guidance and direction of the Associate AD for Strategic Communications.
RESPONSIBILITIES Serve as the primary media contact for assigned sports, including baseball and volleyball. Write, edit and distribute news/press releases including previews, recaps and features through online and print media, including local, regional and national media outlets (print and electronic).
Assist with the writing, editing and design of department collateral, with focus on assigned sports.
Oversee design and updating of the Athletic Department's website as it pertains to assigned sports as well as other assigned areas by the Associate AD for Strategic Communications.
Strategize and coordinate social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) communications for fan engagement and promotional purposes. Work closely with marketing, creative and video departments to utilize all digital media channels in promotion of Seattle U Athletics.
Coordinate and manage the functions of the scorer's table at home athletic contents including coordinating statisticians, announcers, timers, etc. Supervise game-day staff and work study students.
Report game results, statistics, student-athlete award nominations, coaches' award nominations and other pertinent information to conference offices, coaches associations and the NCAA.
Collaborate with external staff to ensure all digital and print collateral, and videoboard and in-game elements are visually and thematically consistent with departmental and university brand standards.
Assist in activation and fulfillment of sponsorship agreements as they pertain to the Athletic Department's website and social media channels.
Assist in the planning, coordination, communication and implementation of special events (i.e., Student-Athlete Wards Show, Student-Athlete Welcome Back, Meet the Redhawks).
Travel with various teams, serving as the Athletic Department's media relations/communications representative.
Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, marketing or related field with two years experience in athletic communications, or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), detailed background and high-level experience in creative software, specifically Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), have working knowledge of video editing software (Adobe Premier), proficient in Microsoft Office software, and experience with NCAA statistical software on PC based computer systems (StatCrew).
Must be able to work a flexible schedule; evenings and weekends are required.
Compliance with the rules and regulations of Seattle University, the NCAA, Western Athletic Conference and any other governing body of importance to the University.
All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision and values.
All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience working in Division I college athletics department. Experience with Titan Content Management tool (Neulion). Advanced skill in graphic design, social media strategy and/or video editing/production. Master's degree.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.
In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.
Application Instructions Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.