Director of Athletic Communications

May 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: At the University of Chicago, the philosophy of the intercollegiate athletic program directly supports the College's commitment to excellence. Intercollegiate athletics are considered a component of a liberal education, complementary to its central academic mission. A diverse, challenging athletic program supplements the rigorous academic curriculum. The lessons learned through athletic endeavors represent an invaluable part of the nonacademic aspects of a balanced education. The primary focus of the intercollegiate athletic program is the student athlete. The goal is a positive educational experience. Participation in the intercollegiate athletic program should enhance an individual's personal, educational, and social development. Achieving this goal is based on a commitment to excellence. The Department maintains an environment that supports the student athletes' commitment to achieving their full potential. The arena in which this occurs is the competitive environment. The preparation for, and participation in, intercollegiate athletic competition creates a focal point for learning and provides valuable feedback on the progress of development. In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago, in admissions, employment, and access to programs, considers students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law.

Unit Job Summary: Reporting to the Director of Athletics and Recreation, the Director of Athletic Communications will support the overall mission and vision of the University of Chicago and the Department of Athletics and Recreation by serving two main roles. The first to provide leadership and execution of departmental communications in promoting 20 varsity sports and all services of Athletics & Recreation. The second is in collaboration with the Sports Information Director, perform statistical and game management responsibilities and write applicable stories. Adhere to NCAA, UAA, Midwest Conference, and CCIW rules and regulations.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required (journalism, public relations, communications, or other relevant major preferred).

Unit Experience: Minimum of two years of significant and relevant communications experience required. Excellent communication and organizational skills required. Writing experience required with knowledge of AP Style preferred. Proficiency in video editing required (e.g. Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Avid, iMovie). Experience using statistical programs strongly preferred (Statcrew in-game software). Graphic design expertise preferred (Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator).

Unit Job Function Competencies: 1. Provide leadership in athletic communications: - Write pre- and post-season stories for multiple teams. - Write pre- and post-contest stories for multiple teams. - Write special feature stories and other writing assignments as needed. - Oversee website presentation and maintenance. - Produce original video content for website and events. - Manage event video streaming. - Manage social media presence. - Create press releases and special promotional materials. - Prepare and submit nominations of student-athletes for conference, regional, and national recognition awards. - Produce publications (electronic newsletters, media guides, brochures, etc.) as needed. 2. Perform sports information responsibilities for assigned teams/contests: - Perform in-game statistical operations. - Oversee live stats and live video streaming. - Record/report statistical information. - Manage the assigned work crew in respective event day functions. - Assist with photography selection and editing. 3. Collaborate with campus partners including: University Communications, News Office, Office of the Dean of the College, Office of the Dean of Students in the College, Alumni Relations & Development, Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, and other departments within Campus & Student Life. 4. Other duties as assigned.

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