Associate Director, Communication Services

Tucson, AZ
Jun 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Administration and Athletics

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The purpose of this position is to assist in the operation of the University’s athletics communication services operations, both internally and externally. The successful candidate will produce journalistic materials for information dissemination, prepare and edit public information through various news media, publications, social media and Internet strategies, and manage media-related services at athletics events. Applicants should have proven ability to work independently and in concert with colleagues and numerous publics. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, positive in demeanor, and be able to manage a demanding work schedule that includes nights, weekends and holidays, including travel with teams in a communication services capacity.

The University’s strength in undergraduate education and scientific research is paralleled by its excellence on the playing fields, courts and other venues of its 21-sport Intercollegiate Athletics Programs. The Arizona Wildcats compete in the tradition-rich Pac-12 Conference, “The Conference of Champions.” For a more comprehensive view of what makes working in our department unique, please visit our website at:

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Handle daily communication and media-services responsibilities for the UA’s football program, working directly with coaches and student-athletes to produce positive coverage
  • Work with the communication services director and other full-time and student staff in year-round service of a 21-sport athletics department and its information and media constituencies
  • Work with local, regional and national media to provide information services
    Use creative, innovative approach to generate positive promotion of sport programs
  • Work with coaching staffs and department promo team to create publicity plans to reach various audiences through social media and website
  • Utilize advanced photo editing skills for graphical use on website, social media and in publications
  • Coordinate with video department to schedule and produce multimedia materials
  • Maintain archival and records systems
  • Write and edit daily, weekly and annual releases, feature stories and publications
  • Develop ideas, write and post material to Arizona’s official website,
  • Staff events in media-services capacity, while coordinating duties of support staff
  • Operate computers in word processing, desktop publishing, statistical software and Internet applications
  • Respond to written and phone queries from media and others by providing materials, statistics, photos, and allied information
  • Assist or direct media operations at league and National Championship events hosted by the University
  • Must have a working knowledge of Stat Crew and its various programs
  • File game reports/statistical summaries to specific or requested news outlets, conference and NCAA offices
  • Assist in daily management of communication services office as assigned by director
  • Help the director maintain compliance with ICA, University, Pac-12 Conference and NCAA guidelines and policies
  • Make decisions which impact the public relations image of the Athletics department and the University
  • Help the director make decisions which affect the annual budget of the communication services office
  • Perform all pertinent duties defined by job description and any other duties as assigned by the Athletics Director or designee
  • Assist the Director with direct oversight of student intern who acts as the office’s primary contact for Arizona’s Gymnastics program
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task with frequent interruptions
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented, and has a positive demeanor
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary
  • Proficient technology & software skills including Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, Photoshop
  • Exceptional interpersonal communications skills including demonstrated writing experience
  • Dedication and motivation to initiate, lead and support value-added projects
  • Knowledge of NCAA, Pac-12, and University of Arizona rules and compliance as they pertain to publicity and promotional efforts
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to plan, establish priorities and successfully manage multiple priority projects
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive interpersonal relations
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment to handle sensitive and confidential information/material with discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all organizational levels, and project a positive, professional attitude

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of experience in athletic communications/media relations at a NCAA institution or professional team, or professional media/public relations experience outside of sports
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a primary or secondary contact for a NCAA Division I football program
  • Previous experience with SIDEARM Sports content management, and/or HTML
  • Previous experience with Photoshop, InDesign and other desktop publishing programs



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:

40, including some nights and weekends

Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:


Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Athletics Admin

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Matt Ensor

[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please submit Resume, Cover Letter, and the answers to the following questions as the Additional Document. Thank You.

1. Describe your knowledge of NCAA and Pac-12 Conference rules and regulations relating to academics, satisfactory progress, and eligibility.2. Please list below any experience you have had since 2015 with high school or college student-athletes. This includes working or volunteering in any capacity with a high school, AAU, sports club, junior college or 4-year institution student-athlete, athletics team or department.3. Applicants for this position are subject to the following NCAA Bylaws 11.4.2,,, 11.4.3,,, 11.4.4,, and You may be asked about these Bylaws in an interview, and you may be asked to sign a future affirmation confirming the same prior to or upon your employment by The University of Arizona, if you are selected for employment. Do you understand that by submitting your application for employment you are affirming that you have read these Bylaws, and that such Bylaws would not preclude your employment by The University of Arizona?4. Are you the parent, coach, relative or guardian of a prospective student-athlete (i.e., student in 9-12 grade or 7–12 grade for men’s basketball or junior college student) in the sport of men’s basketball, women’s basketball or football or have any other type of association with any prospective student-athlete in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball or football? If yes, please explain.5. Is your potential employment within the athletic department conditioned upon the enrollment of any prospective student-athlete (i.e., student in 9-12 grade, 7-12 grade for men's basketball or junior college) in the sport of men's basketball, women's basketball or football? If Yes, please explain.6. Do you understand that failure to disclose any information related to your affiliation with a prospective student-athlete (student in 9-12 grade, 7-12 grade for men's basketball or junior college) in the sports of football, men's basketball or women's basketball might render your application ineligible for consideration?

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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