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Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
Closing date
Jun 21, 2021

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Position Information: DescriptionThe University of North Dakota Department of Athletics is currently recruiting for an Assistant Athletic Director for Communications.  The primary function of the Assistant Athletic Director of Communications is to assist in facilitating UND Athletics’ external operations mission of providing service and content by engaging fans, media, and recruits to positively impact The University of North Dakota, while generating revenue and interest for our programs.  This position serves as the department head for athletic department communications and serves as the point of contact with the website. This position serves as the primary communications for football and/or men’s basketball & additional sports. This position will use discretion and independent judgement. This position will use creative license to formulate, affect, and implement operating practices related to assigned sports.  Invention, Imagination, originality, and talent must be exercised by the employee on a daily basis.

The purpose of UND Athletics is to initiate, stimulate, and improve the athletics program for student-athletes to promote and develop their education, leadership, physical fitness, athletic excellence, and provide opportunities for participation in a sport of choice. Its competitive athletics program is designed to be a vital part of the University of North Dakota’s education system by stressing the importance of each student-athlete being and active part of the student body while making satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree.

Duties & Responsibilities
    Lead and direct the University of North Dakota Athletic Communication Office by training, hiring, supervising, and evaluating communication staff of full-time employees and student interns.Provide public relations strategy at the request of the Director of Athletics and/or the Associate AD for External Operations. Lead all aspects of website including, but not limited to, vigorously updating with accurate and timely information, judicious communication with website host & serve as point of contact for staff and coaches for website matters.Assist in executing content creation including, but not limited to, social media, website information such as bios pictures, schedules, production of game notes, game day programs, press releases, game story, post-game content & pre/post season media guides.Serve as communications contact for Football program and/or Men’s Basketball Program, and additional sport (TBD).Lead athletic department projects that aren’t sport related as requested by Director of Athletics and/or Associate AD for External Operations. Arrange and respond to media requests for coaches and student-athletes in a timely fashion.Direct press conferences including placement of media backdrops.Update archives for program.Manage press area before, during and after program’s home competitions including leading student-interns and stat crew.Build positive relationships with local and regional media members.Direct and assign photographers, as necessary.Award nominations submitted in timely fashion.Responsible for all communications functions including press releases, stat crew, archives, media advisories, website accuracy/timeliness.Oversee communications department budget.Other duties as assigned by Associate AD for External Operations and/or Director of Athletics.
Required Competencies
    Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including speaking, writing, and editing.  Excellent organizational and computer skills.Must have effective professional working relationship with student-athletes, staff, administration, alumni, and general public.Strong familiarity with sports and willingness to work long and unconventional hours.Must have commitment to NCAA compliance and follow all NCAA, conference and UND rules and regulations.Must provide support and encouragement and ensure the safety and well-being of the student-athletes including having a valid driver’s license.
Minimum Requirements
    Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related fieldFive years of full-time work experience in communications, journalism, or related fieldTwo years of full-time work experience managing a company websiteValid Driver's LicenseSuccessful completion of a criminal history background check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications
    Five years of full-time work experience in communications, public relations, or related field at a professional athletic or intercollegiate athletic entityFull-time work experience at an NCAA Division I athletic departmentTwo years of experience supervising full-time employeesExperience supervising studentsExperience working with SIDEARM websitesExperience producing graphicsExperience producing videos
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position ClassificationStarting Salary of $55,000 Annual, Full-time, Benefitted

Work Schedule/Start DateRegular Work Schedule; attendance at athletic activities will require working nights & weekends to attend athletic events, and some travel will be required to attend away team competitions.  Anticipated start date will be no earlier than 7/1/2021.

BenefitsIncludes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To ApplyFor full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58201.

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