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Associate Director, Communications, Athletics

Kennesaw State University

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Associate Director, Communications, Athletics

Job ID: 229835
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Summary
Provides various constituencies information about the various intercollegiate athletic teams at Kennesaw State University. Manages assigned staff and communications internship programs. Coordinates assigned athletics focused communications through a variety of media and electronic sources.


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Serves as the primary communications contact for assigned sports programs

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Writes and disseminates news and feature stories on assigned athletic programs, events, student-athletes and coaches
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Identifies, implements and maintains online and social media presence to ensure department goals and strategies are met and to maximize exposure and increase following

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Generates feature content, video and other unique coverage for, the official website of Kennesaw Athletics

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Maintains website content for assigned athletic department units

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Records statistics for assigned games or athletics teams

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Utilizes social media as a method of engaging with fans, promoting student-athlete accomplishments and directing traffic to

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Produces online team record books, game notes and news releases

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Generates feature content, video and other unique coverage for, the official website of Kennesaw Athletics

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Responds to media requests timely and accurately providing information according to established guidelines

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Provides staff for home and selected away events

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Coordinates with appropriate staff members and coaches to nominate student-athletes for academic and athletic honors, scholarships and awards

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Oversees student workers and other event support personnel

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Works with appropriate staff members and coaches to nominate student-athletes for academic and athletic honors, scholarships and awards

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Supervises the assigned staff

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Leads and supervises the Communications Internship Program

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Assists digital media department with graphic design projects

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Collaborates on strategies to advance the department's outreach, brand management and reputation building efforts

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Maintains social media department goals and strategies to maximize exposure and increase following

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in related field or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience

Required Experience
Three (3) years of relevant work experience in marketing, communications or related field

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Educational Qualifications
Degree in journalism, communications, Sport Management or related field Previous experience in athletics communications

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Able to work effectively while representing multiple causes and interests with diverse constituencies
Able to foster a cooperative environment
Demonstrated ability to organize and establish priorities
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Familiar with Statcrew and ability to keep statistics at athletics events
Familiar with web site creation and update using Sidearm
Knowledge of NCAA regulations as they pertain to donors and fundraising

Strong relationship-building skills with both internal and external constituents
Skill in writing proficiently on journalistic deadlines
Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, Windows and Mac operating systems, Adobe Suite, including Photoshop and Indesign)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Other Information
This is a supervisory position.
This position has financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is not considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
This position does not require security clearance.

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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