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Manager, Athletic Communications

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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Manager, Athletic Communications

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Full Time


Communications Division




The Manager for Athletics Communications is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of communications on behalf of the Division of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA), including the University’s 25 Division I varsity athletics programs. These duties include, but are not limited to, social media and web content, media relations, overall strategic communication efforts, and supporting marketing, fan engagement, and ticket sales and operations. The position reports to the Director, Athletics Communications in the Office of University Communications. This position works closely with members of the Colgate athletics department.


Communications Planning and Strategy


Assist with developing and implementing the athletics department strategic communications plan, including internal and external communications, and annual review.
Manage athletics department social media and website strategy to increase engagement across a variety of platforms.
Lead digital communications strategy and execution for physical education/recreation, athletics academic support, student-athlete development, and the Athletics DEI Committee.
Ensure all PERA communications strategies and tactics operate within the broader context of Colgate’s universitywide communications strategy.
Oversee project development from initial client concept meeting through launch or delivery.
Develop metrics, with reporting plan, for athletics communications initiatives, suggesting changes and redirection of strategies as needed.
Serve on related committees, task forces, and/or advisory groups as needed.


Content Creation and Production


Research, interview, write, and edit high-quality, error-free copy in line with Colgate’s editorial style. Curate and adapt content for designated communications channels.
Assist with editorial suggestions for University publications based on University and division priorities.
Coordinate with the communication team for creative design and execution of materials.

Curate and adapt content for designated communications channels.


Public Relations


Draft content to communicate with the media, fans, prospective students, and alumni.
Create effective marketing programs for NCAA Division I sports.
Generate stories and news media coverage, including content for digital platforms, and respond to media inquiries.

Facilitate contact between University and journalists in the national, international, and local/regional news media.

Write and edit media materials, including press releases, briefing documents, talking points, memoranda, and Q&As.


Communications Technology


Use relevant content creation systems and technologies across multiple platforms and media, including — but not limited to — social media and e-mail.
In collaboration with SIDs, assist with maintenance of athletics website.
Remain current on trends, innovations, and best practices in athletics communications.
Use specific applications such as Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Basecamp, and social media applications.


Stakeholder Relations


Demonstrated ability of maintaining positive and effective relationships with key stakeholders, to include media outlets, vendors, coaches, student-athletes, alumni, local community, fans, parents, faculty and other University constituents.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

A minimum of 3–5 years experience in intercollegiate athletics, communications, project management, marketing, public relations, or journalism.
Ability to think strategically, aligning department objectives and strategic plans with the mission of the University and organizational goals.
Excellent writing, editing, publication, and project management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of digital communications best practices strongly preferred.
Experience with SideArm or Presto web platforms, NCAA LiveStats, Stat Crew, Automated Scorebook, and other statistical software is helpful.
Knowledge or experience in higher education is preferred.


Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or related field required.

Other Information:

Colgate University is committed to the principle of institutional control in administering its athletics program in a manner consistent with the NCAA, ECAC, and Patriot League rules. Each individual involved in the athletics division is obligated to maintain competency and knowledge of the rules, to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation, and to report any violation of NCAA, ECAC or Patriot League rules of which he or she is aware. Should a situation warrant further investigation, you have an affirmative obligation to cooperate full in the infractions process, including the investigation and adjudication of a case. The failure to do so can be grounds for your termination with cause.

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Work Schedule:

Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends.

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Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:


The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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