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Director of Athletics Communications

Employer
Hartwick College
Location
Oneonta, NY

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Date: May 13, 2022
Title: Director of Athletic Communications

Description:  The Director of Athletic Communications will perform a variety of necessary duties that support the promotion of our student-athletes, the athletic department, and Hartwick College.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall operation of the Sports Information office, including the internal and external department communications and ensuring compliance with all NCAA and conference policies and procedures related to sports information and statistical reporting.  This position supervises a full-time Assistant SID. 

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and ensure all requirements of the sports information department are complete and in compliance with NCAA, conference, college, and other external organization requirements. This includes ensuring that all written and prepared releases, game programs, feature stories, game recaps pertaining to Hartwick Athletics for dispersal to media outlets are performed for all varsity programs.
  • Ensure the athletic website (rosters, schedules, stats, releases, game recaps) and all social media outlets are current, promoting, and supportive of Hartwick athletics.
  • Manage all statistical reporting for NCAA and conference requirements, ensuring deadlines and compliance requirements are met.
  • Seek opportunities, collaborations, and ideas to promote the Hartwick athletic brand including the development and submission of nominations for department, conference and NCAA awards.
  • Maintain athletic files, historical data files and records.
  • Manage the nomination process and record keeping for the Athletic Hall of Fame.  Serve as a member of the HOF committee.
  • Write, review and approve game contracts for all sports between Hartwick and its opponents
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.

Expectations:

  • As a representative of the College, comport oneself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus.
  • Comply with all Federal, State, local, NCAA, Empire 8 Conference, College Department, regulations, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Serve and/or lead department, College, conference committees when needed.
  • Be a positive member of the department by supporting other programs and find ways to be involved for the betterment of the department and College (i.e. attend Code Blue events, attend events outside athletics, serve on committees, involvement through national organizations).
  • Attend important College functions (i.e., State of the College Address, Assessment Forum, and Conversations with the President).
  • Participate in significant campus activities including Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, and Commencement Weekend
  • All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of their employment.

Qualifications: Minimum requirements for this position are an Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) from an accredited college or university in a related/relevant field (communications, sports management, public relations, etc.), with at least three years of experience in a collegiate sports information setting.

  • Ability to work an irregular day schedule, nights, weekends, and holidays as necessary
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google applications, Adobe Creative Suite, STATCREW software, website management tools (SIDEARM preferred)
  • Ability to multi-task, manage deadlines, and work independently
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Supervisory experience

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce. The College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Hartwick operates as a community of learners where there is a very real sense of belonging and connection. By joining Hartwick, you become part of a group of people who work together, share in our successes, and a celebrate our accomplishments. All positions at Hartwick contribute to the education and development of students with the opportunity to see the impact on future leaders—what you do at Hartwick really matters.

Our beautiful 425-acre campus is located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, New York—a charming town near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, flexible scheduling, opportunities to engage in athletic and cultural events (concerts, exhibits, and lectures) and tuition benefits for eligible employees and their dependents.

Hartwick College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression and is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational and employment environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process. 

All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume; 
  • A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (https://www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/intercultural-affairs/diversity-at-hartwick/); and
  • The names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

 

Organization

Working at Hartwick College 

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority.  Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College has adopted a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Our Mission
Hartwick College, an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.

Our Purpose
Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world.

Hartwick graduates will be noted as being able to thrive in a world of global interdependence in which people of the broadest range of national, ethnic, social, and personal backgrounds will interact personally and technologically.

To thrive in this context will require that Hartwick students learn to: understand the world from a variety of perspectives; work constructively with people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences; be avid learners and critical thinkers; communicate effectively and have a well-developed personal presence; be purposeful in their actions and value-based in their decisions; and know how to use information technology resources as a routine tool to enhance effectiveness.

Our Values
We are:

  • a college of the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on the development of the disciplines of thinking, learning, analyzing, communicating, and values-based judgment;
  • a relationship college, focusing on the development of a 24 hour per day, seven day per week, residential educational experience characterized by personal responsibility and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • a future-directed college, focusing on educating people in ways that will make them effective and contributing citizens to the world of their future.

Our Character:
By being intentional in fulfilling our values—taking those actions that help us better be what we believe we should be—we are a college of both quality and distinctiveness. We are a future-directed community of learners where students, faculty, and staff are mutually engaged in intellectual, social, and personal learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our curricular and co-curricular educational experience emphasizes: shared and interdependent learning; a balance of challenge and support; a caring commitment to the individual; intellectual, social, and individual rigor; the development of personal responsibility; and approaches that link theory and practice, what we term "The Liberal Arts in Practice." 

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