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Communications Fellow, Department of Athletics

Employer
Wake Forest University
Location
Winston Salem, NC

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Job Description Summary

Our interns will have access to learning every aspect of how an athletic communications office operates in a Power-5 conference school and will leave the program fully prepared for the next step in their career with opportunities to take on sport responsibilities. Our office is committed to ensuring that each intern receives valuable experience through a variety of special projects and day-to-day interaction with student-athletes, coaches, internal staff members and additional campus partners.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Learn how to work closely with all departments to explore, implement and integrate emerging technologies and ideas on social media.
    • Develop plans and assist in execution in concert with athletic communications staff members for offseason and in-season team accounts on all platforms.
    • Learn how to read & share social media & website analytics with teaching from our social media manager.
  • Learn AP style, statcrew/NCAA Live Stats programs for keeping statistics at events, and Adobe Software.
    • Write releases and stories for GoDeacs.com that follow AP style and are engaging content for our ever-evolving audience.
    • Learn statcrew/NCAA Live Stats programs, which is used for research projects in office and is run at all athletic events.
    • Office projects will involve work with Adobe InDesign, Lightroom & Photoshop.
  • Assist in serving internal departments (i.e. Communications, Marketing, Video, Ticketing, Boosters, Operations) and team support staff to develop and execute internal and external fan messages for various programs.
    • All interns will learn the goals and objectives of other departments while working on tasks that are assigned.
    • The goal of Athletic Communications work is to provide value to other departments, specific teams and the University as a whole. Interns will learn what these projects look like and how it advances the Universities brand.
  • Learn media relations and event management.
    • Learn all aspects that go into a sport-by-sport home event within the realm of media relations and athletic communications.
  • Learn the production of sport-specific media guides & record books.
    • Research projects such as these are annual items that need to be upkept for the longevity of the athletic communications department.
  • Learn how to maintain files of news clippings and photos pertaining to various sports events and projects relating to the intercollegiate athletics program.

Other Functions:

  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience in utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in communications, journalism or related field.
  • Relevant experience in communications and social media.
  • Ability to work long hours including nights and weekends.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Detail oriented for accuracy of data and information.
  • Highly organized and ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong initiative to solve problems.
  • Extraordinary focus on customer service.
  • Willing to work in a team atmosphere where expectations are set and managed while giving staff flexibility to do their assigned task.

Accountabilities:

Responsible for own work.

Additional Job Description

Note:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by the employee’s supervisor.

To help provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Organization

Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (www.visitwinstonsalem.com).

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