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Associate Athletic Director of Strategic Communications

The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX

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Associate Athletic Director of Strategic Communications





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Communications/Public Affairs

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Work Schedule:

Will work more than 40 hours per week during the academic year.

  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

Open to:

External and Internal


Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and relevant experience.


Funding expected to continue

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University Information:

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 5 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student bodies in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.

Furthermore, UTA is poised to experience widespread growth in the near future. The university recently launched the first phase of its RISE 100 initiative aimed at recruiting 100 new tenure-system faculty to amplify research standing and position UTA as a leader in key scholarly areas; more details are available at The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to join UTA during an exciting period of growth and contribute as the university broadens its impact.

Job Summary:

The Associate Athletic Director of Strategic Communications oversees a multifaceted approach to media relations, managing staff, developing strategic plans for communication outreach, and maintaining the athletics department’s online presence. Building strong relationships with local and regional media partners, organizing press conferences, and ensuring compliance with NCAA and university standards are integral aspects of the role, all aimed at promoting student-athletes, the department, and the university effectively.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead, direct, manage, and oversee the athletic communications staff and gameday staff, while serving as media contact for assigned sports.
  • Manage the conceptualization and development of the strategic unit plan for the communication outreach for athletics department. Elements include, but not limited to, sport recaps, previews and features, community and academic events, marketing/ticketing initiatives and sponsorship element fulfillment.
  • Manage athletics website, oversee content management, and story concepts in promotion of student-athletes, department, and University.
  • Build local and regional relationships with all media partners.
  • Become an integral member of the Athletics Impact Team
  • Lead the Management and approval of all media requests for department.
  • Organize and oversee all press conferences.
  • Ensure the reporting of stats, schedules, rosters, and all other media needs meet NCAA, conference, and University expectations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with six (6) years of progressive intercollegiate athletic communications career development including areas of journalism, public relations, and media services.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters or advanced degree.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Work experience in NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in budget oversight.
  • Professional writing and editing skills.
  • Knowledge of statistical programming, software skillset including Office and Adobe products.

Other Requirements :

  • Maintain consistency with University, Conference, and NCAA and Conference communications policies, procedures, and regulation while working closely with these and other governing bodies.

Working Conditions:

  • Press box setting, press row setting, outdoors working environment at certain sporting events, and team travel.

CBC Requirement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status. The University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University’s compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations:

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.


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