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University of Akron
Assistant Director for Athletics Communications

The University of Akron is now accepting applications in the Department of Athletics for the position of Assistant Director for Athletics Communications. The University of Akron, a Division I institution located in Akron, Ohio, is a member of the Mid-American Conference, is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision and maintains 18 men’s and women's intercollegiate sports. This is a full-time, 12-month position, which will interact within the department’s external relations operation, which includes marketing and promotions, Zips Digital Network, ticketing and development.
The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with local, regional and national media to maximize coverage and exposure for Athletics through both traditional and new media sources. Duties include, but are not limited to, extensive copywriting (press releases, media guides and web site), layout and design (media guides, web site and other publications), editing and record keeping, as well as all gameday obligations of assigned sports, which include being the primary contact for the highly successful women’s basketball, women’s soccer, and softball programs. The successful candidate will also have responsibilities in maintaining, the department’s official web site.
Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of one year of full-time experience in sports media relations or a related field required, preferably at the collegiate level. Working knowledge of Macintosh computers and InDesign software is strongly preferred, as well as experience with in-game statistics programs (Stat Crew). Strong interpersonal and communication skills and attention to detail are required. Position requires working evenings and weekends with potential for heavy travel.
Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Application Process:
Forward a letter of application, resume, work samples (writing and layout) and references to:
The application deadline date is June 18, 2017.