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Merrimack College
Assistant Athletic Communications Director

Position Overview:
The Merrimack College Athletic Department seeks a qualified candidate to fill a professional appointment as Assistant Athletic Communications Director. This part-time, 10-month position will report to the Assistant Athletic Director/Communications and the Associate Director of Athletic Communications to promote the 24 NCAA sports sponsored by Merrimack through both new and traditional media forums.

The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications will play a key role in publicizing Merrimack’s 24-sport athletics program, which competes mainly in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference, as well as well as men’s and women’s ice hockey competing in Division I Hockey East. The successful candidate will be able to deliver content to a broad base of constituents in a variety of formats. Extensive evening, weekend and holiday work is required. Key responsibilities include:
  • Contributing to the Athletics department website ( and all social media platforms, with content type ranging from written, graphic design and multimedia/video;
  • Being directly responsible for ALL publicity efforts in select sports (to be assigned), including writing, editing and distributing all press releases; social media management for multiple accounts across a variety of platforms; editing videos (season previews, game highlights, etc.); and designing of game day programs, flyers and similar materials;
  • Management of student employees and game-day event staff for all home games for assigned sports, as well as home games for other sports as requested (i.e., football & men’s ice hockey);
  • Assigning and supervising student staff to assist with in-game responsibilities (scoreboard, public address, statistics, etc.), in-game updating of social media platforms and score reporting;
  • Communicating with and soliciting media for event coverage and feature stories on Merrimack College student-athletes, teams, and other department milestones and accomplishments;
  • Planning and implementing historical archiving, as well as maintenance of photography database;
  • Completing conference, regional and national award applications to recognize coaches and student-athletes from assigned teams and programs
  • Compiling, disseminating, and maintaining sports statistics for assigned teams, including serving as official scorekeeper for all home games;
  • Assisting with the setup, live production and breakdown of webcast equipment;
  • Travel with teams as necessary, primarily for postseason contests (other travel may be required);
  • Other duties as assigned and necessary;

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, Media/Public Relations, Journalism, or similar;
  • Experience working in an athletic communications office at an NCAA college or university;
  • Must have excellent oral, written/editorial and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Must possess a demonstrated mastery of AP style writing and editing skills;
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and current trends in the industry;
  • Working knowledge of Windows and Macintosh computers and operating systems;
  • Strong background with Adobe Creative Suite software (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.);
  • Knowledge of basic layout and design principles;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, with an emphasis on multi-tasking and working within a team environment while filling a variety of roles, especially on game day;
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work nights and weekends as necessary are required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong working knowledge of StatCrew/The Automated Scorebook statistical software;
  • Webcast production and basic video editing skills

Salary Information:
$2,000/month for nine months beginning on or around August 15, 2017. Position does not include benefits or housing/meal stipend. Opportunity for one-year renewal is at the discretion of the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications.

To Apply: 
Please apply online with resume, writing samples, and three references.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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