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West Virginia University
Associate Director of Athletic Communications

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is applications for the position of Associate Director of Athletic Communications for Women’s Basketball. The position is expected to direct with personal involvement the publicity and media relations efforts for women's basketball and any other assigned sports.

Duties include, media management, media guide preparation, news releases, compiling statistics which is distributed to national, regional and state media outlets; engage in media relations activities, game operations, result reporting, liaison to the conference office, feature writing, assist in production of videos, assist with arranging radio broadcasts both home and away, travel to away games and other special projects. Perform duties related to providing a consistent and continuing public relations program for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, primarily by maintaining a readily accessible, accurate and useful news and information service.  

Direct the increase of exposure for the athletic program through the news media, social media and public. Performance requires accuracy and professionalism with consciousness of the image projected. Efficient performance is critical to the success of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics due to the relationship of this position to the public relations functions with the department. Coordinate with personal involvement the regional and national television coverage of assigned sports games during each season. Duties include meeting with announcers and producers, providing team and University information, research material and statistics on behalf of the University in preparation of a telecast that will reach thousands of households. 
Assist with the publicity and media relations efforts and major projects related to football. Duties include media guide preparation, news releases, media relations activities, game operations, feature writing, travel to away games if requested and other special projects. Participate in weekly football operations meetings for all home games; compile and distribute gameday information to athletic department personnel, local media and fans. Travel to away football games as needed; compile in-game notes and assist in postgame interview sessions.

Coordinate, assign and critique the work of the graduate and student assistants as that work relates to the coverage of all varsity sports, with special emphasis on their individual work with the prioritized sports and special department projects. Monitor the work schedule of the graduate and student assistants, coordinate assignments from the sports information director as requested, delegate writing and other assignments as appropriate, edit brochure copy and coordinate and supervise game operations involving the student workers.

Assist with home game media operations for all sports, including recruiting workers, scheduling and maintaining payroll information, for varsity sports. Arrange for the training of statistical support for various sports as needed as part of event operation and result reporting. Assist with press box and media operations for football and men's basketball home events. Coordinate on-site championship events for varsity sports, serving as the liaison from the sports information staff.

Serve as a public relations representative with the staff, athletic teams, other schools, media, fans, alumni and general public. Assist with community relations programs involving the athletic department, both involving student-athletes in civic and campus projects and in introducing special groups to WVU athletics in general and by sport.    

Perform other job-related assignments as assigned by the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications and/or Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
  • Maintain high standard of ethics and integrity related to intercollegiate athletics
  • Strong working knowledge of NCAA and conference rules, regulations, policies and guidelines and the ability to apply those rules
  • Demonstrated knowledge of media, particularly sports media
  • Demonstrated knowledge of writing, editing, media relations practices and public relations skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of athletic communications practices and procedures.
  • Exhibit strong creative, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing and editing copy, news releases and features.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of correct English, grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking skills.
  • Maintain knowledge of state and University policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English complex information or instructions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of correct English, grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure
  • Ability to function professionally under high stress and confrontational circumstances
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks for extended period of time
  • Ability to independently plan and organize work
  • Proactive attitude towards work and assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and develop personal contacts with outside groups, i.e. fans, media, sponsors, University community.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Demonstrated knowledge of record keeping and adherence to schedule
  • Ability to stay abreast of information impacting the affected area.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and motivate individuals.
  • Ability to maintain proper unit attendance and punctuality standards, work extended hours including nights and weekends (often with extensive walking and standing)
  • Knowledge and ability to write creatively.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and possess advanced skills in word processing, desk publishing and web writing software.
  • Knowledge of compiling game statistics (Stat Crew) for a variety of sports.
  • Ability to stay abreast of sports information and promotional trends impacting the affected area.

Work Hours: Varies – Must work extended hours including nights and weekends.

Length of Assignment: 12 months

Salary: Commensurate with experience

  • Master’s degree, preferably in English, journalism, communications, sports administration or similar field
  • Relevant experience may be substituted for a Master’s degree
  • Minimum 2 – 3 years of experience in sports information, athletic communications or sports media relations

  • Background check
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Three professional references

First consideration will be given to those who apply by August 17, 2017. To apply:

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West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.