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Florida Gulf Coast University
Athletics Communications Assistant

Overview:
Florida Gulf Coast University, an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the ASUN Conference located in Fort Myers, Fla., seeks a full-time, entry-level Athletics Communication Assistant.

Primary Duties Include:
The Athletics Communication Assistant is responsible for assisting with the intercollegiate athletics communications office. Serves as primary media contact for softball, women’s tennis, swimming and diving and men’s and women’s cross country. Responsible for writing press releases, game notes, stories for publication, updating social media content and maintaining the athletic department website. Coordinates media coverage for athletic events and maintains team and individual statistics.

Supplemental Duties Include:
Produce graphics for social media campaigns, gameday programs, game notes and other publications as needed.

Oversee social media coverage by creating campaigns for select outlets geared toward increasing followers and engagement, aiding with recaps from games and events and tracking trends and analytical research.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Sports Information, Communication, Journalism, Marketing/PR or a related field and one year of athletics communications experience  (either in a full-time, part-time or volunteer/intern role).

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Sports Information, Communication, Journalism, Marketing/PR or a related field. Division I intercollegiate athletics communications experience.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Working knowledge of intercollegiate athletics and NCAA rules and compliance as it pertains to media and publicity at the Division I level.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills to develop presentations, stories and press releases for media.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience using social media.
  • Passionate and knowledgeable of rules, statistics and industry trends for each sport.
  • Knowledge and ability to make publication editing and design.
  • Knowledge or ability to use Photoshop, InDesign, and StatCrew software.
  • Knowledge of applicable basic computer functions Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with word-processing, database software, web site design and maintenance; and familiarity with statistics software.
  • Ability to adapt, learn quickly, be resourceful and to meet short deadlines.
  • Analytical expertise in assessing social media trends.
  • Understanding of the importance of working with the local, regional and national media.

Essential Job Duties:
  • Serves as the primary media contact for softball, women’s tennis, swimming and diving and men’s and women’s cross country. Maintains positive relationships with the public, the press and electronic media.
  • Responsible for updating the athletic department website for those sports, uses creative, independent judgement to write press releases, game notes and stories for publication. Ensures that data is uploaded, accurate, relevant and posted in a timely manner.
  • Uses creative, independent judgement to update and post social media content for assigned sports to promote FGCU Athletics.
  • Supervise and manage student workers at home games/events, in addition to work produced in the office.
  • Develops and oversees the delivery of publications, press and media communications, special promotions and general information on related activities and events. Monitors all outgoing materials for brand consistency.
  • Updates team and individual statistics and coordinates media coverage for athletic events.
  • Responsible for preparing and implementing use of traditional and digital marketing efforts.
  • Promotes honors for outstanding athletes, coaches and administrators.
  • Complies with all University, ASUN Conference, and Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) regulations, as applicable, as well as all NCAA rules and regulations. Remains current with all changes in NCAA, as well as changes to University, ASUN and CCSA rules and regulations regarding intercollegiate athletics. This includes the requirement for self-reporting any possible rule violations. Any violation of NCAA rules is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Other Job Duties:
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Apply Online:
http://jobs.fgcu.edu/postings/4583

About FGCU:
In just 10+ seasons at the Division-I level, FGCU teams have combined to win 65 conference regular season and tournament titles. Additionally, in just 6+ seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had 31 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Seven programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best 6th-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. FGCU also claimed the ASUN All-Sports Trophy for the third-straight year and fourth time in five years in 2016-17, in addition to collectively earning a 3.27 GPA in the classroom and serving an all-time high 7,200+ volunteer hours.