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Sacred Heart University
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University's five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides, Best 382 Colleges-2018 Edition, "Best in the Northeast" and Best 294 Business Schools-2017 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for "Best College Theater" and "Most Engaged in Community Service," each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU in its Best Colleges 2018 guidebook and ranks SHU the fourth "Most Innovative School" in the North. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities in its 2016 almanac. Sacred Heart fields 32 Division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service.

Job Description:
Reporting to the Sr Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs, the primary purpose of this position is to promote and increase awareness of the news, achievements and opportunities fostered by the Department of Athletics and its student-athletes and coaches. This is accomplished through the collection, organization, creation and posting or dissemination of pertinent information regarding our student-athletes, coaches, teams and department as a whole, then providing that information to our various publics. This needs to be done in a timely, accurate, easy to understand and easy to access fashion that meets the needs and desires of the key publics it is our intention to communicate with.

The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications will assist in the coordination with various conference offices in all sports information and public relations requirements. In addition, this person will:
  • Assist in the publication and promotion the Department of Athletics by serving as the primary media contact for assigned sports and the secondary media contact on sports as necessary
  • Foster relationships with local, regional and national media to promote the Department of Athletics, student-athletes, coaches, staff and teams. Coordinate interviews with student-athletes and coaches.
  • Provide support and supervision for External Affairs office video efforts including NEC Front Row, video boards, social media, etc.
  • Assist in maintaining Department website, record books, etc. and in assist in planning and implementing Department special events
  • Participate in selection and nomination of deserving student-athletes and coaches for local, regional, conference and national awards (i.e. CoSida Academic All-America)
  • Manage game days staffing needs for assigned sports

Bachelor's degree required; preferably in marketing, journalism, communications, computer science, sport management or other related field. 2-4 years experience in Athletic Communications. Addition professional and technical knowledge listed below:

  • Strong written, editorial, and communication skills, with ability to write in a variety of mediums and in time sensitive situations
  • Knowledge of design and publishing software, StatCrew, and video editing software
  • Experience in social media apps, especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate statistics and records for school, league and NCAA purposes
  • Knowledge of NCAA and NEC rules and regulations and ability to work within those and the policies of Sacred Heart University
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with local, regional and national media, as well as coaches, staff and student-athletes
  • Experience with broadcast, studio and game day production and working knowledge of video editing software (Adobe Creative Suite or Final Cut preferred), cameras Tricaster other production and streaming equipment
  • Graphic design experience a plus
Additional Information:
High operational tempo; ability to produce under tight deadlines. Non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends, in addition to normal daily work hours are required. Some travel is also required, depending on teams and seasons being covered.

May require work outdoors in inclement weather

Will oversee graduate and undergraduate work staff, external per diem production staff

Application Instructions:
Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.

Sacred Heart University, rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Liberal Arts, embraces a vision for social justice, educates students in mind, body, and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community. Sacred Heart University aspires to achieve prominence through innovative teaching and learning while cultivating a campus community that is recognized as caring and creative.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sacred Heart University encourages qualified members of underrepresented groups to apply.