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American Athletic Conference
Assistant Director of Communications

The American Athletic Conference is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Communications. The individual will serve as a member of the Conference’s communications/external relations team. The position reports directly to the Assistant Commissioner for Communications.

The Role and Candidate Profile:
The successful candidate must have a combination of a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of two to three years of practical experience and demonstrated skills in athletics communications or a related field. Knowledge of social media platforms, web and graphic design, Stat Crew and significant experience using Adobe Creative Suite are also required. Familiarity with CSS and HTML coding is also beneficial. Experience working within an athletic department or conference office at the collegiate level and a desire to work in college athletics administration is preferred. The desired candidate will serve as the primary communications contact for select Olympic sports. He or she should have strong organizational, writing and communications skills. Night and weekend work will be required.

The individual must have the ability to work well with a variety of constituents, including conference staff, and administrators and staff at member institutions.

Specific Areas of Responsibility and Examples of Duties:
The assistant director of communications assists in all aspects of the communications area in promoting the Conference’s 22 sports. The individual should have strong written and communications skills and a comprehensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite are essential. Experience working with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and SnappyTV are also required. Specific responsibilities and duties include:
  • Serve as the Conference’s primary contact for all media correspondence for assigned sports
  • Develop and implement season-long communication plans for assigned sports in concert with the Conference’s overall strategic branding efforts
  • Assist with the creation and design of social media graphics
  • Write and publish feature stories, press releases and social media content in support of the communication for assigned sports
  • Serve as media coordinator at select conference championships
  • Represent the Conference at regular-season and post-season events
  • Assist with event operations at conference championships, including marketing, promotions, staffing, sponsorship fulfillment, television, awards selection, game operations and media relations
  • Assist with communication education sessions during Conference coaches’ meetings
  • Contribute to content on TheAmerican.org and assist with the creation of web pages
  • Monitor and assist in troubleshooting any issues on TheAmerican.org with the Conference’s website partner(s)
  • Collaborate with Senior Director of Branding and Sport Administration to ensure branding and style requirements are met
  • Ensure working knowledge on all NCAA compliance issues that pertain to communications matters
  • Assist with other Conference-related functions as assigned

Application Process:
A letter of application, resume and professional references should be forwarded to:

Chuck Sullivan
Assistant Commissioner
American Athletic Conference
15 Park Row West
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Email: CSullivan@theamerican.org

The application deadline is May 1, 2018

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes participation in the conference’s employee benefit plan.

The American Athletic Conference is an equal opportunity employer. The Conference does not discriminate against applicants for employment on the basis of their membership in any protected class under federal or state law.


THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:
The American Athletic Conference (The American), a member of the NCAA, was reconstituted in 2013. With the conference office in Providence, Rhode Island, The American is comprised of the following institutions: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, ECU, Houston, Memphis, Navy (in football only), USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. Wichita State (basketball and Olympic sports) joined the Conference on July 1, 2017. Under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Aresco, The American sponsors 21 championships – 10 for men and 11 for women; is a member of the College Football Playoff; began new television partnerships with ESPN and CBS Sports in 2014; and has a marketing partnership with IMG College. For more information, please visit www.TheAmerican.org.