Athletics Communications Assistant
University of Chicago
Athletics and Recreation sponsors 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports, in addition to a wide range of extracurricular programs, including 75 intramural and sport clubs and free weekly fitness classes.
About the Department
Reporting to the Director of Sports Information and Promotions, the Athletics Communications Assistant will support the overall mission and vision of the University of Chicago and the Athletics and Recreation Department by serving two main roles. The first will be to support the execution of departmental communications initiatives, including assisting in the development and maintenance of an effective and engaging strategy and presence with web and social media. The second will be to provide support with statistical coverage and game management responsibilities for athletic communications. This position will require the ability to handle a dynamic work schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and holidays. This is a full-time 12-month position with benefits.
Performs sports information responsibilities as assigned and provide in-game statistical operations, oversee live stats and live video streaming, record/report statistical information, write game recaps, oversee table crew, and other game day operations. Writes pre and post season stories for designated teams. Prepares and submits nominations for student-athletes for conference, regional, and national recognition awards. Promotes recipients on website and social media pages.
In collaboration with the Deputy AD for Internal Operations and the Director of Sports Information and Promotions, develops the vision, strategy, and branding for sports programs by managing social media accounts, creating content, collaborate with and manage creative media students to create and design artwork, graphics, and content for a variety of platforms. Maintain ongoing understanding of industry trends, innovative platforms, and emerging media in a rapidly changing profession.
Produces original video content, game day graphics, publications (electronic newsletters, media guides, brochures) for the website, social medial pages, and video board. Assist with the oversight of digital platforms presentation and maintenance and with specialized content for coaches and department staff to assist in recruitment and retention of students.
Assists with staffing photographers and creative media students/staff for contests. Approves photography selection and editing. Organizes and coordinate media days for varsity sport teams.
Designs, writes, and edits various communications materials, such as student-athlete bios, press releases, and feature stories for the department’s website conveying the voice of the coach, student-athletes, program, and department.
Incorporates key messaging points into daily content through a proactive approach and digital-forward growth mindset, consistent with the Athletics Department’s 4 Pillars (Excellence, Education, Integrity, All-in).
Accomplishes assigned duties through two or more of the following: written communications; visual/graphic media, which may include Web site development and maintenance; speeches and personal contact. The incumbent is still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills.
Plans, develops and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate levels of guidance and direction.
Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, sport management, English, or related field.
Experience in a DIII Athletics Department.
Experience using statistical programs preferred (NCAA Live Stats, Presto Stats).
Valid driver’s license.
Strong written and verbal communication and creative skills.
Builds collaborative relationships with internal colleagues.
Work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules.
Work on multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities.
Proficiency in video editing preferred (e.g., Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Avid, iMovie).
Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Graphic and video design and production expertise strongly preferred (Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere).
Train and mentor others.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to travel occasionally.
Cover letter (preferred)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
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