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The Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant (“Graduate Assistant”) is responsible to the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and Media Services for all duties associated with the planning and implementing of the Athletic Department’s communication plan in accordance with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Horizon League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines. The Graduate Assistant is responsible for coordinating the communication efforts – including, but not limited to, news releases, media accommodation, website content, social media content, sport statistics, athletic publications, etc. – for a minimum of two sports. The Graduate Assistant will communicate effectively with each athletic department, as well as campus marketing and communications, to promote the University’s Athletics programs. The Graduate Assistant aids the Assistant AD for Communications and Media Services in development of programming, promotional activities, public relations and support services. The Graduate Assistant will also work closely with the Director of Communications and Assistant Athletic Communications Director.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to: • Full communication support for a minimum of two (2) sports programs. • Maintain daily contact with print and electronic media providing player profiles, statistics, coaches’ biographies, historical facts, opponent information and both Horizon League and NCAA information. • Write full-length stories/game recaps for distribution to media outlets. • Compose social media content for NKU Athletics and individual sport programs • Maintain/Create publications and regularly create digital content for use with website, social media, etc. using Adobe Creative Suite. • Provide support to the department’s digital (video) efforts, including player/coach features and assistance with ESPN3 live broadcasts of home sporting events. • Assist in maintaining NKUNorse.com. • Provide support for select athletic events not part of assigned sports. • Update daily statistics, records and historical facts. Maintain and provide departmental statistics for report to NCAA, Horizon League, opponents, media and the campus. • Supervise student employees and keep in contact with off-campus personnel to work home athletic events. • Develop a positive relationship with all media contacts and provide services to radio/TV personalities when assigned. Also, edit the content and provide editorial support for other sports. • Report to NCAA, National Coaches Associations and the Horizon League weekly updates on statistics for the sports programs. • Comply with NKU, Horizon League and NCAA regulations. • Travel with selected teams during the regular season and post season. • Assist with production of video content.
Minimum Qualifications: Must be accepted into an NKU graduate program and enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours, maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better. Position is under contract for one academic year with option for renewal. Experience in Adobe Creative Suite and StatCrew and one (1) year of experience in athletic communications.
Desired Qualifications: Two (2) or more years of experience in athletic communications. Experience coordinating home events. Evidence of strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly to convey thoughts, ideas and plans clearly to NKU Coaches, Administrators and other staff members.
Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.
Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.
Additional Salary Information: $13.08 per hour; tuition for up to 9 credits per semester
Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of approximately 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU has become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region by providing a private school ...education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. In fall 2011, we celebrated the construction and opening of the $52.8 million and 110,000-square-foot Griffin Hall, home of NKU’s College of Informatics. In 2008, we opened our $37 million, 144,000-square-foot student union building, as well as the BB&T Arena, a $60 million, 9,400-seat arena for basketball games and other events.
NKU is the newest member of the Horizon League, joining the league in the summer of 2015. The 2016-17 academic year marks the first season NKU will be eligible for participation in NCAA Championships after reclassifying to Division I. The Norse began the transition after winning three national championships and 22 regional titles at the NCAA Division II level. Women’s basketball claimed two of the national titles in 2000 and 2008.