Position Overview: The Merrimack College Athletic Department seeks a qualified candidate to fill a professional appointment as Athletic Communications Assistant. This part-time, nine-month position will report to the Assistant Athletic Director/Communications to promote the 24 NCAA sports sponsored by Merrimack through both new and traditional media forums.
The Athletic Communications Assistant will play a key role in publicizing Merrimack’s 24-sport Division I athletics program. The successful candidate will be able to deliver content to a broad base of constituents in a variety of formats. Extensive evening, weekend and holiday work is required.
Key responsibilities include:
Contributing to the Athletics department website (www.MerrimackAthletics.comOpens a New Window.) and all social media platforms, with content type ranging from written, graphic design and multimedia/video; Being directly responsible for the publicity efforts of select sports (to be assigned), including writing, editing and distributing all press releases; social media management for multiple accounts across a variety of platforms; editing videos (season previews, game highlights, etc.); and designing of game day programs, flyers and similar materials; Management of student employees and game-day event staff for all home games for assigned sports, as well as home games for other sports as requested; Assigning and supervising student staff to assist with in-game responsibilities (scoreboard, public address, statistics, etc.), in-game updating of social media platforms and score reporting; Maintain historical archiving projects for select sports as assigned; Completing conference, regional and national award applications to recognize coaches and student-athletes from assigned teams and programs Compiling, disseminating, and maintaining sports statistics for assigned teams, including serving as official scorekeeper for all home games; Assisting with the setup, live production and breakdown of webcast equipment; Travel with teams as necessary; Other duties as assigned and necessary;
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, Media/Public Relations, Journalism, or similar; Experience working in an athletic communications office at an NCAA college or university; Must have excellent oral, written/editorial and interpersonal communication skills; Must possess a demonstrated mastery of AP style writing and editing skills; Familiarity with social media platforms and current trends in the industry; Working knowledge of Windows and Macintosh computers and operating systems; Strong background with Adobe Creative Suite software (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.); Knowledge of basic layout and design principles; Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, with an emphasis on multi-tasking and working within a team environment while filling a variety of roles, especially on game day; Ability and willingness to travel and work nights and weekends as necessary are required;
Working knowledge of StatCrew/The Automated Scorebook statistical software; Webcast production and basic video editing skills
To Apply: Please apply online with cover letter, resume, work samples, and three references.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Merrimack College
Merrimack College is a selective, independent, co-educational institution with approximately 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students from 22 states and 20 countries. Merrimack's beautiful 220-acre campus is situated 25 minutes north of Boston in North Andover, Massachusetts.