Under the direction of the Director of Athletics, the primary responsibility of the Director of Athletic Communications (or Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications based on qualifications) is to promote, through all media means, the Department of Athletics, its coaching staff, and its student athletes. Without exception, the Director of Athletic Communications and his/her office is the source for all information as it relates directly, and indirectly, to the day-to-day happenings in intercollegiate athletics at Hillsdale College. In part, the manner in which Charger athletics is perceived by the general public is through the efforts of this position.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Day-to-day, nonpartisan and objective promotion of department, staff and student athletes, through any media source that affords attention to Charger athletics. 2. Promote and improve the Charger athletic brand through distribution and promotion of events, achievements and schedules in athletics. Emphasis to be placed on distribution of content to local, county, regional and national media outlets. 3. Manage athletic department and individual sport programs social media accounts on all platforms. Increase the following and traffic flow to athletically-related social media accounts. 4. Efficiently collaborate with the Hillsdale College departments of Marketing and External Affairs, and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference media relations staff. The Director must communicate with these groups on a regular basis to insure effective and informative lines of communication that identify Charger athletic achievements. 5. Management, hiring and training of game play and scoring personnel for team sports as well as track & field and swimming may be included in the position based on candidate’s qualifications. 6. Day-to-day supervision of the athletic web site. Current information on all aspects of the Athletic Department. Updates managed in an efficient time frame are expected and should provide clear and concise information. 7. Changes are to be turned around in a 24 period to insure efficient and effective information for the reader, i.e. personnel, scores, standings, events, and human interest stories. 8. Coverage of all in-season, home sporting events to include statistics, game previews, postgame recaps, in season athlete and coach interviews and stories. 9. Attend away from home contests as available, with specific emphasis on conference (GMAC), NCAA regional and national games. On site media coverage is important for promoting the image of Charger athletics 10. Manage inventory of all media related content – print, photo, web, video, records, statistics, awards and all other athletically related content – for media and historical records needs. 11. Manage and schedule team media days to include team and individual photos, interviews, video content and any other media related needs. 12. Recruit, supervise, and train Athletic Communications Assistant and student workers. Student workers are an important element in the overall success of the department’s media tasks and performances. 13. Assist in after-hour activities as needed to accomplish goals. 14.Perform additional duties as the Athletic Director may assign. 15. Coordinate selective fund raising events related to Athletic goals. 16. Produce and submit NCAA media releases. 17. Maintain an acceptable attendance record, be punctual, and meet deadlines. 18. Attend staff meetings. 19. Seek and accept training to enhance or learn new skills. 20. Efficiently collaborate and communication well with all department personnel 21. Prepare and maintain an annual sports information budget.
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Sport Management or related field required. Previous experience in an athletic communications/sports information department preferred. Experience with website content management and social media management preferred. Previous experience leading an athletic communications department and some level of video production knowledge is also preferred.
Must be able to ambulate, step, climb, stoop, bend twist and carry heavy objects (i.e. equipment) over uneven terrain.
Must be able to hear, see, talk, read and communicate with Hillsdale College colleagues, athletes, prospective athletes, donors and other constituents orally and in writing.
Must be able to safely lift up to 50+ pounds of equipment regularly.
Possess excellent technical skills-familiarity with various software, hardware, and systems necessary to manage electronic media.
Possess strong human relations skills.
Must have excellent knowledge of administrative procedures.
Possess excellent writing and editing skills.
Possess excellent verbal communications skills.
Possess an excellent understanding of the College’s mission and the Athletic Department’s mission.
Knowledge of NCAA rules & regulations.
Knowledge of PrestoSports platform
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to express effectively ideas orally and in writing.
General knowledge of statistical applications used in NCAA
The Office of Athletics interacts with the entire Hillsdale College audience. A neat appearance and a pleasant relationship that is supportive of the College mission is essential. This relationship needs to be supportive and professional, while maintaining confidentiality as needed.
Code of Commitment
Be a good representative of Hillsdale College to promote the liberal arts, the College’s original Articles of Association and operating principles stated in the Staff Code of Commitment. The Mission Statement should be considered in all aspects of the position. The teaching of Christian faith shall remain a conspicuous aim of the College.
About Hillsdale College
Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 1,400. Its four-year curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and it is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.Hillsdale’s educational mission rests upon two principles: academic excellence and institutional independence. The College does not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations.Located in rural southern Michigan, the nearly 200-acre Hillsdale campus includes both modern and historic buildings. Excellent facilities include comfortable residence halls, subject-specific computer labs, a state-of-the-art health education and sports complex, Michael Alex Mossey Library with its Leighton-Taylor Wing, the Sage Center for the Arts, the Herbert Henry Dow Science Building, Howard Music Hall and two new classroom buildings—Kendall Hall and Lane Hall. Adjacent to the campus is the model primary and secondary school, Hillsdale Academy, whose comprehensive Reference Guide is used in hundreds of schools throughout the country. An ideal student-to-faculty ratio ...of 10-to-1, rigorous academics, intramural sports, national fraternity and sorority houses and widespread community volunteerism nurture intellectual, physical, social and personal growth. A broad perspective is encouraged through opportunities for off-campus internships, overseas study programs and the adjunct seminars of the Center for Constructive Alternatives, Mises Lectures in free-market economics, the National Leadership Seminars and the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence.