Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan is seeking applicants for the position of Graduate Assistant-Communications. The individual will be a member of the FDU Athletics external team and provide support to the department’s 19 NCAA Division I varsity teams. This position is a two-year position with the candidate pursuing a graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan. The position will be responsible for assisting and executing all publicity aspects for FDU’s athletic program and have the opportunity to serve as the primary contact for several teams.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: serve as a multimedia liaison between assigned sport programs and the External Relations department; solicit feedback from sport programs and External Relations colleagues on objectives, goals and strategies, in addition to creation and distribution of content; facilitate multimedia student-athlete features in coordination with other departments; design, write and edit various communications materials, such as student-athlete bios, press releases and feature stories for the department’s website; manage current and historical team information (rosters, statistics, record, photos, videos) of assigned sports; other duties as assigned.
Anticipated start date: January 18, 2021 (this can start earlier if the applicant enrolls in winter session I or II).
Requirements and preferred qualifications:
Bachelor's degree and four years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Demonstrated skills at building collaborative relationships with internal colleagues and customers.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules.
Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a production team covering a live event.
Effective time management skills.
Ability to work evenings/weekends and maintain a flexible work schedule.
Background working in and filming athletics.
Demonstrated aptitude in social media. Familiarity with managing accounts and serving as the primary administrator.
Experience with Adobe Premier or Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign preferred.
Graphic design experience preferred.
Experience working with web technologies, including basic HTML and CMS tools (such as SIDEARM) preferred.
About Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan located in Teaneck, NJ is home to 19 NCAA Division I teams. A member of the Northeast Conference, the Knights have had tremendous success in the classroom, in athletic competition, and giving back to the Bergen County community.
In 2019-20 year, FDU won NEC championships in men's soccer and women's indoor track & field. FDU student-athletes were also recognized for their efforts in the community by winning the NEC Building Communities Award with over 3,000 community service hours. Other recent milestones include men's basketball winning the 2019 NEC championship and going on to win the first NCAA Tournament game in school history. In addition to recent championships, FDU also holds two NCAA National Championships in the sport of bowling (2006, 2010).