McDaniel College, an NCAA Division III liberal arts college, invites applications for an Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. Salary for this full-time position is commensurate with qualifications and experience. At McDaniel College we value our employees by offering our full-time employees tuition remission, 403B retirement accounts, paid time off, medical insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and paid maternity and parental leave. Visit College website for details.
The Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. is responsible for the promotion and publicity of McDaniel’s 24 intercollegiate athletics teams, coaches, and staff. The successful candidate will develop and execute a comprehensive social media strategy for the department in close consultation with the Director of Athletics Communications, Director of Athletics, and College’s Social Media Marketing Manager. The assistant will be skilled in the graphic arts, website design and maintenance, video production and editing, and will be proficient providing statistics for various sports. The candidate will serve as the primary contact for numerous teams. This 12-month position primarily reports to the Director of Athletics Communications but will have secondary reporting responsibilities to the Director of Athletics.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: •Planning, organizing, and conducting all sports information and communications activity for varsity athletics contests. Serving as the primary contact for assigned sports. •Taking a lead role, working closely with the Director of Athletics Communications, the college’s Social Media Manager, and athletics staff in the management of the athletics department social media accounts, creating and publishing unique and engaging content regularly across all platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube). •Assisting in management of athletics website to assure updated information appears in a timely fashion including schedules, rosters, photos, team and individual records, award winners and other relevant facts. •Creating compelling visual storytelling to engage current and future student-athletes through the use of text, photos, and/or video. •Identifying, researching, and writing nominations for qualified student-athletes for various honors, awards, and post season recognition. •Assuring all athletics publications are properly edited and published on an appropriate timetable. •Adhering to all brand and editorial standards established by the Office of Communications and Marketing and Athletics Communications Office. Assisting in the management of brand standards with coaches and other staff members. •Managing and overseeing game-day and student workers as needed. •Attending CoSida, NCAA, Centennial Conference, and departmental meetings.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s preferred in journalism, communications, English, or related discipline highly desired.
Relatable experience in athletics communications in higher education.
Strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and be highly adaptable to rapidly changing priorities.
Ability to maintain composure, effectiveness, and focus when facing difficult challenges, demonstrating sound judgment and discretion in a potentially stressful environment.
Strong interpersonal skills required, including effective in-person communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
Previous knowledge of statistical rules for volleyball and lacrosse strongly preferred.
Knowledge of Stat Crew, PrestoStats and NCAA Live Stats strongly preferred.
Experience with PrestoSports and/or SIDEARM web content editor preferred.
Experience in video editing software, specifically Adobe Premiere Pro, strongly preferred.
A self-motivated worker, able to work well independently, energetically, creatively, and under strict deadlines.
Ability and interest in sports and a willingness to effectively work with other college departments.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the media, employees, coaching staff, student-athletes, vendors, alumni, and public.
Ability to travel, work effectively and efficiently in a flexible work week schedule (including evenings and weekends), and work overtime in busy periods during the academic year.
Must possess a valid driver’s license with two or less points.
About McDaniel College
McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “ Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News and World Report top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 60 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs.