A comprehensive land-, sea-, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public university and is ideally located in the rural town of Durham, with ready access to the Maine and New Hampshire seacoasts, Boston, and the White Mountains. The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and shared spirit of inquiry. UNH has just under 13,000 undergraduate students and 2,200 graduate students.
The University of New Hampshire Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. The position is considered non-benefited hourly, with a nine-month, full-time appointment. The position pays $16/hour from August 1- May 1 with a maximum of three years as a total appointment. The work schedule may be altered as necessary.
Duties/Responsibilities: The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications is a member of UNH Athletics' communications team, which is a component of the External Relations department. A major component of this role is to serve in a myriad of ways as front-line ambassador for the designated athletic teams as assigned by the director, as well as point person between coaches and the external team. Travel with some sports is expected.
In addition to working with coaches, the role requires an understanding of the external team's strategies around fan engagement, building attendance, generating revenue, and communicating the student-athlete experience. Accordingly, the role requires this person to draw in the resources of the external department (digital media, UNH Wildcat Productions, media relations, marketing, etc.) in order to implement organizational objectives. A proficiency with social media marketing including, but not limited to, knowledge of leading media platforms, the need to be current, and how-to skills for community building is a critical skill. Short-form writing skills, media relations, sport-specific statistical documentation, and in-game statistical oversight are also important competencies.
This individual communicates regularly with campus personnel, donors and the athletics development office, as well as alumni to strengthen the program's relationship with each stakeholder group.
The position reports to the associate athletic director for communications as well as to the designated athletics teams' staff. It also requires a collaborative relationship with the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions.
Duties and job description:
Relay key messaging to external stakeholders
Identify and pitch content directly or through the external department for social media, print, and broadcast media
Communicate student-athlete experience, which requires knowledge of athletes' biographies and personal stories
Collaborate with marketing team on special projects to inspire attendance to athletic events
Contribute ideas to social media team for special features
Engage fans through social media channels as inside source for designated teams
Work closely with coaches, student-athletes and athletic department personnel to stay current on stories and subjects they wish to promote and publicize
Coordinate interview requests from media for ESPN3 broadcasts, television reports, newspapers and other outlets
Compile game notes, pertinent information and historical data for use by working media
Promote ticket sales
Work with athletics development office on stories related to designated teams' special events and alumni/athlete networking and capital projects to come
Required Qualifications: Requirements include a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and some experience working in a sports information/athletic communications office (or equivalent) is required. Must have strong writing skills and familiarity with AP style, strong oral communication skills and the ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects independently. Ability to work evenings and weekends is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Should be familiar with Stat Crew software for various sports. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign and Photoshop), HTML, IMovie and QuickTime Pro; knowledge in advanced video editing and Flash is a plus.
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.