| POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT |
University of Maine Farmington Director of Athletics Communications & Athletics Eligibility Officer
12 month, full-time, professional staff appointment
Responsibilities: Direct comprehensive communication activities for Department of Athletics in accordance with the values, mission and vision of the department and university leadership. Cover all responsibilities typically handled by a Sports Information Director for a department currently sponsoring 13 NCAA Division III sports and a complement of USCSCA Ski & Snowboard Teams. Coordinate in-game statistics and post-event reporting for all sports we sponsor: baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf women’s lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field using Stat Crew/comparable software as required by the conference, NCAA and/or other governing bodies. Recruit student workers/interns, to train, schedule and supervise as part of the event staffing for all home contest. Also train, schedule and supervise professional staff member with “assistant” responsibilities in these areas. Responsibilities of the “game/press crew” typically includes: statistical recording, scoreboard operations, announcing, music, filming/webcasting, and other related tasks such as photography/videography. Work collaboratively with event management to cover staffing/hosting home contests Write game previews, post-game summaries, press releases, and feature stories for both internal and external media. Develop relationships with local media and pitch story ideas to local, regional and national media as appropriate. Manage a dynamic website and produce appropriate social media content to grow target audiences and track analytics that support the investment. Design and edit a variety of print/electronic publications, including but not limited to: game programs, recruiting, alumni relations and revenue generation materials. Coordinate photography, videography and web-streaming production. Plan and administer promotional efforts for home contest/special events. Manage department awards and memorabilia as well as athletic records and archives for effective projection and recognition of significant milestones by student-athletes and department staff. Serve as the Administrative Assistant for and a voting member of the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee.
Work closely with the Director of Athletics and athletics staff to generate ideas and develop print/electronic materials that support priorities, initiatives, reports, and special projects as directed. Participate as an integral member of the Department of Athletics. Generate content/designs and collaborate as needed with appropriate staff in Admissions, Marketing & Alumni Relations to facilitate efforts to achieve enrollment, development and other relevant promotional goals.
Athletics Eligibility Officer is primarily responsible for tracking/monitoring rosters with regards to student-athlete’s academic and seasons of eligibility in compliance with University and NCAA DIII regulations. Report data related to retention and graduation rates and other program assessment/participant demographics of interest.
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QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Master's Degree and 3-5 years relevant experience or equivalent (Applicants with equivalent combination of education and experience are encouraged to apply).
Desired: Preferred educational background in journalism and marketing. Significant experience in college sports information and related public relations, media and marketing areas. Thorough knowledge of sports terminology and rules. Strong writing, self-editing and desktop publishing skills. Proficiency with Stat Crew. Fluency with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat. Video editing skills as well as the ability to assess, learn and adapt to new relevant media, graphic and statistical information technology. Experience and ability to take and edit action photos. Ability to manage and redesign a dynamic website to employ social media for promotional, media relations and development needs. Ability to communicate/announce via public address systems. Team player who communicates well with diverse sets of internal and external stakeholders, and who will collaborate with colleagues and work well with both clear and ambiguous directives of department leadership to solve problems and achieve agreed upon goals.
The position requires the passion and stamina to work significant business, evening & weekend hours, including working outdoors, consistent with small college sport schedules and venues. The physical ability to carry equipment to/from venues and to climb stairs/bleachers and occasionally ladders for video/photography locations is desired.
COMPENSATION: Competitive and commensurate with experience. The UMaine System offers an excellent benefits package.
STARTING DATE: As soon as feasible. Vacancy begins September 24, 2016
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply via https://umf.hiretouch.com/ and select the University of Maine Farmington.
Only complete applications can be considered which include 1) cover letter of interest addressing skills and qualifications, 2) relevant resume – highlighting applicable experience, 3) contact information for 3 professional references, at least one must be/have been a direct supervisor.
Review of applications will begin immediately but will be accepted until the position filled. Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position.” You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Appropriate background checks required. Applicant must have a clean driving record and the ability to drive University vehicles.
NOMINATIONS: Knowledge of possible good candidates with contact information may be shared with the Director of Athletics, Julie A. Davis at email@example.com or at 207-778-7264. (No self-nominations please).
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.
The University of Maine at Farmington is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
THE UNIVERSITY: Established in 1864 as Maine’s first public institution of higher education, with historic and continued strength in teacher education and a contemporary role as Maine’s public liberal arts college, the University of Maine at Farmington offers undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, teacher education, and human services. A commitment to sustainability informs all facilities projects, including our LEED-certified Education Center, the Emery Community Arts Center, which opened in fall, 2011 and our 80 geothermal well field which will come on-line fall, 2013. UMF has the highest graduation rates in the University of Maine System, has been named as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by US News and World Report for sixteen consecutive years, and has been recognized nationally for high levels of student engagement as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement. The campus culture has been described as one of “positive restlessness.” UMF is a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which includes twenty-six public colleges and universities dedicated to the liberal arts tradition and quality undergraduate education. The Farmington area is rich in cultural offerings and recreational opportunities. The natural beauty of its mountains, lakes, woods, and streams draws people to the region. Please check out our home page at: www.umf.maine.edu.