Mississippi State University Athletics is seeking an Associate Director/Communications to join its communications and external team. The successful candidate must be highly organized and driven with exceptional multi-tasking and communication skills. This position will work closely with the Associate Athletic Director/Communications, the department’s graduate assistants and student assistants in addition to working alongside the marketing and video teams. The candidate must have strong knowledge of social media platforms as well as advanced writing and public relations skills. Travel will be required as well as working long hours and weekends.
1. Serve as the secondary communications contact for the nationally-ranked football team year-round.
a. Prepare, maintain and distribute media information and other publicity for football.
b. Manage, create and strategize creative content for the department’s social and digital media platforms related to football.
c. Produce content for the official athletic department website, particularly as it relates to football.
d. Assist the Associate Athletic Director/Communications with the coaching staff’s media appearances. e. Oversee, schedule and coordinate student-athlete media appearances.
f. Pitch story ideas to local, state and national media. g. Travel with the team to cover all games as well as student-athlete community service and media appearances.
h. Help supervise the football press box on game day.
i. Strategically communicate to manage the program’s national brand.
j. Work closely with the SEC’s broadcast partners, radio and external media to provide accurate information for coverage.
k. Produce the annual football media guide and weekly game notes.
2. Oversee student assistant and/or graduate assistant for spring sport (s).
a. Ensure that the graduate/student assistant is meeting appropriate deadlines and providing accurate information for spring sport coverage.
b. Serve as a mentor to the graduate/student assistant.
3. Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate local, state and national media representatives.
4. Assist Assistant Athletic Director in the management of social media strategy for all sports in the department.
a. Maintain a year-round social media style guide in the communications department.
b. Keep up with social media trends and implement them into the department’s day-to-day social media strategy.
c. Develop content ideas geared toward fans and prospective student-athletes.
d. Work closely with the video productions team and Director of Creative Services to develop social media content.
5. Complete other departmental tasks as assigned by the Associate Athletic Director/Communications
Details - Associate Director, Athletic Communications Education - Bachelor’s degree with education focus in Public Relations, Communications, or Journalism
Experience - Three to four years of experience in media relations, athletic communications, preferably as a football contact.
Internal Number: PARF 497380
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