The University of Minnesota Morris, Intercollegiate Athletics seeks a Director of Athletic Communications. This is a full-time, twelve month, annually renewable professional and administrative appointment and reports to the Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Director of Athletic Communications (DAC) leads and directs all aspects of the sports information office for a NCAA Division III athletic program. The DAC is responsible for implementing a comprehensive athletics communications plan to enhance the exposure of Cougar Athletics. The DAC coordinates Cougar Athletics communication including schedules, game web casts, competition results and statistics, athlete/coach profiles, awards, service and interest stories. The DAC provides timely, accurate information to meet the needs of Cougar fans, build campus and community interest, and tell the UMM athletics story. The DAC works in collaboration with Communications and Marketing staff to advance the Cougar Athletics mission and the campus' mission, vision and branding.
The Director of Athletic Communications will: • Provide strategic direction for and maintain a comprehensive athletics communications program, including the Cougar Athletics website (including current information for all sports, timely information on competition results; "meet the team" information on student-athletes; athlete, coach and staff profiles; service, interest, and student outcomes stories), collaborating with Communications staff to meet campus web design, content, graphics, and quality standards. • Oversee all social media marketing platforms (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, SnapChat). Produce videos and interviews with student-athletes and coaches. • Supervise game day webcasting, programs, setup and personnel operating the scorer's table (UMM and hosted high school events), game statistics, and timely communication of results on the athletics website. • Oversee all athletics statistical compilation and reporting all scores and statistics to the conference and the NCAA. (On occasion, the DAC may be asked to serve as game manager in the absence of the Athletic Director, or Assistant ADs). • Manage nominations for student-athlete of the week recognition and conference, regional and national end of the year awards. • Build a talented, diverse, and inclusive Sports Information team; supervise a part-time Sports Information assistant, student interns, and game day staff (e.g. scorer's table, statistics). • Establish and maintain good communication with radio, print and electronic media representatives. Host media for high school tournament broadcasts. • Work closely and collaboratively with Communications and Marketing staff to a) enhance the visibility of the Cougar Athletic program in the conference, state and nationally, b) advance the Morris mission, vision and branding, c) develop and implement printed and online materials aligned with Athletics design standards and UMM communications protocols. Coordinate all major news releases with Communications and Student Affairs (e.g. championship competitions, coaching appointments, NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship awards). • Provide student-learning opportunities (e.g. sports journalism internships, employment, directed studies; and Sport Studies & Athletics courses – for candidates with a Masters in a related field). • Maintain a permanent record of sports statistics, rankings, awards, photos, trophies; oversee sports information technology; and manage the sports information budget.
Essential knowledge, skills and abilities: Essential qualifications for appointment as Senior Communications Specialist #9797SC – a professional administrative appointment: a Bachelors degree with 4 years of professional experience, excellent written and oral communication skills and strong technical skills. A Masters degree is preferred.
(The position may be also be considered within the classification of Communications Specialist #8445 – a civil service appointment. Duties will be assigned consistent with the classification. Essential qualifications: A BA/BS degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Art, or related field plus 2 years professional experience, or 6 years combined equivalent education and experience; excellent written and oral communication skills and strong technical skills.)
The preferred candidate will bring demonstrated effectiveness in sports information; a commitment to students’ athletic, academic, and life success; the demonstrated ability to build, motivate and retain a diverse and inclusive team with sensitivity to individuals of all cultural backgrounds; and the capacity to be a visible and engaging leader and advocate for the program. Experience and skill with game management and communication tools (e.g. Microsoft Word, Photoshop, StatCrew, social media, Google tools) is preferred. The successful candidate will be self-directed and motivated, and bring skills needed to advance Cougar Athletics and the university.
Additional Salary Information: Based upon experience
Internal Number: 327777
About University of MN Morris
he University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) makes its home on a 121-year-old campus on the western edge of the state and is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. The small, close-knit campus emphasizes faculty/student collaboration in research, study abroad, and service learning. Deeply rooted in the tall grass prairies of Minnesota, the campus also has advanced sustainable, environmentally friendly initiatives that have grown to levels of national leadership and touch nearly all aspects of campus life.
A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, Morris combines a rigorous, student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1700 is supported by 130 faculty members, a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. The Morris campus is the ...most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system, with 20 percent American Indian students, 10 percent U.S. students of color, and 12 percent international students.
Morris is highly ranked by national publications -- U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris in its list of “the best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students consistently win national awards – in 2017-2018, Morris was the only public baccalaureate institution among the top student Fulbright award producers. Among University of Minnesota campuses, Morris has the highest proportion of faculty in the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Gold rating.
Morris is building an increasingly competitive NCAA Division III athletic program with 19 sports for men and women. The Cougars compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Cougar Athletics is committed to fostering academic achievement, inclusive excellence, and good sportsmanship. One in five UMM students is a varsity athlete.