Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.
The Assistant Athletics Communication Director is responsible to the Assistant Athletic Director for Communication and Media Services for all duties associated with the planning and implementing of the Athletic Department’s communication strategy in accordance with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Horizon League, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines. The Assistant Athletics Communication Director is responsible for coordinating the communication efforts – including, but not limited to, news releases, media accommodations, website content, social media content, sport statistics, digital media, athletic publications, etc. – for the women’s basketball team and a minimum of two additional sports. The Assistant Athletics Communication Director will communicate effectively within the athletic department, as well as campus marketing and communications, to promote the University’s athletics programs. The Assistant Athletics Communication Director aids the Assistant AD for Communications and Media Services in development of programming, promotional activities, public relations and support services. The Assistant Athletics Communication Director will also work closely with the Director of Digital Media and student workers. Compliance with NCAA rules is of the utmost importance at Northern Kentucky University. As a member of the athletics department staff it is expected that the Assistant Athletics Communication Director will have a full understanding of the NCAA rules that pertain to the position. It is also expected that the Assistant Athletics Communication Director will comply with all NCAA rules and if he/she becomes aware, or have reasonable cause to believe, that a violation of a rule has occurred he/she will immediately report it to the Director of Athletics or his/her designee.
Regular Duties Performed Daily or Almost Daily: 1. Full communication support for women’s basketball and a minimum of two (2) additional sports programs. 2. Prepare, maintain and distribute media information as well as other publicity for assigned programs. 3. Produce content for distribution to media outlets, NKUNorse.com and Norse Athletics social media accounts, including, but not limited to, recaps, previews, press releases, graphics, digital media, etc. 4. Coordinate student-athlete media appearances for assigned programs. 5. Pitch story ideas to local, regional and national media. 6. Provide support to the department’s digital (video) efforts, including features and assistance with live broadcast production of home sporting events. This may also include assisting with creation of video content. 7. Work closely with all broadcast partners to provide accurate information on teams. 8. Nominate and promote honors and awards for student-athletes, coaches and administrators. 9. In coordination with the Assistant Athletic Director for Communication and Media Services, assist in the daily management of NKUNorse.com, which may include being the primary liaison with NKU’s website provider. 10. Provide support for select athletic events not part of assigned sports. 11. Update daily statistics, records and historical facts. Maintain and provide departmental statistics for report to NCAA, Horizon League, opponents, media and the campus. 12. Supervise student employees, which includes managing student schedules and hiring responsibilities as necessary. 13. Supervise statistical crews and other event support personnel. 14. Develop a positive relationship with all media outlets and provide services to radio/TV personalities. Also, edit the content and provide editorial support for other sports. 15. Comply with NKU, Horizon League and NCAA regulations. Periodic Duties Recurring at Fixed Intervals: 1. Report to NCAA, National Coaches Associations and the Horizon League weekly updates on statistics for the sports programs. 2. Travel with selected teams during the regular season and post season. Occasional Duties Performed: 1. Work with the Go Norse Fund to promote fund-raising events, i.e. golf outings, galas, online auctions, etc. 2. Coordinate with marketing, ticketing and promotions to aid in ticket sales. 3. Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of related experience
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, NCAA Live Stats and StatCrew
Position requires considerable initiative, creativity and independence
Evidence of strong communication skills
Three or more years of related experience
Review of applicants will begin immediately. Apply before August 4th for full consideration.
Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.
About Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of approximately 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU has become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. In fall 2018, we celebrated the construction and opening of the $105 million Health Innovation Center (HIC), home of NKU’s College of Health Professionals and the Institute for Health Innovation. St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. In 2008, we opened the BB&T Arena, a $60 million, 9,400-seat arena for basketball games and other events, as well as our $37 million, 144,000-square-foot student union building.
The 2016-17 academic year marked the first season NKU was eligible for participation in NCAA Championships after reclassifying to Division I. The Norse qualified for th...e NCAA Women's Soccer Championship and NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 2016-17. The Men's Basketball team won the 2017-18 regular season Horizon League Championship and participated in the post-season NIT. The Men's Basketball team won the 2018-19 regular season Horizon League Championship and participated in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.