Assistant Director - Athletic Communications

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The Assistant Director is responsible for creating and maintaining the national public face of the Athletic Department and Oregon State University based upon national standards set forth in the industry. This position serves as manager and acts as a liaison between media representatives and the coaches, administrators and student athletes (coordinates most or all game-day activities as they relate to communications). It is also responsible for promoting sports through press releases featuring upcoming events ( ), game story recaps ( ), social media integration, scheduling of media opportunities as well as keeping a wide array of records for all intercollegiate athletics. This position also manages or assists in the management of the team's assigned Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. The Assistant Director is responsible for providing professional writing assistance in publicizing the intercollegiate varsity sports programs within the Athletic Department and helps the Assoc. Director of Communications identify media/programming opportunities for the Pac-12 Network. The Assistant Director will provide media training to all student-athletes and coaches in their respective assignments. The position will function with considerable initiative and independence in the composition of original copy. This position also works closely with all other external departments within OSU Athletics.
SOCIAL MEDIA/EMAGS: Develop and monitor social media sites to deliver the proper message to fans and media. This includes developing Facebook Timelines for assigned sports. The position is also responsible for the development and implementation of Oregon State's Emags/interactive media guides.
BRAND COORDINATION: Work with the sports marketing unit to brand and enhance the overall appearance of OSU Athletics and deliver each sport a unique positioning in recruiting efforts.
MEDIA RELATIONS: Independently develop effective working relationship with local, regional and national media covering Oregon State athletic events/competition.
SPECIFIC SPORTS ASSIGNMENT/MEDIA TRAINING: Sports assigned include women's basketball, women's volleyball, and Track and Field. Potentially other sports or a change of focus as determined by staffing needs. Arrange public engagement for head and assistant coaches. Independently manage all media relations issues for the program. Train all student-athletes and coaches in talking and working with the public media - to include blogs, radio, internet, television, social media, etc.
GAME DAY RESPONSIBILITIES: Work game-day as assigned to coordinate all media outlets, press row personnel and appropriate exposure on internet, radio, TV and social media.
SUPERVISION/LEADERSHIP: Assign student work to help maintain workload is complete.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or related field
2 years of progressively responsible experience in a professional or intercollegiate athletic Communications/Sports Information office.
3 years of progressively responsible experience in a professional or intercollegiate athletic Communications/Sports Information office.
Proven excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Excellent relationship-building skills.
Ability to solve problems, make decisions, multitask and prioritize ongoing and new projects successfully.
Ability to work collaboratively with athletic communications, athletic marketing, coaches and others relative to media events and announcements.
Working knowledge of the web and StatCrew software.
Solid understanding of new social media concepts and the fledgling Pac-12 Network/Enterprises.
Division 1 experience in Communications.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
All interested and qualified are encouraged to submit an application, cover letter and resume on-line at /, referencing job #030490.
Internal Number: 030490
Posted: August 19, 2014
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Salary: Open
Type: Full-time - Experienced
Categories: Operations, Operations - Sports Information
Required Education: 4 Year Degree

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