Type of Position: Regular 100% time; Probationary; FLSA Exempt
Apply By: August 30, 2022
The University of Iowa Athletics Department seeks applications from self-motivated, results-oriented individuals with the knowledge, ability and interpersonal skills required to serve as Assistant Director, Athletics Communications. This is a full-time position including full University benefits. The University of Iowa is an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Department of Athletics manages 22 varsity sports programs and related events with a workforce of approximately 200 regular employees and 300 temporary employees. Athletics is a people-centric organization that operates under a “Win. Graduate. Do It Right.” philosophy. For more information regarding Athletics, please click here.
Responsibilities: The Assistant Director of Athletics Communications will plan, develop, implement, and assess communication and outreach efforts that represent University of Iowa people, programs, and policies using diverse materials and channels, including print, digital, broadcast, and social media; public events; displays and exhibitions; and public speech. Target communications to and build relationships with University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff; news media; alumni; current and prospective donors; policymakers; professional and industry partners; Iowa residents; parents; prospective students; and other external and internal audiences. The person in this position will work with assigned sports, including Women’s Basketball and Women’s Soccer.
Note to Candidate: This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including frequent travel, work in the evenings and on weekends.
For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.
Benefits Highlights:Excellent fringe benefit package including paid vacation and sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans. This position will also be eligible for Athletics Specific Staff Privileges and Taxable Benefits. The University of Iowa is a Big Ten, nationally ranked research university with 30,000 students located in Iowa City. A vibrant community boasting excellent public schools, safe, comfortable neighborhoods, affordable housing, a highly educated population, and numerous cultural, recreational and sporting opportunities and events contribute to the Iowa City area frequently appearing high on the best-places-to-live listings. Go to “Working at Iowa” to learn more.
Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Minimum of one year of experience in a fast-paced, high-profile communications or public relations position. (Athletics/sports experience preferred, including previous promotion of high profile teams and student athletes)
Ability to creatively produce and manage the design, layout, content and flow of multiple publications for multiple platforms (web, e-mail, podcasts, digital audio & video, digital photography, social media and print)
Working knowledge and ability to:
Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
Work constructively and collaboratively in a diverse environment, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationships
Work effectively in a highly-regulated team environment
Proficient in computer software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and sports statistical software. Experience with Genius statistical software highly desired.
Familiar with website content management system. Experience with WMT highly desired.
At least three years of experience in athletic communications/sports information environment managing media relations and content development for high-profile, nationally ranked, sport programs at the NCAA Division I level, including Women’s Basketball.
Proficient in social media content creation and management including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Demonstrated experience in feature writing and designing infographics
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.
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About The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is a Big Ten, nationally ranked research university with 30,000 students located in Iowa City. A vibrant community boasting excellent public schools, safe, comfortable neighborhoods, affordable housing, a highly educated population, and numerous cultural, recreational and sporting opportunities and events contribute to the Iowa City area frequently appearing high on the best-places-to-live listings. Go to “Working at Iowa” at https://jobs.uiowa.edu/working-at-iowa to learn more. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.