The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) is an NCAA Division II conference headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. The MIAA is one of the nation’s oldest athletic conferences, founded in 1912. The MIAA is currently seeking candidates for the position of Director of Strategic Communications. This individual will manage the strategic communication platforms for the MIAA and serve as the primary staff contact with media outlets and media relations personnel at our 14 member institutions located with the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
•Manage the MIAA’s image and visibility, and enhance the understanding among the public it serves and constituencies with which it interacts
•Develop a MIAA strategic communications plan and a social media strategy to effectively leverage all digital/social media and other emerging platforms to raise the profile of the conference and its member institutions
•Handle the daily management and updating of the conference website for sport-specific information, general content and serve as the main liaison with its website partner (SIDEARM Sports)
•Lead graphic design efforts for conference championships, conference social media, the conference website and the conference digital network to ensure consistency with MIAA strategic messaging
•Serve as the primary media relations contact, developing and maintaining effective working relationships with local, regional and national media
•Assist with all multi-media efforts for conference website and online network including the creation of content such as podcasts, shoulder programming and live webcasting
•Plan and coordinate the media relations duties at MIAA Championships and other events
•Oversee conference media archives, including videos, images, photos and logos
•Serve as the conference representative and liaison with member institution communication staffs
•Manage MIAA statistics, records and archives
•Engage with member institutions communication staffs to support their publicity efforts, and, where appropriate, make certain those efforts are aligned with the conference office
•Facilitate and administer the conference awards programs
•Ability to multi-task and work under time constraints
•Perform other duties as assigned
Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, and a list of at least three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The MIAA will begin reviewing applications immediately and will accept applications until Friday, December 1, 2017.
The anticipated starting date is approximately January, 2018.
Salary Information: Starting annual salary based upon experience. Employer provided participation in the conference’s medical and dental insurance plans, and annuity plan.
The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, or disability status. The job description is subject to change at any time
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required
A minimum of 2 years experience in a collegiate athletics department or conference office is preferred
Excellent written (AP style) and verbal communication skills
Experience with athletic statistics software, i.e., StatCrew
Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (i.e., InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro)
Strong skill set and background in the use of all current social media platforms
Experience in website management, SIDEARM Sports content management system is a plus
Ability to work in a team environment
Strong administrative and organizational skills
Valid driver’s license
Current CPR, AED, and first aid certifications required; training and recertification can be provided if necessary
Compliance with MIAA employee policies and NCAA Division II rules and regulations required
The ability to work long hours, including nights and some weekends as needed