The University of Minnesota Morris Intercollegiate Athletics seeks a Director of Athletic Communications. This is a full time, 12 month, annually renewable appointment. The position carries excellent fringe benefits. 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 and 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 UMN Morris 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 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.
The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMN Morris) is an undergraduate-focused residential public liberal arts college serving 1600 students. One of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, the Morris campus is located 160 miles west of Minneapolis in the rural community of Morris. Morris is consistently highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Fiske Guide to Colleges, Princeton Review, Kiplingers Personal Finance, and Washington Monthly. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. Forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.
The University of Minnesota Morris Cougars compete in the NCAA Division III and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference with 19 sports for men and women. Cougar Athletics offers a competitive intercollegiate athletics experience advancing the UMN Morris commitment to academic excellence, diversity, service, and community; fostering the core values of integrity, respect, unity, commitment, and excellence; and furthering students’ success in athletics, learning, and life. One in five UMN Morris students is a varsity athlete.