Under the guidance and direction of the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Athletics Communications Associate assists with athletics communications activities, including but not limited to: statistics, writing sports specific content, social media responsibilities, national rankings platform, student-athlete awards, and website maintenance.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Assist with all aspects of statistical reporting for sports of the NJCAA – including in-season oversight for all sports that utilize the NJCAA PrestoSports Stats system.
Assist and maintain NJCAA historical archives, including sport-by-sport record books, student-athlete awards, all-time drafted players, national champions, and all-time national rankings.
Assist with social media monitoring and posting on main NJCAA and sport specific social media accounts
Provide graphic design assistance for sports specific content including national rankings, players of the week, statistical leaders, significant matchups, sport schedules, national awards, national championships and former NJCAA student-athletes at four-year or professional level.,
Manage the communications effort for NJCAA sports throughout the year including national rankings, players of the week, statistical leaders, national awards, national championships, weekly statistical leaders, record-breaking performances and former NJCAA student-athletes at four-year or professional level.
Oversee the NJCAA national rankings platform and serve as a contact for voting committees for all sports over the duration of the sports year. Includes compiling weekly statistical reports for national rankings.
Assist with post-season coverage including tracking district tournaments/championships, preparing storylines and statistical information for national championships.
Coordinate with NJCAA championship team and championship hosts on historical information, statistics, regular season and team specific storylines and championship communications management.
Possible occasional travel to national championship events, which would include serving as national office contact on-site, assisting with statistics management, streaming production and/or championship logistics.
Provide statistical information, historical records and storylines to NJCAA Network producers and talent.
External and internal communications through public press releases, including association-wide news and feature stories.
Support the marketing and communications team in the following key areas: membership communications, website content management, social media, and marketing campaigns.
Qualifications – Education, Experience, and Skills
Bachelor’s degree required, a focus on sport management, communications, and media preferred.
Previous professional experience in the sports information or college athletics field with responsibility for a combination of duties involving statistics, website maintenance, social media, communications, and writing.
Demonstrated customer service, organization, leadership, planning, and conflict management.
A good command of Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite application software, current social media platforms, statistical input entry platforms, and website maintenance.
The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to establish positive public relations and to interact effectively with staff, member colleges, athletic directors, student-athletes, fans and the public.
The ability to establish and maintain collaborative, effective working relationships with team members, member colleges, athletic directors, student-athletes and the public.
Problem solving skills, judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in evaluating information.
The ability to write effectively and efficiently.
The ability to work as an individual and as part of a team.
Must be efficient and organized with a high level of attention to detail.
NJCAA Expectations of the Employee
To ensure an orderly environment and provide the best possible work environment, the NJCAA expects employees to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during work hours and at any function at which the person represents the NJCAA. The NJCAA’s reputation is one of its most valuable assets. In addition, the employee is expected to follow the Employee Rules of Conduct that will protect the interests and safety of all employees as well as the NJCAA; to conduct themselves in an honest, honorable, courteous and appropriate manner at all times; to contribute to a positive working environment; to act as ambassadors of the NJCAA; and to display professionalism in representing the NJCAA.
Application submission deadline is October 15, 2020.
Since 1938, the National Junior College Athletic Association or NJCAA has served as the nation’s premier governing body for two-year collegiate athletics, providing student-athletes opportunities to Prepare, Compete, Succeed, and Achieve in their academic and athletic disciplines. The NJCAA is the second-largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 3,400 teams compete in 25 (and growing) different sports across multiple divisions in the NJCAA and the organization sponsors 47 national championship events and nine football bowl games.
The NJCAA hopes to attract ambitious upper class undergraduates and graduate students that are interested in a career in the NJCAA or intercollegiate athletics. Prospective interns will have the opportunity to apply in four separate categories in which they seek a future career: NJCAA Administration, NJCAA Marketing & Communications, and NJCAA Events & Championships
Fast Facts: Interns will work directly with employees of the national office and will be housed in the association's office in Charlotte, NC. Other information regarding the internship program: Int...ernships will be semester-long or year-long opportunities (Fall semester, spring semester, summer semester, full calendar year), interns may receive academic credit for their position with the NJCAA, while internships are unpaid, non-benefit positions.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
It is the mission of the NJCAA to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges.
The NJCAA's mission is to promote and foster two-year college athletics. Unlawful discrimination is incompatible with this mission and detracts from the organization's goal of promoting healthy and fair competition. The NJCAA prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, religion, creed, sexual orientation, age or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the NJCAA's governance, programs, regulations and employment practices.