The Athletic Communications Associate will work daily with the director to orchestrate the day-to-day operations of the office. The ACA will play a significant role in all facets of the department's athletics communication needs, including, but not limited to: writing news releases, media relations, managing the athletics website, in-competition statistics, record keeping, and assisting with all creative services.
In addition, the Athletic Communications Associate is responsible for developing and producing feature stories, profiles and human-interest stories involving student athletes and coaches. The Athletic Communications Associate will be responsible for coverage of teams and their games and/or meets. This includes reporting and writing, as well as arranging for coverage when attendance is impractical. The Athletic Communications Associate will also assist with the organization of archival information, including records, photos, and statistics.
The successful candidate will report to the Director of Athletics Communications and work closely with the Director of Athletics to ensure excellence in coverage of the Middlebury Athletics Department.
Write press releases for games, events and special accomplishments for website, local media and campus communications.
Maintain in-game statistics and coordinate media coverage at athletic events.
Assist with the department’s social media presence across multiple platforms.
Serve as a liaison to media and respond to general queries and requests, as well as coordinate coach/student-athlete interviews.
Develop strong working relationships with coaches.
Develop and produce profiles and human-interest stories involving student athletes and coaches via the website, including, but not limited to, academic achievement, community service, individual athletic awards and recognition.
Assist with creating programs for home athletics events.
Help maintain the College’s athletics website/archives.
Travel, when needed, to provide coverage for Middlebury athletic teams.
Assists with photography, videography and graphic design services within the athletic communications department
Update online archives each summer, including: bios, records, program information and department honors.
Help promote a positive image of the College through participation in community and professional organizations, representing the College at professional meetings and on community committees, and establishing and maintaining credible relations with various news media and other collegiate athletic communications offices
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletic Communications or Director of Athletics.
Education: Bachelor’s degree is required, with an emphasis in English, Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations, preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must possess strong writing and editorial skills, along with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office and PrestoStats/StatCrew are required and video editing skills are preferred. Advance knowledge of social media, and the ability to work flexible hours, including weekends, nights and/or holidays is required.
Experience: Minimum of three years of full-time experience in sports information, sports public relations, sports reporting, or a related field is required. Five or more years of full-time experience in sports information, sports public relations, sports reporting, or a related field preferred.
Physical Demands: Must be able to lift and carry items up to 50 lbs. on occasion. Travel, when needed.
Middlebury is an undergraduate college; a graduate school for international studies; a home for immersive language study; a graduate school for the study of literature, literacy, and pedagogy; a leader of schools abroad sites that span the globe; and a home for the oldest and most prestigious writers’ conference in the world.
Middlebury is an institution that prepares students to address the world’s most challenging problems, and it does so by engaging them in the life of the mind and soul. At Middlebury, we are committed to educating students in the tradition of the liberal arts, which embodies a method of discourse as well as a group of disciplines; in our scientifically and mathematically oriented majors, just as in the humanities, the social sciences, the arts, and the languages, we emphasize reflection, discussion, and intensive interactions between students and faculty members. Our vibrant residential community, remarkable facilities, and the diversity of our co- curricular activities and support services all exist primarily to serve these educational purposes.
As an employee at Middlebury, you’ll have opportunities to excel both personally and professionally. We offer ...competitive wages; generous health, dental, life, and disability insurance; a retirement plan; training and educational assistance; and quality-of-life enhancements like concerts, lectures, shows, and community events.