The Great Northwest Athletic Conference, based in Portland, Ore., is accepting applications for a 10-month (August 1, 2023-May 31, 2024) media relations intern. This position is designed to expose the successful candidate to many aspects of conference athletics administration at the Division II level, with a primary focus on media relations and championship management. The position, which has served as a springboard to full-time positions in intercollegiate athletics, requires the ability to work weekends and evenings, and travel to GNAC championship events.
MEDIA RELATIONS RESPONSIBILITIES Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordinating conference media relations activities for assigned sports, including writing and editing press releases; producing content for championship programs; updating conference statistics; coordinating selections for Athletes of the Week; working cooperatively with conference and non-conference SID’s to promote the GNAC; maintaining a consistent and engaging presence through conference social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.; updating the website in a timely fashion; assisting in conference record-keeping; and being proactive in generating earned media coverage.
CHAMPIONSHIPS RESPONSIBILITIES In conjunction with the host SID and assistant commissioner for communications, serve as conference assistant media director at GNAC championship events. Responsibilities include logistical preparation of media-related activities, including press releases, game recaps and coverage through social media platforms.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES The successful candidate will also assist with conference administrative duties, attend selected conference meetings, and be responsible for other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree required. The successful candidate must be highly organized and detail-oriented. Must be able to multi-task in a moderate- to fast-paced work environment. One to two years of related experience in a college athletic communications office is preferred. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong writing skills (including familiarity with AP style), experience with StatCrew, a strong familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and use of multiple social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube). Experience with InDesign and PhotoShop preferred. Must have the ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES Qualified applicants should send electronically the following: 1) letter of interest, 2) resume, 3) three writing samples demonstrating journalistic writing ability (in PDF format), and 4) contact information for at least three professional references to assistant commissioner Blake Timm at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put MEDIA RELATIONS APPLICANT in the subject line.
COMPENSATION Hourly rate is $16. This is a temporary 10-month position with no medical insurance or retirement benefits.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
For best consideration, please apply by April 12, 2023. The position is open until filled.
The 10-member NCAA Division II conference office is headquartered in beautiful Portland, Ore. Member institutions are Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington, Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s, Seattle Pacific, Simon Fraser, Western Oregon, and Western Washington. The GNAC sponsors championships in 16 sports.