Augustana University is located in the growing and vibrant city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota with a metro area of over 265,000 people. Augustana University has, for more than 150 years, provided a strong student-centric education based on its five core values: Christian faith, liberal arts, excellence, community and service. Guided by Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030, the comprehensive strategic plan for Augustana University, Augustana Athletics' vision for the foreseeable future is twofold: 1. Build a nationally competitive men's hockey program that competes at the Division I level 2. Win the Division II Learfield Director's Cup celebrating broad based excellence.
With the addition of the $70 million Midco Arena, Augustana Athletics is launching the first collegiate hockey program in South Dakota in 2023 and it will also be the first athletics program to compete at Division I that calls Sioux Falls home. Currently with 21 NCAA Division II sports programs, Augustana Athletics is focused on building champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community, highlighted by three team national championships since 2016. Viking Athletics finished #7 nationally in the Division II Learfield Director’s Cup in 2021-22 and also won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) All Sports Award.
Director of Communications
Augustana University (SD) is seeking qualified applicants for the Director of Communications position, a 12-month position within our athletic department. The director of communications provides administrative and technical support under the direction and supervision of the Associate AD for Communications. This position is responsible for assisting the Associate AD in all aspects of managing the communications office as well as additional responsibilities as assigned within the athletic department.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Will serve as the primary contact for Augustana’s NCAA Division I hockey program along with other selected sports.
Regularly update the GoAugie.com website.
Coordinate proper staffing for all home athletic events.
Organize and record game statistics at athletic events and provide timely reporting of results to local, conference, regional, and national media outlets.
Ensure all programs have proper headshots and updated roster information on the website. Update all other pages of GoAugie.com website. Create photo galleries.
Respond to statistical and other report requirements for the NSIC, NCAA, opponents, publications, television networks, national wire services, and other print and electronic services.
Promote and nominate on a timely basis student-athletes and coaches for proper recognition at the conference, regional, and national levels.
Maintain all statistical information, historical data, and photo files for assigned athletic programs.
Work with media to solicit event coverage and feature stories for assigned sports.
Schedule and coordinate student athlete and coaches’ interviews for all sports.
Work with many different types of software integral to a comprehensive sports information department.
Develop and maintain quality relationships with coaching staff and other athletic staff
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
1-3 years of experience working in athletic communication
Communication experience with a hockey program
Background with digital medial
3-5 years of experience working in college athletics
Interacting with students, faculty and leadership with different backgrounds and points of view and a deep appreciation of and respect for academic values and culture must be a top value of the candidate.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should complete an Augustana University’s Employment Application, provide a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. Valuing diversity and inclusivity are important aspects of the culture and ethos of Augustana University. Please share how you envision embracing and advancing these ideals. Application materials are to be sent electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Official website: www.augie.edu.
Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment background check.
Founded in 1860, Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates — along with graduate degrees and continuing education programs — Augustana is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.
Nationally recognized for academic excellence, student life, graduate outcomes and affordability, Augustana serves more than 2,000 students from 34 states and 48 countries. Most are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. Our graduate and continuing education programs serve students during times that are convenient for adult learners.