The Assistant Director of Athletics Communications will direct, plan and implement media relations and publicity for West Virginia University’s intercollegiate athletic program. This position will ensure the University and its athletic achievements are presented in a consistent and favorable way to a wide ranging audience, perform duties related to providing a consistent and continuing public relations program for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, primarily by maintaining a readily accessible, accurate and useful news and information service, and direct the increase of exposure for the athletic program through the news media, social media and public.
What You'll Do:
- Manage a readily accessible, accurate and useful news and information service with emphasis on women's basketball and other assigned sports. Direct the varsity sports programs; develop new avenues to promote the University's athletic teams, its student-athletes, coaches and staff; and work with the staff, coaches and student-athletes to enhance their interaction with the public and media (newspapers, radio, television, internet and social).
- Direct with personal involvement the publicity and media relations efforts for women's basketball and other assigned sports. Duties include, but not limited to, media management, media guide preparation, news releases, compiling statistics which is distributed to national, regional and state media outlets; engage in media relations activities, game operations, result reporting, liaison to the conference office, feature writing, assist in production of videos, assist with arranging radio broadcasts both home and away, travel to away games and other special projects.
- Coordinate with personal involvement the regional and national television coverage of assigned sports games during each season. Duties include meeting with announcers and producers, providing team and University information, research material and statistics on behalf of the University in preparation of a telecast that will reach thousands of households.
- Master's degree, preferably in English, jounalism, communications, sports administration or similar field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- A minimum of two (2) years of experience in sports information, athletic communications or sports media relations.
- Experience as a graduate assistant is acceptable.
- Maintain high standard of ethics and integrity related to intercollegiate athletics.
- Knowledge of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics.
- Strong working knowledge of NCAA and conference rules, regulations, policies and guidelines and the ability to apply those rules.
- Demonstrated knowledge of median, particularly sports media.