Director of Athletics Communications

ID# 004748
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
Job Description
Amherst College invites applications for the Director of Athletics Communications position. The Director of Athletics Communications is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-4. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Director of Athletics Communications is responsible for promoting and celebrating the excellence of Amherst's storied athletics program and the accomplishments of the College's diverse and talented student athletes. Supervising a full-time Assistant Director of Athletics Communications and two part-time interns and student workers, the Director manages the compilation and distribution of information and news about Amherst Athletics, and serves as a liaison between the media and the general public for Amherst student athletes and Athletics personnel. The Director reports to the Director of Media Communications of the College's Office of Communications team, and represents and advocates for Athletics in discussions of overall institutional communications strategy. In addition, the Director cultivates and maintains strong collaborative relationships across campus, particularly with the members of the Athletics staff. Some travel is required, as is a valid driver's license.

The Director of Athletics Communication's schedule varies throughout the year, as it corresponds with each season and will require flexibility to work nights, weekends, and some holidays as the season requires.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Content creation and distribution
• Writes, designs, prints and/or posts previews, home game programs, post-game recaps, graphics, video and photography for the Athletics website and social media channels, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages, as well as the NCAA Tournament Tumblr blog
• Pitches and writes occasional press releases and articles for Amherst magazine
• Monitors subjects and content to ensure broad representation of our diverse student-athletes
• Contributes photos to the sports galleries on the College's Flickr account and helps schedule photo/video assignments for Communications photographers, videographers or outside vendors/freelancers
• Maintains photographs, statistics, rosters, schedules, results, historical records, archives and bios for each member of Amherst's 27 varsity teams
• Helps run webcasts and tracks live statistics
• Manages the relationship with website vendor Sidearm Sports
• Works closely with the NESCAC and NCAA to submit statistics

• Works as the official statistician and press box/table manager for all applicable home athletics events
• Hires, trains, supervises and schedules a diverse group of student workers who help distribute programs, play music and/or help with the public address, scoreboard operation and tracking of official NCAA statistics at home games
• Serves on the Games Committee during NESCAC and NCAA championship events
• Manages post-game interviews with coaches and student-athletes when applicable
• Helps organize team banquets and special awards presentations

Media and external relations
• Informs local and national media of upcoming athletics events
• Pitches feature story ideas to local and national media
• E-mails game recaps, box scores, press releases and feature stories to all local media immediately following contests
• Contacts student-athletes' local newspapers when outstanding athletic/academic achievements occur
• Responds to general media queries and requests as well as coordinate coach/student-athlete interviews
• Nominates student-athletes for conference, regional and national awards

The Director of Athletics Communication's schedule varies throughout the year, as it corresponds with each season:
• Fall (Sept. 1 through the end of Nov.): 7 days, includes nights and weekends
• Winter (Dec. 1 through mid-March): 5-7 days, nights and weekends
• Spring (Mid-March through the end of May): 6-7 days, nights and weekends
• Interterm (Mid-Dec. through late Jan.) and Summer (June 1 through the end of Aug.): During the interterm and summer, the sports information staff is required, among other tasks, to archive the previous year's seasons and prepare each team's web pages for the upcoming year. Mapping out and selling ads (parent and vendor) for Football Illustrated is a major summer project, along with any redesigns of the athletics website.
• Championship Seasons (when individual teams advance to post-season play) (Fall: Early Nov.-Thanksgiving Break, Winter: Late Feb.-Mid-March, Spring: Mid. April-Mid- May): 7 days, nights and weekends, regular travel with teams competing over winter and spring breaks and in post-season New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and NCAA tournaments


• Bachelor's degree
• 3 years of experience in the athletics communication field
• Excellent writing, basic photography and video editing skills
• Firm knowledge of NCAA rules for all varsity sports
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, StatCrew, PrestoStats, Genius Sports NCAA Live Stats and Golfstat
• Excellent collaboration and relationship building skills
• Ability to work under the pressure of very tight deadlines
• Ability to work a flexible schedule including frequent evenings and weekends to support events
• Demonstrated experience with social media, media relations, basic photography, and video editing
• Superior attention-to-detail, proofreading and editing skills
• Leadership and supervisory experience, including demonstrated staff management skills
• Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The College's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The College's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!

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