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Friday, June 28, 2013

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is hiring a Public/Internal Relations Communications Consultant / Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will be hiring a Public/Internal Relations Communications Consultant / Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. 

Gopher Athletics offers 25 NCAA sponsored Division I sports and participates in the Big Ten and WCHA conferences. The Department's mission reads: To serve as a window to the University in an environment of integrity and equity that enables student-athletes to achieve excellence in their academic and athletic pursuits. Gopher Athletics' vision is to be the model Division I program in the country and has adopted core values that guide decisions and behaviors in ongoing efforts to fulfill the mission and vision: (1) demonstrate a daily commitment to a culture of compliance, diversity, equity, and fiscal responsibility and (2) respect, value and recognize our people.   The Intercollegiate Athletics Department is committed to hiring a diverse staff and actively encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.  The assistant director of athletic communications will serve as a member of the athletics communications team and work to advance the reputation and positioning of the University Of Minnesota Department Of Athletics. This position reports directly to the Associate Athletic Director of Athletic for Strategic Communications and is responsible for coordinating marketing communications activities for Golden Gopher athletic department and sports programs. 

Responsibilities:  1. Public Relations: A) Develop, coordinate and implement comprehensive public relations and marketing communications strategy and plans for assigned sports, including a focused social media plan. B) Oversee and manage communications for assigned sports, including press conferences, post-practice and post-game availabilities, social media channels and community engagement. C) Coordinate publicity efforts for assigned head coaches, coaching staffs and athletic department personnel. D) Coordinate television coverage for assigned sports, including Big Ten Network, Fox Sports North, and national broadcast relations. E) Assist colleagues with development and implementation of crisis and strategic communications strategies as necessary. F) Develop, coordinate and implement award for assigned sports. G) Travel to specific road competitions with assigned sports as the University's official communications lead.  
2. Communications:  A) Write and edit news releases, game notes, feature stories and social media content for assigned sports. B) Maintain, coordinate and produce original content for all aspects of and for assigned sports. C) Serve as managing editor of game-day material for assigned sports, responsible for content strategy, management of production schedule, assignment of feature stories and interviews, and production of original content as necessary. D) Collaborate and coordinate with other athletics units to gather, develop and disseminate information to key stakeholders. E) Manage, maintain and archival records, statistics and personnel files for historical purposes. 
3. Game Day/Event Management: A) Develop, implement and oversee game-day media management responsibilities for assigned sports. Develop and manage duties for staff, interns and student workers to insure smooth media coverage of events for assigned sports. B) Oversee statistical crews for assigned sports and insure the production of accurate statistics for all assigned sports. C) Review, approve and distribute media credential requests for assigned sports. D) Produce and submit necessary personnel and statistical reports as required by and in compliance with established Big Ten Conference and NCAA guidelines. 
This position works in a creative and collaborative team environment where change is embraced and innovation is encouraged.   Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and four (4) years full-time experience in collegiate or professional sports communications, media relations, athletic communications or public relations.  Preferred Qualifications: 4-6 years’ experience as a full-time communications professional in the consumer or sports marketing category.  This is a 100 percent, 12-month professional and annual renewable appointment. 
Apply for the position of Public/Internal Relations Communications Consultant / Assistant Director of Athletic Communications online via the Employment System at http://  Requisition Number is 185175.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background verification.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin Friday, June 28, 2013. To apply attach a letter of application, current resume and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.  For additional information on Gopher Athletics, go to  The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.