INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks a student-athlete experience intern beginning September 3, 2019 and ending May 31, 2021. This innovative leader will help the department build a comprehensive and sustainable leadership development program for student-athletes. The intern will also develop a strategy for communications and social media that highlights student-athlete experiences, accolades, and leadership. These programs and strategies will include deliberate efforts to support diversity and inclusion efforts of the department. In line with the institutional priorities of the college, we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT, 40%
Work with the senior associate director of athletics to create a comprehensive and sustainable student-athlete development program including:
Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) growth, presence, and impact
Captains leadership development
Leadership council member development
Emerging leader program
Meet with athletic leadership, coaches, current student leaders, campus leadership program leaders, and directors to assess current programming finding opportunities for growth and development
Work with the same groups to develop vision, mission, goals, strategy, and structure of comprehensive programming that addresses development of student-athletes as leaders throughout their sports careers at Colby; include goals and strategies to address diversity and inclusion initiatives as a part of the student-athlete experience
Develop leadership curriculum and programming that meets outlined goals
Create plans for summer leadership retreats
Plan calendar for the year for all leadership programming
Work with SAAC to increase impact on campus and in enhancement of the student-athlete experience and leadership programming; create events bringing entire student-athlete community together (beginning of year, mid-year, end-of-year)
COMMUNICATIONS/SOCIAL MEDIA, 40%
Work with communications team and senior associate director of athletics to develop vision, goals, strategy, and structure around departmental social media communications
Work with Sports Information Director (SID) and Office of Communications to create a program strategy that highlights student-athlete experiences, accolades, and leadership
Create a presence on the website for student-athlete leadership programming information
Provide support around website messaging and content that focuses on enhancing the story of the student-athlete experience
Actively communicate and solicit local, regional, and national media coverage for student-athlete centered events and feature stories on Colby athletes and teams both promoting events and highlighting accomplishments using messaging pillars, brand truths, and key messaging points
At times, assist SID using social media and other digital tools to communicate game updates and other program information and media coverage in real time to encourage information dissemination and fan engagement
Work closely with all in-game sports information staff members, including student workers, freelancers, and photographers to extract and convey important information for stories that communicate the student-athlete experience and assist with awards selections
Create a plan for facilitation of student-athlete awards throughout the department; nominate, facilitate, and promote student-athletes for awards; proactively collaborate across the Office of Communications to help share the news to various audiences
Assist in planning, operation, coordination, promotion, and execution of special student-athlete centered events, including the senior awards dinner
Promote the academic and athletic accomplishments of our programs as well as the community, educational, promotional, partnership, and development-related initiatives of the Department of Athletics with targeted approaches to appropriate audience segments, including prospective student-athletes
Support internet presence for athletics, including gocolbymules.com in conjunction with created vision, goals, and strategy for social media and communications impact of the student experience
Write and edit athletic department publications and news releases, various department communication materials, postseason publications, press releases (related to enhancement of presence around student experience), and feature stories for the department's website with a focus on message delivery, user experience, time on website/length of content, and platform appropriateness, while keeping with the Colby style guide and message
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES, 20%
Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
Opportunity to serve in assistant coaching capacity for one season if desired in sport of preference
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: This position has significant interaction with students, faculty, staff, coaches, administrators, media, and external constituents.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions. Operates on turf, grass, ice arena, and gymnasium. General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, movement, climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 lbs., and computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Frequent travel and early morning/evening/weekend work is required.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:
Student-Athlete Experience Intern - Search Committee Office of Human Resources Colby College 5500 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME 04901-8855
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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
Degree in sports management/marketing, journalism, communications, marketing, or similar field preferred
Familiarity with NCAA Division III and conference regulations (NESCAC) preferred
Experience with diversity and inclusion programming preferred
Previous engagement with or in a leadership development program
Organized and detail-oriented
Strong self-initiative and ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and minimal supervision
Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail including the ability to detect grammatical and spelling errors
Aptitude for collaborating with others, establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with staff, coaches, administrators, and campus colleagues
Ability to exercise significant independent judgment
Proficiency with utilization of trending social media platforms
Willingness to comply with NCAA regulations and to work extended hours beyond the typical business day, nights and weekends throughout the academic year, and travel as required
Ability to excel as a member of a diverse community
Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
About Colby College
Colby is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and has 28 intercollegiate sports that compete at the Division III level, and four programs (men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic Skiing) that complete at the Division I level. The department also hosts a variety of club and intramural sports. Over one-third of Colby’s 2,000 students participate in intercollegiate sports, and in total, nearly three-quarters are involved in fitness and recreation activities in the department.
The College has broken ground on the construction of a new, state-of-the-art athletics complex, scheduled to open in the fall of 2020, which is destined to be among the best Division III facilities in the country. The 350,000 square-foot athletics center will include an indoor track and field competition center, aquatic center with Maine’s first 50-meter pool, squash center, gymnasium, hockey arena, strength and fitness center, training rooms, and coaching suites. Additionally, the College recently opened a 70-acre-plus outdoor competition center that consists of three gleaming new competition and recreational fields that are also among the finest outdoor venues in Division III.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.
For more information about the College, please visit the Colby web site: www.colby.edu.