University of South Carolina Upstate Associate Director of Sports Communications TMP0231PO19
The Associate Director of Sports Communications, who reports to the Director of Athletics, will serve to expand the overall awareness of the University, athletics department, student-athletes, and coaches to the faculty/staff on-campus and in the greater community as well as support the public relations value for the university’s mission and vision. This position will serve as the primary Communications contact for five to ten assigned sports.
- Assist with the management of the marketing strategy for the athletic department and the assigned sports. This includes, but is not limited to, external branding initiatives, promotions strategies, and digital content.
- Manage various administrative duties within the Communications Office and the overall athletics department.
- Independently write and produce releases, including game notes and game releases, feature content, and other unique coverage for the Upstate Athletics website and for distribution to media outlets.
- Assist in the maintenance of the Athletics website, in particular for the assigned sports and other various projects. This includes but is not limited to independently determining the content that is written and posted to the athletics website; writing biographical sketches of the coaches and student-athletes, and other pertinent information, including in-depth feature stories.
- Maintain season and historical statistics for assigned sports; supervise statistical crews and other event support personnel for home games.
- Work with the video coordinator to set up video shoots, produce web video content, and coordinate team pictures.
- Assess and determine the need for historical research for use in the production of original content and for use in the Communications office.
- Design and produce social media content for all assigned sports and the athletic department.
- Other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director.
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years related experience in sports information, media relations or athletic communications is required. Frequent travel with sports teams is required. Long hours, nights and weekends are expected. Good driving record, valid driver’s license, and successful background check are required. Experience as a department head is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Position is temporary but ongoing in nature.
Internal Number: TMP0231PO19
About University of South Carolina Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate is a positive, diverse, and empowering institution for motivated, success-minded students who want to be challenged academically, supported personally, and pushed to the boundaries of their potential in an opportunity-rich environment.
From its founding in 1967, the University has bound its fortunes to one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, the I-85 corridor connecting Atlanta and Charlotte. Much of what sets USC Upstate apart is its position in one of the most dynamic, opportunity-rich locations in the South. Home to more than one million people and boasting the highest per capita international investment of any county in the nation, the Upstate region provides boundless academic, professional, and cultural outlets for students to develop skills and establish meaningful connections.
Comprised of a diverse and dynamic community of approximately 6,000 students from 26 states and 17 countries, USC Upstate is a wonderful blend of traditional and nontraditional students who reflect the Upstate’s rich international character. USC Upstate offers a balance of strengths that, when added up, results in a learning experience that’s ha...rd to match. The academic programs are accredited and highly ranked, with amazing research and internship opportunities for students.
USC Upstate is committed to fulfilling regional and state workforce needs and thus the university is a major engine of social and economic development. The university offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics, and nursing. These are degrees that help students to transition easily to careers in the Upstate region.
By continually adding new academic programs that prepare graduates to take leadership roles in companies and in their communities, USC Upstate is helping the region to prosper. The faculty and staff are dedicated to maintaining high academic standards and to student success. Their commitment to transforming the lives of students who are usually the first ones in their families to seek higher education shines through in every interaction at USC Upstate.
Regional, comprehensive universities are marked by their commitment and contributions to the region and their service and engagement with the community. There is an impressive spirit of service at USC Upstate that allows students, under the direction of a faculty member, to apply what they have learned in the classrooms and laboratories on some of the challenges facing our communities. In one year alone the students volunteered more than 18,000 hours to serving others in a number of ways.
Substance and beauty is a powerful combination and it perfectly describes the USC Upstate campus in Spartanburg, SC where the most modern and cutting-edge learning facilities, technology, and resources are offered within a pristine, 330-acre campus that features rolling hills, creeks, groves of trees, and beautiful green space. The spirit of competition permeates the campus with the USC Upstate Spartans competing on the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Spartans field 17 varsity sports: basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country, and track and field for both women and men; baseball for men; and softball and volleyball for women.
Nearly 30,000 students have earned their degrees from USC Upstate and are now representing the University as alumni. Nearly 85 percent of the alumni choose to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers, making a significant impact on the region’s economy and quality of life.
Now in its 50th year, the University continues to be recognized nationally among its peer institutions for its excellence in education and commitment to its students, for its involvement in the Upstate, for its operational and managerial effectiveness, for its civility and common purpose and for the clarity and integrity of its mission. U.S. News & World Report recently recognized USC Upstate as #2 Top Public Regional Colleges in the South and #3 lowest student debt upon graduation in Sothern Region: only school ranked in S.C.
USC Upstate has enjoyed working with the Spartanburg community for the past 50 years and is looking forward to enriching the Spartanburg community in partnerships for the next 50 years and beyond. Together, we will create a future that is enriching, engaged and healthy. The University’s reputation as a leader in education for the entire Upstate region is one that gets stronger each day.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
The City of Spartanburg is the seat of Spartanburg County. It has a population of nearly 40,000 with the metropolitan area reaching nearly 289,000 residents.
A major center for higher education, Spartanburg has seven colleges and universities that have a collective enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The institutions are a major economic driver for the city and larger region, and a number of partnerships between the schools and businesses are creating significant strategic advantages in workforce training, research, and economic development.
Known for its natural beauty, Spartanburg offers a high quality of life and friendly people. Shopping, dining, activities, historical sites, and cultural arts are available. The city is home to a diverse array of international companies, including BMW’s only North American plant.
The mild climate, with four distinct seasons, allows for outdoor activities year-round. The area has lakes, rivers, parks, preserves, arboretums, and trails waiting to be explored.
Situated at the junction of I-85 and I-26, Spartanburg is easily accessible to both the mountains and the beaches. The city is 75 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, and 93 miles to Columbia, South Carolina.