Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications
University of San Diego
Location: San Diego, California
Internal Number: 4563270
Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications
Posting #: 4576
Department Description: As part of the University of San Diego, a Roman Catholic University, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to advancing academic and athletic excellence and enhancing students' lives while promoting the University of San Diego.
University Description: The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanitys urgent challenges.
Detailed Description: The Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications position is responsible for managing the Athletics Communications office and ensures integration with the Athletics Marketing office, to serve USD's 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic teams. Responsible for building the foundation of our Athletics Communications program through vision, staff and budget planning. Additionally, set the direction for our strategic communication and digital efforts. Utilizes knowledge, skills and drive to increase our fan engagement and revenue generating initiatives through creating video and graphic content, compelling stories, marketing and promotional pieces, all while adhering to the brand of University of San Diego athletic programs. Assigned to specific sports by the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs and provides home game coverage for assigned sports and travel to selected away contests. Duties and Responsibilities:
Integrated Marketing Communication:
Responsible for setting the vision and direction of our Athletics Communications' office.
Provide leadership in communications and oversight of broadcasting, digital strategy, social media, publication, logo and branding initiatives; collaborates with the Assistant AD for Marketing and Promotions.
Develop innovative ways to advance the department by engaging fans and recruits in a compelling and unique way.
Ability to tell USD Athletics story to reach local, regional and national levels.
Complement and support the revenue generation team (marketing, sales and development units) by participating to set the direction of a comprehensive annual marketing campaign.
Develop, recommend and implement marketing initiatives designed to increase brand awareness.
USDToreros.com website construction, brand maintenance and maintain data.
Assess effectiveness of all communication and digital initiatives and make recommendations to maximize our efforts.
Coordinates statistics and information requests from the Director of Athletics.
Serve as department liaison with print and electronic media organizations.
Hires game day staff, issue media credentials, and oversee press box/row operations at all home events.
Potential travel with sports to away contests in order to provide fan engagement and media coverage.
Responsible for home coverage as well as constructs and maintains information on team, coach and player files. Maintains files on athletic department history (including photos, team statistics and records) and administrative data including information on website.
Post all local, WCC, NCAA and national post-game results plus other press releases to all media outlets.
Other standard media relations duties.
Manages the department budget.
Special Conditions of Employment:
Some travel for extended periods of time for athletic events.
Evening and weekend work essential.
Successful completion of required background checks.
Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors degree required, preferably in graphic arts/design, marketing, communications or public relations.
At least two years of full-time related experience.
Understanding of NCAA rules and regulations strongly preferred.
Masters degree preferred.
Experience with motion graphics, video production/editing and graphic design.
Ability to communicate, orally and in writing, with local media, USD employees, and national media outlets.
Strong organizational skills with ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities.
Team-oriented individual with willingness to take initiative and desire to work in collegiate athletics.
Evenings and weekend work expected due to working home contests.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Heartsaver CPR/AED certification required within six weeks of employment.
California drivers license required within six weeks of employment.
Posting Salary: $5,417 to $5,833.33 per month; Excellent Benefits
The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits
The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position. Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.
Special Application Instructions: Resume and Cover Letter Required
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Additional Details: Hours: 40 hours per week
Closing date: Open until filled
Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.
The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.
The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and providing a top-notch liberal arts education for scholars of all faiths. USD is located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The campus is renowned for its beauty, and features Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture.