Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation's best urban public research universities. Home to over 50,000 students, 11,000 faculty and staff and 332,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 public research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls "the most ambitious campus design program in the country."
With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, nine straight years of record enrollment, global leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 Conference, UC's momentum has never been stronger. UC's annual budget tops $1.65 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion.
The University of Cincinnati, Department of Athletics is seeking candidates for a Communications and Strategic Brand Engagement professional (Assistant Sports Information Officer). This is a full-time position, salaried, with a comprehensive benefits package.
The Communications and Strategic Brand Engagement position will provide information to external and internal public via news and other media to positively influence the perceptions and narratives of the sports assigned to them in support of advancing the goals and objectives of the department and athletic programs while following University of Cincinnati and department policies, NCAA Division I, and Conference bylaws and regulations.
The range of responsibilities include: customer service, writing, editing, graphic design, video, photography, social media, archiving, event management, proactive media pitching and the facilitation of interview requests.
The position will be housed in the Agency and may be appointed at the Assistant Director, Associate Director or Director level depending on the candidate's experience and skills.
Contribute, plan and execute public relations initiatives for assigned sports.
Create editorial content for online and social media platforms including but not limited to media guides, news releases, feature stories and graphics.
Proactively pursue new, creative and innovative methods for enhancing the unit or programs' brand and media presence, including continued awareness of trends in visual communications, emerging media, earned media, social media and digital technologies.
Contact writers, broadcasters, editors to place stories.
Assist in onboarding and advisement of graduate assistants and student interns.
Direct game coverage for assigned sports and assist in game and practice coverage for additional and secondary sports.
Supervise statistical crews and managing live scoring for home events for assigned sports.
Nominate student-athletes and coaches for conference and national awards.
May represent the unit or program in designated activities.
May administer and monitor expenditures.
May maintain current and historical information on unit or program.
May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.
Bachelor's Degree in English, Mass Communications or related field.
Four (4) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.
One (1) year of experience in public relations or publications or related field.
Additional Qualifications Considered
The position requires some evening and weekend hours and travel with the team.
Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, social media execution, Statcrew and NCAA Live Stats.
Experience working in an athletic department communications office as an undergraduate, graduate assistant or full-time intern. Experience as a primary sport contact ideal.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.
Interested and qualified applicants must apply online and include:
Cover letter of interest
All certifications and other documentation can be uploaded using the Additional Documents section in the application. Applications without a cover letter and CV/Resume will not be considered for the position.
Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.
Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
For questions about the UC recruiting process or to request accommodations with the application, please contact Human Resources at [email protected].
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.
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