The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is seeking a Director of Athletic Communications. The Director of Athletic Communications oversees all aspects of athletic media relations, including production of UVA Wise Athletics publications, statistics, community public relations, broadcasting, graphic/website design, content creation, event management, preparing news releases, marketing engagement, assisting with the management of interns and other student employees; and performing other related duties as assigned. This position reports to the Director of Athletics and serves as a member of the Athletic Department’s Leadership Team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Plan and manage gameday operations for home contests (statistics, broadcasting, media relations, opponent relations)
Write content for the UVA Wise official athletics website, uvawisecavs.com
Compile and archive statistics
Arrange all interviews with student-athletes and coaches
Manage all broadcasts through the Cavalier Sports Network
Write press releases and feature stories
Maintain historical records
Strategically direct the athletics department’s media relations, communications, and promotions.
Develop, create and distribute creative content
Oversee all social media communication strategies through creation and implementation across all platforms
Initiate and coordinate television, radio, digital, and print media for important events and announcements
Work directly and collaboratively with the UVA Wise Office of Marketing and Communications
Manage and recruit full-time and part-time communications staff, including student employees
Serves as a liaison to the South Atlantic Conference Office where appropriate
The above represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned.
1 year of experience working in Athletic Communications/Sports Information
3 years of experience working in Athletic Communications/Sports Information
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of in-game statistical programs (StatCrew, NCAA Live Stats, Genius). Desktop media and other software programs (Adobe Creative Software). Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Strong customer service skills and teamwork aptitude. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Experience working with outside media outlets. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
UVA Wise is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence, affordable access, and unwavering support of a collaborative and diverse community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Employee fulfills duties as a “responsible employee” under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. A Responsible employee includes any employee: who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
UVA Wise is committed to helping the campus community provide for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing information on campus security and personal safety, including alerts, fire safety, crime prevention tips, and crime statistics is available at www.uvawise.edu/ASR. A copy is available upon request by calling 276-328-0190 or 276-376-3451.
About The University of Virginia's College at Wise
A member of the prestigious Council for Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is an inspiring place to teach, lead, learn and call home. With a student faculty ratio of 13:1 and approximately 2,000 students, UVA Wise is committed to excellence in teaching, personalized attention, and individual growth, as well as to the advancement of our region through economic development.
The only division of the University of Virginia located outside of Charlottesville, UVA Wise has a beautiful campus that is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Here, students learn from faculty who are encouraged to engage in scholarship and service that complements their teaching, and our environment is ideal for the task. In addition to Appalachian arts and culture, on-campus wetlands and impressive geography, and a region full of opportunities for study and outdoor adventure, there are many opportunities to build partnerships with organizations, agencies, and businesses in the area and beyond. Professional staff and a dedicated senior leadership team are driven by the vital mission of ensuring access and affordability to this robust, quality hig...her education. The College’s student population is largely first-generation, often rural students, for whom we offer access and affordability along with challenging academic work in the liberal arts tradition. The result is well-rounded graduates who earn fulfilling work at leading organizations and pursue graduate study at prestigious universities.