Job no: 502710 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 890103 - Athletics - Sports Information Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS Categories: Professional Position Open Date: Jun 14 2021
Mississippi State University Athletics is seeking an Assistant Director/Communications to join its communications and external team. The successful candidate must be highly organized and driven with exceptional multi-tasking and communication skills. This position will work closely with the Associate Athletic Director/Communications, the department's graduate assistants and student assistants in addition to working alongside the marketing, creative and Hail State Productions teams. The candidate must have strong knowledge of social media platforms as well as outstanding writing and public relations skills. Travel will be required as well as working long hours and weekends.
1. Serve as the primary communications contact for the women's basketball program. a. Prepare, maintain and distribute media information and other publicity for women's basketball year-round. b. Manage, create and strategize creative content for the department's social and digital media platforms related to women's basketball. c. Produce content for the official athletic department website, particularly as it relates to women's basketball. d. Serve as team spokesperson and coordinate all the program's media appearances. e. Travel with the team to cover all games. f. Supervise Humphrey Coliseum media operations for all home games. g. Strategically communicate to manage the program's national brand. h. Provide coaches and staff with appropriate messaging for speeches and public appearances. i. Promote student-athletes for various national, regional and conference awards. j. Work closely with the SEC's broadcast partners, radio and external media to provide accurate information for coverage. k. Maintain the women's basketball program's statistical archives and records.
2. Coordinate publicity for the women's golf program. a. Ensure that the undergraduate student responsible for the day-to-day publicity of the program is meeting appropriate deadlines and providing accurate information for women's golf coverage. b. Prepare, maintain and distribute media information and other publicity for women's golf year-round. c. Help manage, create and strategize creative content for the department's social and digital media platforms related to women's golf. 3. Serve as the communications department's liaison to the athletic academic center. a. Prepare press releases and announcements as it relates to the athletic department's academic success. b. Provide athletic department staff with speaking points. 4. Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate local, state and national media representatives. 5. Complete other departmental tasks as assigned by the Associate Athletic Director/Communications.
Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism with two (2) years of experience in media relations, athletic communications, preferably as a women's basketball contact.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Ability to travel with the team. 2. Ability to work long hours, including nights and weekends. 3. Excellent written and oral communication skills. 4. Knowledge of media relations/communications concepts and principles. 5. Comprehensive knowledge of social media platforms and an understanding on how to execute social media ideas. 6. Application of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. 7. Understanding of how to stay ahead of trends in the profession. 8. Knowledge of Stat Crew, The Automated Scorebook and Stat Broadcast.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
* Occasional and/or light lifting required. Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., but none to the point of being disagreeable. May involve minor safety hazards where likely result would be cuts, bruises, etc. * Work hours are unpredictable and may require including nights and weekends; frequent interruptions based on changing priorities; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor. * Job frequently requires sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands. Job occasionally requires standing, walking, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 50 pounds. * Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.
Please attach your Resume and cover letter to the Application.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Internal Number: 502710
About Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting institutions and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research Activity University. Also, a National Science Foundation “Top 100” research University, MSU shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, and values the talents of our distinguished faculty, staff, and student scholars. Here, a culture of inclusion is fostered and we’re driven each day to make a difference at the local, state, regional, national and global levels. At Mississippi State University we invite you to join us as we continue our momentum in research, teaching, and service.
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