The University of Iowa Athletics Department seeks applications for an Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. This is a full-time position, salary range $45,900 to commensurate, with full University benefits. The University of Iowa is an NCAA Division I Power Five institution and a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Department of Athletics manages 24 varsity sports programs and operates under a “Win. Graduate. Do It Right.” philosophy.
Responsibilities: Administer athletic communications duties as the primary contact for assigned sports (women’s basketball, field hockey, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics), along with assisting staff in coverage of all sports and events, as required. Write and edit feature stories and news releases for distribution to local, regional and national media, hawkeyesports.com and social media outlets. Research and assemble records, statistics, rosters, etc., for use in media guides, souvenir programs and other digital publications and resource guides, and contribute to maintaining archives of the history of the UI Athletics program. Provide assistance to local, regional, and national media to facilitate coverage pertaining to UI student-athletes, coaches, and athletics department staff, and prepare student-athletes, coaches, and staff for media interviews. Assist in the supervision of intern and undergraduate staff.
Note to Candidate: This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule, including frequent travel, work in the evenings and on weekends. The successful candidate will be subject to a credential and criminal background check. For questions or additional information, please contact Lori Neu at email@example.com
Benefits Highlights: Excellent fringe benefit package including paid vacation and sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans. The University of Iowa is a Big Ten, nationally ranked research university with 30,000 students located in Iowa City. A vibrant community boasting excellent public schools, safe, comfortable neighborhoods, affordable housing, a highly educated population, and numerous cultural, recreational and sporting opportunities and events contribute to the Iowa City area frequently appearing high on the best-places-to-live listings.
Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Minimum of one year of experience in athletic communications or sports public relations
Ability to creatively produce and manage the design, layout, content and flow of multiple publications for multiple platforms (web, e-mail, podcasts, digital audio & video, digital photography, social media and print)
Working knowledge and ability to:
Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
Work constructively and collaboratively in a diverse environment, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationships
Work effectively in a highly-regulated team environment
At least three years of experience in athletic communications/sports information in an NCAA Division I university environment managing media relations and content development.
Some experience with managing media relations for a high-profile sport at the NCAA Division I-Power 5 Conference level is highly desired.
Proficient in computer software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and sports statistical software (please specify software used). Experience with Stat Crew and Genius highly preferred.
Proficient in social media content creation and management including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Familiar with website content management system (please specify system used). Experience with SideArm highly preferred.
Some experience in feature writing and designing infographics
Application Process: Visit our website at https://jobs.uiowa and search for keyword “Communications”. Candidates must upload both a current resume and a cover letter that clearly address how they meet the listed qualifications for this position. Applications without both a cover letter and resume will be considered incomplete and ineligible for consideration. A portfolio of previous work may be requested and must be provided electronically if requested. Five professional references will be required at a later step in the recruitment process. Only applications submitted at http://jobs.uiowa.edu will be accepted.
About The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is a Big Ten, nationally ranked research university with 30,000 students located in Iowa City. A vibrant community boasting excellent public schools, safe, comfortable neighborhoods, affordable housing, a highly educated population, and numerous cultural, recreational and sporting opportunities and events contribute to the Iowa City area frequently appearing high on the best-places-to-live listings. Go to “Working at Iowa” at https://jobs.uiowa.edu/working-at-iowa to learn more.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.