The Director of Athletics Communications at RIT is responsible for developing the promotional strategy for Tiger sports, as well as administering the day-to-day operations of the Athletics Communications office. The director will oversee all communication and public relation functions for a program that consistently competes for league titles and NCAA championships.
RIT Intercollegiate Athletics consists of 24 sports (12 for both men and women) and 650 student-athletes. Men’s and women’s hockey play at the NCAA Division I level in the Atlantic Hockey Association and College Hockey American conferences, respectively. All other sports participate at the Division III level in the Liberty League Conference.
The director works within the RIT Division of Marketing and Communications while partnering closely with administrators and coaches within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Along with the director, the Athletics Communications office includes a senior athletics communications specialist, a full-time intern, and a team of student workers.
Responsibilities: The director is the chief promotional leader of RIT Tigers Athletics, reporting directly to RIT’s Chief Communications Officer. The director oversees the RIT Athletics website, social media platforms, print publications, and disseminates story ideas and scores to news media outlets. The director is responsible for creating, editing, writing materials for owned, earned and shared media.
Other primary responsibilities include:
Serve as chief spokesperson for RIT Athletics.
Manage the Athletics Communications office, consisting of senior athletics communications specialist, a full-time intern, and a team of student workers.
Oversee office budget.
Manage game day events, which includes working with Intercollegiate Athletics Department on various tasks ranging from clock management, scoreboard management and statistical record keeping.
Report all scores, highlights, statistics for all of RIT’s 24 athletic teams to NCAA, RIT athletics homepage, conferences, and media outlets.
Write feature stories related to RIT Athletics and RIT student-athletes, and pitch stories to promote student-athletes to local, regional, and national news media.
Provide content for RIT Athletics website, game-day programs, and recruiting brochures.
Work with NCAA, Atlantic Hockey Association, College Hockey American, and Liberty League conference offices.
Minimum 3-5 years of experience in communications and public relations, preferably in college athletics.
1-3 years of management experience preferred.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Experience working with news media outlets.
Strong command of statistical programs.
Ability to achieve results in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; deadline driven.
Ability to multi-task and stay organized.
Experience and understanding of social media.
Ability to positively contribute in a team environment.
Skilled in desktop publishing.
Willingness to travel and work nights and weekends
Bachelor’s degree required.
Internal Number: 4733BR
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