Primary Position Function/Summary: The Media Communications Specialist will be responsible for coordinating publicity for assigned sports and assisting in publicity for departmental activities. In addition, this position will create material to assist media in coverage of assigned teams and assist with game management tasks.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Work under general supervision and be responsible for assisting in the daily management and coordination of publicizing departmental activities. Coordinate all publicity (press releases, media notes, programs, statistics and records) for assigned sports, including writing feature stories for departmental and University publications. Update FightingIllini.com regularly and manage social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al.) for assigned sports and department as a whole, engaging fan base and providing immediate informational updates. Serve as historian for assigned sports and department as a whole archiving season information both digitally and in printed form. Travel with sports teams, as assigned, to report results and event information to local media. Assist in the management of the DIA’s website for assigned sports.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, sports communications, sports marketing, sports management, public relations, communications, English, or a related field.
Two years of professional level experience in athletics media relations. One year of work experience in athletic public relations. (Years can run concurrently.)
Extensive computer/software knowledge and graphics arts skills; familiarity with McIntosh computers and publishing software applications, such as InDesign and Photoshop Training, Licenses or Certifications.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Maintain knowledge of and compliance with specific NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and institution rules as they related to this position is required.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends and have the ability to travel as required.
Excellent communication skills.
Salary and Appointment Information: This is a full-time Civil Service Athletic Communications Associate position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Salary is commensurate with experience.
To Apply: Applications must be received by December 3, 2019. Apply for this position using the "Apply for Position" button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:
Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Forms.
Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma are acceptable), and names/contact information for three references.
Applications not submitted though http://jobs.illinois.edu will not be accepted. For further information about this specific position, contact Krissy Doran at email@example.com. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
About University of Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a member of the Big Ten Conference and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.