The Director for Athletic Communications is responsible for the planning and implementation of all phases of communications for varsity athletics and acts as the Sports Information liaison to the NCAA and the athletic conferences to which we belong. This individual works closely with the Associate Athletic Director and the senior leadership of Athletics to set strategic priorities related to athletic communications.
1. Serve as primary contact for varsity sports teams: provide communications coverage to include attending home athletic events, traveling with teams during post season play (if applicable), keeping statistics, relaying competition results, and executing communications strategy related to printed and digital materials. 2. Develop the vision and provide management for the department's official website. Provide oversight and direction for the WashU Sports Network (approximately 125 events per year) including relationships with external vendors. 3. Assist Associate AD for External Relations to: -develop WashU Athletics social media and communications strategies, including planning and implementation of public relations initiatives and consistent branding, and -develop relationships with local, regional, and national media members to increase coverage of WashU Athletics. 4. Maintain close contact with athletic governing bodies (NCAA, UAA CCIW) as Athletic Communications liaison; monitor submission guidelines for national-level student-athlete awards nominations. Craft and submit nominations for student-athletes using up-to-date information from coaches. Design and write sport publications and graphics related to varsity sports. 5. Supervise and manage one full-time staff member; schedule and oversee work of broadcast team, photographers, and other athletic event-related staff or consultants; recruit, train, and supervise student assistant. 6. Manage athletics communications budget, covering related costs for all varsity competitions. 7. Perform other duties as assigned.
Required: Bachelor’s degree in a related field Five years of experience related to intercollegiate athletics sports media relations or comparable work in a sports-related field Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Preferred: Master’s degree in Sports Administration and five years’ experience in collegiate athletics Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and video production Former student – athlete
Internal Number: 50593
About Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University (WashU) is a private research institution that was founded in 1853 with highly ranked undergraduate programs and top ranked graduate programs including the Olin Business School and the School of Medicine. WashU is located in St. Louis, the second largest city in Missouri, which has a thriving music and arts scene, unique neighborhoods with distinct personalities, successful professional sports teams, and a host of local owned restaurants and shops.
WashU has a rich tradition of athletic achievement that began over 100 years ago and competes at the Division III level of the NCAA. WashU’s varsity sports portfolio contains 19 programs. WashU’s primary conference affiliation is the University Athletic Association Conference (UAA) while football competes in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). With an alumni base spread throughout the country, the reach of WashU’s athletic programs continues to grow.
Washington University’s Athletic Complex has been fortunate to host numerous national championships, renown speakers, musical groups, and political events. Additionally, Francis Olympic Field, WashU’s signature outdoor facility, has a sto...ried history as it served as the primary facility for the first Olympic Games in the Western Hemisphere. Another one of WashU’s premier athletic facilities is the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center, which opened its doors in October 2016. The state-of-the-art recreation center has become a highly sought-out destination with over 2,000 daily visitors and 83% of undergraduate students utilizing the space.