The Assistant Director of Communications in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics reports to the Director of Communications. In conjunction with the goals and vision of the University, the Assistant Director of Communications helps develop and assists with an athletic communications program which successfully promotes MSU Billings student-athletes, coaches and the athletics department in all appropriate venues and increases public participation in local, state and national recognition of Yellowjacket Athletics. In addition, the person in this position assists with the setup and management of each home athletic event, as assigned.
This position will:
• Oversees statistical reporting for assigned sports to meet NCAA and Great Northwest Athletic Conference requirements • Oversees organization and coordination of press box and media area activities for assigned sports. • Assists with sports media relation strategies and manages/directs communication/operations staff and graduate/student assistants. • Updates www.msubsports.com website with timely and accurate information, including game accounts, features, announcements and news. • Assists with oversight of the athletics work study program and helps ensure all home athletic events are staffed adequately. • Develops public service and in-game announcements for promotions. • Assists with the promotion of ticket sales and special events. • Assists in the planning process of all major sporting events hosted by MSUB. Examples include NCAA West Region Championships events, GNAC Championships events, and the Desert Stinger softball tournament. • Supports the Director of Communications in implementing marketing strategies. • Engages the university community by participating in campus activities to build relationships to impact the athletic program in a positive manner. • Assists in the planning and execution of luncheons, banquets, award ceremonies, media days, press conferences, etc. • Assists with the Yellowjacket Hall of Fame & Distinction, collecting nominations and completing research on nominees. • Assists in the planning and execution of The Buzzies, MSUB’s annual awards ceremony program. • Works in conjunction with the Director of Communications to manage budgets and allocate resources in an effective manner. • Assists with MSUB’s social networking presence including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and develops content and ideas surrounding strategic social media campaigns. • Assists in graphic design efforts specifically related to MSUB’s social media presence. • Assists in promoting MSU Billings student-athletes, coaches, and sports through a variety of media, advertising, promotional, public relations and marketing strategies. • Writes and disseminates news and feature articles on MSU Billings athletic programs, events, student athletes and coaches. • Promotes positive media relations with local, state and national news organizations and coordinates coach and student-athlete appearances with media. • Assists with preparation of athletic publications, including schedule cards, posters, brochures, game programs, advertisements, media guides, and newsletters. • Compiles statistical and historical information on individual athletes and teams. Prepares information and reports for the NCAA and GNAC. Updates record books and player biographies for assigned sports promptly upon completion of each season. • Assists in the maintenance of a system of files and record keeping of statistics, sports news, clippings, photos, and Athletic Department historical and biographical libraries. • Assists with the oversight of the athletics reader board and utilizes other means of campus advertising in conjunction with University Relations. • Assists with external calendars of athletic events and maintains internal calendar to meet deadlines for media guides and other publications. • Assists in gameday broadcasts on the Yellowjacket Sports Network as a play-by-play or color commentator. • Supports the Development Director in efforts to raise funds and monetary support for MSU Billings Athletics. • Travels with MSU Billings athletic teams, when appropriate, and handles related media relations on the road. • Nominates student-athletes for academic and athletic honors, scholarships and awards in conjunction with coaches and staff. • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, advertising, or closely related field required. • Competent with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). • Stat Crew knowledge and experience in volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: • Strong writing background with proven experience in game reporting, feature article writing, and other forms of sports writing. • Knowledge of print, broadcast, and web communications principles and strategies. • Knowledge of media relations practices. • Knowledge of sports and athletic programs. • Competence in Stat Crew software for the following sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Softball. • Familiarity with marketing and promotional principles and strategies. • Ability to implement university policies, procedures, and practices. • Ability to promote MSU Billings Athletics through multiple media, marketing, advertising, public relations, and promotional strategies. • Experience using social media to effectively execute marketing strategies. • Ability to collect, compile, and report sports data and information. • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including news media representatives, coaches, faculty, student-athletes, and others. • Ability to operate a personal computer keyboard and/or computer terminal for data analysis and compilation, and for the preparation of articles, reports, and other materials. • Skill in oral and written communication. • Skill in interpersonal relations.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills • Master’s degree in related field • Experience in sports marketing • Experience in sports information, communications, marketing and/or public relations. • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, Light Room, etc.) • Experience conducting on-camera interviews both as a third-party and as an on-camera host.
About Montana State University Billings
Montana State University Billings is a comprehensive public four-year higher education institution located in Montana's largest population center, whose faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research, creative endeavors and public service. MSU Billings is unique in that it is one of a select few higher education institutions that also boasts an embedded two-year community college.
The University opened in 1927 and was initially called Eastern Montana State Normal School at Billings and was established to prepare teachers for elementary schools in eastern Montana. MSU Billings has grown, with the city of Billings and Yellowstone County, into the major urban comprehensive higher education center of south central and eastern Montana. The University campus consists of four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Allied Health Professions. Seven miles west of the University campus sits City College at MSU Billings, which serves the comprehensive two-year mission of the university.
MSU Billings Yellowjacket Athletics program is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and competes at... the NCAA Division II level with men’s and women’s varsity teams in basketball, soccer, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis and golf; plus women’s volleyball, women’s softball and men’s baseball (17 NCAA championship sports) and a co-educational cheer team.