Job Summary: The Athletic Communications Assistant will assist the Director of Sports Information and Gameday Operations (SID) with all aspects of media and gameday coverage of all 32 of Alvernia University’s athletic programs. This position will work closely with the Director of Sports Information and Gameday Operations (SID) and Graduate Assistant (GA) for Sports Information to manage the social media, web, and print content for Alvernia Athletics, as well as publicize the academic and athletic accomplishments of Alvernia’s 600+ student-athletes.
Essential Functions: • Promote Franciscan ideals and adherence to the Mission of the University as demonstrated by the University Ideal Characteristics. As we are an equal opportunity employer committed to Franciscan values, all employees share responsibility for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performance of their roles while demonstrating: service orientation, respect for all, intellectual curiosity, solution focus and innovation, and mutual accountability. • Work with the GA in leadership and supervision of the Vern Sports Network (VSN) – Alvernia’s student run webcasting team. • Serve as spotter and/or inputter for live stats at games and report scores and statistics to conference office and media outlets. • Assist SID with website maintenance: including writing post-game recaps, updating schedule and roster pages, writing award releases, and writing feature stories. • Assist with the coordination of work-study students assigned to game-day work. • Assist SID with set-up/tear down of game facilities.
Additional Responsibilities: • Serve as event manager for selected home events. • Assist SID with graphic design packages for the season – including, but not limited to, annual templates, gameday graphics, award graphics, and special occasion graphics. • Develop, market, and promote athletic programs for the internal and external community, including local, regional, and hometown media. • Compile and maintain up-to-date historical data, statistics, and records. • Submit award nominations to MAC, ECAC, NCAA, and other appropriate entities. • Perform other duties as assigned by the SID and/or Director of Athletics.
Qualifications/Education: • Commitment to the mission statement, core values and goals of Alvernia University. • Bachelor’s degree required; prior college sports information office experience and Master’s degree is preferred. • A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and athletic administration. Commitment to be a good colleague and team player. • Proficiency with the following software programs: Genius Sports/NCAA Live Stats, Stat Crew, Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, and Lightroom), Microsoft Excel, Google Drive, iMovie • Experience with Sidearm Web platform, and Sling Studio or Production Truck webcasting systems preferred. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrate strong abilities in writing, editing, web design, social media, and video content production and editing. • Demonstrated problem-solving, strong leadership, communication, organizational, and team-building skills/capabilities; ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks/projects in a fast-paced environment.
Physical Requirements: • Attendance is required in order to perform the duties of this job. • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times. • Frequent travel is required.
Alvernia University is a Franciscan institution rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions. True to its Bernardine Franciscan heritage, the University’s values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation, and peacemaking have shaped its character and history for nearly 60 years.
Recently, the University has grown in both educational opportunities and enrollment, including the additional of six new varsity sports and Industrial, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering. Alvernia’s student population of nearly 3,000 comes from diverse cultural, economic, geographic, and religious backgrounds.
Alvernia offers over 50 majors & minors and awards Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees; 11 master’s degrees; and doctoral programs in leadership (PhD), physical therapy (DPT), and nursing practice (DNP).
Alvernia’s nearly 600 student-athletes compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) with Albright, Lebanon Valley, Messiah, Lycoming, Arcadia, Hood, York, and Stevenson among others.
Reading, Pennsylvania is situated between the scenic Blue and South Mountains in southeastern Pennsylvania. It features a reasonable cost-of-living with high rates of homeownership, substantial healthcare options, and a number of high quality education choices. Reading offers a mix of cultural entertainment destinations, such as the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, the Reading Public Museum, outlet shopping, minor-league sports, and concerts at the Santander Arena. The University is conveniently located an hour from Philadelphia and within an easy two- to three-hour drive of some of the world’s greatest centers of commerce, government, culture, sports, and entertainment: New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Alvernia University is committed to equal opportunity and invites all qualified candidates to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.
About Alvernia University
Alvernia is a co-educational Catholic Franciscan institution dedicated to academic and professional leadership based in the liberal arts tradition. Its suburban 121-acre campus outside Reading is within a ninety-minute drive to New York, Princeton, and Philadelphia. Alvernia University is committed to equal opportunity. Applicants who would enrich the diversity of our campus are encouraged to apply. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer