Assistant Athletics Director for Varsity Athletics Communications
Dartmouth College Athletics
Location: Hanover, New Hampshire
Salary: upon request
Internal Number: 0665600
Athletics Communications Strategy Development (10%) •Evaluates and develops athletics communications strategies responsive to the needs of sports for which assigned responsibility and determines priorities. •Establishes program goals and objectives and develops policies and procedures. •Accomplishes long- and short-range planning. •Acquires and allocates needed resources. •Manages assigned budgets. •Monitors and evaluates program performance and makes adjustments as necessary. Supervision of Athletics Communications Staffing (15%) •Supervises office intern and work study students in activities such as coverage of games and events, writing informational releases, maintenance of statistics and records, research, public address system operation, etc. Recruits for and helps select new hires. Provides needed orientation and training. Makes/schedules work assignments. Provides work review and guidance as necessary. •Organizes program support for assigned games and events. Analyzes needs and determines how they are to be met, e.g., assigns writers photographers, and statisticians; responds to logistical needs of the media, including radio/TV access, seating, stands for equipment set up, etc. •Serves as game-day coordinator for television at assigned events, coordinating electrical hook-up, parking, food and beverage service, internet service and telephones. Contacts visiting schools for relevant information and statistics. Ensures proper operation of the scoreboard and public address system. Ensures all support is in place; responds to unanticipated needs. Provides post game statistics and reports. Web Site, Publications Coordination & Development (45%) •Oversees use of desktop publishing software and trains other office personnel. •Updates web site for assigned sports. •Produces video content for website and other content (graphics, links, etc.) for social media. •Writes and edits copy and stories for game programs, brochures, newsletters, etc. •Formats and lays out programs for other sports home events. •Edits copy written by subordinates and others. •Compiles information for and writes press releases prior to and after games and for special events. •Serves as public relations liaison to the media on sports information for assigned sports. •Sets up, attends, and as necessary orchestrates interviews and press conferences with the press for athletes and coaches. •Advises on how to handle interviews or topics to avoid. •Develops and maintains rapport with representatives of the news media and notifies them of special events or breaking news items. •Coordinates major press releases with College Public Affairs Office. •Answers requests for information from organizations such as NCAA, Ivy League conference office, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and from other universities and colleges.
Management of Sports Records & Statistical Systems (15%) •Oversees the updates and maintenance of all hard copy and automated sports records in assigned sports. Assists with operation of in-game statistical software (Genius and Stat Crew) in all sports. •Oversees the proper maintenance of the catalog and complete inventory of color photographs and the provision of photos out of existing inventory to newspapers, magazines and other departments, in assigned sports.
Sports Information Program Management (15%) •Provides recommendations to the Director on the management of the overall DCAD Varsity Athletics Communications program. •Assists in the day-to-day management of the office. •Contributes to monitoring compliance with the gender equity plan. •Serves on various DCAD committees as assigned. •Represents Dartmouth College with the Ivy Group. Performs other duties assigned.
Skills & Knowledge
Ability to develop and manage sports information programs. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with athletes, coaches, sports media, alumni, staff of the College, and sports representatives from national and regional organizations and other universities and colleges. Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population. Skill in the use of computer software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Genius and StatCrew. Excellent writing and editing skills. Skill in public speaking, public address or radio required. Photography and video experience helpful. Strong organizational skills. Ability to supervise and prioritize the work of others. Ability to work independently and as a team member with initiative and sound judgment. Must work nights and weekends and have a valid driver's license.
Four-to-five years of relevant experience in a sports information program, preferably in a college/university environment; or the equivalent.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, communications or a related area.
Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.