Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Creative Services
Abilene Christian University
Location: Abilene, Texas
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
4 Year Degree
Abilene Christian University, a NCAA Division I institution and member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), is seeking qualified applications for the position of Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Creative Services.
This unit reports to the Deputy AD for External Operations and works collaboratively with the Marketing and Fan Engagement staff to tell ACU Athletics’ stories. This forward-thinking leader will direct two full time Media Relations coordinators, a full time Video coordinator, two full time graphic designers and two post graduate intern positions (creative content & broadcast assistant). This leader must be creative, organized and self-motivated. She or he must be skilled in creative story telling through video, photography, social media and written content. This individual will serve as primary SID for select sports (most likely will include football).
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop creative content and cohesive storytelling promoting ACU Athletics
Increase brand awareness
Develop a social media plan for main ACU Sports and team accounts
Build relationships and communicate with teams and coaches
Team statistics and record keeping
Manage ACU Sports website
Coordinate with university staff on strategic communications initiatives
Coordinate traditional media relations – news coverage, press conferences
Coordinate ESPN+ and radio broadcasts
ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. This position requires the employee to be a professing Christian and to be willing to support the Christian mission of ACU.
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree with proven writing/editing abilities.
At least 3 years of responsible experience in communications, sports marketing or in a sports information office, with some supervisory or management experience preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of content creation and storytelling.
Demonstrated commitment to accuracy and quality of work.
Experience with appropriate software for writing, web design, video editing, photography, creative design and statistical record keeping.
Broad understanding of/and interest in numerous sports.
Disciplined, enthusiastic self-starter
Ability to work and interact well with coaches, staff, student athletes, administration, media and other external audiences
Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills
Commitment to quality
Strong work ethic
Organizational skills/ability to balance multiple projects and tight deadlines
Ability to handle pressure
Able to endure extended periods of sitting and typing at computer terminal
Able to reach and climb to reach files
Extended periods of walking and climbing stairs
Able to communicate with various audiences on the phone, in person and via computer
Able to lift heavy boxes
Able to lift chairs and tables and equipment necessary to arrange for press conferences and other events.
Able to drive to athletic event locations
Able to represent ACU at conferences
Irregular work hours/long days, weeknight hours and weekends.
Extended travel, i.e. same-day, 1-2 day, week long, etc trips.
Abilene Christian University is a hub of rigorous academic excellence and devoted community. Through residential and online undergraduate and graduate programs, we equip students for lives of service leadership, empowering them through exceptional teaching that unlocks the power of their curiosity and prepares them to create the solutions that will address the opportunities of today and tomorrow.
Our purpose as a university is simple: We strive to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. This mission manifests in our exemplary teaching, meaningful research and service, each undergirded by ACU’s enduring core values and 21st-century vision.