The Assistant Director of Athletics for Communication reports to the Associate Director of External Operations for all duties associated with the planning and implementing of the Athletic Department’s communication strategy in accordance with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Horizon League, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines.
The Assistant Athletics Communication Director is responsible for coordinating the communication efforts – including, but not limited to, news releases, media accommodations, website content, social media content, sport statistics, digital media, athletic publications, etc. – for the women’s basketball team, men’s soccer, baseball, volleyball, men’s & women’s golf and men’s & women’s tennis programs.
The Assistant Director will communicate effectively within the athletic department, as well as campus marketing and communications, to promote the University’s athletics programs. The Assistant Director aids in the development of programming, promotional activities, public relations and support services. The Assistant Director will also work closely with the Coordinator of Creative services and student workers.
Compliance with NCAA rules is of the utmost importance at Northern Kentucky University. As a member of the athletics department staff it is expected that the Assistant Director of Athletics Communications will have a full understanding of the NCAA rules that pertain to the position. It is also expected that the Assistant Athletics Communication Director will comply with all NCAA rules and if he/she becomes aware, or have reasonable cause to believe, that a violation of a rule has occurred he/she will immediately report it to the Director of Athletics or his/her designee.
Regular Duties Performed Daily or Almost Daily:
Full communication support for women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Prepare, maintain and distribute media information as well as other publicity for assigned programs.
Produce content for distribution to media outlets, NKUNorse.com and Norse Athletics social media accounts, including, but not limited to, recaps, previews, press releases, graphics, digital media, etc.
Coordinate student-athlete media appearances for assigned programs.
Pitch story ideas to local, regional and national media.
Provide support to the department’s digital (video) efforts, including features and assistance with live broadcast production of home sporting events. This may also include assisting with creation of video content.
Work closely with all broadcast partners to provide accurate information on teams.
Nominate and promote honors and awards for student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
In coordination with the Associate Director for External Operations, assist in the daily management of NKUNorse.com, which may include being the primary liaison with NKU’s website provider.
Provide support for select athletic events not part of assigned sports.
Update daily statistics, records and historical facts. Maintain and provide departmental statistics for report to NCAA, Horizon League, opponents, media and the campus.
Supervise student employees, which includes managing student schedules and hiring responsibilities as necessary.
Supervise statistical crews and other event support personnel.
Develop a positive relationship with all media outlets and provide services to radio/TV personalities. Also, edit the content and provide editorial support for other sports.
Comply with NKU, Horizon League and NCAA regulations.
Periodic Duties Recurring at Fixed Intervals:
Report to NCAA, National Coaches Associations and the Horizon League weekly updates on statistics for the sports programs.
Travel with selected teams during the regular season and post season.
Occasional Duties Performed:
Work with the Go Norse Fund to promote fund-raising events, i.e. golf outings, galas, online auctions, etc.
Coordinate with marketing, ticketing and promotions to aid in ticket sales.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of related experience
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, NCAA Live Stats and StatCrew
Position requires considerable initiative, creativity and independence
Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of approximately 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU has become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. In fall 2018, we celebrated the construction and opening of the $105 million Health Innovation Center (HIC), home of NKU’s College of Health Professionals and the Institute for Health Innovation. St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. In 2008, we opened the Truist Arena, a $60 million, 9,400-seat arena for basketball games and other events, as well as our $37 million, 144,000-square-foot student union building. After a successful stint in Division II, NKU transitioned to Division I is 2012-13. Success has continued at the Division I level, highlighted by the men’s basketball team ...qualifying for the NCAA Tournament or NIT in four of the last five years, which includes three NCAA Tournament qualifications. Women’s soccer has both a Horizon League regular-season and tournament championship to go along with a berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Volleyball won the 2019 Horizon League Tournament and qualified as one of two Horizon League teams to reach the NCAA Tournament that season. Individual success has also been prominent for Norse student-athletes. Men’s golfer Jacob Poore won the 2018 Horizon League Championship and competed in the Columbus Region of the 2018 NCAA Championship. Griffin Doersching not only competed in the 2019 Rocket Mortgage College Home Run Derby, but the slugger belted an astounding 20 homers in the final round to win the event on ESPN. Two Norse have also been named All-Americans, with men’s basketball player Drew McDonald garnering AP All-American Honorable Mention status in 2019 and women’s soccer player Kailey Ivins earning a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third-Team this past year. NKU student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom as well, posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.42 in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. This marks 20-straight semesters in which Norse student-athletes have registered at least a 3.0, 14 in a row at or above a 3.2 and 8-consecutive with at least a 3.37 GPA. The fall 2020 semester featured 109 student-athletes that posted individual GPA’s of at least 3.60, while the spring 2021 semester featured 104 student-athletes. Approximately 60 student-athletes have garnered academic or scholar all-America status from either CoSIDA or their respective coaches associations.