Founded in 1898, DePaul University is the largest Catholic University in the nation. DePaul University competes at the NCAA Division 1 level and is a member of the BIG EAST Conference, sponsoring 15 sports. As a Depaul Athletics Department member, this role will support the daily operations of the Athletics Communications Office and serve as the primary media contact for assigned sport(s). Those in this position should be willing and able to work with a variety of diverse backgrounds and tell stories that reflect the diversity of DePaul University and its Department of Athletics. This position can be renewed for up to two years in total.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Serve as media contact for assigned sport(s) by serving as liaison with local and national media on Athletic Department matters. This includes fielding media requests, promoting awareness of the program to the local and national media outlets. (20%)
Manage social media accounts for assigned sport(s) and assist in management of athletics department, men's basketball and women's basketball social media initiatives. (20%)
Assist with the design and maintenance of the Athletics Department website. (15%)
Write and distribute press releases for assigned sport(s). (15%)
Maintain athletic department archives and statistical recordkeeping for assigned programs. (10%)
Serve as the on-site gameday contact for assigned sport(s) - including statistical recordkeeping, media coordination, working with broadcasters and other duties as assigned in addition to assisting in game day operations of men's and women's basketball home events and other events as assigned (10%).
Assist director with data collection, production and dissemination of press releases and media advisories pertaining to the Athletic Department. (5%)
Knowledge of and adherence to DePaul University, BIG EAST Conference, and NCAA compliance policies and procedures. Attend and participate in monthly NCAA rules compliance meetings. (5%)
Other duties as assigned
Position is contingent upon full-time acceptance and enrollment in a DePaul University graduate program.
Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Encompass the ability to work independently with limited supervision and make professional decisions.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
Ability to travel between Lincoln Park campus, Wintrust Arena and other off-campus competition venues.
Supervises 3 to 5 student assistants.
To avoid potential conflicts of interest, applicants may not work (paid or unpaid) for national, local or University media outlets or entities.
Prior working experience in a collegiate athletic department, preferably in a communications or marketing role.
A prior working knowledge of NCAA, BIG EAST Conference and University rules and regulations as they apply to intercollegiate athletics is preferred.
Undergraduate degree or coursework in communications, public relations or another journalism related field.
Previous experience with NCAA Live Stats or Stat Crew.
Understanding or experience with digital media accessibility.
Approximately 20 hours per week, including evenings, weekends, and university holiday breaks. Work is unable to be conducted remotely and will have essential in-person responsibilities.
Graduate assistants will receive tuition for their selected graduate/certificate program (up to 8 credit hours/term or 24 credit hours for the academic year) and required fees for courses outlined in your submitted plan and approved by your immediate supervisor for the following terms: Fall, Winter, Spring.
Bi-weekly stipend paid via the University payroll system. This stipend will be taxed in accordance with all federal and state guidelines. This position is not overtime eligible under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Founded in 1898, DePaul University is the largest Catholic University in the nation. Located in the heart of Chicago, DePaul University has two campuses that serve more than 20,000 students with more than 300 undergraduate majors and graduate programs. DePaul is among the top 10 largest and fastest-growing private universities in the United States with over 205,000 alumni worldwide. DePaul University competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the BIG EAST Conference, sponsoring 15 sports.