The Assistant Director of Athletics Communications will serve as the primary media contact for Utah’s softball, swimming & diving and men’s golf programs. The position also will assist with football and contribute to the overall storytelling and content strategies to promote a positive image for Utah Athletics under the direction of the Senior Associate A.D. for Strategic Communications. Responsibilities Publicity, storytelling and support for Utah’s intercollegiate athletic programs; producing or collaborating in the creation of content for website and digital media through innovative platforms that align with the changing shape of college athletics; managing social media accounts and/or planning content calendars for assigned sports; online team record books/media guides, game notes, news releases, statistics compilation and graphic design; generating feature content for video and other unique coverage for UtahUtes.com, Pac12.com and Pac-12 Networks; establishing and maintaining positive relations with media through strong interpersonal communication skills; staffing home and select away events; supervising student workers and statistical crews; other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Mass Communications, English, Liberal Arts, or a related area, or equivalency required. Experience in desktop publishing, word processing, computer networks and web page design preferred. Experience in public relations work or the print news media also preferred.
Demonstrated experience in athletics communications
Experience working with media to position sport programs for positive media coverage
Extensive knowledge of and the ability to:
Create engaging social media content
Creatively produce and manage the design, layout, content and flow of multiple publications for multiple platforms (web, e-mail, podcasts, digital audio & video, digital photography, graphics, social media and print)
Work collaboratively with other external relations and digital/creative media staff (e.g. marketing, video, social media) on campaigns and projects
Excellent communication and organizational skills; proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign/Photoshop), StatCrew statistical software and digital asset management programs; basic knowledge of various social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok) as well as website content management systems, preferably SIDEARM; considerable initiative, creativity, independence and love of sports.