Associate Director of Strategic Communications

Presbyterian College

Location: Clinton, South Carolina

Job Description Summary:

Presbyterian College, an NCAA Division I member of the Big South Conference, is seeking a Director of Strategic Communications in the Department of Athletics. This position reports to the Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications, and the responsibilities will include but are not limited to coordinating communications efforts and proactively publicizing all aspects of assigned sports, extensive writing and copywriting (press releases, media guides, and website), layout and design (media guides, website, and other publications), editing and record-keeping, and assisting with scheduling gameday staff (scorekeepers, clock operators, etc.) for multiple athletic events.

Duties and Tasks:
• Assist the Assistant AD for Strategic Communications in successfully fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the strategic communications unit.
• Gather and disseminate information to appropriate media, including press releases and/or feature stories for placement in local, regional, and national media.
• Serve as primary contact for all media inquiries and outgoing communications for assigned sports programs.
• Create and post graphics and information by way of Presbyterian Blue Hose athletics’ social media platforms.
• Working with the Assistant Athletic Director, assisting with game management and hiring of essential personnel for athletic contests.
• Coverage of athletic contests includes writing and distributing press releases to local media, reporting game results/statistics to appropriate agencies, etc.
• Write, edit and design athletics publications, including media guides, games programs (as needed), etc.
• Attend athletic contests, keep statistics, and help to oversee the football press box (assisting media representatives attending games).
• Oversee editorial content of athletics web pages, including updated press releases, team information, schedules, and results.
• Assists in training and oversight of a strategic communications Intern and/or student workers.

Required Knowledge Skills, Abilities, Experience, and Education:
• Strong written and oral communication skills required.
• Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, or related field.
• A minimum of one (1) year of related experience in a collegiate athletics environment, including experience with sports information, athletics communications, and/or media relations.
• Experience with PC platform computers, Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, website platforms (including SIDEARM), Stat Crew statistical software, and NCAA Live Stats (Genius) Software.
• Proven accuracy, thoroughness, timeliness, attention to detail, and sense of urgency in meeting responsibilities and established deadlines.
• Problem-solving and critical thinking skills, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, ability to resolve issues under time constraints, and ability to create a functional structure to accommodate multiple events at once.

Preferred education and experience (if applicable):
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to supervise gameday workers, student workers, and volunteers.
• Experience and ability to perform public address announcing may be required.

Work Environment: Standard office hours of Mon. – Fri. 8:30 am to 5 pm. Must be willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Some travel may be included.

Application Procedure:
E-mail a letter of application, resume, and a list of three professional references to Brent Stastny, the Assistant Athletic Director of Strategic Communications, at bmstastny@presby.edu.

Presbyterian College is an EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or genetic information. PC is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.