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Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

Position Deleted on 8/26/2014. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Stanford, CA
  • Admin - Athletics and Coaching
  • Admin - Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
  • Admin - Computing - Multimedia
Full Time
Job Number: 63388
Job: Athletics
Primary Location: Athletics
Schedule: Full-time
Job Grade: 2P1


Stanford University seeks a highly-motivated, energetic and team-orientated individual with strong communication skills to fill the role of assistant communications director. This position will be responsible for assisting in all publicity aspects surrounding Stanford's nationally acclaimed intercollegiate athletic program and serving as a media liaison between the athletic department and local and national media representatives. The successful candidate will be directly responsible for all communications initiatives for women's basketball, men's soccer and three other assigned sports. Specific duties include but are not limited to:
  • Coordinates media and public relations functions for selected sports as well as department initiatives as assigned.
    • Contribute to a dynamic department website (including multimedia) which is an important source of information regarding Stanford Athletics. (
    • Direct game coverage for assigned sports and assist in game and practice coverage for additional sports. Supervise and coordinate game day communications operations and supervision of game day staff in press areas, including statisticians, public address announcer and multimedia staff for selected sports.
    • Proactively communicate and solicit media coverage for events and feature stories on Stanford athletes, teams, and other department milestones/accomplishments of interest.
    • Maintain statistics, facilitate player interviews, initiate proactive social and emerging media coverage and coordinating multimedia initiatives in coordination with the creative video department.
    • Write and edit various department communication materials, record books, student-athlete bios; postseason publications, press releases (previews, recaps, advisories), feature stories, game notes and daily sport specific content for the department's website.
    • Assistant editor of department publications
    • Write, edit, and design professional online and printed information guides for several sports as well as printed game programs, special event publications and press releases.
    • Communicate proactively and effectively with athletes, coaches, administrators, other DAPER constituencies and University constituents to inform and educate on effective methods of media interaction.
    • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with local, regional and national media covering Stanford Athletics.
    • Team travel with selected sports
  • Effectively utilizes multimedia, digital, new and social media strategies for promoting the department.
    • Collaborate with director of creative video services on various projects; also must display aptitude in shooting/editing/posting footage. Directly facilitate multimedia student-athlete features in coordination with other departments.
    • Assist in department's social media communication efforts; collaborate with sport programs and external relations partners on strategy, objectives, goals, maintenance and posting of content.
    • Actively refines and evolves with emergent technologies (hardware and software) in the promotion of department programs.
    • Organizes multimedia communications for acquisition, editing, transfer and storage of event video and highlight files.
    • Facilitate numerous content requests to and from Pac-12 Enterprises and Pac-12 Networks.
  • Work collaboratively with external relations staff on various projects and initiatives.
    • Provide exemplary customer service to internal and external constituencies.
    • Promote student-athletes for various national and conference awards.
    • Accept and carry out other duties as assigned.
    • Assist in mentoring student assistants and interns.
  • Actively plans and implements the historical archiving of content and for assigned sports and projects.
    • Directly responsible for maintenance of current and historical team information (rosters, statistics, records, photos, videos) in assigned sports including proper naming and meta data assignments.

Minimum requirements include: Bachelor's degree required (communications/sport management/journalism/audio-visual communications). Minimum of three years' experience in a similar athletic communications/ media relations or related setting required. Master's degree highly preferred.

Demonstrated aptitude in social media and proactive, strategic communication are essential. Advanced graphic design and non-linear editing skills (Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro) are strongly preferred. Confidence and familiarity working with web technologies, including basic HTML and CMS tools. Advanced and demonstrated knowledge of in-game statistical programs (Stat Crew) is essential. Strong knowledge of emergent multimedia technologies, web architecture, and new media production are essential.

Outstanding organizational, communication, writing and interpersonal skills in a fast-paced environment are essential. Must have ability to work on deadline and handle several responsibilities simultaneously. Ability to relate with, and understand, constituencies outside of DAPER (University communications, media, alumni) as well Department administration, coaches, and student-athletes. This position requires considerable discretion with privileged information and strategic decision-making capabilities in coordination with University guidelines and various governing bodies. Ability to work independently and to exercise judgment and discretion is vital.

Job occasionally requires strenuous physical activity, including the climbing of steps and moving of heavy boxes and equipment; ability to work extended stretches, both within a day and over several consecutive days.

The position requires extensive evening, weekend and holiday hours. Ability to manage time and balance consistent regular office hours with special schedules is imperative. This position travels with assigned programs.

TO APPLY: Candidates may e-mail cover letters, resumes and work samples (feature stories, successful media pitches, social media executions and links to multimedia projects with summary of scope/ involvement) to: No phone calls.

This position is responsible for ensuring that his/her involvement with Athletic Department activities maintains the integrity of the University's reputation and does not negatively impact the relationship between the University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additionally, this position must comply with University policies and procedures, NCAA and Pac-12 rules and regulations.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the website

Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that includes employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, a credit check and/or driving record.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.
Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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