Director of Athletic Communications

Posted on Nov 21, 2018 by University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, LA 70501
Leisure & Sport
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Job Description
The Director of Athletics Communications oversees all public relations and media relations activities for the Louisiana Football and Baseball programs; including supervision of one full-time athletics communication staff member, student workers, and game day staff as it relates to football and baseball. This individual will serve as the point person for comprehensive integrated communications and marketing strategies for Louisiana Football and Baseball, with special attention to media relations, public relations, social media, digital and graphic content, and web communications. This position will be responsible to develop and implement media/public relations/promotional strategies and messaging for the football and baseball programs.

Serves as the primary media contact for Louisiana Football and Baseball, and handles media relations duties (requests, interview schedules, etc.) for other sports as assigned.

Oversees and updates content on specifically for the football and baseball programs, working to develop and improve overall content of the site regularly. This includes, but is not limited to, keeping the overall site updated by working with various groups, creating graphics and generating fresh content, gathering photos for website use and serving as a point person with the website provider. Serve as backup for other staff members' web, graphic and digital needs.

Serve as managing editor of all football and baseball related content posted on every official athletic department medium (i.e. website, social media, etc.). This individual will be responsible for the development of radio, television, website, social media business opportunities and strategies.

This position is responsible for supervising production (writing, editing, design with InDesign and Photoshop) of all football and baseball publications and website updates (including game programs, media guides and the main athletics website).

Collaborate with marketing staff, broadcast services staff, video staff, ticketing staff, Ragin' Cajuns Sports Properties/Learfield staff, and development (RCAF) staff to develop and execute marketing and promotions plans for specified sports, programs, and initiatives for Ragin' Cajuns Athletics.

Supervises, coordinates and oversees media relation operations for all home football and baseball contests and events, press conferences, photos days and media days. Serves as point media relations contact for Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football and Baseball -hosted conference and NCAA championship events.

NCAA Related: Ensures that all Department of Athletics and University related activities operate in full compliance with university, conference and NCAA rules and regulations. Attends and participates in scheduled compliance seminars and complies with all the Athletic Department's efforts to monitor compliance with NCAA regulations. Seeks interpretations from the compliance staff before acting when necessary. Reports potential rules violations immediately. Completes required compliance paperwork in a timely and efficient manner. Monitors all of their areas and/or programs activities closely to maintain compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

Performs other duties as assigned by the Assistant Athletics Director - Athletics Communication.

Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.

Minimum two (2) years experience in public relations and/or athletic communications at the collegiate or professional level.

The successful candidate should be highly organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator and possess the ability to handle numerous assignments in a timely manner with the flexibility to adjust to unscheduled developments involving immediate attention. Must be proficient in writing, media protocol, public relations and social media.
  • Working knowledge (or ability to quickly acquire working knowledge) of Pagemaker.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and StatCrew is ideal.
  • Strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • A thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is essential to this position.
  • Adherence to all applicable NCAA, conference, and institutional rules and regulations is required.

Internal Number: 522

Reference: 561321398

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